Tuesday, November 24, 2015

LTO-7 Ultrium Tape Drives and Data Cartridges Now Available at BackupWorks.com

LTO-7 the newest generation of LTO Ultrium technology from the consortium of IBM, Quantum and HP is now shipping.  With capacities of 6TB native and up to 15TB compressed more than doubling the capacity of the previous generation of LTO technology. And with 750MB/s transfer rates, large files can move quickly which translates to more than 2.7TB of data per hour per drive.
BackupWorks.com is currently taking pre-orders for LTO-7 Tape Libraries and LTO-7 Data Cartridges.  For Tape Libraries, The Overland Storage NEOs Series of Tape Libraries, the NEOs T24 and NEOs T48 Autoloaders are available for purchase with shipping expected early Q1 2016.
The Media however will be available starting later this week. The LTO-7 data cartridges available currently include the three major brands, HP, Quantum and IBM.
Call you BackupWorks.com account Rep today at 866 801 2944 for your LTO-7 Ultrium tape storage needs.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Imation: Fiscal 3Q15 Financial Results - Exits the LTO Tape media and RDX Removable Disk Storage Markets

Imation Corp. released financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Q3 Overview
For the third quarter of 2015, Imation reported net revenue of $129.2 million, down 26.2% from Q3 2014.

Operating loss from continuing operations totaled $148.7 million, including special charges of $113.9 million and diluted loss per share from continuing operations was $3.70. The company had a cash balance of $94.3 million as of September 30, 2015.

On September 27, 2015, Imation adopted a restructuring plan in which it will terminate certain sales and operations of its worldwide Storage Media business, terminate certain sales and operations of its worldwide Consumer Storage and Accessories (CSA) business, and further reduce and rationalize its corporate overhead. This decision impacted the results for third quarter of 2015 due to increased costs for the associated inventory write-offs, accounts receivable write-offs and special charges. For the third quarter of 2015, special charges included restructuring and other of $40.2 million, intangible impairments of $37.6 million and goodwill impairments of $36.1 million.

Imation's Interim CEO Robert Fernander commented: "This was a very busy and productive quarter where we managed to accomplish a great deal toward positioning Imation as a more competitive company capable of continued growth and success. While these aggressive steps have impacted our key financial results and performance metrics for the quarter, we are confident that over the long-term the company and its shareholders will benefit from these necessary changes.

Imation is now out of the Tape Media and RDX removable Disk Storage business.  The RDX Business has been sold to Sphere 3D which is Overland Storage, which owns the brand Tandberg Data very prominent in the Removable Disk Storage industry.  Imation LTO-6 media will begin being phased out as well is the licensing of the TDK brand of LTO media.  On the RDX side, Tandberg data will continue to sell through the channel the Imation RDX brand for the time being.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

LTO-7 Tape Storage Comes to Market 6TB native / 15TB compressed

The latest LTO Generation 7 tape drives that will soon be available from IBM, Quantum and HP. Sporting a native capacity of 6TB per cartridge and a data transfer rate of 300 MB per second, the new LTO 7 drives and media offer twice the capacity and performance of LTO 6 gear, and present a bargain for those demanding low-cost, long-term retention of massive datasets. The plan calls for a doubling of capacity and performance every generation for LTO 8 through LTO 10.

The main difference with LTO 7 is we have doubled the number of heads on the drive, with LTO 5 and 6, we had 16 heads, so we were writing 16 channels. With LTO 7, we doubled that to 32 channels, so we are reading and writing more data.

All that data storage capacity is being gobbled up by customers. More than 4.5 million LTO drives have shipped since the program began over a decade ago, and HP is now shipping 7,000 PB of LTO cartridge capacity per quarter. Much of the demand is coming from the media and entertainment industry, which seems to love the ease of data access that LTFS, the file system created to ride atop tapes, brings to the table.

We are seeing huge increases in the content [media and entertainment companies] are creating with 4K video and now 8K video coming out, the amount of data they're generating is unbelievable. Before you had one or two cameras, but now they have GoPro cameras everywhere, and they want to keep that footage forever basically.

A similar story is playing out in the video surveillance, healthcare, and oil and gas markets, we're seeing video surveillance everywhere and data being kept for longer times. And it's no good to have cameras where you can't see the people, so they're getting more high definition in video surveillance cameras and more cameras everywhere.

With all that data piling up, the odds of encountering an error when writing data goes up. But with LTO 7, the error rate has gone down significantly--to approximately one error in 10 to the 19th bits, which is 100 times better than LTO 6. That is over 4X better than a hard drive. When you have a big customer who is writing petabytes of data, then it makes a difference to have an error occurring in 10 to the 19th bit instead of 10 to the 15th bit, like hard drives have.

All this data storage capacity may be overkill for some, which generally aren't going to use LTO 7 for long-term storage of unstructured data, such as video or still images. Instead, typically use LTO drives to back up their database and applications. But when you can store 15TB of compressed data on a single $40-LTO 7 cartridge, and that cartridge can sit on a shelf for years before being called into action, it can be hard to turn down.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

ATTO Desklink Devices Enable Mobile 8K Thunderbolt Workflows

With portable 6K and 8K digital cinema cameras now becoming more readily available, field production can generate staggering amounts of data—all of which needs to be archived on-site before being transferred to the studio for editing and finishing. But the mobile computers used for this purpose have traditionally provided limited performance, along with connectivity options that fail to meet the bandwidth needs of the Ultra High-definition formats now in use by media professionals. Additionally, there is a need to connect mobile computers to high-performance networks and storage to facilitate extended, collaborative workflows.
ATTO's Thunderbolt technology-enabled ThunderLink and ThunderStream Desklink Devices provide access to LTO tape storage devices for data migration between field and studio. They also bring high throughput (20 Gbps) and versatility to creative professionals who need access to external storage and networks for I/O demanding applications, including 8K/4K Ultra High-definition video workflows. With Desklink devices, a single Thunderbolt cable can provide connectivity to 10Gb Ethernet, 16 Gb Fibre Channel, 6Gb SAS, and DisplayPort, as well as high-end external GPUs.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Quantum and Veeam Partner To maximize data availability for virtual environments

Quantum Corp. announced a Premier Technology Alliance partnership with Veeam Software, Inc. to bring their latest joint VM storage and availability solutions to customers worldwide.

This collaboration will enable the two companies to serve a broader range of customers with simplified virtual backup solutions that deliver performance and maximize production system availability while lowering the TCO.

Veeam + Quantum Advantage
The cost and complexity of VM protection has kept many IT departments from enjoying the benefits of a virtualized environment. The combination of Veeam Backup & Replication software with Quantum's storage solutions maximizes data availability, enabling files to be restored in just seconds and VMs to be restored in minutes while reducing both on-premise and DR site backup storage costs compared to traditional backup applications. This combination also shortens backup windows and simplifies VM backups.

Complementary Solutions
Veeam Availability Suite combines the data protection and virtualization management capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE for vSphere and Hyper-V. Quantum's tiered storage portfolio of hybrid storage, deduplication appliances, object storage and tape provides a complement to the capabilities Veeam has introduced with Veeam Availability Suite v8 and the upcoming release of Veeam Availability Suite v9 later this year.

This combination is designed to deliver customized data availability solutions to address the cost and performance needs of customer implementations at three levels:
  • Enterprise customers can adopt tiered backup storage solutions that leverage Quantum DXi deduplication appliances and use tape for long-term data retention to meet compliance and regulatory requirements.
  • For remote sites, customers can deploy a 100% virtual backup and DR solution with flexible replication options using Quantum's DXi V-Series virtual deduplication appliances.
  • Customers choosing to leverage Veeam's software-based deduplication can deploy Quantum QXS hybrid storage for fast backups.
Robert Clark, SVP, product operations, Quantum, said: "The nature of backup in the data center is changing, and companies are moving away from the expensive, centralized solutions that have traditionally dominated there. Veeam's unique feature set combined with Quantum's tiered backup storage solutions will enable customers to maximize production system availability while reducing their backup and DR costs."

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sphere 3D Buys RDX Storage Business From Imation for $6 Million

  • Transaction will be accretive in this quarter for both revenue and gross margin;
  • Market will benefit from centralized introduction of new features and capacity upgrades;
  • Expands RDX market share in North America and Japan, to augment the existing strength in Europe;
  • Provides greater control over the backup appliance components that form a key part of Sphere 3D's strategy to deliver comprehensive virtualization, storage and data management for on premise, cloud and hybrid infrastructures.
Sphere 3D Corp. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Overland Storage, Inc., acquired the RDX removable disk product lines and existing inventory assets from Imation Corp., pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2015, by and among Sphere 3D, Overland Storage and Imation.

The Imation RDX product lines generated approximately $14.5 million of revenue for Imation in the trailing twelve months as of June 30, 2015.

"The completion of our acquisition of the RDX product lines from Imation will accelerate our efforts to aggressively pursue the purpose-built backup appliance market which is a valuable differentiator in our reference architecture for our hyper converged infrastructure deployments," said Eric Kelly, CEO, Sphere3D. "With this transaction now complete, Sphere 3D can expand the current strong presence of our Tandberg Data business in Europe, while increasing sales in key geographies such as North America and Japan, as well as simultaneously strengthening our Global Channel Partner Network for backup appliance offerings."

According to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker, the worldwide PBBA market got off to a strong start in 2015 with solid year-over-year revenue growth. Factory revenues grew 6.9% year-over-year totaling $719.3 million and capacity shipped reached 647PBs, an increase of 32.3% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015.

"Sphere 3D's award winning and patented RDX removable disk technology, marketed and sold under our Tandberg Data brand, is the industry standard in enterprise-grade removable disk storage for backup, data protection and archiving, and is characterized by its very rugged design that allows the disks to be handled and transported while safely retaining data," said Nilesh Patel, VP of product management and marketing, Sphere 3D. "RDX-powered purpose-built backup appliances, like our new RDX QuikStation, are the ideal solution for Small-to-Medium sized businesses in highly regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, where data must be secured, protected, archived and recoverable per government regulations. This acquisition also now makes available to our global partners our groundbreaking RDX+ software technology which is designed to increase storage capacities by 50% and more, providing all QuickStation and QuickStor appliance customers with future expansion to larger than 2TB capacity media."

As part of the agreement and to ensure a seamless transition for customers, Imation has agreed to provide certain customer support services through October 31, 2015.

Transaction Highlights
100% stock transaction valued at approximately $4.9 million plus the net value of existing inventory of approximately $1.4 million, based on the closing price of Sphere 3D common shares as of August 6, 2015.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

NAS Market to Grow at 26% CAGR Over 2014-2019

The global enterprise NAS storage market to grow at a CAGR of 25.85% over the period 2014-2019.

NAS systems create a shared file based storage between enterprise users. NAS exists as an independent network node on the LAN and comprises individual IP addresses. File transfer is achieved through Ethernet connections between users and NAS. It facilitates simultaneous access to multiple users. NAS systems can be used as backup storage in enterprises for archiving and disaster recovery purposes. NAS systems with server mode can also function as a multimedia, database, or print server for SMEs. High-end NAS systems also support RAID technology, which converts multiple HDD into one logical unit. NAS systems are designed and manufactured by several global and local vendors.

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global enterprise NAS storage market for the period 2015-2019. The global enterprise NAS market can be segmented, based on end-users, into large enterprises and SMEs.

New trends are emerging in the market related to infrastructure used on-site as well as in data centers. Data centers are being made software defined, which is achieved through advancements in NAS systems. Hybrid arrays are being developed by merging both SAN and NAS systems to improve enterprise storage efficiency. NAS systems are now connected to the cloud to transfer data to cloud storage. These systems reduce the complexity of evolving enterprise operational environments.

According to the report, enterprises worldwide are expanding their businesses to remain competitive. The market is driven by the growing amount of business data, mostly unstructured data. Many data centers are being built to store and process these data. The need for data backup and archiving along with multiple user access to files simultaneously will catapult the demand for NAS systems. These systems are being added with additional features to mitigate current business storage challenges. NAS windows server systems enhance collaborative enterprise environments.

Further, the report states that with enterprise environments evolving constantly in terms of data generation as well as increases in the number of users, storage infrastructures face challenges.