Wednesday, February 03, 2016

566PB Produced in Just One Day by All WW New Video Surveillance Cameras Installed in 2015

Big, big, big data: higher and higher resolution video surveillance

In 2013 IHS Inc. announced the rise of HD video surveillance was leading to an astonishing 413PB of data a day produced by newly installed video surveillance cameras.
Now, the proliferation of higher and higher resolution cameras means that the data deluge continues to increase.
566PB was the amount of data produced in just one day by all the new video surveillance cameras installed worldwide in 2015.

But just how much data is 566PB:
  • 11.3 million standard double-layer Blu-ray movie disc
  • All Netflix’s current users streaming 1.2 hours of ultra-high definition content simultaneously, as of December 2015.
  • Approaching twice the amount of all user data stored by Facebook!, as of December 2015.
So why is there this increase?
Globally speaking the video surveillance market is still not saturated. A recent IHS report on the installed base for video surveillance equipment suggested that there was one camera installed for every twenty nine people on the planet. However, camera density varied drastically by country. The mature markets of the US and the UK had one camera installed for every eight and eleven people respectively. Emerging markets such as India (one for every 150) or Middle East and Africa (one for every 200) will see many new installations.

As well as new installations; retrofits and upgrades are a significant part of the market, a market which globally is expected to see a CAGR of 20% in new camera unit shipments from 2014 to 2019. In addition to the high demand for surveillance cameras the following is also true:
  • HD compliant 1080p 25/30 fps cameras have established themselves as the minimum expected from new cameras. This is not now limited to network cameras, HD CCTV has emerged as the replacement for many remaining standard definition analog cameras.
  • Panoramic and 4K cameras are two further storage hungry high growth product categories.
  • When video surveillance footage is being stored it is generally being retained for an increasing period of time. Aside from out-and-out security purposes, video surveillance footage is being increasingly retained longer for anti-litigation, insurance and operational purposes too.
The amount of data produced by video surveillance cameras is huge yet it is often overlooked in analyses of general worldwide data production and storage. The video surveillance industry is still somewhat below the radar for those involved in data storage, perhaps due to its challenges and characteristics.

Management and storage of potentially hundreds of high resolution video streams can be one such challenge. A large throughput capacity and a heavy write focus are just two characteristics of enterprise storage tailored for video surveillance workloads.

The traditional separation of security and IT has meant convergence between the two has been slow. However, increased surveillance storage demands may force many end-users to re-access their storage solutions as previous approaches will no longer be sufficient.

If enterprise storage is used, the majority of demand at present is being fulfilled by IP SANs.
Chinese video surveillance vendors are well positioned to ramp-up their offerings of low-priced, high capacity SAN systems to meet the capacity requirements of the mass video surveillance market. This approach, previously reserved for only the largest installations, is filtering down to smaller systems.

However, the market is also evolving. Concurrently, some larger installations have progressed to the use of smarter storage architectures integrating moving data between edge and core storage, between multiple tiers (in some cases storage media) within single platforms which are all viewable in the VMS.

Qualstar Announces the Q80, an Expandable Rackmount LTO Tape Library System

Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK), a manufacturer of data storage solutions and high efficiency power supplies, today announced the release of Q80, a 19-inch rackmount form-factor scalable 6U high LTO Tape Library system designed for small and medium businesses and distributed deployment environments. 

The Qualstar Q80 is designed to provide superior performance and value for backup, recovery and archiving environments while cost effectively accommodating growth. The Q80’s patented architecture allows easy field configuration of a unified library consisting of up to 7 individual modules containing up to 560 cartridges and 42 Half Height LTO drives. The Q80 offers outstanding storage capacity and data throughput in a system that can be expanded incrementally and cost-effectively. The Q80 features wizards to simplify installation and configuration as well as advanced diagnostics, which provide suggested actions to resolve problems quickly. With LTO 7 tape technology, the Q80 will offer a maximum of 3.36PB native storage capacity and maximum native throughput of 45.4 TB/hr. 

“The addition of Q80 to our product portfolio adds a scalable library solution to our Q series product range. This model targets growing businesses that require a flexible system to scale with their needs. The addition of the Q80 demonstrates Qualstar’s continued commitment to delivering a broader range of storage solutions for our customers”, said Steven N. Bronson, Qualstar’s CEO.

In adddition to the Q80 Qualstar offer a 24-slot and 48-slot tape library.  Contact fora quote today at 866 801 2944for your next LTO-6 or LTO-7 Tape Library.

Quantum: Fiscal 3Q16 Financial Results

Quantum Corp. reported results for the fiscal third quarter 2016 ended December 31, 2015.
Fiscal Third Quarter 2016 Results:
(All comparisons relative to the fiscal third quarter 2015.)

  • Revenue was $128.0 million, driven by continued strength in scale-out storage offset by overall weakness in the general storage market and pricing environment of commodity tape media products.
  • Scale-out storage and related service revenue grew approximately $8.5 million to an all-time high of $35.7 million, a 31% increase, marking the 18th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.
  • Royalty revenue increased $0.6 million to $11.3 million.
  • Disk backup systems and related service revenue decreased to $19.6 million.
  • Branded tape automation and related service revenue decreased to $38.5 million, while OEM tape automation and related service revenue decreased to $12.7 million.
  • Devices and media revenue decreased to $10.2 million as a result of a $3.5 million decline in tape media revenue.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP operating income of $2.0 million and $7.2 million, respectively.
  • GAAP net loss was $0.3 million, or $0.00 per diluted share.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $5.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.
Based on current market conditions, including tape media pricing dynamics and the difficulty in forecasting large and mega deals given their long sales cycles, Quantum provided the following guidance for the fiscal fourth quarter:
  • Revenue of $118 million to $122 million.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 43-44%.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses of approximately $50 million to $51 million and $48 million to $49 million, respectively.
  • Interest expense of $1.5 million and taxes of $400,000.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share of ($0.01) to $0.00 and $0.00 to $0.01, respectively.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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

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. 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 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.