For the last 16 years GB Labs have been empowering creative workflows for some of the best-known names in the media and entertainment industry.

Our extensive range of storage and archiving products serve our customers needs from ingest to archive and everything in between. What is more, our solutions are easily scalable in both capacity and performance, with minimal downtime. This scalability means you can ‘buy as you grow’ which helps keep your initial investment low.

The Core operating system (OS) at the heart of all GB Labs systems is unique and purpose built from the ground up to deliver a feature rich toolset, tailor made for the demands of modern file based workflows.

With no drivers to install and no licences to buy, GB Labs has made owning and using shared storage equipment a whole new experience. Mac, PC, Linux and mixed OS workgroups can work collaboratively for greater efficiency and creativity, while safe in the knowledge that critical assets are suitably protected.

Fast, easy to own, expandable, scalable and feature rich are the five golden rules that ensure that our product range delivers a consistent and class-leading user experience.


THE SPACE STORY

Storage Network

Space was originally designed because we were concerned by the excessive support needs of SAN systems. We were also constantly surprised by the cost and complexity of installing a fibre channel or iSCSI networks. Not only that: after configuring the system and setting up each workstation, the performance levels were often disappointing, with the storage unable to sustain read and write speeds so the user experience was poor. The industry needed a better central storage solution... 

 

THE BIRTH OF THE SPACE UNIVERSE

Space tier 1 network attached storage system is easily capable of supporting multiple concurrent HD editors. With no drivers to install, no licences to buy and fully scalable products, GB Labs has made owning and using shared storage equipment a whole new experience. Mac, PC, Linux and mixed OS workgroups can finally access shared files for full speed editing, video processing and content creation. Projects and content can be moved or copied between storage units at high speed with built-in data management tools automating common processes. 

 

THE COMPLETE SPACE

Tiered Storage Space storage systems have been joined by:

  • Echo tier 2 storage for seamless backup, archiving and failover editing
  • Echo 36 nearline systems have been introduced to support media archives, data centres and organizations that are moving from the Terabyte into the Petabyte territory
  • EX and EX36 units that build in the background and can even increase overall system performance
  • LTO Space is now fast and centralized. Designed for BBC Archives, these multi-drive tape systems reside on the network for the fastest transfer of files and complete projects

GOING BEYOND HD

With Space SSD and the advent of 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet, GB Labs was among the first to deliver Super Tier 1 products - lightning fast shared storage supporting massive numbers of concurrent streams, multiple uncompressed HD streams and even 4K DPX environments.

Space SSD can be expanded dynamically with EX SSD devices. We can now support 8K workflows or HD environments with scores of concurrent users. 

 

TOTAL SECURITY

Central LTO-6 Storage

 

Tape still has a huge role to play in the media industry. Low-cost, energy efficient and now with extremely fast data rates and massive capacities, LTO-6 tape is a godsend. But if users can't send data to the tape at the full write speed, file transfers slow down... also as the unit starts to shuttle back and forth, the tape weakens and archives are jeopardized. With Space LTO systems, this is not a problem: we test every system to make sure that it can transfer assets at full speed, making it the fastest and safest back up solution on the market.


 

SPACE INTELLIGENCE

NAS Storage UIWith the launch of the Core 3 OS, Space incorporates hierarchical storage management and intelligent storage tiering, for the active management of data and media assets. Ageing files and completed projects can now be offloaded automatically from online systems onto nearline or tape archive, freeing up capacity for newly ingested material and the latest projects.

Other significant developments include faster and deeper interplay with leading media asset management solutions, class-leading Avid project supportActive Directory integration, and extensive multi-language support.

 

BRIDGING THE GAP

Many users are now migrating to GB Labs' network attached storage for its speed of installation, ease of use and sheer performance. Owners of SAN systems can attach their existing fibre-connected storage system to Space networks with the Bridge unit. This instantly enables users to enter the GB Labs environment, and share data with users with no need for client updates, specialist adapters, drivers or licences. It also enables administrators to transfer data swiftly and - if required - automatically, with all Space network storage devices, with no need for a control PC.

 

A NAS FOR ALL SEASONS

Space has an enviable reputation throughout the broadcast, post production, transcoding, CGI and animation community. As a result, GB Labs has developed the range to bring the advantages of Space to every type of user:

 

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Errors and omissions excepted. Technical and product specifications subject to change without notice. Email space@gblabs.com for further information.