GB Labs announces integration with Backblaze B2 cloud storage
GB Labs, innovators of powerful and intelligent media storage solutions for the Media & Entertainment industry, has added new integration with San Mateo-based Backblaze’s B2 cloud storage service.
For many years, Media and Entertainment companies have been utilising Cloud services to strengthen and streamline their backup and archiving strategies. What began as a simple backup to tape, became strenuously complicated with the widespread demand for 4K, UHD and 8K content. As media files became more and more sizable, so did the task of backing up projects – most of which were no longer able to be done during non-production hours.
With LTO-7 limited to a maximum of 300MB/s write, a different approach had to be taken. This came in the form of Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) workflows, whereby the copy from online storage to near line storage could happen quickly enough overnight, and then the copy from near line to tape could take place at any time, freeing up online storage to continue production.
With the introduction of Cloud Services to Media Workflows, this rapidly evolved into a Disk-to- Disk-to-Cloud (D2D2C) / Hybrid Cloud Backup methodology that you can find in GB Labs SPACE, ECHO, FastNAS and EasyLTO appliance ranges syncing with their own Nebula service, Amazon S3, SohoNet, Dropbox and now...Backblaze.
GB Labs offer Hybrid Cloud Backup for users to replicate on-premise as a backup safety net, before pushing out to the Cloud with their unique Automation, Replication and File Manager workflow tools.
With the Backblaze B2 bucket, users can sync data up with GB Labs Replication or use Backblaze B2 as a source to replication down to local storage.
With GB Labs Automation in place, users can instruct their Intelligent Storage to watch a particular folder and ensure all files are copied or moved direct to their Backblaze B2 Cloud Service, Nebula, SohoNet, Dropbox or Amazon Cloud Service. Backblaze users can now archive rushes direct to the Cloud and get an email notification that this has been done successfully right through GB Labs Automation.
"GB Labs' solution is compelling because they are solving challenges that creative customers face. By integrating Backblaze B2 into GB Labs solutions, customers now have a simple and powerful way to extend their creative workflows to the cloud.”
Nilay Patel – VP Sales and Product
“GB Labs’ cloud integration can be used in our Replication, File Manager and Automation tools. Now working with Backblaze B2 gives our clients a very cost effective and highly flexible Cloud service. This not only boosts the GB Labs toolset, but also offers a very achievable Hybrid Cloud Backup plan (D2D2C) with Backblaze B2 and GB Labs’ CORE.4 OS.”
Duncan Beattie – Chief Solutions Officer