GB Labs demonstrates storage innovations for production and post at Media Production & Technology Show

Highlights powerful, intelligent solutions for on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based workflows 

Stand L246, MPTS, London, 11-12 May 2022: GB Labs, innovators of powerful and intelligent storage solutions for the media and entertainment industries, is showing its recent product launches for the first time in Europe at the Media Production & Technology Show. Leading the demonstrations will be HyperSpace Generation 3 and the latest version of FastNAS, alongside the rest of its range of content storage and management systems for on-premise, cloud and hybrid workflows. 

Generation 3 of HyperSpace, demonstrated in London immediately after its launch at NAB, delivers double the performance of the previous version, giving users access to the fastest data rates in the market, in combination with its SPACE and SPACE+ storage appliances. The addition of new, predictive capabilities brings significant efficiency boosts to the busy and fast-paced world of premium production and post. 

Also recently launched is FastNAS generation 2, which brought a 1000% speed bump for real, deliverable network performance at up to 4 Gb/s. Today’s production and post workflows typically demand effective multi-tasking storage with fast simultaneous read and write data rates, which FastNAS comfortably delivers. 

MPTS visitors will also be able to see the new Unify Hub platform in action. This software solution bridges on-premise and cloud storage – from GB Labs and other vendors – seamlessly, empowering highly productive remote production while maintaining data integrity and security. It is available as a software upgrade to any existing GB Labs installation. 

“London is of course one of the world’s leading production centres, as well as being at the heart of the rich creative environment of the UK and Europe,” said Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO of GB Labs. “Given that travel is still difficult for many, MPTS gives us a great opportunity to bring our launches, demonstrations and insights to the market. We have all been starved of contact over the last couple of years, and we are really looking forward to face-to-face exhibitions to share knowledge and experiences with our marketplace.” 

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GB Labs showcases latest generation video storage and management for live events and production at ISE

Stand 4A600, ISE, Barcelona, 10-13 May 2022: GB Labs, innovators of powerful and intelligent storage solutions for the media, AV and entertainment industries, is demonstrating its latest launches at ISE (10 – 13 May, Fira Barcelona, stand 4A600). The presentation will show how its continuing enhancements bring real productivity boosts for AV and live events producers, while also making significant reductions in the carbon footprint.

AV users now routinely deal in large displays with very high resolutions, calling for digital video streams with very high data rates. Generation 3 of GB Labs HyperSpace, making its ISE debut, delivers double the performance of the previous version, giving users access to the fastest data rates in the market, in combination with its SPACE and SPACE+ storage appliances. The intelligent workflows and predictive capacity management brings significant efficiency boosts to the fast-paced, unpredictable environments of show preparation and delivery. 

Also recently launched is FastNAS generation 2, which brought a 1000% speed bump for real, deliverable network performance at up to 4 Gb/s. Again, the AV industry demands responsiveness in mixed environments and multi-tasking, and systems built on FastNAS easily meets these needs. 

ISE visitors will also be able to see the new Unify Hub platform in action. This software solution bridges on-premise and cloud storage seamlessly, empowering highly productive remote production while maintaining data integrity and security. 

“In many ways, the AV and live events industry is particularly demanding of video storage and delivery,” said Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO of GB Labs. “We are very keen to meet leaders in this sector at ISE, and show them how their production productivity and delivery security can be transformed using our technology.” 

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GB Labs shows high performance video storage and delivery for production and post at CABSAT

Stand E6-12A, CABSAT, Dubai, 17-19 May 2022: GB Labs, innovators of powerful and intelligent storage solutions for the media and entertainment industries, is bringing its recent product launches to the Middle East and Africa region with its presence at CABSAT (17 - 19 May, Dubai World Trade Centre, stand E6-12A). It will showcase HyperSpace Generation 3 and the latest version of FastNAS alongside the rest of its range of content storage and management systems for on-premise, cloud and hybrid workflows. 

Generation 3 of HyperSpace, being seen in the region after its launch at NAB, delivers double the performance of the previous version, giving users access to the fastest data rates in the market, in combination with its SPACE and SPACE+ storage appliances. The addition of new, predictive capabilities brings significant efficiency boosts to the busy and fast-paced world of premium production and post. 

Also recently launched is FastNAS generation 2, which brought a 1000% speed bump for real, deliverable network performance at up to 4 Gb/s. Today’s workflows typically demand effective multi-tasking storage with fast simultaneous read and write data rates, which FastNAS comfortably delivers. 

CABSAT visitors will also be able to see the new Unify Hub platform in action, demonstrated for the first time in the region. This software solution bridges on-premise and cloud storage – from GB Labs and other vendors – seamlessly, empowering highly productive remote production while maintaining data integrity and security. 

“This territory continues to demand and deliver excellence in premium production values,” said Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO of GB Labs. “Our goal is to continually innovate to meet the growing needs of the industry, and CABSAT is a great opportunity for us to show how we are delivering unrivalled performance, data rates and operational simplicity.”

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GB Labs marshals storage for British Army

Aldermaston, UK, 5 April 2022- GB Labs, innovators of powerful and intelligent storage solutions, has provided a powerful new NAS infrastructure, installed at the British Army HQ in Andover by GB Labs distributor AGX Holdings Ltd. (www.agxuk.com). The FastNAS installation supplements an existing GB Labs storage network at the site, extending the capacity, agility and flexibility. 

The new storage network is used by the Army photographic team: it runs alongside an existing FastNAS cluster used by the Army design team. The fully redundant GB Labs installation provides highly secure storage for both work in progress and archive, supporting large numbers of concurrent users. 

FastNAS is built on three key technologies from GB Labs: the Velocity RAID engine controls and manages the disk array; Nitro the acceleration tool which provides a huge speed boost; and Blueshift, which enables the specialist architecture of FastNAS to sit on a conventional network and deliver to clients over standard protocols. This is vital in this implementation, as it allows the Army teams to connect their preferred design and image processing software to the powerful store and archive. 

The GB Labs installation at Andover includes three fully mirrored 64 TB disk arrays, connected over a 10 gigabit ethernet network. The main FN16 production server delivers sustained data rates of 2.5 gigabytes a second with the backup and archive server running at 2.0 gigabytes a second. 

“FastNAS is a unique product, which combines dedicated hardware and industry-leading software to manage in detail the process of reading and writing large amounts of data to disk,” said Dominic Harland, CEO/CTO of GB Labs. “This ensures fast, consistent and extremely reliable storage for large data files and large numbers of users. This project has significantly upgraded the agility, as well as the capacity, supporting the vital work of these two critical parts of the British Army, and we are pleased to have been able to work with them to achieve their goals.” 

The new storage system for the photographic team was delivered and installed in January 2022. 

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GB Labs unveils powerful enhancements for HyperSpace with the launch of Generation 3 at NAB Show 2022

Latest iteration of HyperSpace delivers an impressive uptick in performance and supports flexible on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based workflows

BOOTH N1631, NAB, Las Vegas, 24-27 APRIL 2022: GB Labs will give visitors to NAB Show 2022 a first look at HyperSpace Generation 3, the latest iteration of its rack-based SSD accelerator. Now delivering double the performance and an exponential increase in flexibility compared to the previous version, HyperSpace gives users access to the fastest data rates on the market when combined with GB Labs SPACE and SPACE+.

Workflows have changed significantly since the last version of HyperSpace was developed, with the increased need for flexible and remote working production creating much larger throughput highs and lows through different periods during the day and week. Creative teams are now more geographically diverse and access data through a variety of ways – on-premise as well as via hybrid or cloud-based platforms. This significantly increases random access resulting in ‘peaky’ demand that other central storage fails to deliver, leading to compromised performance and workflows. With HyperSpace Generation 3, GB Labs delivers more robust, faster and smarter algorithms that meet these shifting real-world needs.

HyperSpace Generation 3 delivers a significant uptick in performance compared to previous versions. The combination of this new technology with GB Labs’ SPACE or SPACE+ gives creative teams exceptional performance of up to 9GB/s for simultaneous read and write tasks.

Now shipping, HyperSpace Generation 3 eliminates the need for customers to install additional racks of storage to support ‘peaky’ usage. Instead, this GB Labs solution delivers storage enhancements without increasing the environmental impact in an additional 1RU. HyperSpace Generation 3 can satisfy the needs of even the busiest facility, regardless of whether creative teams are working on site, or accessing data via hybrid or cloud-based workflows. Together with SPACE, HyperSpace Generation 3 delivers the equivalent performance of numerous spinning disk drives and provides a three to ten times reduction in power consumption. HyperSpace Generation 3 provides the best-in-market for not only performance, but also power consumption, low support costs and incredible flexibility.

Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO, GB Labs commented: “Today’s production and post production workflows are becoming increasingly complex, and facilities must manage users on site, working remotely and via cloud platforms. While our customers’ operations have evolved, what has not changed is the need for zero downtime or compromises to the seamless running of a workflow. This means the demands on storage systems have drastically increased; add in the growing demand for collaborative, remote and home working and the strain on shared storage soon mounts up and places a significant load on available bandwidth. HyperSpace Generation 3 not only supercharges the performance of customers’ existing SPACE products – a game-changer, it also provides a more sustainable solution for a true, agile working environment and a flexible future.”

GB Labs unveils powerful enhancements for HyperSpace with the launch of Generation 3 at NAB Show 2022

Latest iteration of HyperSpace delivers an impressive uptick in performance and supports flexible on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based workflows

BOOTH N1631, NAB, Las Vegas, 24-27 APRIL 2022: GB Labs will give visitors to NAB Show 2022 a first look at HyperSpace Generation 3, the latest iteration of its rack-based SSD accelerator. Now delivering double the performance and an exponential increase in flexibility compared to the previous version, HyperSpace gives users access to the fastest data rates on the market when combined with GB Labs SPACE and SPACE+. 

Workflows have changed significantly since the last version of HyperSpace was developed, with the increased need for flexible and remote working production creating much larger throughput highs and lows through different periods during the day and week. Creative teams are now more geographically diverse and access data through a variety of ways – on-premise as well as via hybrid or cloud-based platforms. This significantly increases random access resulting in ‘peaky’ demand that other central storage fails to deliver, leading to compromised performance and workflows. With HyperSpace Generation 3, GB Labs delivers more robust, faster and smarter algorithms that meet these shifting real-world needs.  

HyperSpace Generation 3 delivers a significant uptick in performance compared to previous versions. The combination of this new technology with GB Labs’ SPACE or SPACE+ gives creative teams exceptional performance of up to 9GB/s for simultaneous read and write tasks.  

Now shipping, HyperSpace Generation 3 eliminates the need for customers to install additional racks of storage to support ‘peaky’ usage. Instead, this GB Labs solution delivers storage enhancements without increasing the environmental impact in an additional 1RU. HyperSpace Generation 3 can satisfy the needs of even the busiest facility, regardless of whether creative teams are working on site, or accessing data via hybrid or cloud-based workflows. Together with SPACE, HyperSpace Generation 3 delivers the equivalent performance of numerous spinning disk drives and provides a three to ten times reduction in power consumption. HyperSpace Generation 3 provides the best-in-market for not only performance, but also power consumption, low support costs and incredible flexibility.   

Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO, GB Labs commented: “Today’s production and post production workflows are becoming increasingly complex, and facilities must manage users on site, working remotely and via cloud platforms. While our customers’ operations have evolved, what has not changed is the need for zero downtime or compromises to the seamless running of a workflow. This means the demands on storage systems have drastically increased; add in the growing demand for collaborative, remote and home working and the strain on shared storage soon mounts up and places a significant load on available bandwidth. HyperSpace Generation 3 not only supercharges the performance of customers’ existing SPACE products – a game-changer, it also provides a more sustainable solution for a true, agile working environment and a flexible future.” 

GB Labs launches HyperSpace Generation 3 and showcases FastNAS Generation 2 and Unify Hub at NAB 2022

Highlights powerful, intelligent storage solutions and demonstrates on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based storage workflows

BOOTH N1631, NAB, Las Vegas, 23-27 APRIL 2022: GB Labs will launch HyperSpace Generation 3 at NAB Show 2022, bringing significant enhancements to performance, functionality and environmental impact. The latest version of FastNAS (Generation 2), along with the new Unify Hub data management system, will make their NAB debut and visitors to the show will also have access to a range of GB Labs’ other intelligent storage technology such as Cloak DR, Mosaic and the latest CORE.4. GB Labs will highlight its ability to support on-premise, cloud-based and hybrid workflows.

The new HyperSpace Generation 3 delivers double the performance of the previous version, giving users access to the fastest data rates on the market when combined with GB Labs SPACE and SPACE+. GB Labs has taken its deep understanding of production workflows to create intelligent software and hardware enhancements to the underlying HyperSpace engine. The addition of new, predictive capability brings greater efficiency to fast-paced and often chaotic environments.

Launched earlier this year and making its debut at NAB is FastNAS Generation 2, which now delivers a 1000% boost in capability, with up to 4GBytes/sec real deliverable network performance. The system is up to ten times as quick for mixed tasks compared to the previous generation, delivering massive efficiencies. Today’s workflows typically require an effective multi-tasking storage with fast simultaneous read and write data rates and FastNAS Generation 2 easily meets these needs.

Visitors to the show will be able to see the new Unify Hub platform in action for the first time since its launch in September 2021. Designed for scenarios that combine on-premise and cloud content, this solution is available as a standalone solution or as a software upgrade to existing GB Labs appliances. Unify Hub empowers remote production while maintaining data integrity and security, managing storage – on site or in the cloud, from GB Labs or from other vendors – to create an ultra-productive environment which is simple and fast.

Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO, GB Labs commented: “At GB Labs we are driven by creating solutions that support the real-world needs of our customers, allowing them to focus on the job of creating amazing content. We are excited to show our latest innovations to customers in person at NAB Show after a long hiatus. We are also delighted to be working in close collaboration with technology partners such as Wasabi and Archiware to give customers even better performance across their creative workflows.”

GB Labs grows and strengthens team to meet rising demand for its intelligent storage solutions

Makes two promotions internally and expands support, development and production capability

Aldermaston, UK, February 2022: GB Labs today announces that it has appointed Tom Sheldon to the role of Chief Product Officer (CPO) and David Martin Bautista to Head of Development. Both Sheldon and Martin Bautista have worked their way up through the company, having started out as part of the development team. To meet demand for its intelligent storage solutions,GB Labs has also expanded the number of support staff, and grown its development and production teams, resulting in 20% growth personnel.

“I am delighted that Tom and David are taking on these new leadership roles within the company and playing an active part in taking GB Labs through the next phase of our growth and evolution,” commented Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO, GB Labs. “I’m extremely proud of the way we have brought both of them up through the ranks and seen them grow in parallel with our company. I know that they will play a key role in bringing our vision for the future to fruition.”

Tom Sheldon has been with GB Labs since November 2010, progressing quickly to head of development, reporting directly to CEO and CTO Dominic Harland. He was responsible for growing the department and driving backend development. As CPO he will be based at GB Labs’ Aldermaston HQ, taking a lead in the company’s product strategy and drive product development. Sheldon will also play an active role in maintaining strong synergy between the development and R&D teams and ensuring the GB Labs product roadmap is commercially solid.

GB Labs Chief Product Officer Tom Sheldon said, “At GB Labs we are passionate about continuously improving functionality and listening to customers to ensure that our products deliver what they need, while keeping the user experience as straightforward as we can. I am delighted to take on this new role and help drive our product roadmap in a direction that remains tightly aligned with our customers’ businesses.”

David Martin Bautista joined GB Labs in February 2013 as a developer, taking on responsibility as lead frontend developer as GB Labs grew. As Head of Development, he will be responsible for managing the in-house development team, driving software updates and future innovation – including the UI. Martin Bautista will also act as a link between the development and support teams to ensure seamless communication between the two.

“When I started with GB Labs, the company appealed to me because it offered opportunities for growth and the chance to work with interesting technology. That remains true to this day,” said David Martin Bautista, head of Development at GB Labs. “I have grown with the company, and I believe we are only just getting started; I’m excited to see where we go from here.”

Aurora relies on GB Labs storage solutions to support live production of four flagship motorsport events  

Places GB Labs storage at the heart of its workflow for Goodwood’s 2021 Festival of Speed and Revival, Extreme E and Formula E  

Aldermaston, UK, 15 November 2021: GB Labs today announces that sports production specialist, Aurora Media Worldwide, has built live production workflows for three flagship motorsport events around its storage solution. Aurora deployed GB Labs FastNAS platform for the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed and is using the system for the inaugural Extreme E season which kicked off in April 2021. In addition, the GB Labs SPACE intelligent storage has been central to the production workflow for the 2020/2021 season Formula E. These projects see the continuation of a long-established partnership between Aurora, ccktech and GB Labs.  

Aurora has been using GB Labs storage since 2015/2016, having invested in a Midi SPACE 3RU along with an additional SPACE system that was later extended and then upgraded in 2019 to the powerful HYPERSPACE intelligent storage system to gain greater capability and disk capacity. During a live race event, Aurora deploys two identical SPACE units trackside in the bespoke “POD” based OB facility with one acting as a fully redundant backup for the other. A GB Labs FastNAS storage platform was added to the workflow in January 2020 to support Extreme E’s remote production workflows. 

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Based on its robust and reliable performance Aurora invested in a second dedicated FastNAS for the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed on 8 - 11 July and the Revival in August, to help support the sheer scale of the live hours per day that the event requires. FastNAS, which delivers a highly cost-effective way to leverage huge performance and capacity, is also playing a central role during live production of the 2021 Extreme E and Formula E seasons. ccktech has been integral to bringing together the projects for Aurora over the last four years. 

“Through our long relationships with GB Labs and ccktech, we are confident that they can meet all our needs, from performance and robustness to reliability,” said Lee Flay, Technical Director at Aurora Media Worldwide. “GB Labs gives us the ability to support all our post production, media management and live playout workflows in the field in a very compact footprint. Everything fits into a single flight case, which means less equipment to transport and a lower carbon footprint, which ties in nicely with the growing environmental consciousness of our industry and events like Extreme E.” 

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Dan Deadman, Head of Solutions at ccktech explains “We’ve been asked by Aurora to provide shared storage solutions both for on-location and in-house needs on many occasions and we just keep going back to GB Labs. Their ease of use and configuration for editors and tech admins alike make it a no-brainer for reliability in a high-intensity environment that the fast-turnaround world of Aurora's production demands.” 

SPACE packs a punch in a small footprint, supporting the highest resolutions and providing fast efficient data transfers across 1Gb, 10Gb, 25Gb, 40Gb and 100Gb connections. The solution offers easy installation, maintenance, and upgrades, while IP connectivity ensures remote dial-in support. 

Peter Walshe, UK Sales Manager at GB Labs commented, “Live sports production is one of the most fast-paced environments with zero room for error – and nothing comes close in terms of speed and the pressure for rapid turnaround of content as motorsports. We are extremely proud of the significant role our solutions play in helping Aurora deliver their world-beating service for some of the world’s most avidly followed motorsports events as well as the other premium productions they are involved in.”

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GB Labs boosts NAS performance 1000%

Aldermaston, UK, 08 November 2021: GB Labs, innovators of powerful and intelligent storage solutions for the media and entertainment industries, has introduced a completely new version of its revolutionary FastNAS technology. FastNAS Generation 2 can deliver up to 4GBytes/sec real deliverable network performance and is up to ten times as quick for mixed tasks compared to the previous generation. 

 

More importantly FastNAS Generation 2 can deliver massively improved performance for today’s real-world workflows that typically require an effective multi-tasking storage that delivers fast simultaneous read and write data rates. FastNAS Generation 2 offers up to a ten times speed improvement over the previous FastNAS range, which was already a market leader. 

 

Production and post production workflows today are becoming ever more complex. Storage systems have to support not just ingest and editing but rendering, archiving, cloud access and increasingly, collaborative remote and home working. All of this together puts a lot of strain on shared storage, which is now expected to support large numbers of concurrent processes, which in turn places an exponential load on available bandwidth. 

 

FastNAS is built on three unique key technologies from GB Labs, each of which sees a major revision to achieve this dramatic speed boost. At the heart of the product is the Velocity RAID engine (VRE) which controls and manages the disk array. The new version adds increased intelligence, aimed at delivering more performance from a simultaneous mix of tasks. 

 

VRE is coupled with Nitro, the GB Labs NVME acceleration tool, which gains a large speed boost in revision 2. On top of that is layered Blueshift, which enables the specialist architecture of FastNAS to sit on a conventional network and deliver to clients over standard protocols. This ability to serve media content with very low latency to large numbers of concurrent users is a unique benefit from GB Labs. 

 

“In any normal storage system, simultaneous read and write of data is the overhead,” explained Dominic Harland, CEO of GB Labs. “The more simultaneous accesses and processes, the more latency builds and thus the overhead grows exponentially. This is why users become dissatisfied with the performance of shared storage. FastNAS generation 2 is built to mitigate this significantly. 

 

“FastNAS uses our own specified hardware and software to alleviate these constraints,” he added. “We were always leading on performance: this new version puts us far ahead of the competition. And we are doing it at the same price point as before and retaining our unique plug-and-play ability: you can take our product out of the box and be managing content within 15 minutes with no specialist engineering assistance.” 

 

The new version of FastNAS is launched on 9 November 2021, and is available for immediate delivery from GB Labs.

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