GB Labs to launch new extreme performance, Hybrid, cost effective shared storage range at IBC 2016

GB Labs to launch new extreme performance, Hybrid, cost effective shared storage range at IBC 2016

This year at IBC, GB Labs will be launching a ground-breaking shared storage range called FastNAS which seamlessly combines the benefits of hard disk drive (HDD) and Solid-State Drive (SSD) in one box.

The FastNAS range is the result of GB Labs eight years of pioneering SSD shared storage and hybrid disk technology. This research and development put us well ahead of our competition with a pedigree in proven technology.

This turnkey content creation system, with features of our larger systems is ideal for anybody interested in ultra-high performance combined with large capacities. The range has an incredible price point starting from only $9,999.

With performance up to 3GB/s, 1Gb, 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet options, capacities up to 320TB and dynamic expansion built in as standard. Our unique Nitro technology combines two very different disk characteristics to provide the benefits of both. Nitro works in harmony to intelligently streamline demanding digital media and entertainment workflows.

Users can work collaboratively with virtually all creative software in a cross-platform environment without requiring extensive IT knowledge. Easy-to-use, easy-to-support and backed by a global support team.

FastNAS features CORE.3 Lite OS, a new version of our award-winning CORE.3 OS, which has been perfected to giving users incredible tools and outstanding performance combined with ultimate stability.

Find us on stand: 7.J15 at IBC 2016.

GB Labs' Broadcast Asia 2016 Preview

GB Labs' Broadcast Asia 2016 Preview

Digibase will be available to discuss GB Lab’s range of media storage at Broadcast Asia on stand 5E1-01.

GB Labs have a host of exciting announcements at this year’s Broadcast Asia. Latest developments have led to our software breaking further boundaries to give you even more performance, as well as new intelligent workflow tools.

We have a new multi layered data protection system, available with our ECHO nearline products. Not only does ECHO have the performance to stand in for your online storage in the event of a problem, but we have engineered extreme failover resilience into our new model. If you can’t afford to have downtime on your storage, we’ve made it bullet proof.

Find out more about our new ‘VAULT’ product at Broadcast Asia – The world’s fastest multi drive LTO platform. VAULT includes LTO-7 drives with 40GbE connectivity making it a real powerhouse. This combined with our unique HyperWrite technology gives us the confidence to call VAULT the ‘World’s fastest.'

GB Labs has been pioneering SSD shared storage for many years now and this year we will be showing our three step SSD platform. The range is designed to serve anyone working with multiple users in a high-resolution environment. Our SPACE SSD is the only storage solution that allows online editing of 2K and 4K DPX files in a shared environment. Options are split by sustained disk performance starting at 3GB/s, moving to 6GB/s and then 9GB/s. If you are wondering which one is best for you, please just come and ask.

At the core of all our systems is our intelligent operating system. The launch of CORE.3.4 is packed with new features to improve and optimise your workflow. An exciting new feature ‘Snapshot’ will allow you to go back in time, allowing you to retrieve projects before problems occurred and restore them. We can even ‘Snapshot’ any third-party storage. We’ve had CORE.3.4 tested with clients and we’re confident you will love it as much as they did.

We will have a wealth of knowledge and experience on our stand at Broadcast Asia and will be happy to advise you on any storage or workflow issues you may be facing. We look forward to seeing you there.

GB Labs Adopts NewTek NDI for IP Production Workflow

GB Labs Adopts NewTek NDI for IP Production Workflow

Tuesday, April 19th 2016

GB Labs, the world’s leading manufacturer of Network Attached Storage (NAS), today announced its adoption of NewTek’s open Network Device Interface (NDITM) standard for IP- based production workflows for its range of high speed, media specific storage. With NDI enabled, their SPACE product range will be recognisable as a source by other NDI-enabled devices and systems connected to a standard ethernet local area network, exponentially increasing the number of video sources available for live production.

GB Labs’s SPACE storage range with NDI integrates seamlessly with NewTek’s TriCaster multi-camera video production systems. This allows production directors to pull from multiple data sources at speeds of up to 9GB/s making this the world’s fastest NAS on the market. GB Labs’ storage has feature rich workflow tools built in to its CORE operating system making for a compelling workflow.

This new standard for live production IP workflow is bi-directional and backwards compatible with a large number of devices from top manufacturers already utilising NewTek’s open protocol allowing IP connectivity between devices. GB Labs’ SPACE storage range will be part of the NewTek Developer Network, the industry’s largest ecosystem of IP- enabled products using the same standard.

“The broadcast industry has been shouting out for an IP workflow solution” said Ben Pearce, Vice President of GB Labs. “GB Labs are delighted to be involved with NewTek’s NDI Developer Network as they lead the way in IP workflow solutions.”

“IP workflows look to revolutionise video production,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of Business Development for NewTek. “GB Labs is highly respected both at NewTek and within the industry. By GB Labs enthusiastically embracing NDI, best-of-breed products like SPACE will help make NDI the most widely adopted IP standard on the market that’s working and in the hands of customers today.”

NDI is now available as a royalty free software developer kit (SDK) for any company looking to establish IP workflows within their organisation, or in production tools and systems they manufacture.

For more information on NDI, visit ndi.newtek.com.

GB Labs NAB 2016 Preview

GB Labs NAB 2016 Preview

31st March 2016

GB Labs have a host of exciting announcements at this year’s NAB. Latest developments have led to our software breaking further boundaries to give you even more performance, as well as new intelligent workflow tools.

We will be demonstrating our new multi-layered data protection system, available with our ECHO nearline products. Not only does ECHO have the performance to stand in for your online storage in the event of a problem, but we have engineered extreme resilience into our new model. If you can’t afford to have downtime on your storage, we’ve made it bullet-proof.

Our new product ‘VAULT’ will be launching at NAB – The World’s fastest multi drive LTO platform. VAULT includes LTO-7 drives with 40GbE connectivity making it a real powerhouse. This, combined with our unique HyperWrite technology gives us the confidence to call VAULT the ‘world’s fastest.’ Feel free to disagree until you’ve visited our stand and seen VAULT in action.

GB Labs has been pioneering SSD shared storage for many years now and this year we will be showing our three step SSD platform. The range is designed to serve anyone working with multiple users in a high-resolution environment. Our SPACE SSD is the only storage solution that allows online editing of 2K and 4K DPX files in a shared environment. Options are split by sustained disk performance starting at 3GB/s, moving to 6GB/s and then 9GB/s. If you are wondering which one is best for you, please just come and ask.

At the core of all our systems is our intelligent operating system. The launch of CORE.3.4 is packed with new features to improve and optimise your workflow. An exciting new feature ‘Snapshot’ will allow you to go back in time, allowing you to retrieve projects before problems occurred and restore them. We can even ‘Snapshot’ any third-party storage. We’ve had CORE.3.4 tested with clients and we’re confident you will love it as much as they did.

We will have a wealth of knowledge and experience on our stand at NAB and will be happy to advise you on any storage or workflow issues you may be facing. We look forward to seeing you there.

GB Labs and DFT demonstrate latest NAS storage solution for Scanity HDR at NAB 2016

GB Labs and DFT demonstrate latest NAS storage solution for Scanity HDR at NAB 2016

Digital Film Technology (DFT) has been at the forefront of film scanning technology for over 75 years providing solutions for film post production, archive and restoration markets with a range of high quality, leading edge products and services. Their film scanning process requires powerful media storage, which is traditionally achieved using Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions. Working closely with GB Labs, an alternative solution, Network Attached Storage (NAS) is now available for the first time on Scanity HDR.

DFT Inner

Film scanning to modern file formats such as 2K and 4K DPX puts media storage through its paces. Consistent and extreme performance is required to ensure files are ingested without any corruption or dropped frames. The choice of suitable storage has been limited predominantly to traditional SAN solutions, but now, with the availability of GB Labs’ new system, customers can choose between two alternatives – either traditional SAN or latest NAS. Traditionally, DFT had recommended Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions to their clients, as the only option able to handle the massive data streams needed by their Scanity HDR product.

However, the new range of NAS solutions from GB Labs offers a solution which is easier to install, set up and implement. The solutions are very fast and can work with third party applications without the need for expensive client software licences.

GB Labs’ NAS range of SPACE media storage represents 15 years of storage innovation in the media industry. They are renowned for pushing the boundaries of storage innovation where others have failed. The SPACE storage range empowers creative workflows worldwide and GB Labs provide solutions to some of the best-known names in Media and Entertainment.

DFT’s Scanity HDR can output huge 16-bit file sizes in either 4K TIFF or DPX whilst scanning. Following extensive testing, GB Labs’ SPACE SSD solution is an ideal match for Scanity HDR and is capable of speeds of up to 9GB/s, more than enough to make Scanity HDR run at its optimum performance. What's more, if additional capacity or performance for a project is required, the SSD is easily expandable and further performance is quickly achievable by adding GB Labs HyperSpace product. Because SPACE SSD is compact, it can be housed within the Scanity HDR casing, and can be purchased together as a turnkey solution from DFT if required.

Both DFT and GB Labs will be attending this year’s NAB in Las Vegas. You can see Scanity HDR running with SPACE SSD and scanning 4K DPX files for yourself in the South Lower Hall on stand number: SL10530.

Alternatively, if you would like to see what else the GB Labs' range of NAS media storage could do for you, please visit; also in the South Lower Hall, on Stand: SL5517.

Space Scanity Connection

Aardman choose GB Labs' Media Storage

Aardman choose GB Labs' Media Storage

Award-winning animation studio, Aardman, create film, broadcast, advertising and interactive entertainment. Their work includes Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run; to name but a few.

Aardman approached GB Labs initially because they were having problems with their existing SAN solution. Not only were upgrades disruptive to projects, but they also found that upgrading meant some of their hardware would become redundant. The first stage of the project was to introduce ECHO Bridge which literally bridged the gap and recycled their existing fibre RAIDs.

Realising the power the ECHO Bridge product had achieved, discussions soon began internally with their CGI department who were having issues with their existing media storage. GB Labs were called in to do some testing on their network dataflow. Testing was carried out with one of our SSD products and the results led us to recommend our HyperSpace solution for CGI, editing and render farm.

GB Labs installed a 3.2TB HyperSpace accelerator over 192TB of SPACE+ HDD. Not only will this solution cater for their current requirements, but it is also expandable to 30TB acceleration over 2.3PB of HDD, making this solution future proof.

The solution serves more than 40 workstations using DaVinci Resolve, Nuke, Maya, 3ds Max, Adobe Creative Cloud and also the 25-node render farm.

GB Labs are delighted to have an ongoing relationship with Aardman, one of the best-known names in global animation.

“The addition of SPACE+ and HyperSpace to our production workflow has enabled us to join together our edit, CGI & render, and grade suite to access the same fast storage, with specific clients in each area connected over 10Gb/s links. Our aging edit SAN storage has been recycled and now connected into ECHO Bridge to allow us to continue to grow our offline and archive storage area as different projects require, and also allows for mix platforms on the client side.” Paul Reeves - Aardman

iFrame of Aardman Showreel from Aardman Animations on Vimeo.

GB Labs and Marquis announce technical partnership

GB Labs and Marquis announce technical partnership

GB LABS IBC 2015 NEWS

24th July, 2015 | GB LABS Stand: 7J15B Marquis Broadcast, experts in content workflows and media integration software, specialise in moving media, has today announced it has teamed up with GB Labs' storage to show the integration of its collaborative Avid editing tools with both Marquis’ Workspace Parking, the ‘set & forget’ disaster recovery solution for Avid workspaces plus Project Parking, Marquis’ popular archive and retrieve solution.

“We have been working closely with GB Labs for a number of years,” confirms Tom Hassell, Marketing Communications Manager. “Our collaboration and the integration of our solutions now means Avid facilities can have total control over their media files and video projects. The result of the integration is a seamless shared editing and archiving workflow that delivers considerable cost-savings and greatly enhanced productivity.”

GB LABS IBC 2015 NEWS

“GB Labs’ Avid editing tools for our SPACE units in combination with Project Parking enables supervisors to have a complete oversight of every project and each associated file, which is essential for storage management data security, project restoration and disaster recovery,” explains GB Labs Spokesperson, Ben Pearce. “For Avid workgroups this means that projects can be archived and restored very quickly, and primary storage arrays can be managed far more efficiently. GB Labs’ fast networked storage is optimised for Avid sharing; its primary, nearline and tape-based systems sit on the same network for instant user access and very high-speed data transfer."

“Thanks to the Marquis software, GB Labs’ Avid customers can immediately locate every project wherever it is stored on the network, recognise every duplicate file, manage redundant clips and easily transfer completed jobs to nearline or offline storage, ready to be restored as needed.

“With the new integration of Workspace Parking, it is also easy to store the back-up entire workspaces,” continues Ben. “Individual projects or bins of older versions of projects can then be easily identified and restored to an ISIS or laptop immediately, providing a complete and rapid business continuity solution. We are looking forward to demonstrating these innovative solutions at IBC 2015.”

About Marquis

Marquis moves media! Marquis moves media and metadata between different systems in broadcast and post-production workflows. We enable broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes by providing a range of media integration products designed for the data-intensive and challenging requirements of today's fast-paced broadcasting environments. For further information please see:www.marquisbroadcast.com

About GB Labs

GB Labs’ range of SPACE products represents 15 years of storage innovation in the media industry. All of our solutions have been developed to solve ‘real world’ needs - designed with customers, for customers. The company empowers creative workflows worldwide for a number of sectors including broadcast, post production and film. Customers range from small to large enterprises, with the product range able to look after their needs from ingest to archive and everything in between.

GB Labs aims ultra-high at Broadcast Asia 2015

GB Labs aims ultra-high at Broadcast Asia 2015

Storage manufacturer, GB Labs will be exhibiting brand new equipment and making important announcements at this year’s Broadcast Asia in Singapore.

New Product Launch

On the product development front, the company will launch SPACE+, an enhanced tier 1 shared storage device with very high capacities and superior performance. Available in base configurations up to 128TB and expandable to 6PB, it is ideal for very large HD workgroups and teams operating with massive projects. While it is class-leading as an online HDD RAID storage system, when paired with the SSD-based HyperSpace accelerator, it can deliver and sustain truly remarkable bitrates. With a 400% boost in performance, SPACE+ can support shared 4K environments.

“SPACE+ is the platform that broadcasters and post houses in Asia need as editing and grading workgroups grow in size and as the transition to UltraHD draws near. Its size, scalability and speed make it a truly future-proofed investment.” Commented Ben Pearce, Sales & Marketing Director of GB Labs.

Partnerships Bear Fruit

Alongside the release of the new storage platform, the company is unveiling a critical new partnership with ToolsOnAir to provide the storage backbone for its broadcast suite. At the same time, GB Labs is announcing the availability of a new plug-in from CatDV that intelligently connects the media asset manager to SPACE LTO systems. This gives users full control over the movement of files and projects from offline to nearline and online platforms, with full transparency over the status of jobs and the location of files.

A key development in GB Labs’ relationship with Marquis Broadcast, the market leader in collaborative Avid editing tools, is also being announced. The company’s new Workspace Parking and disaster recovery solution is now supported by GB Labs' storage systems. This gives users complete oversight of every project and each associated file, which is essential for multi-tier storage management, data security and project restoration.

“GB Labs has always created platforms that are play well with other manufacturers’ software and partnering with these best of breed solutions means that our customers do not need to make any compromises. We were among the first to support mixed OS workgroups and every major NLE; our deep integration with the industry’s best MAM and project workflow suppliers will now give our users the control, versatility and flexibility they need.” Concludes Pearce.

CatDV delves deep into GB Labs' LTO systems

CatDV delves deep into GB Labs' LTO systems

GB LABS IBC 2015 NEWS

24th July, 2015 | GB LABS Stand: 7J15B

GB Labs today announces comprehensive integration between CatDV and its LTO systems. The new plug-in called QLS Archive was developed by QLS Distribution, the essential middleware that links CatDV with SPACE storage devices.

GB Labs today announces comprehensive integration between CatDV and its LTO systems. The new plug-in called QLS Archive was developed by QLS Distribution, the essential middleware that links CatDV with SPACE storage devices.

The new integration uses the GB Labs' SPACE API enables media technicians to move content seamlessly to and from tape archives, enabling fast project and asset searching, retrieval and moving to offline. Automated processes systematically transfer completed projects and aged files onto LTO tape, securing assets for the long term and freeing up space on shared tier 1 and tier 2 storage. The new plug-in also includes functionality to report on the status of archiving jobs and enables users to track tapes for fast data retrieval.

“This powerful integration makes data and project management significantly more efficient. It gives CatDV users full control over the movement of media between SPACE online and offline platforms and facilitates routine data management tasks.” Stated Ben Pearce, Sales and Marketing Director of GB Labs.

GB Labs’ SPACE range encompasses every tier of shared storage including 8K and 4K optimised SSD systems, massive nearline backup servers and multi-drive LTO-6 systems. The manufacturer has collaborated with CatDV for many years to make the management of media assets on network drives transparent and user-friendly.

"The development of QLS Archive allows CatDV and GB Labs’ SPACE tape range to communicate seamlessly, giving full status reporting and management when you archive and retrieve data from Mini LTO SPACE and LTO SPACE. Importantly, this collaboration now brings together two major players in the Media Asset Management and Storage market” Ken Bell - Managing Director, QLS Distribution Ltd 20150529 CatDV delves deep into GB Labs LTO systems2

Size meets speed: GB Labs launches SPACE+

Size meets speed: GB Labs launches SPACE+

GB LABS IBC 2015 NEWS

13th August, 2015 | GB LABS Stand: 7J15B

GB Labs adopts high speed 8TB disks, dual 40Gb adapters and new processors in readiness for 4K workflows.

UK manufacturer GB Labs has announced the launch of a new, very high specification, tier 1 shared storage product that is designed to support the fastest possible file-based workflows. The arrival of SPACE+ with its very high capacity and superior performance will help prepare facilities for the roll-out of 4K and 8K networks. Innovations implemented by GB Labs include dual 40Gb Ethernet network adapters and massive 8TB disks, as well as the latest generation of ultra-high-speed CPUs.

The net result of adopting these new technologies is a dramatic increase in networking speeds and higher capacity online and nearline storage. This tier 1 device now features a 128TB RAID storage; as such, a single nearline volume can now exceed 6PB. At the same time, advances in central processor units means that SPACE+ can now deliver files to the network at 50% higher bitrates compared with its stablemate, SPACE. This enhanced performance and capacity allow for data rates suitable for online UHD editing.

“Next generation video formats need faster shared storage, higher capacity central arrays and greater network bandwidth. Technologies like dual 40GbE adapters and 8TB disks are vital to give UltraHD workgroups the scope to share files and work on projects collaboratively, direct from storage. We are proud to be among the industry’s leading innovators, with a reputation for deploying the very latest technologies and developing next- generation storage.” Commented Ben Pearce, Sales & Marketing Director at GB Labs.

For customers planning the transition to 4K workflows, GB Labs supplies dual 10GbE adapters as standard. This gives users the option to install SPACE+ onto existing Ethernet networks, ready to upgrade in stages to faster data rates.

The use of HyperSpace in tandem with SPACE+ enables workgroups to complete the move to a completely online 4K workflow. HyperSpace is an SSD acceleration unit for SPACE HDD tier 1 storage arrays. Delivering in excess of 3GB/s data rates to client workstations, it facilitates 4K project sharing without the need to replace cost-effective HDD media with an expensive all-SSD array. The system has already been adopted by the likes of Technicolor and US commercials house Drive Thru for use in its Flame and DaVinci workgroups.

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