NAB Show used to be focussed on broadcasting – National Association of Broadcasters – but now is much broader, covering all manner of audio and video content creation and distribution. Video production is neccessarily storage intensive, so NAB was one of the must-see storage shows. Cloud vendors The cloud vendors were out in force. I ran into Ron Bianchini, whose company, Avere Systems, was bought by Microsoft a year ago. Their caching appliance will be the basis for ubiquitous caching across Azure, as well as Microsoft-branded enterprise hardware. I’m thinking that will be a first for Microsoft.Qumulo who says their file system enables an iPad Pro to paint pixel level video, using cloud computes, as if it were a $14,000 workstation, with almost no lag. The big win: the software is using a dollar’s worth of cloud computes over a week of 8 hours a day of demos. Thunderbolt 3 is ready for its closeup Most MacBooks and many mid to high end Wintel notebooks have Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. Notebooks are popular on-set tools, and Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s) has the bandwidth to handle 4k video, but few notebooks have terabytes of internal storage. Thus the popularity of tiny Thunderbolt 3 external SSDs and solid-state arrays. Glyph, a media and entertainment focused vendor noted for long warranties and excellent support, was also showing new Thunderbolt products, with more on the way. Their mil-spec Atom Pro, an NVMe SSD, offers up to 2TB capacity in pocket size form factor. The Storage Bits… [Read full story]
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