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Utilize Blu-ray for cold storage backups

ackups? Primearray quick facts:A BLU-RAY DBXL can hold up to 125GB a discMDISC lifespan (rated an estimated) is 1000 years Zero power usage to maintain that backupPrimeArray Maxtet product can support up to (12) BDXL readers and writers allowing (1) workstation or server to have up to 12 of these devices for archival functions by (1) USB connection! An extremely affordable option for lifetime cold storage backup(PrimeArray Maxtet product page link below)’s peek into Facebook’s Blu-ray archival libraryInside Facebook’s Blu-Ray Cold Storage Data Center- Facebook's Blu-Ray Cold Storage Data Center is a facility designed specifically to store rarely accessed data using Blu-Ray optical disc technologyThe data center consists of several large rooms with racks of Blu-Ray discs. Each disc has a capacity of 100GB, and they are organized into cartridges that can hold up to 12 discs each. The cartridges are stored in shelves that can hold up to 10,000 cartridges, and the entire facility can store up to 1 petabyte of data.The facility is designed to be highly energy-efficient, using outside air to cool the servers and discs, and taking advantage of Oregon's cool climate to minimize the need for air conditioning. In addition, the Blu-Ray discs are designed to last for decades, making them an ideal storage medium for rarely accessed data that needs to be preserved for a long time.Accessing data stored in the Blu-Ray Cold Storage Data Center can take longer than accessing data stored on traditional hard drives or solid-state drives, as the discs need to be physically located and retrieved. However, the cost savings associated with using Blu-Ray technology for long-term storage make it an attractive option for companies like Facebook that need to store massive amounts of data but don't need immediate access to all of it.Facebook’s cold storage system- Two billion photos are shared daily on Facebook services. Many of these photos are important memories for the people on Facebook and it's our challenge to ensure we can preserve those memories as long as people want us to in a way that's as sustainable and efficient as possible. As the number of photos continued to grow each month, we saw an opportunity to achieve significant efficiencies in how we store and serve this content and decided to run with it. The result was a new storage-based data center built literally from the ground up, with servers that power on as needed, managed by intelligent software that constantly verifies and rebalances data to optimize durability. Two of these cold storage facilities have opened within the past year, as part of our data centers in Prineville, Oregon, and Forest City, North Carolina.How Design Tweaks Drive Big Savings-  In the cold storage design, air enters the facility through louvers on the side of the building. The cooling is handled by a series of air handlers along the exterior wall, which consolidates the multi-step cooling and filtering into a single piece of equipment.Why Facebook thinks Blu-ray discs are perfect for the data center- Facebook's hardware guru thinks Blu-ray discs might have a brighter future in the data center than in consumers' homes.Panasonic to commercialize Facebook's Blu-ray cold storage systems- Facebook has said Blu-ray can cut costs significantly for long-term data storage. A couple of years ago, Facebook revealed it was using Blu-ray disks as a cost-efficient way to archive the billions of images that users uploaded to its service. Now, Panasonic has said it plans to commercialize the technology for other businesses and is working on new disks that will hold a terabyte of data.Panasonic is calling its product line "freeze-ray," because it's used for a type of storage known as cold storage, where large amounts of data need to be stored for long periods of time and are rarely accessed.When Facebook users upload photos, they're often viewed frequently in the first week, so Facebook stores them on solid-state drives or spinning hard disks. But as time goes on the images get viewed less and less. At a certain point, Facebook dumps them onto high-capacity Blu-ray discs, where they might sit for years without being looked at.Blu-ray discs were at risk of dying out as streaming services like Netflix took over, but the interest from Facebook and other vendors has kept the technology alive and is now driving down costs. Facebook has said its Blu-ray system is 50 percent cheaper than using hard disk drives for cold storage, and 80 percent more energy efficient.Facebook's first generation of systems used 100GB disks. Later this year it expects to deploy 300GB disks, Panasonic said, and the companies are working on 500GB and 1TB disks. Hundreds or even thousands of disks can go in a single system, giving petabytes of archival storage.Facebook Creates 1 Petabyte Storage Rack-  Facebook has developed a storage system that packs 1 petabyte of data into a single cabinet filled with 10,000 Blu-Ray optical discs. The company sees potential for Blu-Ray to lower the cost of cold data storage.Facebook hopes to put the Blu-Ray storage unit into production by the end of this year, providing "ultra-cold" storage for older photos. The company showed off its prototype this week at the Open Compute Summit. But it's not just a novelty. Over the long term, Facebook believes Blu-Ray has the potential to move beyond its origins in consumer video and became a durable, cost-effective data storage medium.Blu-Ray is not ideal for primary storage because data can't be retrieved instantly. But it has other selling points, especially cost. Using Blu-Ray disks offers savings of up to 50 percent compared with the hard disks Facebook is using in its newly-completed cold storage facility at its data center in Oregon. The Facebook prototype also uses 80 percent less energy than cold storage racks, since the Blu-Ray cabinet only uses energy when it is writing data during the initial date "burn," and doesn't use energy when it is idle.Robotic Retrieval System- In less than six months, the Facebook team built a prototype using Panasonic discs and a robotic retrieval system similar to those used to retrieve the tape from archived storage units. The end result was a seven-foot cabinet that's compatible with the Open Rack standard. The rack includes 24 magazines, which each house 36 sealed cartridges, each of which contains 12 Blu-Ray discs. When a disc is needed, the robotics system retrieves the magazine. See this video from the Facebook Engineering team for a demonstration.Each disc is certified to retain data for 50 years. The system can operate in a wide range of environmental conditions.
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Forensic Workstations / Forensic Loaders

o large streamline their digital forensics gatherings for decades?  Our products make extracting evidence from various media formats easy!PrimeArray Maxtet Media loaders - Is Digital Forensics?Digital forensics is the practice of identifying, acquiring and analyzing electronic evidence. Today almost all criminal activity has a digital forensics element, and digital forensics experts provide critical assistance to police investigations. Digital forensic data is commonly used in court proceedings.An important part of digital forensics is the analysis of suspected cyberattacks, with the objective of identifying, mitigating, and eradicating cyber threats. This makes digital forensics a critical part of the incident response process. Digital forensics is also useful in the aftermath of an attack, to provide the information required by auditors, legal teams, or law enforcement.Electronic evidence can be gathered from a variety of sources, including computers, mobile devices, remote storage devices, internet of things (IoT) devices, and virtually any other computerized system.Why Is Digital Forensics Important?Digital forensics is commonly thought to be confined to digital and computing environments. But in fact, it has a much larger impact on society. Because computers and computerized devices are now used in every aspect of life, digital evidence has become critical to solving many types of crimes and legal issues, both in the digital and in the physical world.All connected devices generate massive amounts of data. Many devices log all actions performed by their users, as well as autonomous activities performed by the device, such as network connections and data transfers. This includes cars, mobile phones, routers, personal computers, traffic lights, and many other devices in the private and public spheres.Digital evidence can be used as evidence in the investigation and legal proceedings forData theft and network breaches—digital forensics is used to understand how a breach happened and who were the attackers.Online fraud and identity theft—digital forensics is used to understand the impact of a breach on organizations and their customers.For violent crimes like burglary, assault, and murder—digital forensics is used to capture digital evidence from mobile phones, cars, or other devices in the vicinity of the crime.White collar crimes—digital forensics is used to collect evidence that can help identify and prosecute crimes like corporate fraud, embezzlement, and extortion.What Are the Different Branches of Digital Forensics?Here is a brief overview of the main types of digital forensics:Computer Forensics-Computer forensic science (computer forensics) investigates computers and digital storage evidence. It involves examining digital data to identify, preserve, recover, analyze and present facts and opinions on inspected information.This branch of computer forensics uses similar principles and techniques to data recovery but includes additional practices and guidelines that create a legal audit trail with a clear chain of custody.Mobile Device ForensicsMobile device forensics focuses primarily on recovering digital evidence from mobile devices. It involves investigating any device with internal memory and communication functionality, such as mobile phones, PDA devices, tablets, and GPS devices.Network ForensicsThe network forensics field monitors, registers, and analyzes network activities. Network data is highly dynamic, even volatile, and once transmitted, it is gone. It means that network forensics is usually a proactive investigation process.Digital Forensic Process – Like any other branch of applied science, digital forensics has its protocols and a structured process. It can be divided into five stages: identifying, preserving, analyzing, documenting, and representing steps.Identification-The first stage implies the identification of investigation goals and required resources. The analysts also identify the evidence, the type of data they deal with, and the devices the data is stored on. Digital forensics specialists work with all kinds of electronic storage devices: hard drives, mobile phones, personal computers, tablets, etc.Preservation- At this stage, analysts ensure that the data is isolated and preserved. Usually, it means that no one can use the device until the end of the investigation, so the evidence remains secure.Analysis- The analysis stage includes a deep systematic search for any relevant evidence. The specialists work with both system and user files and data objects. Based on the found evidence, the analysts draw conclusions.Documentation- At this stage, all the found relevant evidence is documented. It helps to extend the crime scene and prompts investigation. Any digital evidence is recorded together with photos, sketches, and crime scene mapping.Reporting- At the final stage, all evidence and conclusions are reported according to forensics protocols, which include the methodologies and procedures of the analysis and their explanation.TYPES OF DIGITAL EVIDENCES - Digital evidence is any sort of data stored and collected from any electronic storage device. Digital evidence can also be retrieved from wireless networks and random-access memory. There are many types of electronic evidence and methodologies for their retrieval, storage, and analysis. The types of electronic evidence include but are not limited to the following examples:Media files (photo, video, audio);User account data (usernames, passwords, avatars);Emails (content, senders’ and receivers’ information, attachments);Web browser history;Phone calls (video, audio);Databases;Accounting program files;Windows registry system files;RAM system files;Any type of digital files (text files, spreadsheets, PDF files, bookmarks, etc.);Records from networking devices;ATM transaction logs;GPS logs;Electronic door logs;CCTV cameras records;Hidden and encrypted data;Printer, fax, and copy machine logs;Computer backups.A Guide to Digital Forensics And Cybersecurity Tools- Digital devices are ubiquitous, and their use in chain-of-evidence investigations is crucial. Today’s smoking gun is more likely to be a laptop or a phone than a more literal weapon. Whether such a device belongs to a suspect or victim, the vast swathes of data these systems contain could be all an investigator needs to put together a case.That said, retrieving that data securely, efficiently, and lawfully is not always a simple endeavor. As a result, investigators rely on new digital forensics tools to assist them.Digital forensics tools are all relatively new. Up until the early 1990s, most digital investigations were conducted through live analysis, which meant examining digital media by using the device-in-question as anyone else would. However, as devices became more complex and packed with more information, live analysis became cumbersome and inefficient. Eventually, freeware and proprietary specialist technologies began to crop up as both hardware and software to carefully sift, extract, or observe data on a device without damaging or modifying it.Digital forensics tools can fall into many different categories, including database forensics, disk and data capture, email analysis, file analysis, file viewers, internet analysis, mobile device analysis, network forensics, and registry analysis. In addition, many tools fulfill more than one function simultaneously, and a significant trend in digital forensics tools are “wrappers”—one that packages hundreds of specific technologies with different functionalities into one overarching toolkit.New tools are developed daily, both as elite government-sponsored solutions and basement hacker rigs. The recipe for each is a little bit different. Some of these go beyond simple searches for files or images and delve into the arena of cybersecurity, requiring network analysis or cyber threat assessment. When there is a tool for everything, the most pressing question is which one to use.Below, Forensics Colleges has collected some of the best digital forensics and cybersecurity tools. In selecting from the wide range of options, we considered the following criteria:Affordability: Price may not indicate quality, but collaborative peer reviews can be. Most of the tools below are open-sourced, and all are free and maintained by a community of dedicated developers.Accessibility: Unlike some proprietary brands which only sell to law-enforcement entities, all of these are available to individuals.Accountability: Whether through open-source projects or real-world testimonials, experts have thoroughly vetted these technologies.Featured Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Tools- Autopsy- Autopsy is a digital forensics platform and graphical interface that forensic investigators use to understand what happened on a phone or computer. It aims to be an end-to-end, modular solution that is intuitive out of the box. Select modules in Autopsy can do timeline analysis, hash filtering, and keyword search. In addition, they can extract web artifacts, recover deleted files from unallocated space, and find indicators of compromise. All of this can be done relatively rapidly.Autopsy runs background jobs in parallel so that even if a full search takes hours, a user will know within minutes whether targeted keywords have been found. In addition, investigators working with multiple devices can create a central repository through Autopsy that will flag phone numbers, email addresses, or other relevant data points.Developed by the same team that created The Sleuth Kit, a library of command line tools for investigating disk images, Autopsy is an open-source solution, available for free in the interests of education and transparency. Unfortunately, the latest version is written in Java, and it is currently only available for Windows.Bulk Extractor - Bulk Extractor scans a file, directory, or disk image. It extracts information without parsing the file system or file system structures, allowing it to access different parts of the disk in parallel, making it faster than the average tool. The second advantage of Bulk Extractor is that it can be used to process practically any form of digital media: hard drives, camera cards, smartphones, SSDs, and optical drives.The most recent versions of Bulk Extractor can perform social network forensics and extract addresses, credit card numbers, URLs, and other types of information from digital evidence. Other capabilities include creating histograms based on frequently used email addresses and compiling word lists, which can be helpful for password cracking.All extracted information can be processed either manually or with one of four automated tools, one of which incorporates context-specific stop lists (i.e., search terms flagged by the investigator) that remove some human error from digital forensics investigation. The software is available for free for Windows and Linux systemsComputer-Aided Investigative EnvironmentPrimeArray offers a full-scale forensic investigation platform designed to incorporate other tools and modules into a user-friendly graphic interface. Its interoperable environment is intended to assist investigators in all four stages of an investigation: preservation, collection, examination, and analysis. In addition, it comes with dozens of pre-packaged modules (Autopsy, listed above, is among them). Developed on Linux, the tool is entirely open-source and available for free.
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Data Centers in space or on the Moon?

icity, heat, clean rooms, air conditioning, and humidity.How would these electronics be fair in such different environments? Like in Space or on the Moon. For the time being PrimeArray has you covered here on planet Earth but let’s explore the future…If you haven’t followed the New Space Age closely, the next few decades may knock your socks off. Anticipated are a permanent presence on the moon, a commercial space station, private citizens traveling to orbit, space-based medical treatments, deep space travel, and a flurry of activity involving mining, producing, and exploiting space resources.  No one can be certain of the future, but if only a fraction of these projects come to pass, they will rely on large amounts of data. Data will be stored, accessed, and processed in space. And as data finds a home in space, we may also see more of Earth’s data moving into orbit. How would a space data center work?- Man could never have broken orbit without data storage – although he didn’t need much, compared to our present computing standards. The guidance computer on board Apollo 11, for example, only needed 4KB of RAM and a 32 KB hard disk to land Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface. An Apple Watch Series 7, by comparison, has 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.That’s not to say that space-bound computers haven’t caught up with their terrestrial cousins: the ISS’s supercomputer, for example, can operate in harsh environments and perform edge computing at teraflop speeds.  PrimeArray predicts that the future of space computing is less likely to focus on raw computing power than on distributed storage. Developing such a computer takes years, as does testing. Missions are also planned years in advance. By the time such a computer gets to space, it's woefully out of date.Space doesn’t like SSDs- The space-based system had 20 solid-state disk drives, of which nine had failed over the course of the mission. With the Earth-based twins, only one drive had failed.This time, NASA also wanted a system that would last for at least three years – the length of time it would take to go to Mars and back. So HPE doubled the hardware; now there are four servers total, two in each locker.Spaceborne Computer-2 includes the off-the-shelf HPE Edgeline Converged EL4000 Edge System, a rugged server designed to perform in harsher edge environments with higher shock, vibration, and temperature levels. It's paired with the industry standard HPE ProLiant DL360."The Edgeline 4000 includes a GPU so we can do AI, machine learning, and image processing,".Data Centers in Space – Stage 3: The Ultimate Data Center in Space- The deployment of mega-constellations and smallsats providing a sheer number of sensors in Low Earth Orbit “LEO” is driving the need for satellite data centers, to unleash the power of these emerging platforms.In a 3-part series, we will cover how Space systems are following in the footsteps of Terrestrial systems and will evolve to enable AI at the edge of space in Space-IoT™ satellites:Stage 1: Space data collectionWith thousands of LEO satellites in orbit collecting data, a few Space Data Centers in LEO or MEO will collect big data for AI model generation. The sheer number of satellites sending data acts as a multiplier that requires the Data Center to accept data at speed in a temporary buffer before it is committed to long-term storage. This data is then sent to Earth for AI model generationStage 2: Security and latency of data in space and in transit-The stored data may be public domain or maybe a national asset. The data in these Space data centers need to be secured and then transmitted back to earth and in the long run to Data Centers in GEO orbit using either traditional RF communication systems or lasers.Stage 3: The ultimate data center in space Data centers move into space to mitigate power consumption and pollution - The exponential increase in computing may mean that extra-terrestrial processing and storage facilities will soon be neededFor big problems, extraordinary solutions are needed. In light of the exponential increase in data volumes and computing, the European Commission thinks they have come up with just such a solution to reduce the energy expenditure and pollution produced by data centers. These facilities account for 10% of global energy consumption and “4% of the greenhouse gases produced by human activity, slightly higher than the global aerospace industry,” according to the University of Quebec’s College of Technology (Canada). The European Union has selected Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between the French technology corporation Thales Group (67%) and Italian defense conglomerate Leonardo (33%), to study the feasibility of the ASCEND (Advanced Space Cloud for European Net zero emissions and Data sovereignty) program.According to PrimeArray “digital infrastructures as a whole account for a substantial part of global energy consumption, and have a significant carbon footprint. In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa alone, data centers consume more than 90 terawatt hours a year, and produce emissions equivalent to 5.9 million vehicles (27 million tons of CO₂).”Some companies are tackling this problem by turning to carbon-free energy sources. Google Cloud recently signed a deal to build a 149-megawatt solar plant located near the city of Toro in northwest Spain and expects that it will provide 90% of the energy needed to power its Madrid-area facilities and other offices in Spain within three years. Similar Google Cloud facilities are already operating in Finland, the United States, and Canada. Amazon’s logistics center in Seville (Spain) has 13,300 solar panels with the capacity to generate 5.26 megawatts, the company’s largest such facility in Europe.Space Is the Final Frontier for Data Centers - Last year marked the first-time humanity deployed a conventional data center in space. The HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 – a set of HPE Edgeline Converged EL4000 Edge and HPE ProLiant machines, each with an Nvidia T4 GPU to support AI workloads – was sent to the International Space Station in February of 2021.This is the first off-the-shelf server deployed in space to run actual production workloads.Time for a hardware refresh- Elsewhere in space – on Mars landers, in satellites, in space station control systems – most of the computers are decades old.The ISS itself runs on Intel 80286SX CPUs that date back to the late 1980s. There are also more than a hundred laptops on the ISS, as well as tablets and other devices. They are used as remote terminals to the command-and-control multiplexer demultiplexer computers, as well as for email, Internet, and recreation.Key systems run on hardened hardware that is protected against radiation. That means that they use either redundant circuits or insulating substrates instead of the usual semiconductor wafers on chips.The invention of selectors delivers high enough density MRAM to enable True High-Density Data Centers to store data from LEO and MEO for the generation of AI models in space without going back to earth. Space becomes autonomous and independent of Terrestrial support eliminating the need for a link to Earth. This is essential if we are to deploy a similar model around the Moon and Mars. Backhauling to earth will not be an option.
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Media Migration Service from PrimeArray Disc Data Migration DVD CD Ripping Services!

acing them as digital files on a hard disc. Rip, ripping, archiving discs, and data migration to other media is a great way to not only reduce the physical size of your discs or media, but also help ensure the safety of your data for future use. A leading producer of quick turn, high quality, low price, DVD CD ripping services, DVD CD archiving services, DVD CD data ripping, copying cds to hard disc and data migration with files such as mp3, wav, ogg, flac or save your DVD CD data to storage are all offering at PrimeArray for quick and easy service. It is no secret that data is what drives a business. With a large volume of data coming in from different sources, upgrading the current data system or upgrading to another system often becomes necessary. We allow you to expand the data storage and management capabilities of an organization. At one point or another, most business requires to migrate data either to a public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, or a multi-cloud environment. PrimeArray Media Migration solution migrates data into the appropriate format and it without interrupting your everyday data backup practice, without stretching staff tasks and budget. PrimeArray media Migration solution migrates the business data into the right formats for secured retention and easy access in the future. Our experts will help you understand the specific organization and design features an optimal media migration and retention process. PrimeArray Media Migration Services is a tailored solution designed to support the specific needs of your digital transformation agenda bridging the gap between physical and digital. PrimeArray provides secure, seamless, easy-to-use, extremely fast turnaround, and fully logged extracting.Reduce the headaches associated with internally extracting this media and leave it to the expertsWhile media is secured and reliable, these physical storage devices require manual processes that are often time-consuming and complex. As a result, most of people could spend days or weeks and with a limited IT budget, looking for data when need it most. Not anymore – PrimeArray can help identify, move, restore, and migrate data and information stored on any media type. PrimeArray Media Migration Service can help with:Collect physical media; whether it is CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, USB sticks, memory cards, zip disc, etc. We are experts in categorizing and organization of this media well extracting. We can rename every piece of media if needed as we extract Move Data: Data Migration ServicesRescue Data: Hard Disk Drive Recovery ServicesDispose Data: Secure IT Asset Disposition (SITAD)Free up that space that is consumed by the media
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PrimeArray wishes happy New year 2023

days away from ending this year 2022 and very close to welcoming a new year, 2023. This past year has been great for PrimeArray, thanks to all our team members, customers, and suppliers, without whom we would not have continued to reap success and joy.Throughout 2022, PrimeArray Systems has positioned itself at the forefront among the different competitors in the sector, providing new solutions and improving existing ones.This year we have:Worked on the development of an R&D project for the remote inspection of automatic storage systems. The project has consisted of developing a specific Remote Inspection Device for Automatic Storage Systems.Developed a study of the real behavior of certain Data Storage Solutions, DVD, CD Backup, Equipment, iSCSI Server, Custom Servers, NAS Servers, media loaders  With the information obtained, it has been possible to carry out more precise calculations and simulations, which allow optimizing the design, allowing this, to project lighter and more efficient structures. From our studies and experience, we have realized that before you invest in server or storage resources, consider that a brand-new backup method might be a better fit for your current requirements.  We Primearray have made a detailed breakdown of different backup configurations on their expert exchange. Expanded our services department, and enhanced our software packages including our Maxtet auto-copying software. And also, this summer we celebrated our 23rd anniversary.There is no more appropriate moment to say “Thank you” and wish everyone, customers, suppliers, and our entire staff, Merry Christmas and a new year full of health, happiness, and prosperity.Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2023 from the entire PrimeArray team!
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8K Films and Data Management

ve pixelsWhat is 8K TV-8K resolution is a resolution that goes beyond 4K. Specifically it’s a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, which adds up to 8,000,000 pixels. The resolution is high enough to produce a very detailed image, but it’s also high enough to look very sharp even when you’re looking at it up close. You can clearly make out the details, lines, and colors in 8K video, but you might want to sit a bit distance from the screen to fully appreciate the detail.8K Transport- 8K can use several types of cable/connectivity for transfer:HDMI 2.1DisplayPort v1.412G-SDI over coaxial or fiber12G-SDI offers the highest quality transport for passing 8K/UltraHD2 video and utilizes 4x 12G-SDI for 8K transport. HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort v1.4 both carry 8K/UltraHD2 via single cables, but generally at shorter distances, typically connecting displays to graphics cards or video devices that support HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort v1.4.Hollywood’s Huge (And growing!) Storage Demands – Blockbuster movies are exciting to watch but behind the scenes they create huge storage requirements for producers. This PrimeArray will take a close look at key factors affecting the storage needs of the media and entertainment industry and discuss how LTO technology can help. Quiet on the set – Action!Hard drives, SSDs and other mediaPrimeArray is using hyper-converged systems with petabyte hard drives and solid-state or NVMe caching, it's now possible to store video on what would traditionally be considered primary storage.PrimeArray Performance Storage Solution— Dedicated On-Premises Storage ServersThe one top-tier solution for the storage problems that come your way in the video production industry is the on-premises dedicated storage servers. These servers can be of many types, such as NAS, SAN, or DAS. These storage solutions can either be connected to servers or workstations to improve the remote workflows. Here are some of the storage solutions:PrimeArray Direct Attached Storage (DAS)These directly attached storage discs— as clear from the name— can be connected locally to the servers and workstations. These DAS discs have grown and progressed through various technologies such as SATA, PATA, SCSI, SAS, etc.Storage Area Network (SAN)Storage Area Network (SAN) can offer data storage solutions that works best for remote teams, especially when you have different departments or teams such as the editing team, proofing team, and delivery team; SAN can take up multiple networks in one drive in storage area network. This performing storage can be divided further to be utilized on different storage servers. The SAN has two types, as mentioned below:iSCSIThe iSCSI storage networking can provide up to 1GB/s to 10 GB/s and utilize the SCSI commands. This is the first protocol that uses the end-to-end SCSI commands over the IP, and these protocols can be utilized with any storage server.Fiber ChannelThe Fibre Channel (FC) can manage to provide a speed of up to 20 GB/s and utilizes dedicated hardware such as a Host Bus Adaptor (HBA) which an ordinary hard disk drive cannot provide. Also, the cables utilized for connecting the server components are the special fiber channel cables.Network Attached Storage NASIf you want a single shared storage node, the server NAS has got you covered! The network storage server will have multiple disk options appearing as a single node in the RAID array. The NAS storage cannot be seen as the disk drive in a PC but as a network location. The NAS storage protocols include the CIFS, NFS, GFS, and AFS, allowing the users to have access to multiple files simultaneously in a single location. Thus, this NAS server storage system can be a good addition to your storage server setup for remote teams.
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Free data migrations with Purchase of PrimeArray storage device.

ata, permissions, shares, folders, access rights swapping of the IP addresses server names / mapped drives all for FREE.PrimeArray NAS is relatively easy to set upSetting up a PrimeArray NAS is relatively easy — it does not require much more tech knowledge than it took to set up Windows and navigate to this web page. Although NAS units have their own processor, motherboard, and RAM, most are controlled through an internet browser using a simple interface designed to be suitable for all users. PrimeArray's technicians will help you migrate your data, permissions, shares, folders, and access rights swapping of the IP addresses server names / mapped drives all for FREEPrimeArray NAS offers peace of mindMost computer users can relate to losing data. Your computer was infected with a virus and you had to reformat and ended up losing everything. Your hard drive failed. The SD card with your not-yet-backed-up business photos vanished. It happens. PrimeArray NAS can ultimately help you to avoid these scenarios. Files are saved on the NAS and accessed by your PC, meaning you won't lose any data if your PC hard drive or OS fails. A RAID 5 NAS setup using four drives allows for a drive to fail completely without losing any data. Replace the faulty drive and get back to work; the volume will be rebuilt in a few hours and you can still access your data, albeit it slowly, during the process.PrimeArray NAS offers increased storage spaceA common problem among PC users is a lack of storage space. Imagine: your desktop has three hard drives already, and you need to add more for all the 4K movies you just bought. Instead of transferring your files from one hard drive to another, larger hard drive, invest in a PrimeArray NAS. It can be expanded, and it can be accessed by multiple people from multiple devices.PrimeArray NAS makes file sharing easyHaving a hub in your home for movies, songs, photos, and games is easy to achieve with a NAS. Say you have movies on your beast of a desktop in the office upstairs, but your TV is in the rec room downstairs. Your NAS makes it easy to access those files from any other computer in the house, including the Xbox One attached to your TV.Small businesses and offices will benefit from multiple people being able to manage, store, version, and backup files from a single location instead of spreading out across all the machines in the office. Conversely, it is much easier for one person to access multiple files belonging to one project when they're kept on a centralized hub rather than multiple computers. USB printers that are not capable of wireless printing can be shared across the office or home with PrimeArray NAS.If you want to get particularly crazy with your backups, keep in mind that it's much easier to back up a single location (i.e. your PrimeArray NAS) than it is to back up multiple computers. All types of user will find an appropriate NAS, as they range in storage size from hundreds of gigabytes to several terabytes.PrimeArray NAS isn't throttled by ISP transfer speedsTransfer speeds between computers and a PrimeArray NAS using a Gigabit Ethernet connection can technically get up to 125MB/s, but most hard drives can only reach transfer speeds of about 70MB/s. Compare this with a cloud service where your transfer speeds are limited by your internet plan, bandwidth usage, and even the cloud service itself.PrimeArray NAS offers security featuresPrimeArray NAS units feature some type of encryption for disk volumes. This adds another level of security on top of the fact that your drives can be, if you wish, kept off the public internet. If your laptop is stolen it won't have your files on it — they're kept secure and separate on your NAS. In an office setting, it's much easier to keep tabs on one centralized NAS rather than multiple computers. Users might give individual computers access that isn't exactly secure, and you could suffer from the vulnerability before it is noticed.Reasons to upgrade a NASReason for upgrade the storage capacity of  NASUpgrade the HDDs in my NAS when the storage capacity hits around 80% filled. Of course, I’ll always try to house keep the contents in the NAS, empty out the recycle bins, remove unwanted backups and time machine images prior to buying new and large HDDs. Everyone will have the habit to stockpile files (and rubbish) in storage when we have abundance. That’s why regular housekeeping of the files in all your storage is important. Housekeeping triggered by the first alarm of hitting 80% storage capacity in the NAS can usually recover back at least 20-30% of the storage space and deferring the need to upgrade the HDDs in the NAS.Reason to upgrade the memory (RAM) of NASIf your NAS allows you to upgrade its RAM memory or even add on more cache, you should first consider what you are using your NAS for. If you are running VMs, Dockers, then the increase in RAM memory will certainly help your stuff to run more smoothly. However, do bear in mind that the NAS is still limited by its CPU capacity. Hence, just upgrade to the amount of RAM memory you need, don’t have to over-invest.Do I need to have SSD as cache in my NAS?For normal home usage of NAS, like as network storage or media servers, we dont need to have the secondary cache provided by the SSDs. It is recommend the use of the cache for power users such as online video editing or if your connected user base for the NAS is very high.Factors to be considered before upgrading the NASConsider these three factors for when to do NAS upgrade: (a) Obsolesce and Support, (b) Performance and Demand, and (c) New Features. Nobody feel comfortable using products that have reached their end of life or do not have any more support. This is especially important for things such as NAS and HDDs as we are using them as our backup. So whenever OEMs announce any of the products that you are using are going to be end-of-support (EOS) or when warranties run out, always do a technical refresh (tech-refresh) to replace them. For the second factor of performance and demand, always consider upgrading the setups whenever the equipment non longer is able to keep up with my workload demands or the performance you are expecting. For these, always consider interim or minor upgrades before taking the purge to replace the whole set of equipment. PrimeArray NAS products below
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Cloud storage vs Local on-premises servers

are stored on external servers, typically managed by another company. WHAT IS ON-PREMISES LOCAL STORAGE?“On-premises storage” is when data is stored on local hardware, such as servers, computers, or other devices. For example, if you purchase a server and set it up at your office, you and your team can store your data on that server. Because the server is locally operated, it is considered on-premises storage, sometimes known as “on-prem storage.”With on-premises storage, you own all the equipment.ON-PREMISES LOCAL VS. CLOUD STORAGE: WHICH IS BETTER?On-prem vs cloud storage: Can the cloud ever be as secure? - In today’s data-centric business environment, having a data security infrastructure that you can trust is essential. As cyberattacks become more frequent and more sophisticated, the need to bolster security only grows by the day.But can the best cloud storage platforms ever match the level of security afforded by storing data on-premises? In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about on-prem vs cloud storage, specifically focusing on data security. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF CLOUD STORAGE?One of the primary ways the cloud interacts with your company is in the way it stores data. Unlike on-premises servers with storage, cloud storage uses external servers managed by another company.A primary function of any business is the ability to store data in servers. After all, servers are the lifeblood of your organization. They store your information, connect your employees and allow you to connect with others around the world. In the past, on-site servers were the only options available to you, but now, cloud-based servers are a viable option.Cloud storage is a great option for many companies, as it provides cost-saving benefits along with functional ones like regular data backups and the ability to scale easily. Cloud storage is a great option for your company because it can:•         Reduce IT staff’s responsibilities: As your cloud storage will be managed by another company, your IT staff won’t have to take the time to install new software patches or updates, freeing up their time for other tasks.•         Eliminate capital expenses: While on-premises storage is considered a capital expense, cloud storage is considered an operational expense. Typically, on-premises storage requires a large initial investment to purchase equipment and install it in the office. As cloud storage is taken care of externally, there is no need for capital investment. Instead, companies will pay an affordable monthly subscription.•         Adjust to your budget: To help companies keep their initial costs low, organizations regularly pay for cloud storage on a month-by-month basis. No matter if you’re scaling up or scaling down, most cloud-based storage companies can adjust their prices to meet your budget. Additionally, cloud storage features can be adjusted, added or left out of plans altogether. This sort of flexibility is great for companies who expect change and don’t want to get locked into paying for services they don’t need.•         Perform regular data backups: The cloud offers easier data backup than on-premises servers ever could. Cloud-based servers give users peace of mind because they know if their computer goes haywire or their local files are deleted, they can find the information again. This ability to access information that would otherwise be lost means your company can minimize the risk of losing critical information.•         Adjust to your company’s needs: Cloud-based storage is built to scale. Need a few extra terabytes of data to store more data? Simply upgrade your plan with a click or two. Unlike a company’s own servers that would need to have new hardware installed, cloud-based servers can quickly be expanded to meet the needs of your company. For those companies growing quickly, it means that you’ll never have to worry about slowing down because your equipment can’t keep up.WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF LOCAL ON-PREMISES STORAGE?Unlike cloud storage, on-premises storage relies on infrastructure at your company’s brick-and-mortar office to manage your data. You’ll own all of the equipment, and you will be responsible for the lifecycle management. As you might guess, there are several pros and cons of on-premises solutions for data storage.Though cloud storage has been all the rage lately, some companies still believe that on-premises solutions are best suited for their business needs. For example, many enjoy the greater security that on-premises solutions and storage give their data. On-premises storage is a great option for your business because it can: •         Operate without internet: One of the major upsides to on-premises storage is that it doesn’t require users to have an internet connection to access data. Though most businesses rely on the internet to conduct business, there’s always a fear that the loss of a connection could harm productivity and make it impossible to access crucial data. On-premises servers will provide you with an internal network that is accessible anytime, no matter your internet connection. •         Lower monthly internet costs: If your business doesn’t rely on the internet or cloud-based services, you may not need to pay for such a high-speed connection. For those with on-premises storage, the need for a strong connection with fast download speeds is reduced even further. Based on your needs, you may not have to pay for a more expensive internet plan if you don’t have to access the cloud to view files. •         Provide greater security: Unlike cloud storage, which is more vulnerable to third parties and prying eyes, on-premises storage is completely restricted from anyone other than authorized personnel. On-premises servers are not accessible to those outside the network, as they are not storing the data online. For companies that handle sensitive data, like those in the financial industry, on-premises storage may be a preferred option. •         Offer control over server hardware: Some companies enjoy having dedicated servers within their building to handle all their needs. Instead of having to ask a cloud storage company to upgrade their storage plan or add new features, the company can simply do the upgrades themselves. Potentially, being able to modify the server’s hardware can give savvy companies greater flexibility and customization for their storage needs.   Overall PrimeArray systems would give cloud storage a D- on security mainly because their infrastructure is structured in a way that allows users to access the Internet is considered the Wild WestAnother factor in our grading on security is the fact that most of these servers are shared servers with other customers.You also give control over who is physically handling the servers, dealing with components that could fail or become outdated, and swapping some of these components may contain your valuable data.We feel that on-premise storage is protected by firewalls and the servers are not shared with other users. A standard firewall today is a serious roadblock for any prying eyes.Cloud storage may seem attractive because of its lower price at the starting point, but that monthly cost can add up to higher costs than owning the device.PrimeArray believes that cloud storage does have benefits for almost all businesses. It offers a form of off-site backups, a great place to store a disaster recovery image. However - PrimeArray systems would recommend encrypting your data prior to storing it on the cloud.    
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Specialized data migrations services

ly days our first product was a product designed to transfer data from media sources to a storage device for easy access redundancy rapid accessibility.Of course PrimeArray specializes in the most common pieces of media of optical discs / like data – CDs , DVDs , Blu-Ray , USB but you did know that we can also help with legacy formats such asZIP, JAZ, DITTO, TAPE, ETC?  Yes! We agree - These truly are some strange-looking pieces of media and they certainly serve a purpose in time but today these colorful pieces of media should only be used for extraction and to back up that valuable data before it’s lost forever. In fact, any attempt to access the data from these devices is best left to be done when you’re attempting to extract the data. If you need to migrate any of these devices or anything similar – PrimeArray migration services can help!Let’s explore some fun facts about each Tape, as an archive and data storage medium, has been around for over 60 years now and is still widely common among companies of all sizes.  The tape has its advantages - durability and low cost compared to other media - but that can also be its drawback. Over the years companies tend to change tape formats, as well as tape backup solutions.FLOPPY DISK, ZIP DISK, AND JAZ DRIVE TRANSFER SERVICE DETAILS - Have any of these old discs (3.25″ Floppy, Jaz, or Zip) holding long-lost information that you’d like to see again? At Leave A Legacy we can access your old files from your floppy, Jaz, and Zip discs (PC formatted and MAC formatted). We can do 100MB, 250MB, and 750MB zip drives and can do both 1GB & 2GB Jaz drives.PrimeArray team has the know-how to connect these old data storage devices and copy them to your modern flash drive or save your files to a server.The amount of storage available on the old floppy, Jaz, and zip discs is quite minimal compared to today’s devices. We can typically save all the files from a whole stack of these discs to a single CD or flash drive, but our files/data footprint was a lot smaller years ago.The amount of storage available on the old floppy, jaz, and zip discs is quite minimal compared to today’s devices. We can typically save all the files from a whole stack of these discs to a single CD or flash drive, but our files/data footprint was a lot smaller years ago.PrimeArray can migrate for you  Floppy discs, jaz discs, and zip discs before it’s too late.Who can put a price on your data, no one – Don’t lose it but leaving it on some legacy archiving disc. Let PrimeArray revive that data from the dead and get it back in your company’s hands!Before migrating, we plan out the process - we discussed your goals, and share with you all the options for the new storage devices. PrimeArrays talented technicians are well-skilled well versed and capable of migrating your data putting in an easy-to-view file and folder format. We can even rename each piece of media with a unique title per your specifications.Our data migration services are enterprise-grade.It’s important to plan the process thoroughly, mapping out the data structure and identifying problems that could prevent efficient data access in the future. An experienced migration specialist can be instrumental in proper planning — and tape specialists will be able to anticipate bottlenecks more effectively, keeping the project on track and within budget.Migrate to modern tape formats when switching backup solutions - If you’re migrating tapes to a new backup solution, you should also consider upgrading to newer formats!Switching to a new backup program can be extremely complicated, but it's an important process since newer solutions make data more searchable and can improve efficiency. Enterprises should always work with a data migration expert that has relevant experience.Total Data Migration provides migration services for every cartridge format and backup software system. By combining our decades of expertise with thorough documentation and a commitment to data security, we can provide the guidance you need to keep your project on track and within budget.The Advantages of Tape Storage - Magnetic tape data storage has always enjoyed several advantages over other media such as disks. It has a low cost-per-byte of storage for large volumes of data, making it an excellent choice for data file and database backups and archives. Tape can be stored for long periods, making them ideal for extended data retention required for legal, regulatory, or compliance reasons. Finally, tape reels or cartridges are a removable medium, making them an excellent choice when the security of an air gap between data and the computer mitigates hacking or stealing the data.Of course, the tape is a physically sequential medium. This makes it cumbersome and time-consuming to retrieve specific files or records stored somewhere on a tape. Recent developments such as linear tape-open (LTO) technology have reduced this by placing a chip in the tape cartridge that records metadata about the tape.The amount of data that can be stored on a tape cartridge has steadily increased. Today, the tape can store 15 terabytes (TB) of data. If data is compressed, this number may rise as high as 45 TB. This makes tape an excellent choice for capturing large amounts of data that is typically accessed sequentially. An example of this is the sensors in autonomous vehicles that can generate more than 20 TB of data per hour.How does a backup solution migration typically work?   A free consultation with a PrimeArray technician will map out, each step. We can conduct your migration in-house or at our lab. The most convenient way and inexpensive way is at our lab - simply we give you a prepaid shipping label you ship us the media we ship you back a new device! For more information about Data migration you can visit :
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HDD Magic

onto just a single platter. Some say it’s magic–we say it’s innovation. Here’s a look inside the magician’s hat at 18TB and 20TB HDDs.Ten years ago, the biggest hard drive you could purchase was a 2TB beast that contained five spinning disks and ten heads.  At the time, it was incredible that we could pack that much into a tight, one-inch-tall casing.  Over time, our leading five-platter design became an industry standard for data center storage.Today, the world of storage is undergoing dizzying and exciting changes. Flash has opened up a new world of fast-paced personal computing, mobile smart devices, real-time insights, and next-generation gaming. But at the same time, the explosion of data means that both consumers and businesses are moving data and applications from devices, machines, sensors, and laptopHard disk drive storage capacitySome of the most common storage drive capacities include the following:16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. This range is among the lowest for HDD storage space and is typically found in older and smaller devices.120 GB and 256 GB. This range is generally considered an entry point for HDD devices such as laptops or computers.500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. Around 500 GB and above of HDD storage is typically considered decent for an average user. Users can most likely store all their music, photos, videos, and other files with this much space. Individuals with games that take up a lot of space should find 1 TB to 2 TB of HDD space suitable.More than 2 TB. Anything over 2 TB of HDD space is suitable for users who work with high-resolution files, who need to store or house a large amount of data, or who want to use that space for backup and redundancy.Currently, the highest capacity HDD is 20 TB. However, an HDD actually has less space than advertised, as the operating system, file system structures and some data redundancy procedures use a portion of that space.HDDs vs. SSDs - The main alternative to hard disk drives are solid-state drives.Unlike hard disks, SSDs contain no moving parts. SSDs also have lower latency than HDDs, and therefore are often favored to store critical data that needs to be accessed quickly and for applications with a high input/output demand. SSDs are configured to deliver high read/write speeds for sequential and random data requests. Additionally, SSDs do not store data magnetically, so the read performance remains steady, regardless of where the data is stored on the drive. SSDs also have faster boot times.It is because of these benefits, and that HDDs are more vulnerable to breakdowns, that HDDs are now starting to be replaced by SSDs.However, even though most PC users have started to favor SSDs, HDDs -- along with magnetic tape -- are still used frequently to store large amounts of data. In part, this is because SSDs are more expensive than HDDs from a price-per-gigabyte standpoint. Many enterprise storage arrays ship with a mix of HDDs and SSDs to reduce costs while providing better performance. SSDs also have a set life expectancy, with a finite number of write cycles before performance slows. Compared to an HDD, SSDs fail fasterIt’s sometimes hard to imagine our world before data was interminably at our fingertips. But it really wasn’t all that long ago. Twenty years ago, integrating mobile phones and photography was a concept taking its first clumsy baby steps.  Ten years ago, the biggest hard drive you could purchase was a 2TB beast that contained five spinning disks and ten heads.  At the time, it was incredible that we could pack that much into a tight, one-inch-tall casing.  Over time, our leading five-platter design became an industry standard for data center storage.For general-purpose applications, we are now shipping our 18TB Ultrastar DC HC550.  It now contains 9- disks which is one more than our last generation 14TB.  That equates to 2TB per disk!  We have gone from 2TB on 5-disks, to 2TB on a single disk.Helium: Enables more Disks -  The benefits of helium in hard drives were recognized for years, but Western Digital was the first to figure out how to keep helium sealed inside a mass-produced drive.  While we have made a few optimizations, the basic design has proven to be very robust and the 18TB represents our 6th generation of products.As helium is 1/7th the density of air, a drive filled with helium will experience reduced turbulence inside the drive, which further allows the use of thinner platters.  So, while our 2TB 5-disk hard drive was limited by being an air-based drive, helium drives have gone from 7-disks in our 1st generation helium drive to 8-disks, and now 9-disks in our 18TB drive.Triple Stage Actuator: Enables more Tracks Per Inch (TPI)  - Reducing turbulence with helium not only enables more disks per drive but also allows us to put more data tracks on each platter.  In order to access those tracks, the actuator on an HDD controls the head and arm assembly. The triple-stage actuator is the first and latest industry innovation that uses 3-pivot points to precisely control the position of the recording head and is an improvement from our current dual-stage actuator.The triple-stage actuator arm is like your arm.  With a pivot point at the elbow and the wrist.  The elbow provides course control, while the wrist gives you fine control.  Using both, a baseball pitcher can throw a wicked curve ball or a surgeon can do micro-surgery.  But put a cast on your arm, and it becomes difficult to eat supper when you can’t find your mouth with a fork.  The old dual-stage actuator design just didn’t provide the precision needed for achieving higher track density.Energy Assisted Magnetic Recording (EAMR) technology: Enables more Bits Per Inch (BPI) - While our mechanical engineering wizards are finding new ways to get more platters into the drive, and finding ways to position the head over smaller and smaller tracks… our recording gurus are discovering new ways to make each magnetic bit smaller and smaller. Greater BPI is achieved by using the first commercial implementation of EAMR technology.  Energy-enhanced PMR (ePMR) provides a bias current that is applied to the recording head to improve writability.  And most importantly, it is based on current technology which allows us to maintain reliability and the performance needed for data center workloads.
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USB is the BOSS of all Connectors

ughout the years such as SCSI 1 SCSI 2 SCSI 3, E-SATA - Firewire. Our go to for now and has been the most flexible is our USB connected devices. We couldn't be happier with the boss connector that is widely accepted everywhere!Pictured above PrimeArray Maxtet Multimedia towerLike all technology, USB has evolved over time. Despite being a "Universal" Serial Bus, in its 18-or-so years on the market it has spawned multiple versions with different connection speeds and many, many types of cables.Most computers and electronic devices have some form of USB connection, and many devices also come packaged with a USB cable. How many devices do you think actually included as SCSI 3 hos controller?Imagine the complexities we would face if each electronic device we purchase required different type of power outlet connection. It is so good to have the standard.PrimeArrays direct attached devices are mainly USB 3.X which also support connecting previous versions of USB like the USB 2.0. Typically USB 3.0 is colored blue connector but is backwards compatible.Here's everything you need to know about the USB standard, including how to identify various USB cable types and what they do.Common USB Cable Types and Their UsesUSB is supposedly universal, but there are so many different types of USB cables and connections. PrimeArray believes that each serve different functions, mainly to preserve compatibility and support new devices.Here are the six most common types of USB cables and connectors which PrimeArray uses:Type-A: The standard flat, rectangular interface that you find on one end of nearly every USB cable. Most computers have multiple USB-A ports for connecting peripherals. You'll find them on game consoles, TVs, and other devices too. This cable only inserts in one way.Type-B: An almost-square connector, mostly used for printers and other powered devices that connect to a computer. They're not very common these days, as most devices have moved onto a smaller connection.Mini-USB: A smaller connector type that was standard for mobile devices a while back. While not that common today, you'll still see these on some devices, which are mostly from Sony. These include cameras, the PlayStation 3 controller, MP3 players, and similar.Micro-USB: Another past standard, slowly declining in popularity, for mobile and portable devices. It's even smaller than mini-USB. While you'll still find micro-USB on some smartphones, tablets, USB battery packs, and game controllers, many have moved onto USB-C.Type-C: This is the newest type of USB cable. It's a reversible connection that packs higher transfer rates and more power than previous USB types. It's also capable of juggling multiple functions. You'll see it on many modern laptops and smartphones, including MacBooks, Pixel phones, and controllers for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X. We discuss USB-C more below. USB Speed StandardsFrom our PrimeArray think that, USB has also gone through multiple standards of varying data transfer speeds. The cable's connector doesn't necessarily mean that it uses a certain standard.The main iterations of USB's speed are:   
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Could The 1 TB inexpensive optical disc be in the near future?

!Folio Photonics claims to have “economically viable enterprise-scale optical storage drives with dynamic multi-layer read/write capabilities,” providing a dramatic improvement in cost per capacity.Today’s archival discs only have three optical layers per side, but the breakthrough was achieved by allowing up to 16 layers to be applied to each surface of the disc, which greatly increases capacity.More storage capacity, lower price - Following the breakthrough, PrimeArray will shift swiftly and its products for its all-important customers.A capacity of 10 TB could be in the near future soon too. The possible addition of additional layers is expected to allow the disks to quickly increase to a “capacity of several TB”.Folio Photonics is quoted below.“Our talented engineering team has pioneered a new approach to optical storage that overcomes historical limitations and delivers unprecedented advantages in cost, cybersecurity and sustainability,”. As the volume of data generated by internet activity, digital devices, IoT sensors, and general business operations continues to grow at an aggressive rate, large companies are expected to spend heavily on archive storage.Currently, Linear Tape-Open (LTO) magnetic tape rules the roost, with the lowest cost per capacity of any technology. However, tape has its weaknesses too; data can only be accessed serially, making it hard to locate specific files, and companies also need to migrate to fresh tape on a semi-regular basis to avoid data loss.Tape vs Blu-ray: Which storage technology is best for your business? – Using Blu-ray for corporate data storage is a relatively new idea and won't necessarily be a good storage method for all businesses. So why would Facebook choose this technology over more established ones?It has been reported that Facebook is testing an optical Blu-ray disk library in the first instance to store its compliance data. Blu-ray supports both re-writeable as well as WORM (write once, read many times) media. Data on WORM discs cannot be modified - only the disk itself can be destroyed - and WORM media types are therefore ideally suited to storing information that must be maintained in its original states, such as compliance and regulatory data.PrimeArray systems carefully follow all enhancements in technology to immediately implement into its products to enhance their capabilities. PrimeArray systems continue to be the world leader in optical media storage!
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DVD copy migration and Media services

ialize in media migrations / DVD copies from small to large.(DVD copy migration  media services)This week PrimeArray’s Technicians imaged over ten thousand discs and transformed this pile of thousand into something smaller than a common wallet. Each disc was also cataloged by a unique identifier number at the customer’s request. Thousands of discs ready for imaging are pictured belowCompleted projectMigration ServicesTransitioning to new IT systems/formats can be complex, time-consuming, and disruptive to end-users. That's why PrimeArray offers expert migration services to make this process simple and hassle-free. PrimeArray will determine the best migration solution for your organization/project.Migration Services are completed in-house locally.Our team of experts will provide an exceptional service to relieve you and your organization of this burden. You will have peace of mind from knowing our experienced team will move your data, apps, and infrastructure in the most secure manner, helping you migrate to better IT systems in the most efficient way possible, File and Document MigrationIf you currently use an aging or obsolete file format, PrimeArray can help move all your files and documents to a new and improved system. We will plan out the migration beforehand, including identifying any files you deem redundant and can be destroyed as well as the best way to carry out the process. PrimeArray will monitor and report on the planning, moving, and completion of the migration, ensuring a swift and successful service.Server to Cloud MigrationMany organizations understand the necessity of cloud migration, so Stone is here to ensure the safe and professional transfer of all your data. Whether it be migration from a local data center or moving from one cloud to another, Stone can help. After assessing all your data, we will complete the migration with as little interference to your organization as possible. With all your data in an IT cloud environment, you'll benefit from increased performance as well as a higher level of security, all while saving money.Indexing / creating databases of the contentsOur team of experts is no stranger to the fact that your media will need to be cataloged. We have decades of experience in this arena. We will work with you and follow your guided steps to ensure each piece of media can be identified easily once imaged. We commonly create a folder name of based on the piece of media or unique code and all contents of that media will be in the such folder. Please see our disc migration page for more information
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CD Server

discs you need to share and we will select the right processor and storage. You can also choose a rack or desktop cabinet.PrimeArray Systems manufactures the most cutting-edge optical media server in the world! PrimeArray CD/DVD servers are "virtual" jukeboxes and are the best way to host CD and DVD resources for users to share over your network. PrimeArray systems has developed the technology that made the conventional DVD optical jukebox obsolete with our virtual DVD / cd / Blu-ray optical jukebox systems and cd / DVD / Blu-ray optical servers. Features The fastest possible access to your CD/DVD data over the network Simultaneous access for multiple users -no waiting in line. Access to many discs at a time -far more than you could fit into a jukebox. Capacity sized to your needs, from 1 to 100,000 discs. Space savings once the disc is the image you have no more need for it time-saving / no more locating a CD in a big pile Each of the CD-server systems provides unique functionality to meet your specific requirements. For example, you can select a system that contains CD-ROM, DVD-ROM readers, a DVD-Recorder, and shareable RAID hard drives. You just specify the configuration, and we will build it. For more help selecting the right CD server take a look at the following server comparison table. We also included jukeboxes attached to a network server for comparison. The ArrayStor CD Server – ArrayStor - CD Server is a network-enabled, Plug and Play (PnP) CD-ROM tower that lets you share CD-ROMs over your network. The unit operates independently of your network file servers and gives you fast, direct access to a central CD-ROM archive, using the software you're already familiar with. Instant CD Server for Windows and OS/2 environments, the unit supports Server Message Block (SMB) over TCP/IP, NetBIOS, and NetBEUI. The unit appears as a Windows server, and you mount drives using Windows Explorer. Even UNIX users can use Instant CD Server: Administrators (or privileged users) use NFS and standard UNIX commands to mount CD-ROMs. In NetWare, Windows, and OS/2 environments, you can mount all drives so they appear as one drive letter. Specifications - The CD DVD Server is very easy to install. If you have DHCP running on your network, the towers will acquire the IP address automatically. If necessary, you can set the IP address using the front panel or a software tool. It’s very easy. Once the IP address is set, the towers appear on the network like another server. The ones that are Apple compatible appear in the chooser. All the CDs appear as folders. Everyone on the network can share all the discs at virtually the same time. The tower is administered using a standard web browser. Technical Support - CD-Server systems can be may seem complex because they include many different components that have to work together but Primearray is very user-friendly! PrimeArray is a resource for the engineering and integration of all your security projects. We can design your complete system so don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance. After purchasing your system, we make sure that it works exactly the way you expect. You can contact us for help with your installation and any technical support you may need.  
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What is a media server? A peek under the hood of the Arraystor

ystems has been manufacturing for decades enterprise grade (network attached storage) NAS system with its unique feature of automatically imaging media upon inserting into the derive. When completed placing the imaged media on a share for easy network access. Although a simple task working with media has many complexities and different variations such as formats different sizes, etc. all of these variations have appeared and the systems today are well-versed on how to handle them.PrimeArray media server is a dedicated server running applications that store and share multimedia files (text, graphics, video, audio…etc.) on demand. It can be any device having network access with suitable bandwidth for the sharing and saving of media. A server, PC, network-attached storage (NAS) or any other device with such storage capability can be used as a media server.Although the systems like the PrimeArray -  ArrayStor model (screenshots below) have this unique feature they are still a powerhouse NAS system and do not lack enterprise and basic NAS features. 
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Advantage of adding PrimeArray NAS to your cloud infrastructure

rdware maintenance and very high resiliency, but they’re not flawless. With PrimeArray NAS added as a storage gateway to form a hybrid cloud environment, you can mitigate some of the shortfalls while maintaining a productive and cost-efficient cloud experience Cost savings: cloud storage services are billed by usage. That is, if you upload everything onto the cloud, a huge fee of storage and bandwidth will be incurred. Do you really need everything on the cloud? By adding PrimeArray NAS as a local data store and a gateway to the public cloud, you can migrate some cold data back to the on-premises infrastructure and have the NAS hybrid cloud storage gateway serve as a cache to the public cloud. You’ll save on both storages and downloading for a more cost-efficient cloud experience.   Ease of bandwidth demands: by using Primearray NAS as a cached gateway to the public cloud, all uploads/downloads to the cloud are processed by the NAS instead of individual clients. Download requests for the same file will be directly served by the gateway locally, saving expensive (and limited) Internet bandwidths. Upload requests will go to the gateway first as well, accelerating cloud access for clients.   Accelerated access: with a PrimeArray NAS as a gateway on the LAN, access and response time can all be greatly improved for edge and time-critical applications such as database transactions and IoT device monitoring/control.   Streamlined operations: with a PrimeArray NAS as a gateway on the LAN, clients can access cloud services with regular SAMBA/AFS/NFS/iSCSI protocols for all supported cloud storage services. No add-on or app needs to be installed on clients, meaning a flat learning curve for most average users.   More Storage Space: A NAS device will add sufficient storage space to local PCs. In this way boosting the accessible storage space for total effectiveness. It is significant that most laptops and PCs have restricted storage space, which could impede smooth tasks for their business   Rich QTS app ecosystem: In addition to the storage gateway solution, PrimeArray NAS also offers versatile features with its QTS app ecosystem for more value-added scenarios.   NAS devices are scalable: When purchasing PrimeArray multi-bay NAS devices, you’ll be able to easily increase your data storage on-demand by adding additional hard disks into the vacant disk caddies. Most NAS devices are designed to make it easy for anyone to add and remove hard drives on the fly.   NAS devices are a cost-effective way to add storage space:  PrimeArray NAS devices are the perfect solution for adding additional data storage capacity to your business network without breaking the bank. If your storage device requirements are minimal, then you’ll find many cost-effective single-bay NAS device options available online that can house a single hard disk or multiple hard drive bays, allowing for higher disk capacity and better redundancy.   Use your NAS as a Media Server: Many Small Businesses that are media-centric use PrimeArray NAS device as a Media Server, allowing them to both store their media and stream video files, music, and photos directly from their NAS device across the local network, or externally across the internet.   NAS devices are easy to install and configure:  PrimeArray NAS devices come with their own storage management software that makes it easy to set up and configure your NAS device for use on your network.   Easy Server Setup: Probably the greatest advantage of NAS devices is that they aren’t excessively entangled to set up and get running. The greater part of them utilizes a basic web-based interface that permits you to set up the gadget and access settings. On the off chance that you’ve at any point tinkered with the settings of your wireless router. At that point, you’ll grope relatively comfortable setting a personal Network Attached Storage gadget. It’s truly not so hard.   Configure RAID to protect your data: PrimeArray multiple-bay NAS devices will include one or more RAID configuration options. RAID (which stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a technology that allows you to combine multiple physical hard disks for the purpose of improving overall disk performance, adding an additional level of redundancy for data protection or both.   Flawless Collaboration: It is cost-effective to embrace PrimeArray NAS storage devices, particularly in light of the fact that one doesn’t need to buy a specific measure of space for individual users. By using a Network Attached Storage device, space is pooled together in a way that one just uses only the measure of space they need, accordingly liberating space for data-hungry users.   NAS devices can be accessed over a Wireless Network: PrimeArray new generation NAS devices include built-In Wi-Fi connectivity, or allow you to add a compatible wireless adaptor. This allows you to connect your NAS to the network via wireless instead of a hard-wired network connection.   Modern NAS devices are highly secure: PrimeArray NAS devices include a number of built-in Network Security features that will help to protect your Business-Critical data.   Your Own Private Cloud Storage: The comfort of cloud storage can never be underestimated. However, for anybody storing sensitive information in a cloud-based framework, there is dread about who approaches their information. Fortunately for anybody with such dread, a NAS device will permit efficient cloud-based storage without the possibility of snooping.   NAS devices can also be accessed remotely: PrimeArray NAS devices include the option to set up remote access, allowing staff to access your data from outside of your network. As long as they have a good internet connection, they will also be able to stream media files directly from the NAS.   Data Protection: There are those mishaps that will damage our PCs, thereby compromising the data stored in them. A laptop could simply drop and get damaged. Or a drink could incidentally spill on a laptop and ruin each bit of data stored in it. Luckily, when one uses a NAS device that isn’t influenced by the failures of local equipment, their data is protected
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PrimeArray DVD / CD Ripping

/ DVD ripping system will help you to do that very easily. It has no limits on the number of pieces of media you can back up or the size of the media, which makes it the most extensive option out there for a professional media loader device.Have a pile of DVDs (optical media) that you want to be stored on your computer / Server/ NAS storage/cloud server. They may be training videos or important business documents, or corporate documents. If you want to rip/extract your DVDs (optical media) back to file and folder state without having the need for the disc. Then the PrimeArray Maxtet is the product for you.Today there are many terms floating around describing an intelligent product that has the capabilities to automatically extract inserted media, return the media to file and folder state, index the media, place all contents from the media into one folder and give you tons of options you have special requirements.Common terms could be DVD Ripper, DVD server, media server, Media loader, Any of these terms could do but perhaps we should just be calling it the Maxtet because PrimeArray has a making a product for over 20 years that does exactly thisA DVD ripper or these terms relate to - a computer device that converts DVD, Blu-Ray, CD media back into a file and folder format/state. This type of intelligent device can transform a massive collection of optical media and create a nice neat digital library.PrimeArray Maxtet / Ripper supports almost all disc formats. If your workstation can currently read the media you’ll be good to go. PrimeArray system also manufactures network-attached storage devices that have the capability of extracting media upon ingestion and sharing to your network on the fly. These types of devices have been used for decades across many, libraries, school systems, college institutions, Fortune 500 companies, medical facilities and government agencies. Some of the most critical data we rely on have originated from disc to storage with the help of a PrimeArray device.If you are in search of a professional product with the capabilities to automatically image optical (DVD media with extreme capabilities including imaging up to (12) pieces of media simultaneously we have the product for you!Need more information?Watch our YouTube demonstration video 
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What is the difference between NAS or DAS

connection can rock the speedometer to 40Gbps!In the storage world you may commonly hear the term NAS or DAS. These terms are simple reference to - network attached storage or direct attached storage. The “NAS” storage relies on your network, switches, and routers allows more devices to access the storage. The direct attached storage method is usually one cable from your device to the storage array.There are pluses and minuses to both options some of the big ones include “NAS” is more accessible to many devices. “DAS” storage can offer an extremely fast transfer rate from one device to the storage array. With enhancements in technology you can convert your NAS storage device into dual-purpose DAS / NAS. An easy to install USB C or thunderbolt 3 to 10G can connect a NAS to one host for extreme performance to the storage and allow the NAS server to still share its contents over your network to the user’s. This could be incredibly useful in a high definition video / 4k video server or performance demanding application. One workstation could populate the storage through the thunderbolt 3 or USB C connection allowing the users to access it through the LAN. A quick install of a Thunderbolt 3 to 10 GbE adapter will give you fast networking connectivity to modern PCs featuring Thunderbolt 3 ports. Compatible with both Macs and Windows. Get the 10GB connectivity without upgrading your entire network! Benefits includeMore technical details about the differences between dazzling as below!What Are DAS Servers?Direct-attached storage (DAS) is a digital storage system directly attached to a host computer accessing it. Examples of DAS include:·       Internal hard drives and SSDs·       External hard drives and SSDs·       CDs·      USB flash drivesPros of DAS ServersDAS servers bring a lot of advantages to the table. Here are some of the most important ones:·        High performance·        Low maintenance·        Easy to set up and configure·        Relatively inexpensive·        These advantages of portable DAS storage make it suitable for small to medium businesses (SMBs) that require a lot of storage but don’t have large budgets for advanced storage solutions.What Are NAS Servers?Network accessed storage (NAS) refers to a self-contained storage system that’s attached to a local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN). All devices connected to the network can be granted access by the network administrator to the data stored on the NAS system. It comprises portable NAS servers and network management software that permits different users to log in to the storage system.Pros of NAS ServersAdvantages you get with NAS servers:·        Centralized file storage and access·        More efficient use of data storage resources·        Easy data recovery·        Easy scalability·        Better data redundancy·        Save space due to their compact nature·        Affordable high-capacity storage solution DAS Servers vs. NAS ServersThe main difference between DAS and NAS servers is that DAS servers are a more localized storage solution. As such, they don’t offer you the flexibility of file sharing and remote updating that NAS servers offer you. When you need more storage, NAS beats DAS because you can easily add another portable NAS storage device to your network as your data storage needs grow. Which PrimeArray Data Security Product Is Right for You?If you’re a growing business, you’ll need a data storage solution that grows with you. That’s why we PrimeArray recommend you invest in our FlexNAS systems. Depending on your needs, we have a complete offering of NAS servers and DAS servers to meet your needs.Primarray systems makes customizable dependable scalable solutions let us make a solution for you! If you need help choosing the best solution for your business, just give us a call at 800-433-5133. We will help you get a solution perfectly suited to your business’s data storage needs.
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Your CD and DVD backup disks won't last forever. Back them up before it’s too late

and store so much information and in such diversity. While the amount of data has increased exponentially, the predicted lifespan of the storage media hardly exceeds the lifetime of a human. Your CDs and DVDs are plastic, but they may or may not last forever. So how long do CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray optimal discs last?PrimeArray will help to try and answer this question!The Lifespan of Different Optical Discs?Optical discs have been commercially available since the 1980s. Since then, there have been advances in the actual technologies and materials used in CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays, meaning information is much safer now than it ever was before.While some estimates predict a huge lifetime for optical discs, we don’t agree. Unless they are housed in a clean room handled the gloves with the perfect temperature and light.However, by being aware of the lifespan of optical discs and what causes them to break, you can make choices to preserve survival of your stored data.To understand what limits the life span of optical discs, we first need to look at how they are built-up.All optical discs have three key layers in common:  Coating layer that protects the reflective layer. Shiny layer that reflects the laser. Polycarbonate disc layer that stores the data. A label is applied above the coating layer and re-writable discs contain a dye layer between the reflective and protective layers. One factor that determines the maximum lifespan of an optical disc is the type of reflective layer. Other factors include the overall quality of the raw materials used and manufacturing.Perhaps as you’re reading this article you may have encountered an aged / damaged disc but been unaware. An age disc may show signs of: (1)   oxidation or corrosion of the reflective layer(2)   chemical reactions with contaminants such as dirt grease from your fingertips(3)   ultraviolet/light damage (4)   breakdown of disc materials/bonding a.k.a. top layer flakingPrimeArray systems, the experts in optical media agree and put a precise number that after 7-10 years, you should start to worry and do something about these discs to preserve your data!Not all cases are the same; some media may last longer  ,such as the type of media that is commercially produced or M rated discs. The weakest type of optical media we commonly see is discs that are burnt by the user, produced with the standard optical burner.Below is an example of a PrimeArray customer’s disc, that was damaged by time via a “fingerprint” on the top of disc. This disc was only handled once to be placed into a jacket via the customer over the years that fingerprint eroded the data track destroying valuable data!(Again, the customer handled the disc once only, touched the top of the disc one time with their finger!) Totally invisible contaminants were transferred to the disc and in time destroyed it)If you want your media to last decades it’s possible but it’s up to you keep the media: clean. away from sunlight .away from heat. And don’t believe just because you only handled the disc one or few times that it’s perfectly fine in its jacket because there can be some invisible enemies at work!PrimeArray systems manufacturers easy to use; CD DVD/optical media loaders servers towers Media Servers. These devices can easily transform large collections of media back to file and folder state back in your precious media up to modern high capacity storage devices while indexing the media.PrimeArray systems also offers migration services where we can convert all your media back to file and folder state easily and inexpensively quickly and accurately.You don’t have to lose any data! 
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Optical Disc Drives are back in the year 2022

rive doesn’t just play Blu-rays, but can burn large-scale discs too. According to its Japanese website (via Tom’s Hardware), the BDR-213JBK is capable of 16x speed recording on single and double layer BD-R disks (up to 50GB) and 14x speed recording on triple and quadruple layer BDR- XL discs (upto 128GB). You could burn 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs at a reasonable speed.Pioneer says “the demand for optical discs and optical drives will continue to increase,” due to the “spread of telework” and the growing need for large amounts of work data and recording meetings calls. Unless Pioneer’s argument does the workplace use more physical storage, you should use external SSDs or even tinier USB thumb drives. The process of developing a series of games called computer, with the development of high-end teleporters, and many a bit of software accelerated, and the number of games became popular. Music streaming services became more popular, eliminating the need to burn our own. It supports over 20 different disc formats, from ODD CD-RW to BD-R QL, which means you should be able to play any CD, DVD, or Blu-ray from your collection that you’ve got from your Atari kept in. It also has a feature called PowerRead which it claims lets you play any disc smoothly, even if it is dirty or scratched.This enhanced pioneer new model can be equipped in our PrimeArray Maxtet system - direct attached optical drive tower featuring up to 12 of these new drives; ideal for loading reading burning creativity streamlining all your optical media needs. Ask about it today!
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PrimeArray NAS storage Vs cloud

de a different approach for backups. A NAS is a system that controls one or more hard drives. Only people given permission by the admin can access this backup server.PrimeArray NAS storage is rapidly gaining popularity as an effective, scalable, and low-cost storage solution. PrimeArray NAS devices have a single-place storage consolidation infrastructure and day-to-day support activities such as backup, archiving, and a cloud tier.To provide redundancy protection, you can set up a NAS drive with a RAID configuration. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives, and it is a NAS system that comprises of two hard drives working simultaneously to create mirrored copies of your files. This ensures that if a backup drive fails – your data is still safe. Each network-attached storage drive handles all unstructured data such as video files, audio, MS Office documents, audio, and more. With NAS, your data is easily accessible, making it easy for your teams to collaborate promptly and respond to queries/feedback. Since having a network storage device is like having your private cloud, authorized personnel can access the data remotely using a pre-defined network connection. It essentially means that your employees can work from anywhere, anytime.NAS device is a storage device connected to a network. It allows storage and retrieval of data from a centrally-managed location for authorized network users. You don’t need to worry about additional hardware or software. It is usually configured and managed using a browser-based utility. Each storage unit resides on your company’s local area network (LAN) as independent nodes, defined by unique IP addresses.PrimeArray NAS devices are designed to meet the needs of large enterprises, small agencies, and individuals. Each network hard drive consists of a minimum of two drive bays. However, you can also choose single-bay systems if you have a lot of non-critical data to store.Pros of PrimeArray NAS device-                  Easy to operate-                  Low-cost set-up compared to other storage systems in terms of storing large amounts of data for extended duration-                  Easy and efficient data backup and disaster recovery management tools-                  Centralized storage offering complete control over authorization and access-                  Multiple users and devices can access the data at the same time-                  Offers enhanced customization options-                  Fully scalable-                  Usually, Network-Attached storage prices are custom-made to fit your budget-                  You control your own security-                  Can restrict the device from ever talking to the Internet-                  One time cost-                  Physically control the device and the data resides in the device that you physically own Cloud StorageOver the past few years, cloud technology has become the go-to option for many businesses and organizations. Simply put, cloud storage is storing digital information in an online space with various servers and locations, typically operated by a hosting company.Most people are accustomed to using services like Google Cloud, iCloud (Mac), Creative Cloud (Adobe users), and DropBox. These cloud backup services are well known, but they aren't necessarily the best option.Many popular cloud backup services raise questions surrounding privacy, value for money, backup restrictions, and data security. Depending on your personal threat model (and the kind of data you need to back up), you may desire greater control and security than those services can provide.The only difference is that with cloud storage, all of your data is transferred to servers hosted on off-site networks. Once transferred, the responsibility of storing the data and keeping it secure falls on the service provider.As with any other storage system, cloud-based storage also offers distinct advantages. But it also raises significant concerns about data security and administrative control. Listed below are the major pros and cons of opting a cloud-based storage for your data :Almost all cloud service providers throttle their bandwidth for balancing many customers demands for uploads and downloads. They attempt to maintain availability while restricting your capability. If you think that having a top-notch Internet service provider will allow you to access the cloud quickly you are wrong welcome to the speed of dial up. If some type of peak load were to happen with the cloud service provider it would crash much like a bank with everybody trying to run in. Cons-                  Security concerns are quite common when using cloud storage services-                  You’ll have limited control over your data-                  Data transmission to and from the cloud can fluctuate depending on the bandwidth-                  You may face downtime if your cloud service provider has technical problems-                  Shared cloud storage may impact overall performance-                  Throttled connectivity speed-                  Your valuable private data could appear at a later point in time anywhere Benefits:Off-site backupAs you can see there are many cons to using cloud storage. Essentially a cloud storage solution is just somebody else’s NAS system which is shared between many users which is directly connected to the Internet.PrimeArray systems recommends almost all of there customers to opt for their own PrimeArray NAS server. If the customer has a need for off-site backup our systems can encrypt the data using AES-256 encryption (with the customer’s private key of choice) and place a backup on a cloud service provider.
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Western Digital Announces 22TB and 26TB HDDs

sampling and introduction of its new 22TB CMR and 26TB SMR hard drives. These massive single hard drives (which are extremely reliable) allow PrimeArray to pack a serious storage punch inside a small unit. A (4) drive Storage array can now accommodate over 100 TB. These enhancements allow our customers to get serious gains including: -Smaller form factor for their storage device. -Lower electricity cost with minimal hard drives and keeping that watt cost per terabyte much lower than ever before, (this can be a big savings to a data center). -Less monitoring many drives. -Reduction of heat / cooling needs.  At the time of this article our largest capacity available is a 20 TB, which still packs a serious punch too! HHD (Hard drive disks) is still the go to for many storage applications vs. the SSD (solid-state disk) reasons include, cost per GB, storage capacities, life expectancy, limited performance. Create your own private cloud!  We have come a long way and  photo below for remembrance (taken at the time of this article with a working drive)PrimeArray Fun fact!How many of these (caviar 2340) 341MB drives would it take to equal a 26 TB drive??? We have come a long way photo below for remembrance (taken at the time of this article with a working drive)PrimeArray Fun fact! How many of these (Caviar 2340) 341MB drives would it take to equal a 26 TB drive???Approximately 80,000!I’m sure you can imagine the power savings, heat reduction, equipment requirement reduction from that math. 80K hard drives capacity in one the exact same size.Technical specifications of the hard drives being introduced;WD is doubling down on energy-assisted PMR (ePMR) technology and OptiNAND (introduced first in the 20TB CMR drives). It goes without saying that the new high-capacity drives are helium-filled (HelioSeal technology). The main change common to both drives is the shift to a 10-stack design.The SMR drives are getting an added capacity boost, thanks to WD's new UltraSMR technology. This involves adoption of a new advanced error correction algorithm to go along with encoding of larger blocks. This allows improvement in the tracks-per-inch (TPI) metric, resulting in 2.6TB per platter. The new Ultrastar DC HC670 uses ten platters to provide 26TB of host-managed SMR storage for cloud service providersThe 22TB Ultrastar DC HC570 and 26TB Ultrastar DC HC670 are currently sampling to hyperscalers. Volume shipment of the CMR drive to the channel is set for the next quarter. The Ultrastar HC HC670 is a host-managed SMR drive, and will hence ship only to select customers around the same timeframe. Western Digital will be delivering variants of the CMR drive across its HDD portfolio - 22TB WD Purple Pro for surveillance NVRs, WD Red Pro for NAS systems, and WD Gold for SMB and enterprise customers in summer.The updated capacity points - in particular, the jump in the SMR drive capacity - delivers clear TCO benefits to WD's cloud customers. Crucially, WD believes it has enough trust in its ePMR setup to deliver 30TB+ HDDs without having to go the HAMR route.Western Digital has announced that it is sampling its new industry-leading 22TB¹ and 26TB UltraSMR HDDs to select hyperscale cloud customers, further expanding its areal density leadership and delivering customer value by driving TCO lower.Western Digital’s HDD technology portfolio and areal density leadership puts it at the center of storage innovation. Leveraging its unique OptiNAND technology, energy-assisted PMR (ePMR), triple-stage actuator (TSA), HelioSeal and now UltraSMR technologies, Western Digital is on a clear path to delivering 30+ TB with ePMROptiNAND, UltraSMR and ePMR Drive Cloud TCO LowerThe new ePMR drives leverage Western Digital’s OptiNAND technology to unlock unprecedented levels of capacity, performance and data resiliency. The 22TB CMR HDD incorporates OptiNAND to deliver areal-density leadership on a mature 2.2TB/platter HelioSeal platform with ten disks.Combining OptiNAND with proprietary firmware that leverages HDD system-level hardware advancements, Western Digital’s new UltraSMR technology introduces large block encoding along with an advanced error correction algorithm that increases tracks-per-inch (TPI) to enable higher capacity. The result is Western Digital’s new 26TB Ultrastar DC HC670 UltraSMR HDD that delivers 2.6TB per platter, offering 18% more capacity for cloud customers optimizing their stacks to take advantage of the benefits of SMR. With cloud service providers increasingly adding SMR to their datacenter roadmaps, the 26TB capacity serves as a tipping point to accelerate adoption.Uniquely capable with OptiNAND, the HDDs also include the ArmorCache write cache data safety feature, which gives customers the performance of write cache enable (WCE) combined with the data protection of write cache disable (WCD) for added data protection or resiliency in case of an emergency power off (EPO). For the first time in HDD history, this Write Cache Data Safety feature gives users both performance and data protection, no matter which mode is selected. OptiNAND gives the drives a significant performance increase also in WCD mode, which is greatest in random writes with larger block transfers. At common HDD application transfer lengths of 256KB or greater, IOPS and throughput improve by more than 40% relative to a non-OptiNAND drives, with a peak improvement of over 80% at 1MB transfer length. In shot coming up with new 22 TB and 26 TB+ Hard drive will allow our customers to have tremendous benefits and their systems, which will reduce the number of Hard drive to be used in your NAS and there by reduces the power consumption, heat, size form monitoring needs etc.
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PrimeArray quad-layer 128 GB write-once BDXL

y in their optical drives. Not too much here that we don't already know: aimed at institutions and folks who need to archive lots and lots of... stuff, BDXL discs are available in either triple layer 100GB (re-writable or write-once) or 128GB quad layer write-once flavors. Of course, with all these layers the laser in the Blu-ray drive you already own won't be able to do the trick, so start saving your change for a hardware upgrade once these things become commercially available. BDXL, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc format with up to 128GB of capacity. With the completion and approval of the specification, manufacturers can now obtain licensing information and license applications needed to begin production of the high capacity write-once and rewritable discs and hardware.PrimeArray primarily targeted at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, BDXL provides customers with triple layer 100GB RE (rewritable) and R (write-once) discs and quadruple layer 128GB R discs. Possible consumer applications include capture and playback of HD broadcast and satellite programming in markets where set-top recorders are prevalent. The BDXL specification was developed with specific market segments in mind, and newly-designed hardware addressing such markets will play back or record BDXL media. However, because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technologies, future BDXL capable recorders can easily be designed to play back existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Disc formats. Save time with the ultra fast write speed Get the speed burning edge you've been looking for with 16X BD-R writing that shaves time off the burning process compared to its predecessors. It's about 8'30'' writing time with 25GB BD-R SL Disc. BDXL Ultimate Capacity Three Layer BDXL-R/BDXL RE discs offer 100GB capacity while quad layer BDXL-R discs boast 128GB storage capacity. You can now write up to 128GBs of data on a quad layer BDXL™disc which is the equivalent of 27 standard DVDs or 5 single layer Blu-ray discs. Long-lasting data protection with MDISC Support The MDISC uses a patented rock-like recording surface instead of organic dye to etch your records. The MDISC offers superior reliability in data storage compared to other recordable DVDs on the market today. Play in peace with less noise As a disc is being read, Silent Play technology helps reduce the noise during playback by automatically adjusting the playback speed. Non-stop seamless playability Jamless Play prevents the video playback stopping due to a damaged disc. Damage such as scratches and fingerprints are ignored by jumping through the erroneous data or damaged areas. Experience 3D Blu-ray Take entertainment to the next level with 3D using the new Power BD-DVD 3D Software bundle. You can now enjoy the excitement of your 3D Blu-ray titles on your PC and with 2D to 3D converting feature you can bring a new dimension to all your 2D titles. 12x BD-ROM Reading and Max 16x DVD-R writing speed Capture all the excitement of Blu-ray with the 12x BD-ROM reader that offers smooth blu-ray playback. Plus, burn more DVDs in less time with 16x DVD-Max writing speed. Windows & Mac OS Compatible Enjoy freedom in use, compatible for both Windows series and MAC OS. PrimeArray is selling the 128 GB write-once BD-R XL optical media. The discs will also be the first quad-layer BDXL media formally aimed at consumers, but bringing benefits to professionals that use BDXL today.
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Thin Provisioning on your PrimeArray NAS Drive

ount of storage and increases as more data is written to disk. So thin provisioning sometimes is known as just-in-time capacity or over allocation. To put it in another way, thin provisioning allocates storage space that may or may not exist. The whole idea is actually another way of virtualization. Virtualization is always about a logical pool of physical assets and provides better utilization over those assets. Here the virtualization mechanism behind thin provisioning is storage pool. The capacity of the storage pool is shared by all volumes. When write requests come in, space will be drawn dynamically from this storage pool to meet the needs. The size of a volume request is called the virtual size compared to the actual size. Therefore, the IT administrator must monitor the status of the usage and increase the physical disks at any time to prevent the actual space from being insufficient. Advantages of Thin Provisioning for Enterprises·        For IT environments that use multiple hosts and applications, thin provisioning speeds up storage provisioning, simplifies management and reduces costs by enhancing storage utilization.·       ·  Without thin provisioning, IT environments either have to deal with disruption when dedicated storage space for a LUN is consumed or they fat provision their storage infrastructure excessively. Both solutions are inefficient, costly, and exhaust resources. With thin provisioning, the available resources can be effectively leveraged and when allocated storage is consumed, more storage can be added without delay or disruption.·     ·  Thin provisioning can also be paired with other data services to enhance storage utilization. For instance, compression services pair nicely with thin provisioning. Thin provisioning effectively leverages the available storage space while compression reduces the overall footprint of the data.Even though the cost per GB is dropping, there is no need to waste space when there is a simple solution to maximize utilization of it. Thin provisioning, also referred to as virtual provisioning, provides this solution by allocating physical space in smaller pieces rather than allocating and dedicating the entire volume at provisioning time.The volume presented appears to be the full provisioned capacity to the application servers, but nothing has been allocated until write operations occur. This not only delivers 3x better storage utilization but also eases system administration because there is no penalty for presenting large volumes to the application servers on day one.With flat IT budgets and the ever-increasing amount of unstructured data, as well as the high percentage of cold data consuming expensive primary storage on NAS systems, organizations clearly need a cost-effective way to efficiently store and manage all this data. A strong, flexible SDS solution that facilitates the use of thin provisioning and object storage with NAS systems will provide organizations the budget-friendly means to meet this difficult challenge.Enterprise storages providing thin-provisioned filesystems; they have virtual size and expand/shrink on demand as the usage reaches the fs size. Thin provisioning can be likened to an empty room with a number of inflatable castles inside. The castles each start with their initial inflation amount. As demand rises they each independently inflate to needed levels. Each castle has an upper inflation limit, and the castles in total cannot inflate beyond the room. In this analogy, the castles are file systems, and the room is the available storage.In contrast, hard provisioning is like building a city with permanent stone castles. The ultimate size of the castle is determined upon completion of the foundation. Any subsequent change to the size would require additional, possibly major, construction. Much like the portable inflatables, thinly provisioned file systems can automatically expand up to a pre-determined maximum limit. These pre-determined limits are defined at configuration of the file system in conjunction with an initial space allocation. Users exploring the file system under Windows would see the drive letter size as the initial allocation size. As data is written to the thinly provisioned file system and exceeds its initial space allocation, the file system automatically expands without operator or user intervention. Subsequent write operations continue seamless expansion until the maximum limit is reached or until operator intercession.In most thin-provisioned file systems, automatic expansion does not mean automatic contraction. In fact, only a few vendors automatically contract a file system as unneeded files are deleted. Most vendors’ products use the deleted file space for subsequent file writes, leaving the “expanded” file system space allocation as is and thus, not releasing space.
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ssd cache in NAS

creases and storage capacity increases, there’s never been a better time to build an SSD/HDD hybrid storage structure to maximize the benefits of optimized data efficiency and storage costs. An SSD cache is a way of obtaining faster storage, reduced latency, and improved all-round NAS performance and access speeds by storing frequently-accessed data on SSDs. It is greatly beneficial for IOPS-demanding applications.Most modern generation network attached storage NAS drives include the option of utilizing SSD cache, which promises to improve file access and general system performance in a number of ways. Is by no means a new concept and has existed in one shape or form for more than a decade in modern server utilization. However, in order to take advantage of SSD caching on your NAS, there are a number of hurdles that will often increase the price point of your ideal solution and potentially lower the capacity that you can take advantage of long-term. This leads many users into wondering whether SSD caching is anywhere near as beneficial.     What is SSD caching on a PrimeArray NAS?According to PrimeArray, the majority of NAS systems are comprised of multiple hard drives supported in a single enclosure that are combined together in efforts to increase capacity, performance and redundancy in a configuration commonly known as RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). The more, hard drives you have, the larger and more advantageous the RAID configurations you can create. However, these only marginally increase the performance available to you, multiplying performance on hard drives by a factor of the total number of hard drives. Ultimately, you are still using hard drives for your file system which will always pale in comparison to the performance available via solid-state drives SSD but this group of HDDs will result in higher throughput than any single hard drive. The obvious alternative of course is to replace all of the hard drives in your NAS with SSD and therefore reap the benefit of both SSD performance and RAID combination advantages. However, in practice, the main reason that no one does this is that the price point of SSD is significantly higher than hard drives and although the performance benefits would be greatly increased, the price would rise 5-10x times higher at least and the total available capacity would be significantly reduced – as general commercial and SMB SSDs currently max out at 4TB capacity, rather than the 18/20TB available in modern hard drives. NAS/Servers being fully populated with SSDs is still done though on less common setups which are highly enterprise and more commonly known as flash servers – fast but fantastically expensive! SSD caching was designed as a hybrid storage media solution to this dilemma and involves pairing a small percentage of SSD storage space together with a larger area of hard drive storage space. Typically recommended at around 10% SSD to 90% hard drive, the NAS system will gradually learn over time which files on the total storage system are the ones being accessed most frequently. These files can range from tiny system files, indexes, thumbnails, directories and minor background data, all the way through to larger files that are in shared drives between multiple users, OS-related files that live on a central server and website files that are constantly being referenced for your domain (depending on the I/O configuration of your SSD cache). As the system constantly learns which files are the ones being constantly accessed, copies of these files are made on the area of SSD cache and in future when these files are requested by connected hardware clients, these faster-accessing copies will be targeted instead. Although this is a large oversimplification of the process, it is generally accurate. Not to be confused with tiered storage, which moves commonly accessed files to areas of SSD (not making a copy in 2 locations), SSD cache has numerous advantages and disadvantages that many users would do well to learn before embracing this storage media process. Let’s discuss this a little further, as there are multiple types of SSD cache options available from most modern brands.What is Read SSD Caching on a PrimeArray NAS?The easiest but least beneficial type of SSD cache for a mass is read-only cache. This can be implemented with even a single SSD and much like the description above, involves the system moving copies of the most frequently accessed data onto the SSD. Read-only SSD cache on a NAS prevents editing or modifying of files that are being accessed on the area of the cache. Read-only cache is only of benefit to users who are accessing larger databases of preset data that is not often modified and although improves access to these more common files, limits the overall benefits of SSD caching in most NAS systems long term. Also known/referred to as Write-around SSD caching, this too writes data to the primary storage first instead of to the cache. This gives the SSD cache time to analyze data requests and identify the most frequently and recently used data. The SSD cache efficiently caches high priority data requests without flooding the cache with infrequently accessed data.What is Write Caching on a PrimeArray NAS? Write Caching on a NAS can actually be broken down into two types. The first, Write-through SSD caching, writes simultaneously to the SSD cache area and to primary storage. The cache enables faster data retrieval, while the primary storage writes safely retains the data even if a system interruption affects the cache (eg a power failure). Write-through SSD caching does not require additional data protection for the cached data (so you can use one or more SSD in a Single/RAID 0 Config), but does increase write latency (i.e write time). The alternative is Write-back SSD caching, which writes ONLY to the SSD area first, then confirms that a block is written to the SSD cache, and the data is available for usage before writing the block to the main storage RAID array of HDDs afterwards. The method has lower latency than write-through, but if the cache loses data (i.e. critical system failure, power loss, etc) before the data writes to primary storage, that data is lost. Typical data protection solutions for write-back SSD caching are redundant SSDs or mirroring (i.e. MASSIVELY recommended or enforced that SSDs in a Write Through config are in a RAID 1/5 at the very least). The benefits of SSD caching on a NAS are often tough to measure, as the resulting improvements are the culmination of multiple smaller improvements at once. So, the benefits are more often FELT than actually seen, as latency will be reduced throughout the overall access of the data on your NAS. Compressed data like thumbnails, indexing information and system reference files that a NAS will refer to in a given process will be turned around much quicker in the background and therefore will reduce wait times on instructions given by you to the NAS. Typically, larger databases in scale rather than individual file volume will reap the most benefits, and therefore the advantages of SSD caching on a PrimeArray NAS are:·        * Faster Access to Larger databases made up for many smaller files·        * More cost-effective than an all-SSD system·        * Write-Cache/Write-Through Caching benefits more traditional one-way activity·        * Cache is largely self-managed, so once set up, will choose/drop important cached data on its own·        * The bulk of Porsume/SMB and higher NAS hardware arrive with dedicated SSD Cache bays, so no loss of traditional storage bays·        *  SSD caching is becoming increasingly available on ARM-powered devices M.2 SSD Vs SATA SSD Caching on a NAS? The majority of NAS drives in the market right now support SSD caching. However, though many have adopted NVMe M2 SSD bays to allow users dedicated ports to do this, many other more affordable or smaller scale NAS hardware systems (2-Bays, ARM CPU devices, etc) still require the end-user to occupy existing traditional hard drive media bays for SSD media for caching instead. Obviously, this can be a significant disadvantage to your overall total maximum capacity when losing main storage bays to smaller capacity SSD for caching. But is there any difference in performance benefits by opting for significantly faster M2 NVMe PCIe SSDs for caching over traditional SATA SSD? Well yes and no. The data stored on the SSD cache has the potential to be delivered to the NAS physical interfaces at whatever maximum speed the SSD can output, so NVMe SSD will always technically push that data faster. Likewise, as the library of cached data and metadata is compiled in the system’s usage, its creation will be markedly faster on the NVMes than SATA SSD which is going to be advantageous to numerous types of write-caching. However, if you are only utilizing one or more gigabit ethernet connections, then the difference felt by the end-users when read-write caching is applied between either SSD media type will be practically unnoticeable. Therefore the noticeable differences between SATA SSD and M2 NVMe SSD caching only really apply to use us who take advantage of a larger external network interface or are running larger database operations inside the NAS architecture, containers and virtual machines.
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Best Media Server

applications that store and share multimedia files (text, graphics, video, audio…etc.) on demand. PrimeArray media server have network access with suitable bandwidth for the sharing and saving of media. PrimeArray have the best media server software which stores digital media such as videos, audio, images, etc., and makes them available on a network so you can view them. It can stream any form of digital media to Network Attached Storage (NAS), smart TVs, personal computers, Apple, Android devices, etc. To use a media server, a cloud server or a computer is required, along with software to help organize your digital media. The software comes with an intuitive user interface that makes it easy to collect and view media content at your fingertips.PrimeArray media server devices also tailored for your business organizations network featuring features like synchronization with active directory extensive updates to security and ensuring all vulnerabilities that occur in the future patched in extremely fast manner.PrimeArray Media servers automatically retrieve information and data from media inserted on the fly. Once any non-protected media (disc / USB) is inserted, it is imaged and indexed and shared to the network. This cooperation between client and server would not be possible with a conventional file server. Only the combination of client and server software makes media server valuable both at home and in companies. They adapt the media server very exactly to your requirements and specifications.The work is therefore individual and exactly tailored to your own preferences. As a user, you decide which files you save, but also which programs you integrate to use the server. The media server is available at any time of day or night.  The individual components are deliberately selected so that even continuous operation does not affect the system.Low Maintenance and robust Wherever moving parts are used, wear inevitably occurs. In the case of a mechanical hardware component, this can be overcome; after all, individual parts can usually be easily replaced. However, sensitive files are stored on the media server, so wear and tear must be prevented at all costs. The solution is a low power construction. This not only has the advantage of reduced wear and tear and a longer service life, but also means that the server is particularly economical and quiet.Best quality in all the areas PrimeArray sets the standard when it comes to media servers all of our systems are only comprised of the best components on the market sourced from only the most reliable manufacturers the PrimeArray device will not let you down.This means that no seams are visible and the server is a real eye catcher in the office PrimeArray uses only the best materials and technologies in its manufacturing process.. At the end of their long service life, the individual components are returned to the cycle. For the customer, this means that in the long run, prices are consistently fair and low Full control and independence Companies that handle sensitive data expose themselves to a certain amount of danger when using cloud systems. Complete control is taken away from you, and some of the servers used are located abroad.This is even legally questionable when storing important personal data of customers. Our own server solution guarantees that all data is stored locally. You are always in control and know exactly where the data is located. On a local server, protective mechanisms can be set up to prevent a data breach. The individual servers are equipped with accessories that allow installation within a server rack. This is particularly useful for companies that have their own server room.
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Server Backup Company

al restore?Did you know that remote cloud storage  providers struggle with giving their customers the bandwidth they need during a backup and/or restore?With the enhancements in today’s technology the hard drive is larger than ever (20TB) incredibly reliable and very power efficient and affordable combine this with a PrimeArray storage server and you have you own cloud server locally.PrimeArray can offer your company or organization its own easy to use storage device. The PrimeArray NAS family products are for everyone small to large! Streamlining your backups, saving your team money and putting your Team in charge.Data Backup in DepthIn an increasingly digitized business  scene, data backup is vital for the existence of an organization. You can get hacked or ransomed, and lose your data to thieves who’ll sell your trade secrets to the highest bidder. Injected malware can corrupt your information. Disgruntled employees or other insider threats can delete your valued digital assets. Can you recover from data loss?Data backup is a practice that pools techniques and solutions for efficient and cost-effective backup. Your data is copied to one or more locations, at pre-determined rates, and at different capacities. You can set up a flexible data backup process, using your own architecture, or make use of available Backup as a Service (BaaS) solutions, mixing them up with PrimeArray Storage devices.What Is a Data Backup?Data backup is the repetition of copying data from a primary to a secondary location, to protect it in case of a disaster, accident or malicious action. Data is the blood of modern organizations, and losing data can cause massive damage and disrupt professional operations. This is why backing up your data is critical for all businesses, large and small. What does backup data mean?Typically backup data means all essential data for the workloads your server is running. This can include documents, media files, configuration files, machine images, operating systems, and registry files. Essentially, any data that you want to preserve can be stored as backup data.PrimeArray Data backup includes several important concepts:Backup solutions and tools—while it is possible to back up data manually, to ensure systems are backed up regularly and consistently, most organizations use a technology solution to back up their data.Backup administrator—every organization should designate an employee responsible for backups. That employee should ensure backup systems are set up correctly, test them occasionally and ensure that critical data is actually backed up.Backup scope and schedule—an organization must decide on a backup policy, specifying which files and systems are important enough to be backed up, and how regularly data should be backed up.Recovery Point Objective (RPO)—RPO is the amount of data an organization is willing to lose if a disaster occurs, and is determined by the frequency of backup. If systems are backed up once per day, the RPO is 24 hours. The lower the RPO, the more data storage, compute and network resource es are required to achieve recurrent backups.Recovery Time Objective (RTO)—RTO is the time it takes for an organization to restore data or systems from backup and resume normal operations. For large data volumes and/or backups stored off-premises, copying data and restoring systems can take time, and robust technical solutions are needed to ensure a low RTO.PrimeArray Server BackupServers are complicated, PrimeArray provides easy-to-use, advanced backup and disaster recovery solutions for businesses. Set it and forget it. Manage multiple servers with granular control from the web-based admin console. Advanced backup features to protect your data. Flexible scheduling, compression, encryption, and ransomware protection. Low-cost and high-performance cloud storage allows you to scale as you need and only pay for what you use. Migrate large data sets using the B2 Fireball with zero impact to your network.Extend backup protection to workforce computers—to mitigate loss risk and support compliance when productivity suites and sync tools don’t go far enoughUnlimited & AutomaticLightweight Mac and PC clients back up all user data by default, without group members having to take action or tolerate slow-downs.Easy Admin & RestoreSingle pane management, easily deployable at scale via admin console, with multiple restore options in the event of data loss or ransomware.PrimeArray Data backup softwarePrimearray have the perfect automatic backup software designed for Windows 10 /11 and also works with previous versions of Windows. It makes a backup of your data files to another directory, internal or external hard disk or to a computer across the network.PrimeArray Software monitors the source files and keeps the backup updated with new or changed files. It runs in the background with no user interaction. So, once it is set up you always have a backup of your data somewhere else.  
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Media Migration Service

o use service.DVD transfer, Media transfer. PrimeArray accepts all media formats, including DVDs , CDs , USB devices , Blu-ray, zip disks , jaz disks ,etcDoes your company or organization have these items above? Did you know that media actually has a shelf life and can start to deteriorate after a number of years? Did you know with the enhancements with technology that we can place a large collection of media on a very small device?Did you know that once you extract this media place on a newer storage device you can access it hundreds of times faster?PrimeArray system specializes in optical media solutions and offers extremely high quality for an affordable price media migrations. A media migration might be the right solution for your company!Ensure you’re complying with your industry regulations on data retention and format Keeping your company’s data in a secure, current format is a time-consuming and strenuous task. In addition, a host of regulations require the creation and storage of numerous types of records for set lengths of time in specific formats under strict security parameters.PrimeArray Media Migration Services migrates media back to file and folder state and indexes it, based upon your requirements. We can add appropriate formats and encrypts it without interrupting your everyday data backup practice —without stretching your staff and budget.Design an appropriate data protection and retention process to mitigate risk.The data you may need to gather to satisfy an audit or litigation request may reside in many different locations and in multiple media formats spanning decades. And producing that data in the right format in a timely manner can be a daunting task.By using PrimeArray Media Migration Services, you can mitigate your risk of failing to comply or being unable to respond by migrating your data to the right formats for easy access. Our experts will help you understand specific regulations and design an optimal media migration and retention process so your data remains protected, but also accessible without disrupting your current backup processes and at a predictable cost.Every organization has some type of media – and sometimes they're trapped on obsolete formats that require transfers from, say, cd to DVD or tape discs. But we think everyone should be able to transfer these obsolete dated formats to modern storage device to retain their important data for a lifetime. That's why we specialise in converting all media formats like DVDs and CDs USB sticks zip disks Jaz disks.Your media deserve to be retained – and that's precisely what you'll get when you choose us for your conversions or migration services from media to digital files from other video formats to transfer your video to modern storage. Our standard media migration consists of getting a FREE proposal on every aspect of the project. We provide a prepaid label you ship us the media we ship you a storage device with all the media when extracted! We can ship back your media when completed or have it destroyed. Smaller projects can request a download link to download the project when completed.We are the experts in media, the devices that will be conducting the extraction are our own products. We have a tremendous amount of experience in dealing with any situation that can occur whether it’s  renaming the media , damage discs ,scratched discs our technicians have seen it all. Our expertise in the media extraction allow for us to do fast, perfect and affordable migration for you!PrimeArray Media MigrationIf you have 100 or 100,000+ pieces of media, we are here to help! Our optical migration/conversion services can be performed at your site or in our lab, whichever best meets your needs. Our optical migration services leverage the skills of our professionals, well-defined data migration processes, knowledge of optical environments and our optimized migration software. Additionally, there are no upfront hardware or labour costs to incur, saving you time and money. Each one of your discs will be logged and confirmed a complete copy. Any problem discs will be logged and noted. PrimeArray Systems does have a wide range of solutions for conducting your own CD DVD migration if you wish. Product lines include, cd towers, dvd towers, cd loaders, dvd-rom towers, virtual jukeboxes storage systems, cd / dvd / bluray servers.
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Data Migration Service

are systems. It should be a key consideration for any system implementation, rise or consolidation. In an ideal world, it would be performed programmatically to make an automated migration. The fact is that migration experts are the most important part of the process when it is business or time-critical.Transferring Data in the Blink of An EyeData migration projects are massive undertakings that can easily go awry without experience and proper execution. The Data Migration Service offered by PrimeArray was designed to take the burden off of internal teams while also providing successful, compliant data migrations into new infrastructures.companies are often prompted to migrate data into new systems for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common events include mergers, compound acquisitions, infrastructure modernization, or a shift to cloud hosting.Despite being a natural step in any organization’s timeline, many companies discover that they are ill-equipped to handle migrations on their own. The Data Migration Service allows companies to save resources while also providing the peace of mind in knowing that their data has been moved efficiently and compliantly.Saving Time and Resources Without Sacrificing QualityHandling data migration in-house can be a difficult task, particularly if a company has labour, resource, or time constraints. Additionally, many companies may find themselves struggling to stay on top of all of the required documentation that may be requested post-migration from regulatory bodies.PrimeArray Data Migration Service is conducted by a team of experienced data professionals who understand the importance of saving your team time and effort. We take the task on ourselves, allowing you to focus on what matters - the science. PrimeArray Systems, Inc. offers optical disc migration services - ripping services to HDD, disc archiving services, disc data ripping and copying DVDs to HDD for healthcare, legal, archivists, government agencies, financial services, educational services. PrimeArray Systems does have a wide range of solutions for conducting your own CD DVD migration if you wish. Our product lines include, cd towers, DVD towers, cd loaders, DVD - rom towers, virtual jukeboxes storage systems, cd / DVD / Blu-ray servers. PrimeArray accept all DVDs, Mini DVDs, CDs, and VCD. Memory Cards like Secure Digital (SD) , Smart Media (SM), Multi Media Card (MMC), Compact Flash (CF), xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, USB Drive.
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What is PrimeArray Media Servers?

g data on demand. A media server is a device that stores and shares media. It is responsible for hardware as well as software aspects of successful storing and retrieval as well as sharing of media files and data. A media server can be any device having network access and adequate bandwidth for sharing and saving of media. A server, PC, network-attached storage (NAS) or any other device with such storage capability can be used as a media server. Commercial media servers act as aggregators of information like CD, DVD, Blue-Ray, Memory Card, USB Disc, San Disc, video, audio, photos and books, and other types of media can all be accessed via a network.What are PrimeArray Media Servers?PrimeArray Media Servers are primarily about distributing data. On the surface, media servers are therefore no different from ordinary file servers. They are often used in companies to send data – mostly from the server to various desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets, smartphones or other devices. PrimeArray Media server can automatically copy the data once the disc is inserted, so it’s  very easy to use. The strength of PrimeArray Media ServersWith another device, such as a notebook, you can now access the server using a specific software. The program will recognize what data the server contains and provide it with an attractive user interface.  This cooperation between client and server would not be possible with a conventional file server. Only the combination of client and server software makes media server valuable both at home and in companies. They adapt the media server very exactly to your requirements and specifications.The work is therefore individual and exactly tailored to your own preferences. As a user, you decide which files you save, but also which programs you integrate to use the server. The media server is available at any time of day or night. The individual components are deliberately selected so that even continuous operation does not affect the system. Low Maintenance and RobustWherever moving parts are used, wear inevitably occurs. In the case of a mechanical hardware component, this can be overcome; after all, individual parts can usually be easily replaced. However, sensitive files are stored on the media server, so wear and tear must be prevented at all costs.   Full control and independenceThe cloud is a solution that makes sense, especially in the private sector. Companies that handle sensitive data expose themselves to a certain amount of danger when using cloud systems. Complete control is taken away from you, and some of the servers used are located abroad.This is even legally questionable when storing important personal data of customers. Our own server solution guarantees that all data is stored locally. You are always in control and know exactly where the data is located.On a local server, protective mechanisms can be set up to prevent a data breach. The individual servers are equipped with accessories that allow installation within a server rack. This is particularly useful for companies that have their own server room.The robust housing is constructed in such a way that no dust can penetrate the inside of the server. This protects internal contacts and you don’t have to worry about damaging your server outside of a rack.PrimeArray Media ServersPrimeArray media servers come in different models with various capabilities and storage specifications.ArrayStor : Media Server & Disc Loader all-in-one device for your media library. Load your media and discs onto the ArrayStor media server to access data in one central location. Commonly used for training videos and storing media libraries. Share, store and access CD/DVD data with the Arraystor media server by PrimeArray Systems.ServStation : PrimeArray’s entry-level, network-attached CD/DVD server. This is the data storage server organizations turn to for fast, simplified access to CD/DVD-based information across the network. CD/DVD sharing has never been easier. ProServer : PrimeArray’s versatile network-attached CD/DVD server and loader. Available in tower or rack configurations, this NAS DVD server allows you to quickly load multiple CDs and DVDs, then share them across your network. Unlike old-fashioned CD/DVD towers, these systems are fast, efficient, and economical.
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What is RAID

gy that combines multiple physical disk drive components into one or more logical units for data redundancy, performance improvement, or both. With RAID enabled on a storage system you can connect two or more drives in the system so they act as one large volume fast drive or set them up as one system drive used to automatically and instantaneously duplicate (or mirror) your data for real-time backup.It is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks or solid-state drives to protect data in the case of a drive failure. A RAID system consists of two or more drives working in parallel. These can be hard discs, but there is a trend to use SSD technology (Solid State Drives).RAID combines several independent and relatively small disks into single storage of a large size. The disks included in the array are called array members. The disks can combine into the array in different ways, which are known as RAID levels. Performance shows the change in the read and writes speed of the entire array compared to a single disk. The array's capacity is determined by the amount of user data written to the array. The array capacity depends on the RAID level and does not always match the sum of the RAID member disks' sizes. To calculate the particular RAID type's capacity and a set of member disks RAID systems can use with several interfaces, including SATA, SCSI, IDE, or FC (fiber channel.) Some systems use SATA disks internally but that have a FireWire or SCSI interface for the host system.How RAID worksRAID works by placing data on multiple disks and allowing input/output (I/O) operations to overlap in a balanced way, improving performance. Because using multiple disks increases the mean time between failures, storing data redundantly also increases fault tolerance.RAID arrays appear to the operating system (OS) as a single logical drive. RAID employs the techniques of disk mirroring or disk striping. Mirroring will copy identical data onto more than one drive. Striping partitions help spread data over multiple disk drives. The stripes of all the disks are interleaved and addressed in order. Disk mirroring and disk striping can also be combined in a RAID array.RAID controllerA RAID controller is a device used to manage hard disk drives in a storage array. It can be used as a level of abstraction between the OS and the physical disks, presenting groups of disks as logical units. Using a RAID controller can improve performance and help protect data in case of a crash. A RAID controller may be hardware- or software-based. In a hardware-based RAID product, a physical controller manages the entire array. The controller can also be designed to support drive formats such as Serial Advanced Technology Attachment and Small Computer System Interface. A physical RAID controller can also be built into a server's motherboard.Standard Raid Levels RAID devices use many different architectures, called levels, depending on the desired balance between performance and fault tolerance. RAID levels describe how data is distributed across the drives. Standard RAID levels include the following:- Level 0 (striped disk array without fault tolerance): Level 0 provides data striping but no redundancy. This improves performance but does not deliver fault tolerance, meaning all data is lost if one drive fails.- Level 1 (mirroring and duplexing): Level 1 provides disk mirroring. It offers twice the read transaction rate and the same write transaction rate of single disks.- Level 2 (error-correcting coding): Not a typical implementation and rarely used, Level 2 stripes data at the bit level rather than the block level.- Level 3 (bit-interleaved parity): Level 3 provides byte-level striping with a dedicated parity disk. It cannot service simultaneous multiple requests, so it also is rarely used.- Level 4 (dedicated parity drive): A commonly used implementation of RAID, Level 4 provides block-level striping (like Level 0) with a parity disk. If a data disk fails, the parity data is used to create a replacement disk. A disadvantage to Level 4 is that the parity disk can create write bottlenecks.- Level 5 (block interleaved distributed parity): Level 5 provides data striping at the byte level and also stripe error correction information. This results in excellent performance and good fault tolerance. Level 5 is one of the most popular implementations of RAID and is patented by IBM.- Level 6 (independent data disks with double parity): Level 6 provides block-level striping with parity data distributed across all disks. - Level 10 (a stripe of mirrors): Level 10 creates multiple RAID 1 mirrors and an umbrella RAID 0 stripe.Non-standard Raid Levels Some devices use more than one level in a hybrid or nested arrangement, and some vendors also offer non-standard proprietary RAID levels. Examples of non-standard RAID levels include the following:- Level 0+1 (a mirror of stripes): In this level, two RAID 0 stripes and an umbrella RAID 1 mirror are created. Level 0+1 is used for both replicating and sharing data among disks.- Level 7: Level 7 is a trademark of Storage Computer Corporation that adds caching to Levels 3 or 4.- RAID 1E: RAID 1E is a RAID 1 implementation with more than two disks. Data striping is combined with mirroring each written stripe to one of the remaining disks in the array. - RAID S: Also called Parity RAID, RAID S is EMC Corporation’s proprietary striped parity RAID system used in its Symmetrix storage systems.
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What is Network Attached Storage (NAS) and why is NAS Important for Small Businesses?

t Data is a critical asset for every companiesFrom home offices and small to mid-sized teams to big businesses and enterprise workloads, Archive, store, and share mission-critical content across teams is very important.Without access to the data, companies may not provide their clients with the expected level of service. Poor customer service, Bad Customer relation, loss of sales, team collaboration problems are all examples of what can happen when data is not available.Each of these issues are very critical and contribute to lack of outcome and potential loss of income. No Customers will wait for a data outage to be corrected. Additionally, when it comes to data storage, small businesses find themselves faced with other storage-related needs such as Lower cost options, Ease of operation, Ease of data backupNAS devices are becoming very popular with enterprise and small businesses in many industries as an effective, scalable, low-cost storage solution. They can be used to support email systems, accounting databases, payroll, video recording and editing, data logging, business analytics etc.What is NAS?A network-attached storage (NAS) device is a data storage device that connects to and is accessed through a network, instead of connecting directly to a computer. NAS devices contain a processor and operating system so it can run applications and provide the intelligence needed for files to be easily shared by authorized people.  The beauty of a NAS device is that it can be easily accessed by multiple people, multiple computers, mobile devices, or even remotely. A NAS device is a storage device connected to a network that allows storage and retrieval of data from a central location for authorised network users and varied clients. NAS devices are flexible and scale out, meaning that as you need additional storage, you can add to what you have. NAS is like having a private cloud in the office. It’s faster, less expensive and provides all the benefits of a public cloud on site, giving you complete control.NAS systems are perfect for SMBs.·        Lower cost·        Simple to operate (No need for an IT professional to operate)·        Easy data backup and recovery, with granular security features ·        Centralization of data storage in a safe, reliable way for authorized network users and clients·        Supports a large variety of applications·        Permits data access across the network, including cloud-based applications and dataFlexNAS Pro from PrimeArrayUnparalleled Performance & Reliability:·        Support Dual-active controllers ·        Supports 802.3ad port trunking, Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) with VLAN ·        High data bandwidth of system architecture by powerful INTEL 64-bit RAID processor ·        Built for multi-user environments by providing high workload rates for heavy data transfer networksUnsurpassed Data Availability·        RAID 6 capability provides the highest level of data protection·        Supports Snapshot, Volume cloning, Replication, Thin Provision·        Supports Microsoft Windows Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS)Exceptional Manageability Menu-driven front panel display·        Management GUI via serial console, SSH telnet, Web and secure web (HTTPS)·        Event notification via Email and SNMP trap·        Menu-driven front panel displayFeatures·        3U 16Bay rack-mount redundant RAID subsystem with SBB compliant controller.·        Supports iSCSI jumbo frame·        Supports Microsoft Multipath I/O (MPIO), MC/S·        Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60 and JBOD·        Local N-way mirror: Extension to RAID 1 level, N copies of the disk·        Global and dedicated hot spare disks·        Write-through or write-back cache policy for different application usage·        Supports greater than 2TB per volume set (64-bit LBA support)·        Supports manual or scheduling volume snapshot (up to 64 snapshot)·        Snapshot rollback mechanism·        On-line volume migration with no system down-time·        Online volume expansion·        Instant RAID volume availability and background initialization·        Automatic synchronization of firmware version in the dual-active mode·        Supports S.M.A.R.T, NCQ and OOB Staggered Spin-up capable drives·        High efficiency power supply which compliant with 80plus.NAS is growing in popularity. And with good reason. NAS servers allow access to company data 24×7, and using the right hard drive will provide the best experience possible. FlexNas Pro equipped NAS servers help provide tremendous competitive advantages, increase levels of customer service, and extend the collaborative reach across any project, at any company. In many cases, the only limit to the usefulness of having a NAS solution in your business may be not having one at all!  
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SSD / Flash media

bounce improvement that SSD now becomes very affordable. Capacity of SSD has also grown many folds that it has becomes the primary storage in almost all portable computers, smart phones and many electronic devices. Due to the limited READ and WRITE cycles, SSD at one time also was considered not as reliable a storage in comparison to a regular hard drive. This too has improved where the reliability of a consumer grade SSD is expected to last over the life span of the electronic device itself.As is the case with any new technology that undergoes rapid changes, not all SSDs are created equally. Various form of SSDs are now popular in the market. The most common type are SSDs in 2.5” or 1.8” drive form factors. There are also CFast card, mSATA SSD, M2 SSD, CF and SD cards. All these different forms of SSDs are made of the basic ingredient: NAND chips (or flash memory chips) and an interface controller. Different form of SSDs should be selected depending on the type of application. There are also trade-offs in cost, capacity, speed and reliability. For more detail on the SSD technologies and various forms factor of SSDs, please visit the following Wikipedia paper SSD offerings focus in the CFast, mSATA and M2 forms factor in MLC or SLC with a wider operating temperature range (commonly called industrial grade). The SLC type ensures a much longer durability that has high TBW (Terabyte Written). For those application that demands the highest reliability, SSDs made with SLC is the best choice. Given the same number of cells and algorithm in managing and replacing defective cells, SSD of the SLC type will always be at least 4 to eight times more reliable than MLC. MLC SSD basically has more storage capacity per cell than the SLC SSD. As a result, the same cell in a MLC SSD will be subjected to a higher READ/WRITE cycles than the SLC SSD, resulting in faster cell degradation in MLC SSD. With continual advancement in cell management algorithm, MLC reliability has improved significantly in recent year. But make no mistake, the SLC NAND will always be more reliable than MLC NAND given the same cell management algorithm.Majority of the SSDs in the market today are made of MLC type. The volume of the MLC market, together with the higher storage density per cell will always position the MLC SSD at a better price advantage than the SLC SSD. Due to the lower storage density per cell, SLC SSD will always be more expensive but offers the best solid state storage reliability that is required in mission critical applications.
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What Is NAS?

All businesses and organizations, at some level, require a reliable and efficient data storage system. Hospitals must keep track of large databases, patient info & training media. Schools and universities require a secure and cost-effective way of storing multiple types of files. Businesses need to access crucial information whether it be deliverables, inventory data, or even employee handbooks. Read about Network Attached Storage, and how it can benefit any organization or business below. Technical Use & Benefits Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a network connected storage device that allows for easy access for data storage and retrieval in one centralized destination. Users locate the files that they want stored onto the NAS, use software to upload files onto the NAS, the files can now be accessed by multiple clients simultaneously. NAS can be compared to having "private cloud storage", but is much faster and more secure than cloud storage. The best part? No need to hire an IT professional, NAS systems are straightforward and rarely require technical support or expertise. Network Attached Storage is secure, cost effective and easily scalable for larger organizations. Looking to add more storage space to your NAS? Good news, they're easily customizable. PrimeArray NAS Solutions As mentioned above, data storage solutions vary on the size and magnitude of your business or organization. Here at Prime Array, we offer enterprise NAS and have the capability to upgrade NAS to your preferred specifications. Communicating with IT professionals and business owners, we will work with your needs and preferred budget to deliver a NAS solution that fits your business goals. We understand that data storage is not a "one size fits all" solution and different industries require different specs and capabilities. We encourage you to call our office at 800-433-5133 if you have any questions, concerns or specific NAS requests. We look forward to working with you!
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Disc Loaders & Servers

Disc servers provide a simple way to store and access CD/DVD-ROM data & media libraries. First, select the DVD/CD's that you'd like stored. If you're in the majority, you most likely have already chosen which discs need to be stored. After you've distinguished your disc library, simply load them into the DVD/CD storage tower. Feel free to upload as many discs as there are drives. Different PrimeArray models will have separate specifications. With the PrimeArray Systems Maxtet Tower, for example, you can upload up to 12 discs at once. After you've uploaded each disc into the drive, you can now access the CD/DVD data conveniently in one place. Supporting data retrieval and storage from multiple devices; desktop, phone & tablet. Perfect for businesses, organizations and individuals with large disc libraries, who want to store and retrieve information from multiple devices at once. Prime Array: Disc Storage Solutions We encourage our customers to call us at 800-433-5133 with any questions or concerns about our products. Don't have enough time to upload large disc libraries? We can help. Click Here to learn more about our disc migration services. Before you leave, please know that we offer custom disc server solutions. If you can think of any upgrades that you'd like to make to PrimeArray storage systems, we can most likely appease your wishes. To shop PrimeArray disc loaders and servers for businesses & individuals, Click Here. NAS & Media Servers
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Enterprise Data Storage

When organizations reach the enterprise level, sufficient data storage is always an obstacle no matter the sector or industry. All enterprise level businesses require high level data storage solutions. As businesses scale in size, so do their data storage requirements. Success doesn't come overnight and your IT infrastructure continuously scales to your company needs. While you grapple with which solutions to choose the right enterprise data storage for your business, you must assess your current situation. Ask yourself these questions What type of data are you storing? Most enterprise level businesses have an abundance of unstructured data. There are two obstacles you can face when dealing with these types of datasets. Files can range from a few bytes to multiple terabytes in size. Luckily, PrimeArray Systems offers custom solutions for enterprise storage and can offer over 10PB in storage capacity. Another obstacle for unstructured data storage is collaboration. Your organization most likely has multiple locations. There are a few drawbacks when dealing with replication and governance. How fast do you need to access the data? PrimeArray Systems offers enterprise data storage devices with various specifications and functionalities. If speed is one of your top priorities, the storage device's "interface" will decide how fast the data will read and write. A large part of speed depends on the type of network you're connected to. How much storage capacity do you need? PrimeArray enterprise data storage devices are suitable for any large scale operation. With access to over 10 PB (petabytes) or 10,000 TB (Terabytes) of storage capacity, you'll find that there is no limit when it comes to enterprise storage. It all depends on your price range and current IT infrastructure. We always stress to our customers that PrimeArray storage products are customizable to each business's liking. Which storage device should you choose? Browse PrimeArray storage solutions for enterprise level companies. Choose between Network Attached Storage, Storage Area Network, iSCSI Storage & Direct Attached Storage. View Our Products Here
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Media Server Capabilities

used at any level between enterprise and home use. Businesses and individuals share the common need for data storage systems that can hold large media files. Media servers provide the ability to store, share and access; photos, music & video files at high volumes. Access media files from any device on the media server network and work with hundreds of users to streamline processes. Easy Setup A lot of the "heavy lifting" so to speak, is done on our end. PrimeArray gives users a simple set up instructions to get your media server up and running in minutes. Setting up your media server is now as simple as setting up your home router. First, unbox your media server and connect it into a power source. Second, assign your media server an IP address using the few buttons on the front of your PrimeArray NAS media server. Third, now that your media server is connected, simply select the files that you'd like to access/share and copy them to your media server using your Mac or PC. In three easy steps, you'll be able to share, store and access media files from any devices that are connected to your media server network. Free Tech Support In addition to the three steps mentioned above, there are more ways to make use of your media server. Set restrictions, permissions, passwords and more with help from the PrimeArray team. If you find yourself lost or confused, we encourage you to contact us for assistance. When you purchase any device from PrimeArray, you have free tech support from our on-site professionals 5 days a week. Call us at (800) 433-5133 or fill out a Product Support Form. We can even control your desktop remotely and complete the setup without you lifting a finger. We're here for you and want to assist all of our customers in making full use of our products. Media Server Capabilities Any media placed into the server is automatically copied and shared to the network Set restrictions, passwords & permissions Synchronize with Active Directory (AD Server) for easy access to shares Media server shares by many common protocols - SMB, FTP, NFS, AppleTalk Stored for speed - Once your media is imaged, it can be accessed much faster than reading the physical media 100's of users access shared data at once, from their own devices RAID protection against harddrive failures PrimeArray Media Servers Looking for specifications and more capabilities? Browse media servers, disc loaders, NAS & more by PrimeArray. All models are customizable with added features like increased storage, speed & more. Arraystor Netserv ProServer ServStation
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Media Server Setup Process

eArray Systems. Our experts will guide you through all the complications to make sure you have the right products for your media server requirements. We work with clients and customers on a daily basis to discover their priorities and outfit them with the most suitable technology for their business or personal use. Based on a series of questions, PrimeArray will help you find the perfect media server solution for you or your business. Listed below are frequent questions that we ask our customers in order to determine the best media server options. Questions To Ask How many users need to access? Are you looking for a home media server or an enterprise level media server for your business? At PrimeArray Systems, we customize and configure data storage devices tailored to your specific needs. No media server capability is outside of our range. How much media do you have? Our media server devices are capable of holding up to 10 PB (petabytes) of storage. That's equivalent to 10,000 Terabytes. We offer media server systems with smaller storage capabilities, but we also deliver enterprise level storage for larger scale clients. Do you require a disc loader? It can be tedious to upload one disc at a time. Thankfully PrimeArray offers disc loaders and media servers individually or all-in-one units. On top of that, we also provide data migration services for businesses with thousands of DVD's CD's. What file system? Our media servers will work with Mac: HSF, PC: Iso9660, Blu-ray: iso just about any file system imaginable. How much media will you store monthly/weekly? Think towards the future and imagine the possible obstacles you might face. If you or your business will be storing large/high volume files in the future, it's best to plan ahead. PrimeArray Media Servers Primearray manufactures media servers, small and large that can handle any requirements. Check out the links below to get started with your personal media server or enterprise media server solution. We encourage you to call us at 800-433-5133 to discuss your next media server purchase! Arraystor Netserv ProServer ServStation
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Choosing The Right Media Servers

with help from PrimeArray Systems. Our experts will guide you through all the complications to make sure you have the right products for your media server requirements. We work with clients and customers on a daily basis to discover their priorities and outfit them with the most suitable technology for their business or personal use. Based on a series of questions, PrimeArray will help you find the perfect media server solution for you or your business. Listed below are frequent questions that we ask our customers in order to determine the best media server options. Questions To Ask How many users need to access? Are you looking for a home media server or an enterprise level media server for your business? At PrimeArray Systems, we customize and configure data storage devices tailored to your specific needs. No media server capability is outside of our range. How much media do you have? Our media server devices are capable of holding up to 10 PB (petabytes) of storage. That's equivalent to 10,000 Terabytes. We offer media server systems with smaller storage capabilities, but we also deliver enterprise level storage for larger scale clients. Do you require a disc loader? It can be tedious to upload one disc at a time. Thankfully PrimeArray offers disc loaders and media servers individually or all-in-one units. On top of that, we also provide data migration services for businesses with thousands of DVD's CD's. What file system? Our media servers will work with Mac: HSF, PC: Iso9660, Blu-ray: iso just about any file system imaginable. How much media will you store monthly/weekly? Think towards the future and imagine the possible obstacles you might face. If you or your business will be storing large/high volume files in the future, it's best to plan ahead. PrimeArray Media Servers Primearray manufactures media servers, small and large that can handle any requirements. Check out the links below to get started with your personal media server or enterprise media server solution. We encourage you to call us at 800-433-5133 to discuss your next media server purchase! Arraystor Netserv ProServer ServStation
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Enterprise Data Storage Devices With A Purpose: Customized Server Solutions

ge), Cloud Storage, iSCSI, SAN (Storage Area Networks) & more. Depending on the current or desired data storage infrastructure, as well as the utility of each storage device, IT professionals make educated decisions on what device type works best for their organization. Once the decision is made, it’s time to browse data storage devices from different manufacturers. The current problem with top name-brand data storage manufacturers is, each device is not created to suit their customer’s direct goals. PrimeArray Systems has designated product lines, but more importantly, full blown custom storage servers from small to large. Consolidate, Store & Share Data: By Usage Company Email Backups Sensitive Data Storage Security Camera Footage Workstation Backups Media (Photo, Video & More) General File Storage The capabilities are endless with PrimeArray. With your business goals and storage needs in mind, we offer unique and unparalleled data storage solutions. Solve your data storage problems with state-of-the-art components, customized to your specific storage requirements. Your Device Can Include Up to 600 TB Per Unit Up to 50 Individual HardDrives Per Unit Best RAID Controller available – LSI 12G Additional Encryption Features Windows Storage Server Compatibility Nvidia GPU Contact Us To Add Hyper-Specific Features/Components Enterprise data storage units are expensive by nature. With custom data storage solutions, PrimeArray manufactures each unit to complete specific goals as detailed by each customer. In the past, PrimeArray Systems has worked with corporations like McDonalds, Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola & more. Each organization had their particular needs and goals for each product. It was our responsibility to deliver a high quality, reliable, secure & powerful data storage solution to our customer’s hyper specific demands. Custom Data Storage Case Study: Masy BioServices Masy BioServices is a Biotech company in Massachusetts and they’ve been using PrimeArray data storage products for decades. In 2020, Masy reached out to PrimeArray with a distinct goal to store massive amounts of 4k Security Footage on one dedicated server. It’s no secret that 4k video is extremely heavy in capacity, especially when multiple cameras are filming at once. Their security requirements made it necessary to store this information for a number of years. Ultimately, their main goal was to store high volumes of 4K footage for multiple years in order to maximize their security measures. Traditionally, most data storage units are created with harddrive slots on the front end of the device. We decided to create fully custom “drop in” harddrive slots on the top of the device instead of the front. Since this particular unit is designed to hold massive amounts of data, we included 50 total 14TB harddrives. In addition, Masy was able to save tons of shelf space on their server racks due to the “drop in harddrive slot” feature. There’s close to 600TB of storage in this compact 4u unit. Digital forensics investigators examine and image a ton of data and information on a daily basis. They need the necessary and capable tools in order to complete their investigations properly, on time and efficiently. With PrimeArray digital forensics tools and workstations, you can read and store basically any amount of data. Our storage devices can hold up to 10PB (petabytes) of data, which is equivalent to 10,000 Terabytes. No matter the size of your project, we can help you with handling virtually any amount of data. PrimeArray forensic systems give you the processing power, storage, integrated write-blocking, reliability and proven support to process cases in any setting.  Testimonial – Masy Bioservices We’ve worked with PrimeArray for a long time and they always meet our criteria. Masy has bought two of these specific units and plan on buying a third. In the past, we’ve chosen to work with PrimeArray for their reliability and responsiveness. The ability to have access to firmware changes is another feature that benefits us tremendously. QNAP, Nimble Storage & HP are amongst other storage brands that we’ve used and PrimeArray is on par with both of them. Greg Masiello, Security Manager
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Digital Forensics

r your personalized digital forensic workstation. Forensic hardware can be hard to come by, especially if you require very specific capabilities for your digital forensics investigations. Our units are designed specifically to gather, preserve & analyze any digital evidence from practically any electronic device. With write blocking technology, eliminate the possibility of evidence being altered or tampered with in any way. PrimeArray has worked with many crime labs, law offices & law enforcement agencies to deliver customized solutions for forensic acquisition, imaging & reading. Our digital forensic hardware devices come custom tailored to your organizational needs. If your crime lab or law enforcement agency requires certain capabilities or specifications, we encourage you to contact us in order to best serve you. In certain cases, your agency might prefer a standalone workstation instead of a forensics device connected to your current workstation. We would be happy to provide you with either, and are fully equipped to deliver digital forensics hardware to your organization’s needs. Features & Benefits Configure your digital forensics workstation by choosing from trays & slots capable of supporting any type of digital evidence. Include USB for forensic cell phone imaging or reading flash drives, SATA harddrive interfaces for reading harddrives from laptops and desktops, optical drives for DVD, CD & Blu-Ray imaging, and more. Forensic workstations can include: USB’s, SD Cards, Mobile Devices, DVD’s, CD’s, **3.5 – 2.5 HotSwap Drive Bay (SATA Connected), SATA Hard Drive Mobile Rack Drawer, SATA Drive & more. Access, analyze & image digital evidence with a standalone digital forensic workstation, or connect our forensic hardware into your current computer. Whichever is easiest for your work setting. Preserve data integrity and safeguard with protective measures supported by PrimeArray digital forensics hardware. Our devices are write-blocked to maintain the digital evidence integrity without worrying about changing any data on the harddrive or device. Ensure that your evidence is admissible in court and is held to the highest quality and standards. Keep your evidence classified with encryption keys and additional safeguards. Forensic imaging capabilities to duplicate evidence 1:1. Create exact copies of drives and data without sacrificing data integrity. Add encryption keys to maximize the security of your computer forensics workstation. Keep your evidence safe and secure. Handling Any Amount of Data Digital forensics investigators examine and image a ton of data and information on a daily basis. They need the necessary and capable tools in order to complete their investigations properly, on time and efficiently. With PrimeArray digital forensics tools and workstations, you can read and store basically any amount of data. Our storage devices can hold up to 10PB (petabytes) of data, which is equivalent to 10,000 Terabytes. No matter the size of your project, we can help you with handling virtually any amount of data. PrimeArray forensic systems give you the processing power, storage, integrated write-blocking, reliability and proven support to process cases in any setting. Technical Support   Learn your way around PrimeArray computer forensics devices with technical assistance from our product support experts. With every purchase from PrimeArray you and your agency are entitled to lifetime technical support. It is our mission to help your law firm, crime lab, or law enforcement agency to be successful in using our digital forensics workstations and devices. No matter the problems you’re facing, contact us today to learn more about troubleshooting and using our digital forensics tools to their fullest potential.
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NAS vs SAN: The Differences & Similarities

, we must understand their individual structure and uses. What is NAS? Network Attached Storage is a centralized location where you can store, share and access data from all of the devices on your network. Simply put, a NAS is a storage device that is used for storing data. Typically, a NAS is a box device consisting of multiple harddrives in RAID configurations for redundancy. A NAS will also have a network interface card that will directly attach to a switch or router, so that the data can be accessed from multiple devices over a given network. NAS devices come in many sizes with different capabilities. They can be used by individuals, small to medium sized businesses and enterprise level organizations. One drawback of NAS is that it has a single point of failure, so if one component in the NAS renders it inoperable, other devices will not be able to store or share data until it is working again. What is SAN? Storage Area Networks are high speed networks that store and provide high speed access to large amounts of data. Typically, a SAN is used for data storage. SAN’s usually consist of multiple disc arrays, switches, and servers. Because there is more than one device, a SAN is usually fault tolerant and will not be rendered inoperable due to having multiple disc arrays and components. The moving parts just mentioned are interconnected using a fibre channel. As an alternative to fibre channels, some SANs use iSCSI instead. In theory, if a switch, server, or disc array go down… the data can still be accessed. When a server accesses data from a SAN, it accesses the data as if it were a local hard drive. Operating systems recognize a SAN as a local attached harddrive, rather than a shared network drive. SAN’s are usually more sought after by larger organizations because they are highly scalable. Adding more storage space can easily be done without an interruption on the network. The Differences SAN’s are not affected by network traffic, because they are basically their own networks. On the downside, SANs are usually more expensive than NAS. NAS devices are usually easier to maintain, while SANs usually require more administration. NAS files are accessed as network attached files, while SANs access data as if it were a local harddrive. NAS devices are more susceptible to network bottlenecks, while SAN devices are not affected by network traffic. Lastly, NAS devices backup frequently and take snapshots, while SAN devices require more storage for backups.
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