Acromove Announces New Data Storage Products

Thunderbolt 3 RAID with built-in battery backup by Acromove at CineGear 2018

Acromove’s new ThunderPack Mini combines fast hardware RAID technology and battery operation for a totally unique Thunderbolt 3 product destined to become the new standard for portable, high-capacity, secure digital storage.

The time spent copying files is precious time that is wasted. That’s why companies need fast interfaces and speedy disk drive arrays, and it’s why the Acromove ThunderPack Mini now comes with Thunderbolt 3 and hardware RAID offering blazing transfer speeds for digital workflows.

“Thunderbolt 3 is the top-of-the-line protocol for direct-attached storage data transfer at 40Gb/s (gigabits per second) or 5000 MB/s (megabytes per second). But unless you are using a fast RAID array you can’t get the most out of it,” states Acromove CTO Evangelos Achillopoulos. “Single SSDs can operate at 500-600 MB/s which is faster than single HDDs, but there’s plenty more bandwidth to use on Thunderbolt 3. The best way to increase transfer speeds is to stripe several disks together in a RAID. ThunderPack Mini has eight 2.5” drive bays, using SSDs you’ll see speeds upwards of 2500 MB/s. With HDDs you’ll get about 700 MB/s.”

ThunderPack Mini also comes in a version (the Mini+) with built-in Li-Ion battery backup. This is particularly important when you are working in an environment with unstable power, such as on location for digital film production. The Mini+ also includes an external DC input for a solar panel to operate off the grid, as well as external packs like Anton Bauer’s Cine VCLX battery packs or even car batteries (with proper cables). The Thunderbolt 3 connector will charge/operate a MacBook Pro, too, for extended operation away from AC power sources.

ThunderPack Mini+ can be hooked up to an external LTO drive using its 4-port 12-G SAS connector (with an outlet to power the drive). A breakout cable allows you to connect up to 4 external drives for a high capacity backup solution.

“ThunderPack Minis are shockproof and waterproof for an extra layer of protection for valuable data. Our patented 2.5” disk caddies isolate the drives from shock and vibration,” describes Artemios Achillopoulos, Acromove CEO. “They handle the abuse of shipping so you know you will be operational when you set up on location. And when you head back to the studio just put the ThunderPack Mini in the overhead bin on an airplane. When you hand-deliver that impossible-to-replace footage to the studio you’ll be a hero.”

Encrypted, Portable, Rugged ServerPack35 by Acromove Debuts at CineGear 2018

Acromove’s new ServerPack35 efficiently moves up to 144TB between facilities, combines compute, storage, and networking in a unique Hyper-Converged Appliance that is software-agnostic.

Entertainment companies create, store, and move a ton of data every day. Digital production and post, media libraries, archives, and company resources – it adds up quickly. Shooting with the Arri 65 or Red Weapon can generate 2-5TB of raw camera files per day, not to mention the backup copies, transcoded proxy files, and other critical information. Getting this data to the cloud or between facilities can be a real time-waster.

Moving 1TB of data to the cloud with a high-speed 100Gb Ethernet pipeline and file transfer acceleration software such as Aspera will take about 24 hours. If you have 50TB to move it will take over 50 days. There’s no economy of scale, it’s all based on math. This is a best-case scenario that is rarely available.

The Acromove ServerPack 35 makes it possible to store and move 144TB (120TB with RAID 6) of data in about one week – a day and a half to copy onto the drives, 2 days for UPS/FedEx, day and a half to upload to the cloud server directly. This “sneaker-net” is an old tried-and-true method but with today’s huge datasets it requires the high technology Acromove packs into its products to make things work efficiently.

ServerPack 35 is a unique portable NAS using an 8-core Xeon processor (optional 16-core) with up to 144TB raw storage (120TB with RAID6). It includes GbE and 10GbE copper and can be outfitted with 10GbE SFP+ and 40GbE QSFP+ network connections. All internal components are shock-mounted and the Pelican case it comes in is IP67-rated for water and dust protection. Stored data is protected with AES-256 encryption and the enclosure is tamper-resistant. The system is sized to ship as airline luggage for economy and weighs about 65 pounds with disks for inexpensive shipping.

Acromove has partnered with Seagate to offer the latest helium-filled Barracuda Pro 12TB 3.5” drives for the largest capacity in a 12-bay NAS. Acromove has tested this new drive extensively to deliver optimal performance throughout its storage range, achieving about 1600 MB/s with its large internal 256MB cache and dual 10GbE connections.

ServerPack 35 can be configured with any operating system and software required by the end-user. The first major client of this system installed Ubuntu Linux and OSNEXUS QuantaStor Migration Edition for a ZFS-based mass data transfer appliance. Another interesting workflow can be set up with Hortonworks HDF (Hortonworks Data Flow) for data ingestion in an IIoT scenario. Big data ingestion is about moving data - especially unstructured data - from where it is originated, into a system where it can be stored and analyzed such as Hadoop. The ServerPack 35 can serve as an Edge Computing device, collecting and processing information before moving it to the cloud.

Thunderbolt 3 RAID with AES-256 encryption by Acromove at CineGear 2018

Acromove’s new ThunderPack Crypto and Crypto+ combine AES-256 encryption and battery operation for a totally unique product destined to become the new standard for portable, high-capacity, secure digital storage.

Whenever recorded data is physically moved between locations it is a modern requirement that the files should be encrypted. Almost every RAID product with encryption currently available uses at best a USB 3.0 (5Gb/s) connection. Now, Acromove is offering an encrypted RAID with both Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s) and USB 3.1 (10Gb/s) ports creating the fastest, most secure method of recording and transporting high value data such as camera footage, legal documents, and financial information.

“The hardware-based encryption on ThunderPack Crypto means there is no hit to performance while providing the highest level of military-grade protection for your data”, states Acromove CTO Evangelos Achillopoulos. “Keys are created and managed by the owner, and without our CryptoKey inserted the data becomes invisible to prying eyes”.

AES-256 encryption is used to protect classified information as well as being the first publicly accessible and open cipher approved by the NSA for top-secret information. The Acromove CryptoKey has an embedded chip that matches up with the data stored on disk which means it is more secure than password-style keys that can be hacked using a keystroke logging virus. It cannot be copied, so it can’t be shared electronically.

The top-of-the-line ThunderPack Crypto+ also includes built-in Lithium Ion batteries and an external DC input connector. The batteries act as an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) that switch on automatically in case of AC power loss. The unit can run up to 6 hours on battery power while also powering a laptop through the Thunderbolt 3 connection. The external DC input supports a 120W solar panel to operate off the grid, as well as external packs like Anton Bauer’s Cine VCLX battery packs or even car batteries (with proper cables).

Each model includes Acromove’s patented shockproof 2.5” drive caddies that hold either HDDs or SSDs. They recommend Seagate laptop drives from 1TB to 5TB (up to 40TB raw total) for high capacity and low cost. When outfitted with SSDs, the performance is stunning with the Thunderbolt 3 interface, well over 2500 MB/s at RAID0. RAID5 and RAID6 can protect your data even if one or two drives fail. Using many drives at lower capacities also make it faster to recover your data if any get damaged.

Acromove will be at CineGear 2018 in Soho Street booth 102. More information is available at their web site and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About Acromove Inc.
Acromove Inc. manufactures hyper-converged portable NAS servers and Thunderbolt RAID systems for moving large datasets and edge computing workflows. Newly incorporated in the USA in March 2017, Acromove is the former MotionFX, established in Athens Greece in 2014 but with roots that go back to 2001. The founders are pioneers in the field of Digital Video hard disk recording systems.

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