JMR Showcased Thunderbolt for Media Centric Applications at 2016 NAB

Storage vendor JMR showed a range of new products for studios, broadcasters and post houses at NAB 2016 with a particular focus on Apple Mac configurations, fast but cost effective file transfer, NAS (Network Attached Storage) and highly portable flash drives.

Like many storage vendors JMR has found that broadcasting has moved from the periphery to center stage over its 30 year history, so NAB has become one of its main stages for product launches and demonstrations.

This time JMR lifted the veil on a new ultra-portable flash drive, new line of Thunderbolt-2 to PCIe expansion systems for mobile and fixed media-centric applications, a file transfer system designed to optimize performance against cost, and new ways to rack mount and integrate storage with the Mac Pro and Mac Minis.

For network storage JMR has launched the BlueStor SHARE Networked Storage Server for expanding small to medium size studios. This is a 3U 16 bay server available in 32, 48, 64, 96 TB and can scale to 672TB with a single head unit. The system offers various enterprise grade features including 16 6Gb/s SAS/SATA disk drive bays, four (N+1 configured) high-velocity cooling fans, dual 620W (N+1) hot-swappable power supplies, dual internal SAS Expanders, four 1 Gb/s NIC ports or optional Dual/Quad 10Gb/s and a motherboard with Intel Quad Core CPU designed for fast processing. Running the euroNAS software OS, this can also be configured as a High Availability Cluster System with active-active failover for near 100% uptime.

Then the Lightning product family has been designed for Apple users who only have Thunderbolt expansion available, but want to connect to PCIe peripherals. The LTNG-XQ products (LTNG-XQ-8-DTMP shown) have four full-bandwidth PCIe slots, using two independent Thunderbolt 2 20Gb/s bridge circuits: one Thunderbolt 2 bridge drives two slots, and a second internal Thunderbolt 2 bridge drives the other two slots. Connections to a host like the Mac Pro include two of the three available Thunderbolt 2 bus connections to the Mac. Daisy-chain expansion beyond the LTNG-XQ is also available via its four Thunderbolt 2 expansion ports.

The Thunderbolt Lightning family, include the XQ and XQ-8 for Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe connectivity. They are Intel and Apple approved and Thunderbolt certified for Mac and Windows. They range from a 256GB ultra-compact Flash Drive with Thunderbolt 2 interface, to small, lightweight single and dual-slot Thunderbolt-2/PCIe expanders.

Also shown were the JMR DataMover appliance and the JMR ProBracket racking system. The DataMover operates at near line speed and is independent of file size or depth of directory nesting. It allows users to transfer large and small files across networks, whether locally, nationally, or globally.

Then JMR ProBracket enables mounting and protection of a Mac Pro set up under a desk, beside a desk pedestal, to a wall, or inside a rack cabinet.

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