GB Labs, innovators of powerful and smart storage solutions, have delivered a powerful new NAS infrastructure, installed at British Army HQ in Andover by GB Labs distributor AGX Holdings Ltd. (www.agxuk.com). The FastNAS installation complements an existing GB Labs storage network on site, extending capacity, agility and flexibility.
The new storage network is used by the army’s photographic team: it works alongside an existing FastNAS cluster used by the army’s design team. GB Labs’ fully redundant facility provides highly secure storage for work in progress and archives, supporting a large number of concurrent users.
FastNAS is based on three key technologies from GB Labs: the Velocity RAID engine controls and manages the disk array; Nitro the speedup tool that provides a huge speed boost; and Blueshift, which allows FastNAS’ specialized architecture to sit on top of a conventional network and deliver to customers via standard protocols. This is essential in this implementation, as it allows military teams to connect their favorite design and image processing software to powerful storage and archiving.
GB Labs’ Andover facility includes three fully mirrored 64TB drive arrays connected over a 10 Gigabit Ethernet network. The FN16 main production server provides sustained data rates of 2.5 gigabytes per second with the backup and archive server operating at 2.0 gigabytes per second.
“FastNAS is a unique product, which combines dedicated hardware and state-of-the-art software to manage in detail the process of reading and writing large amounts of data to disk,” said Dominic Harland, CEO/CTO of GB Labs. “This ensures fast, consistent, and extremely reliable storage for large data files and large numbers of users. This project has significantly improved agility, as well as capability, supporting the vital work of these two essential parts of the British military, and we are delighted to have been able to work with them to achieve their goals.
The new storage system for the photography team was delivered and installed in January 2022.