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Increase Media Editing with Thunderbolt 3

One of the most dynamic areas for growth in the use of network-attached storage is the media and entertainment industry. Always evolving, always rapidly changing, the media and entertainment industry is often first to try out new technology advances. Thunderbolt 3 NAS becomes the best rich media solution for nowadays challenges. 

TV Technology highlighted some of these new technological advances from this year’s US National Association of Broadcasters' annual conference. Many of the new products are focused around “ storage, recording and cloud technologies with unique technologies to accelerate broadcast workflows, provide media production capabilities on demand, handle the ingest of live video to the cloud, and record and playback broadcast-quality content.” 

And this is where Thunderbolt™ 3 comes in. Video and film teams in media production environments are increasingly using Thunderbolt 3 NAS to bring ultrafast speeds to data transfers and bandwidth increases. Put simply, Thunderbolt™ 3 is an optimum solution for media-focused tasks that demand throughput applications like… 

  • HD, 4K, and 5K video editing and production 
  • High-resolution music production 
  • digital photography editing, 
  • and more. 

Let’s learn a bit more about Thunderbolt™ 3, how it’s used with network-attached storage devices, and how companies can benefit. 

What is Thunderbolt NAS Devices? 

Thunderbolt™ 3 (TB3) is a highly advanced, versatile I/O solution available with storage components for use up to 40Gb/s for data and video. It’s faster and more powerful than USB port connections and highly valuable in high-bandwidth situations. 

Thunderbolt™ 3 devices connect via ports on network-attached storage units. In combination with these storage devices, TB3 helps you speed up your content creation workflow, letting you move data-heavy files, photos and video 8X faster than USB 3.0. 

Data engineers working in a digital work environment with TB3 will also find advantages in storing huge amounts of photos and videos for both Mac and Windows desktop platforms. 

What are the uses of Thunderbolt NAS? 

Companies can save time and money on the overall costs of storage, by sharing storage with Thunderbolt 3 NAS, as well as on the time taken to move data from one realm to another. 

Using our QSAN XN8008T (designed for SMB applications) and Thunderbolt™ 3 technology, you can gain a 40Gb/s data transmission rate. This is especially important for media production teams in large organizations, who demand fast, easy data transfers. 

Using XN8008T with Thunderbolt™ 3 is ideal for the extreme performance of the high-resolution video. The Thunderbolt™ 3 interfaces can also shorten the time to handle massive data workloads. For example, using TB3 will enable you to copy a 4.7GB DVD video in under 60 seconds. You can also extend your functionality with our Thunderbolt™ 3 add-on card (XN-TB302), certified by Intel and available for purchase. 

How is Thunderbolt 3 NAS useful for companies? 

Larger companies may have greater data storage needs than smaller home-based businesses or SMBs. If your team is delivering high-definition video content via an SMB network to multiple devices at the same time, you will definitely need higher amounts of data storage capability. Thunderbolt™3 is ideal for these high-speed data transfers. The new TB3 devices deliver data at a 40Gbps data transmission rate and double the amount of bandwidth than was available in Thunderbolt’s 2nd generation. 

In the HD/4K video production and always-on TV worlds, media pros have to overcome slow connections, poor connectivity and low storage capacity. Using Thunderbolt™ 3 with our QSAN XCubeNAS XN5004T can enable your team with a fast, and powerful data storage solution. 

Ultimately, TB3 gives users faster production workflows and far greater storage space for all the created content for storage and archiving. 

QSAN and Thunderbolt™ 3 

In summary, using Thunderbolt™ 3 with a QSAN network-attached storage desktop series in production workflows can bring multiple benefits to users, including: 

  1. Provides flexibility to 5000/8000 series models, which provides customer more choices for different purposes; 
  2. Provides the best value based on MSRP and performance ratio; 
  3. Helps media production teams improve speed and efficiency in online editing and sharing. 
  4. Provides RAID level protection, in file backup and disaster recovery; 
  5. Syncs the content to multiple locations and sync the data together (by using XMirror, the QSAN unique function) 

Data storage needs should be at the top of your IT list, along with higher-performance media production within your media production houses and agencies. You need our help. Contact QSAN to learn more about our network-attached storage devices with Thunderbolt™ 3 speed and capacity. Find out why it’s essential to your business demands. 


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