The World’s Smallest Object Storage Solution, “Ceph on Olive”, is Released

— Hyper Scale, Hyper low OPEX —

April 18, 2016 – Irvine, CA — Fixstars Solutions Inc. is excited to release a revolutionary storage solution, “Ceph on Olive”.

With “Ceph on Olive”, you can easily build high-performance, highly scalable storage systems, while also dramatically lowering your operational costs.

Fixstars is providing this one-stop appliance solution to broadcasters, studios, cable providers, and internet delivery networks to solve everyone’s big-media challenges.

“Ceph” is an object-storage-based, free software storage platform that stores data on a single distributed computer cluster. One of the great features of an object-storage system is scalability. You can begin with a small initial investment on a small number of nodes, and then scale out as you see fit.

You can find more detail about Ceph at Ceph Storage community website (http://ceph.com/).

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“Olive” is a new standard platform for Big Data. A Dual Core CPU, FPGA, 512MB RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, and up to 13TB Non-volatile storage are in a 2.5-inch form factor. Fixstars is devoted to “speed up your business”, and has developed high speed I/O devices, along with parallel processing technologies. Leveraging these technologies, “Olive” was designed as an ideal platform for a storage server. Please refer to more details on this site (https://olive.fixstars.com/en)

By combining these two technologies, we have created an innovative storage solution.

Fixstars will be showcasing a live demo of “Ceph on Olive” at the NAB Show 2016 Booth #SL14907 .

If you are around, please do not miss this great opportunity to experience the next generation storage solutions.

Fixstars at the NAB Show

Fixstars will see you at booth SL14907 at NAB 2016

April 14, 2016 – – Irvine, CA – Fixstars Solutions, Inc., an innovator in flash storage, is heading to Las Vegas this month to attend the 2016 NAB Show from April 18th to 21th.

As media and TV broadcasting moves towards Ultra-HD, 4K/8K is replacing 1080P to become the standard format. At the same time, fast and reliable storage solutions have become just as important as large capacities. In response to the voices of many professional video-shooters, Fixstars is pleased to offer the IRIS-DRIVE, a 2 Terabyte professional flash storage device tailored for 4K recording.

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With the 6 and 13TB high-capacity enterprise grade SSDs, Fixstars caught the eyes of media and entertainment professionals and has shown potential as an ideal partner for recording devices. Among these, ATOMOS, a leading player in camera-mounted recorders, officially recognized Fixstars as a certified storage partner. Standing as the largest capacity SSD available for video recorders, Fixstars’ IRIS-DRIVE was selected as a recommended drive for ATOMOS’ “SHOGUN” and “NINJA ASSASSIN” series.

Fixstars looks forward to welcoming more partnerships in media and entertainment to provide more reliable and high-performance storage devices for video-shooting enthusiasts.

 

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The 2016 NAB Show will be held at:

Las Vegas Convention Center

3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Fixstars is Now a Member of OpenPOWER

11100_IBM-OpenPowerApril 4th, 2016 – Irvine, CA – Fixstars Corporation (HQ: Tokyo, CEO: Satoshi Miki, Hereafter: Fixstars) has officially joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open technical membership organization that redefines the technology approach for data centers.  Working collaboratively with the community, Fixstars will leverage its experience and expertise to bring innovative solutions to OpenPOWER systems design.

Fixstars has a history of innovation on the POWER architecture, specializing in the optimization of parallel computing based on IBM POWER Processor and Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.). Concentrating on high performance computing and POWER, Fixstars worked closely with Sony and IBM for POWER based products such as PS3 Cluster of US Air Force and IBM 7R2 appliance.

 

Fixstars Launches Cloud Solutions

February 10th , 2016 – Irvine, CA – Fixstars Solutions has officially launched Fixstars Cloud Solutions in North America. Fixstars Cloud Solutions helps our customers reduce their expenditures on public cloud services by enabling their cloud applications to run faster and use fewer resources.

“With expertise in parallel computing and optimization, Fixstars has a long history of providing software services to our distinguished clients in both North America and Japan including Boeing Commercial and Defense, Lockheed Martin, United States Air Force, Army, and Navy, Argonne National Lab, Toshiba, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, and so on”, commented Akihiro Asahara, CEO of Fixstars Solutions. Fixstars has developed its high-speed technology over many years on cloud services including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and OpenStack.

Fixstars is a Silver Partner of Microsoft Azure, demonstrating our Cloud Solutions are effective in improving computing performance, reducing processing time, as well as driving down the cloud services cost. “By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corporation.


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Fixstars Cloud Solutions is provided as an outcome-based compensation model. No service fees will be charged to the clients if the solutions do not lead to cost savings. After signing an NDA, Fixstars’ engineering team will first help you assess the feasibility of performance improvement and cost reduction. Once positive assessment results are confirmed, Fixstars will implement its Cloud Solutions and work together with the customer to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution. At the mean time, no contract is required before a successful evaluation. Strictly following an outcome-based compensation model, Fixstars only charges a certain percentage of the total cost savings as its compensation.

Fixstars is looking forward to welcoming more cloud service users to try our Cloud Solutions to experience the risk-free and outcome-based services we provide.

For more information, please visit http://www.fixstars.com/en/cloud

 

About Fixstars

Fixstars Solutions is a technology company devoted to our philosophy “Speed up your Business”. Through its software parallelization/optimization expertise, its highly effective use of multi-core processors, and application acceleration for the next generation of flash memory technology that delivers high speed IO as well as power savings, Fixstars Solutions provides “Green IT”, while accelerating customers’ business in various fields.

Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment. For more information, visit www.fixstars.com .

Fixstars Launches SSD-13000M, the World’s Largest 13TB SSD for Applications such as Object Storage and Streaming Content Distribution

January 13, 2016 – Irvine, CA – Fixstars Corporation (HQ: Tokyo, CEO: Satoshi Miki, Hereafter: Fixstars) has officially launched two new products: the 10TB Fixstars SSD-10000M, and the Fixstars SSD-13000M, which stands as the world’s largest SSD*1 (13TB*2 of capacity). Starting January 13th, 2016, Fixstars will be accepting orders which are expected to ship to US customers late February.

 


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The SSD-13000M and SSD-10000M are equipped with Fixstars proprietary SSD controller, which enables the fast, sustainable I/O performance (read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s) throughout the lifetime of the SSD. The combination of such high performance and enterprise-grade reliability is proven to be highly sought after in applications such as object storage, streaming content distribution, CG/VFX productions, 4K/8K video processing and various other use cases in which steady sequential access is critical.

Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars Corporation, gave the following comments,

“Continuing the development of the world’s highest capacity SSD product line, we are pleased to take capacity one step further and present the SSD-13000M. The Fixstars SSD series has been highly regarded for their distinct reliability on steady read/write performance that lasts over time. Having met user expectations for higher capacities, Fixstars will continue to innovate and provide unique storage solutions to it’s customers in Japan and in the U.S.”

For more information, please visit http://www.fixstars.com/en/ssd/

 

*1 Based on the shipping models of 2.5 inch, 15mm SSDs as of January 12th, 2016

*2 1TB=1,000,000,000,000 Bytes. The actual user space will be smaller.

*3 Based on the shipping models of 2.5 inch, 9.5mm SSDs as of May 7th, 2015

 

About Fixstars

Fixstars Solutions is an innovator in flash storage solutions devoted to “Speed up your Business”. Combining expertise in multi-core processors programming and the use of next generation memory technology, Fixstars provides the best performance and the highest capacity storage solutions.

Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment, visit www.fixstars.com.

 

Fixstars SSDs Speed up Supercomputing

Fixstars will see you at booth 3313 at SC 2015

November 16, 2015 – Sunnyvale, CA – Fixstars Solutions, Inc. is heading to Austin, Texas to attend SC15, the annual supercomputing conference from November 16th to 19th.

In high performance computing, Fixstars has collaborated with Lenovo to support their high-performance servers: System x3550 M5 and System x3650 M5. On September 2015, Fixstars Corporation (Japan) announced that Lenovo Japan Corporation would begin to adopt “Fixstars SSD-3000M” and “Fixstars SSD-6000M” as their Vendor Logo Hardware (VLH).

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It is after comprehensive evaluation of Fixstars SSDs, Lenovo highly regarded Fixstars SSD-3000M and 6000M as not only high capacity (3TB and 6TB), but also enduringly high performance. Most SSDs face the challenge of deteriorating performance over time. However, compared to other SSD candidates, Fixstars SSDs are the very few ones able to maintain consistently high read/write speeds even after intensive usage for a long time. As a result, the integration of Lenovo servers and Fixstars SSDs contributes to extraordinarily high storage density and power efficiency, an ideal solution for data centers.

Fixstars is thrilled to receive the opportunity at SC15 to have technical discussions on the secret sauce of providing high performance yet extremely reliable storage solutions.

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SC2015 will be held at:

Austin Convention Center

500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701

Fixstars is Expanding to Irvine

November 12, 2015  – Sunnyvale, CA – Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fixstars Solutions, Inc. has been playing an important role in providing fast and reliable storage solutions to businesses across the U.S. Thanks to the support of our important customers, Fixstars is able to expand its business one step further to the Greater Los Angeles Area.

With its brand new product, IRIS-DRIVE, Fixstars Solutions has begun to offer storage solutions to support Media and Entertainment professionals with high performance, high reliability storage needs. Starting January 1st, 2016, the new headquarters for Fixstars Solutions, Inc. will be at 9205 Research Drive, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618.

fixMeanwhile, Fixstars will also maintain an office in the Bay Area at 42808 Christy St, #106, Fremont, CA 94538 to continue serving the valued customers in the Silicon Valley.

Come Meet Fixstars in Hollywood

Fixstars will see you at booth 111 at SMPTE 2015

October 22, 2015 – – Sunnyvale, CA – An innovator in flash storage, Fixstars Solutions, Inc. is going to Hollywood to attend Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) 2015 Annual Conference from October 26th to 29th.

Earlier this month, Fixstars launched the IRIS-DRIVE, a 2 Terabyte professional flash storage device tailored for 4K recording. As the media and entertainment industry moves towards Ultra-HD, 4K/8K video-shooting is becoming the standard format. At the same time, a fast and reliable storage solution has become just as important as a large capacity.

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With the 3 and 6TB high-capacity enterprise line SSDs, Fixstars caught the eyes of media and entertainment professionals and showed potential as an ideal partner for video-shooting devices. Among these is ATOMOS, a leading player in camera-mounted recorders, which has officially recognized Fixstars as a certified storage partner. In dedication to this collaboration, Fixstars’ IRIS-DRIVE was selected as a recommended drive for ATOMOS’ “SHOGUN” and “NINJA ASSASSIN” series. This is the largest capacity SSD available on video recorders.

Fixstars looks forward to more upcoming collaborations in media and entertainment to help more video-shooting enthusiasts with reliable and high-performance storage.

 

SMPTE 2015 will be held at:

Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 North Highland Avenue,
Hollywood, CA 90028

IRIS–DRIVE, the High Performance SSD Tailored for Professional 4K Filming, is Now a Recommended Drive for ATOMOS’ SHOGUN and NINJA ASSASSIN Series

Oct 14, 2015 – Sunnyvale, CA — Fixstars Solutions, Inc. has officially launched the IRIS-DRIVE, a performance-driven SSD designed for 4K video-shooting professionals. Equipped with top of the line, powerful performance, the reliability of IRIS-DRIVE is unprecedented. By combining next-generation data-loss-protection with 2TB capacity of uninterrupted video recording, the IRIS-DRIVE is a video professional’s best storage option.
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Upon its launch, IRIS-DRIVE has become a certified partner for Atomos Global Pty Ltd. and designated as a recommended drive for Atomos’ SHOGUN and NINJA ASSASSIN series. IRIS-DRIVE represents the storage solution made by professionals, for professionals in media and entertainment.

“It is so exciting for Fixstars to launch the new ‘IRIS-DRIVE’ brand for the next generation of video shooting”, commented by Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars Corporation. “What the IRIS-DRIVE is able to offer is revolutionary. By inheriting the consistent performance, high capacity and fast read/write speed from Fixstars SSD series, the IRIS-DRIVE adds its unique value of significantly preventing frame-drop and data-loss to create peace of mind for professional filming”.

“Becoming a recommended storage device for SHOGUN and NINJA ASSASIN for Atomos, proves that the IRIS-DRIVE is striving to build the infrastructure for the upcoming 4K/8K era. From now on, we at Fixstars will try our best to customize our storage solutions to meet the needs of customers on a global scale.”

For more information, please visit http://www.fixstars.com/en/ssd/iris/

About Fixstars

Fixstars Solutions is an innovator in flash storage solutions devoted to “Speed up your Business”. Combining expertise in multi-core processors programming and the use of next generation memory technology, Fixstars provides the best performance and the highest capacity storage solutions.

About Atomos

Atomos exists to help creative professionals cut through technology barriers by creating easy to use, cutting edge products including 4K & HD Monitor-recorders, a pocket size ProRes recorder, signal converters & power management solutions. Each product serves a different need but all share the common benefit of enabling a faster, higher quality and more affordable production schedule for video professionals.
Atomos is based in Australia with offices in the USA, Japan, China and Germany and has a worldwide distribution partner network. Further product information can be found at http://www.atomos.com with the Atomos community active on Facebook (/atomosglobal), Twitter (@Atomos_News), Vimeo (/atomosvideo), YouTube (/AtomosVideo) and Videogram (atomos.videogram.com).

Rock-Solid-State Era is Coming

fixSeptember 15, 2015 – Sunnyvale, CA – Fixstars Solutions Inc., an innovator in flash storage solutions, is launching its official tech blog named  “Rock-Solid-State” .

As more and more businesses such as server manufacturers, HD/4K Video recorders, big data analytics are moving its storage solutions from traditional hard disk (HDD) to flash-memory-based solid-state-drive (SSD), data storing and processing became unprecedentedly reliable and fast. Since the price for both enterprise as well as consumer-grade SSDs keeps going down over the last few years, flash storage devices have grown into a reasonable choice for both businesses and individuals.

However, the concept of flash storage is still new to the mass of the population, remaining as a superior but somehow mysterious storage option in many people’s opinion. Under such context, Fixstars’ “Rock-Solid-State” is created to answer the frequently-asked-questions about flash memory and SSDs that readers might have. Rock-Solid-State covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the advantage points of SSD over HDD, how to read a SSD’s specification sheet, to more technical readings such as understanding the NAND flash memory. This way, Team Fixstars is striving to work together with the audience to explore the emerging era of flash storage.

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