DIGISTOR Announces Enterprise SSD Line

New Drives Provide Advanced Feature Set with Higher Capacity Storage. DIGISTOR’s enterprise drives are designed to maximize the SATA III interface, offering capacities up to 8TB and sustained performance up to 550 MB/s in Sequential Reads and 530 MB/s in Sequential Writes. With high durability, end-to-end data protection, and an advanced ECC engine the new line of enterprise and datacenter drives provides consistent performance on various workloads.

More information about DIGISTOR Enterprise SSD Solutions can be found on the product page at www.digistor.com.

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DIGISTOR collaborates with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions to design advanced, secure server solutions

Looking to deliver advanced solutions to address more challenging client requirements, DIGISTOR partnered with Dell OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions and their server technology for our new enterprise portfolio.

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Renewed Commitment to Extreme Applications with New Line of Removable Secure Storage

Dell Latitude Rugged computers can be found across the globe in every branch of the US military, in the squad cars of thousands of law enforcement agencies, docked in the trucks of field service and public works professionals, and in the hands of manufacturing organizations across the country. Demanding workplaces require professional tools. Dell Latitude unique rugged solutions allow you to stay focused on your work in any environment.

DIGISTOR has partnered with Dell Embedded & Edge solutions to ensure the most reliable and secure data storage for rugged. DIGISTOR provides several secure TAA data storage options for the Dell Latitude line of rugged systems. (Dell Latitude 5420, 5424, 7424) DIGISTOR provides 256GB – 2TB SSD capacities housed in an OEM purpose built enclosure which is approved and shipped by Dell. DIGISTOR Secure Data Storage has several secure SED options available including TCG OPAL 2.0, as well as a FIPS 140-2 L2 certified option available in both SATA and NVMe from 256GB – 2TB. DIGISTOR secure data storage for rugged can be ordered from the factory directly or as option post-delivery from Dell or DIGISTOR.

More information about DIGISTOR Removable Solutions for Rugged can be found on the product page at www.digistor.com.

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DIGISTOR VaultDisk® M2‐R Redefines Industry Standard for Removable Storage

Fourth generation removable SSD drive solution comes with both SATA and NVMe support.

DIGISTOR is known for removable, secure SSD drives. Over the past year we launched and grew our product offering of the successor to our secure, removable VaultDisk® product line. The fourth generation VaultDisk drive is smaller, sleeker, and faster than previous generations, and has added NVMe compatibility to make it the most flexible removable drive on the market.

DIGISTOR’s VaultDisk SSD product line revolutionized systems administration by providing an easy and secure way to remove drives that can mount and boot a system in seconds. The flexibility, ease, and speed of interchanging VaultDisk drives is unparalleled in the market.

Our new innovations shrinks the VaultDisk form factor in addition to adding new compatibility. VaultDisk M2-R is designed with with both SATA and NVMe drive support.

Being a legacy format, SATA is an interface many have a comfort level with due to having other SATA hardware, such as SSD duplicators. NVMe is a newer storage technology that was developed specifically for flash storage. Many times faster than SATA, NVMe is especially useful for those working in high data creation environments. This upgrade therefore makes the VaultDisk product line applicable to an even wider spectrum of industries. Being able to easily swap between SATA and NVMe in the same system means users can designate the right drive technology for the OS or task at hand.

VaultDisk M2-R allows users to grab whichever drive necessary for the OS or job required and instantly boot up in that environment. This level of sophistication and flexibility makes the VaultDisk line more useful than ever.

VaultDisk M2-R was designed for the latest in Dell Precision workstations supporting both the 7730 and 7740. The capacities can range from 256GB to 2TB. More information can be found on the VaultDisk drive page.

The Easiest Removable SSD for your Laptop is also the Most Secure SSD

When data security is the most important part of your workflow, VaultDisk® Secure SSD drives are the fastest, and most secure SSD solution. VaultDisk® Secure is a removable FIPS 140-2 Self Encrypting Mini-2.5″ SATA SSD drive for use with Dell systems that have removable drive support, so no tools are needed to remove and lock away the boot drive. The removable SSD creates the ability to cold swap your boot drive in seconds, saving man hours and securing all critical data. FIPS 140-2 Level 2 hardware encryption ensures that the firmware integrity, encryption technology and physical security of the SSD all meet the requirements set forth by the Federal Information Processing Standard of the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).

Features at a glance:

  • Secure Firmware: Solid secure firmware features secure digital signatures and boot-time attestation which help to protect storage devices against low-level attacks.
  • Advanced Encryption: Built-in Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit hardware encryption engine (XTS mode).
  • Instant Scramble Erase: The ability to complete sanitization of all data on the SSD in under 2 seconds, simplifying device retirement or redeployment.
  • Secure data workflow: Easily remove and securely store, clone, or swap system boot disks.
  • VaultDisk® offers a completely new way to secure and transport data between network classifications.
  • Easily distinguish and swap boot drives allowing you to jump from Windows to a Linux boot drive in seconds.
  • Learn more about VaultDisk® removable boot drive system support
  • TAA Compliant

Choose your flavor: VaultDisk® Secure Removable SSD drives for Laptops and Desktops

New 2TB VaultDisk® Doubles Largest Capacity Removable SSD

CAMPBELL, CA – June 5, 2018 – DIGISTOR announced today the release of the 2TB VaultDisk®—the industry’s largest capacity removable SSD for laptop systems. Bringing the 2TB VaultDisk to market, DIGISTOR effectively doubles the maximum capacity of both the removable SSD for laptops and removable SSD for small form factor (SFF) computers.For administrators required to switch in and out of multiple networks and security clearance levels, VaultDisk provides a game changing solution. Utilizing the latest 3D NAND chips to double the capacity of previously removable SSDs, VaultDisk offers the same incredible benefits of their previous models, but now with a significant capacity increase.
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Use Case: With the help of DIGISTOR, the Federal Government Rolls Out a New and Innovative Mobile Data Storage Solution

In the professional data security and storage industry, there are few institutions where the stakes are higher than with the federal government. When a branch was recently in need of a removable data solution for a new mobile workstation platform, they consulted with DIGISTOR.

The application was specified as follows: they required a device that was extremely powerful, yet mobile and flexible enough to allow for a multi-threaded application to perform optimally across multiple networks with varying security levels.

The Challenge

An industry standard for many data professionals, the Dell Precision 7520 is a powerful mobile workstation—but even the 7520 has its limits. While these workstations perform at a very high level, accessing the onboard SSD was time consuming. Removing and transporting the drives was causing mechanical failures in the field.

In addition, the client needed these devices to easily swap in and out of multiple operating systems, security levels, and networks. As administrators transferred between secure and unsecured networks, training networks, operating networks and other environments, a fast, secure and flexible need became clear.

The optimal solution would have to be an easily accessible, powerful, and secure SSD that was removable and interchangeable in seconds, and could plug in and adapt to a range different devices and networks.

The Solution

DIGISTOR partnered exclusively with Dell to create a new solution, the type of which the market has very rarely seen. Our VaultDisk® Removable SSD could be installed into Dell’s existing mobile line of Precision Workstation Laptops. VaultDisk® Secure Removable SSD easily and safely ejects from the DIGISTOR patented entry system.

One of the virtues of this client using the VaultDisk Removable SSD is that it allows for multiple users, operating systems, and security levels to utilize a single platform. A product with this level of power, security and flexibility didn’t previously exist.

Another benefit is that the system is incredibly easy to use, saving the user space, money and time. This solution enables the entire hard drive to be removed with the same ease and convenience as an older generation might have interchanged floppy disks. The VaultDisk system also creates efficiency between multiple users logging into workstations.

Just how fast is the VaultDisk® Removable boot drive SSD solution? Watch below for a comparison.

The Results

The DIGISTOR team seamlessly integrated VaultDisk® across the Dell Precision Mobile Workstation line, giving the client a mobile, secure and conveniently removable solution.

DIGISTOR has released VaultDisk drives in a variety of network ID color schemes to allow for easy detection and use across multiple networks.

Succeeding in their mission to find a new and innovative solution, the Director of Application Deployment at this branch of the federal government later confessed, “Deploying VaultDisk Removable SSD into our workflow saved thousands of man hours and allowed us to achieve compliance with NSA HDD sanitation requirements. The Network ID function specifically gives us the freedom to deploy valuable training required for our applications.”

Dell is now marketing this new breed of solution on an OEM basis and is winning designs across the Fed Sector.

What You’re Paying for When You Buy SSD Drives Designed for Professional Video Shoots

Sure, you can get an SSD that looks as though it ought to fit your video camera for fairly cheap on eBay or off the shelf. So what makes a “professional video” SSD, well, professional?

To begin with, not all SSD drives are compatible with a high-end video camera like that from Blackmagic Design.

Some don’t fit the camera; a standard 7mm SSD can make enough difference to either keep the drive from going in at all or making it slip around unforgivably once it’s been put in place. Most newly released SSD’s don’t have cameras in mind and are designed to be as thin as possible. This extra space within the camera can cause rattling, and additional wear on the SATA connection.

Others have firmware that just doesn’t work with your camera, interrupting your workflow with inability to record, or cause you to drop frames every time you try to shoot an important video.

That’s why brands like Blackmagic supply their customers with a list of approved SSDs that have been tested and been found to work.
These are higher-end SSDs that have been rigorously tested to ensure you can depend on them—and we’re proud that our DIGISTOR Professional Video SSD series is included on that list.

But they aren’t just one of the numbers. We’ve built them to be something special.

What is it that sets DIGISTOR Professional Video SSD Drives apart?
DIGISTOR Professional Video SSDs aren’t just compatible with your Blackmagic camera; they’re made to function with the camera as if they were born together. You can take your DIGISTOR Professional Video SSD Drive straight out of the box, stick it in your camera, and expect it to work immediately. Contrast that with the formatting, reformatting, and extensive fiddling you can expect if you use another SSD drive and you’ll already start to appreciate the synergy we’ve worked for.

Additionally, here’s an SSD series that’s all about video. (In fact, it’s the first and only!)

See Also: Top 5 things cinematographers love about our Professional Video SSDs

DIGISTOR Professional Video SSDs aren’t just a possible co-opt for filming needs, they’re designed for filming in 2.5K RAW and 2.5K and 4K ProRes along with our special 1TB SSD designed for 4K RAW & ProRes (HQ) 422 format. Extensively tested for Blackmagic Cinema and Production Cameras, our SSDs do more than support the equipment preferred by professional filmmakers.  Powerful, reliable and durable, DIGISTOR Professional Video SSDs aim to make a difference in your filming experience.

Bottom line? Made-for-PC or bottom shelf SSDs may save you a few dollars up front, but there’s a chance you could be throwing the entire cost away (not to mention the price of lost work!) if one fails to meet your needs.

Industrial SSDs on the Frontiers of Science: Using SSDs at the International Space Station

It’s not only high-end business and heavy-duty applications that rely on the power of Industrial Solid State Drives (SSDs) these days. Besides powering most of our earthly communications and industry, Industrial SSDs are also pushing the frontiers of science beyond the limits of our atmosphere. They have become the storage medium of choice at the International Space Station, allowing reliable, high-volume data collection like never before.

Data storage in space comes with its own set of special challenges. Not only does whatever storage medium used need to be compact, taking up a minimum amount of space, it also needs to be light; as every ounce in the journey to space counts. Limitations also demand that it should have low power consumption.

Finally, any storage system used should have high reliability, and an extreme temperature operating range, the ability to function without gravity, and the ability to withstand a high dose of radiation and remain uncorrupted.

Industrial strength SSD systems are all good as far as most of those criteria go. Radiation alone is a potential problem area. Down here on earth, we’re protected from cosmic radiation by the ozone layer and our atmosphere. This covering is effective in shielding us from most debilitating radiation.  Out there in space, they’re going (figuratively) naked.

Off-the-Shelf and Into Space
NAND flash memory tends to have a vulnerability to radiation; ionizing effects have the potential to do a number on the individual cells that hold the information bytes, resulting in voltage shifts and data corruption. But NASA scientists have discovered that while some memory chips fail dramatically under radiation pressures, others have the capacity to perform reliably.

This means that high quality industrial SSDs can be used after a rigorous test-and-retest procedure in which the highest performers are selected.

That’s why the International Space Station (ISS) now has the capacity to send a large volume of data and video images down to us here; shouldering past the old limits of knowledge and understanding in a way that’s never before been possible.

And it’s only getting better. While the switch from older operating technologies to SSDs began several years ago, just last week astronaut Tom Kelly switched out the old-fashioned Columbus Video Cassette Recorders (VCRs) from the starboard end of the ISS and replaced them with new Solid State Drive recorders.

As the transition to SSDs continues, we can expect to see a much larger volume of higher quality images and information beamed down to us directly from the outer frontiers of scientific exploration.

What Went Wrong With TLC NAND

When Samsung pushed the envelope and introduced their TLC-NAND flash memory for general use, it had the makings of a landmark innovation. TLC (triple-level cell) NAND is cheaper to manufacture than either SLC or MLC NAND, as it works by fitting more data  into the same NAND cell—three bits per cell, rather than the one bit or two bits that single level (SLC) and multi-level (MLC) NAND can put away in one cell space.  You’d think TLC NAND would take over the market in short order; no reason to waste resources manufacturing more expensive SLC or MLC NAND.

When introduced the new TLC-NAND solid state drives seemed to have conquered all previous difficulties of TLC NAND with some state of the art firmware. Read speeds looked pretty; Samsung SSD 840’s 500MB/s is nothing to sneeze at and reliability was a non-issue.

But, mounting excitement over the potentially cost-effective storage innovation waned as performance problems were discovered.

In fact, it wasn’t long before users began reporting a new and extremely debilitating challenge. Those pretty read-speeds, that near 100% reliability: those only counted for new, freshly written data. Data that had been sitting on the drive for, say, all of eight weeks, would have deteriorated to a level that it could only be read at much slower speeds.

Meaning, by the time you had data sitting static on your drive for six months or a year, those previously high read-speeds would have been reduced to processing at a snail’s pace.

It turns out that this is a problem inherent in the TLC system. Although there’s a voltage drift that happens in every NAND drive over time, in SLC and MLC NAND, this drift is small, consistent, and can be accounted for in the reading algorithms. When you lock three data bits in a cell, though, data deterioration speeds up immensely. What’s worse, there’s no longer a generalized algorithm that can take all the shifting into account, so the old data is simply blurred.

Samsung has introduced two firmware updates in an attempt to smooth over the problem. The first, a fancy algorithm that was meant to take account of the voltage drift and factor it in where necessary, completely failed at solving the issue.

The second, while more successful, offers a somewhat unpleasant workaround: The drive is set to rewrite all data regularly, so nothing ever is old.  It does manage to get around the problem: if all data is new data, it will all be readable and quickly accessible. However, since every NAND SSD has a finite number of writes or rewrites, this isn’t an ideal fix.

What does this all boil down to?
Simply that TLC NAND is not the future of data storage, and it doesn’t even have a good seating in the present. If your data matters in the long term, you’ll want to go with a higher-quality NAND: MLC-NAND for your basic SSD needs, or SLC-NAND for industrial use or super-sensitive data storage. There’s no other way about it.