Blackmagic Design Cloud Store Mini 8TB
Blackmagic Design Cloud Store Mini 8TB
High Performance Network Storage with Global Sync
The Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is a fast network storage solution in a compact rack mount design. It features a high speed 10G Ethernet connection and four internal M.2 flash memory cards operating in parallel RAID 0 for extremely fast file access. It’s fast, even with lots of simultaneous users all accessing files at the same time! With Dropbox live sync, files can be distributed between multiple units globally, for very fast local file access, even on lower cost internet connections. Plus you don’t need IT consultants as it’s easy to use. There’s even an HDMI monitor output! Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is the perfect solution for storing and sharing files on your network!
Designed for Film and Television
Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is the perfect network storage solution for any use! It’s great for film and television where large media files need to be shared between multiple users for editing, color correction, audio post and VFX work. It even handles massive 12K Blackmagic RAW digital cinema files! Each user gets zero latency and they don’t need to store files on their local computer. It’s the perfect solution for DaVinci Resolve! Dropbox sync allows multiple disks to be synchronized in different locations globally. Then each location gets the fastest editing experience possible. That’s critical for multicam editing where multiple media files are playing simultaneously!
Portable and Quiet Design
Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini features a compact rack mount design that’s very portable and whisper quiet. Internally it has an array of 4 flash memory cards working in parallel for higher speed. The 10G Ethernet port and the 1G Ethernet port operate as a 2 port network switch. That’s great if you don’t have a 10G Ethernet network, as you can connect the 10G port directly into your computer and the 1G port to your existing network. If you need to access files quickly, then the USB-C even operates as a network connection, simply by plugging it into your computer. There is also an HDMI monitoring output so you can watch a live graphic view of the storage operating on a TV or monitor.
An IEC power socket is included for connecting AC power. All international AC voltages are supported so you can use it globally. Plus there is a separate DC power input for redundancy or battery use.
The 10G Ethernet port allows high speed computers to be connected. It’s fast, even when lots of users are connected at the same time. It’s perfect for connecting to the latest 10G Ethernet switches.
The 1G Ethernet connection is provided for slower connections such as the internet or slower computers. It is part of the built in Ethernet switch and helps keep the faster 10G port free.
The USB-C port supports Ethernet for connecting it to your computer to access files. That’s possible because there is a USB-C to Ethernet adapter built in! USB-C is also used for settings and updates.
HDMI Monitor Output
The HDMI monitor output lets you see the status of your Cloud Store Mini in real time. Simply plug in a TV or monitor. You can see a storage map, speed graphs, sync, active users and power status!
Flash Memory Allows Multiple Simultaneous Users
The Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is available with 8 TB of flash memory, so you have lots of space for your files. That’s fantastic for television production, as it’s small enough to be portable, but it has enough storage space for lots of video media. M.2 flash memory cards are used for extreme reliability, high access speeds and zero seek times. Plus the four M.2 cards are arranged in a parallel RAID 0 group so they can operate much faster than a single card. That ensures enough speed to keep up with the 10G Ethernet connection. Plus in the future, as new larger M.2 cards are released, the flash memory cards can be replaced with new ones. That ensures a very long life!
High Performance for Digital Film Files
With a separate very high speed 10G Ethernet connection, Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is very fast. The internal memory core has been designed to saturate the 10G Ethernet port to its theoretical maximum speed, even with multiple users connected. It’s so fast, most computers cannot keep up! Plus file access is very low latency, so responsiveness is fast. That’s possible because of the parallel processing used by the memory core. Even at maximum speed, the Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is extremely quiet with very little cooling fan noise. Even when editing large 12K digital film RAW files. It’s so fast, multicam editing is very smooth, even if it’s used with large digital film camera files!
Sync to Dropbox
Now you can setup a local cache of your Dropbox files! This makes working much faster because files are instantly available without needing to be downloaded from the internet. Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini will constantly work to stay in sync. You can save space on your computer by moving cached Dropbox files to the Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini so everyone on your network can share them. You can even sync multiple Blackmagic Cloud Store Minis via Dropbox so people in different geographic locations can collaborate without latency because everyone has a local copy of the files. Dropbox is also a fantastic backup solution!
Add Cloud Service
Make sure your Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is connected to the internet. Enter in your Dropbox account details, so the Cloud Store Mini can gain access to allow sync.
Set Sync Folders
Next you need to set the sync folders. That tells the Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini where to sync its files to the remote Dropbox account. You can also have multiple sync folders!
Set Sync Direction
Now set the sync direction. One direction is good when you have local files you want to share, but not enough room for everyone’s files. Both directions means everyone gets the same set of files.
Distribute Files Globally
With support for Dropbox sync, you can use multiple Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini units to share files globally. That’s important when working with large datasets or massive digital film and video files. These files need to be constantly accessed dozens of times a second, so most internet connections are too slow to handle it. While the internet has too much latency to access large files remotely, you can use it to sync these files. Syncing the files to local storage totally eliminates delays in accessing them. That’s because everyone has a local copy of the files on their network. Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini will constantly sync files, even if your computer is turned off!
Real Time Monitoring
The most exciting feature is the HDMI monitoring output! Simply connect a TV or computer monitor to get a live status of the Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini. The storage map shows a graphic representation of the memory core and real time read and write access happening for the connected users. It’s quite mesmerizing to watch! There are also graphs that show you the data transfers on the Ethernet connections. The main space indicator shows you the capacity of the memory core and how much is currently being used. You can also add a custom name to the store! The status for each Dropbox connection is also shown. It’s even possible to see connected users and the power supply status.
On the top left you can see the storage capacity indicator. The number on the left is the space used and the number on the right is the total memory capacity of Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini.
You can give a custom name to the Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini so you can identify it on the monitor display and the utility software. To change the name, just use the Blackmagic Cloud Store utility!
The storage map display shows a view of the memory core. The memory is divided into segments with reads in cyan and writes in orange. With lots of connected users, the display gets exciting to watch!
Cloud Sync Status
The cloud sync status shows each sync folder and transfers to and from Dropbox. When new files appear in any sync folder, you can see the transfer status as they sync!
You can see each of the connected users and the data transfers for each. However this list will move down if you have more cloud sync folders as the sync folder status is more important!
Cloud Store Mini Status
The bottom left is the hardware status. This includes the power status for the AC and DC power supplies. Plus if there are any internal service issues, they will be displayed here.
The lower part of the display has the data transfer speed graphs. It shows recent read and write speeds for each of the Ethernet connections. It’s great for diagnosing Ethernet speeds on each port!
High Performance 10G Ethernet
The Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini has a high speed 10G Ethernet port, which is only found on expensive workstation computers. With 10G Ethernet, you get 10 times the speed of regular Ethernet. Plus most computers can be upgraded to add 10G Ethernet. The Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is so fast, it will run the 10G Ethernet port to its maximum capacity. Even when connected to an Ethernet switch with dozens of users accessing files at the same time. The 10G Ethernet port also features very low latency for fast access times. There is also a separate 1G Ethernet port, plus Ethernet on the USB-C port, so you can keep the fast 10G Ethernet port free for a faster computer.
Connect via USB-C for Quick File Access
Modern laptop computers are so thin, they often don’t even have an Ethernet connection! That means you need an adapter to connect to an Ethernet network. These adapters are annoying and make it harder to just plug your computer into the storage to access a file. Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini has a USB-C to Ethernet adapter built in and you can access it simply by plugging your computer into the USB-C port on the store. Plus USB-C cables are much nicer than stiff Ethernet cables! Once you have connected the Cloud Store Mini’s USB-C connection to your computer, you have an Ethernet connection to the store! That means you can just plug in to quickly grab files when you need them urgently!
Repairable Design for Long Life
Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is easy to repair by qualified IT engineers. The design is based on a single PCB that attaches to the 4 memory cards and the AC power supply. This means the flash memory cards can be removed and replaced. Plus Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini runs Blackmagic OS so it applies wear leveling, so each M.2 card won’t see excessive data writes. You can also see any card faults on the utility and the HDMI monitor output. Plus in future, as new and larger M.2 flash memory cards are released, the Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini can be upgraded so it has much larger capacity. That’s possible because M.2 flash memory cards are an open standard and available from any computer dealer.
No Subscription Costs
One of the big advantages of the Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is it’s private storage that you fully control. There are no subscriptions to sign up for. There are no monthly license fees. There is no tracking of your usage or data. You don’t even need to log into a web page to maintain the storage settings, because Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini uses a free to download software utility that runs on Mac and Windows. That means you can run a private network, totally disconnected from the internet. This is critical for many security standards where computer networks cannot be connected to the external internet. With Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini, you get performance, portability, and total freedom.
Free Software for Mac and Windows
When you need to change settings, you can use the Blackmagic Cloud Store utility that’s available on Mac and Windows. By default, the Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is set to DHCP, so you can connect it to your network and start transferring files. In many ways, it plugs in just like a regular hard disk. That means it’s so easy to setup, you won’t need an IT person to get started! However if you want to customize your network, then the utility software lets you change the network settings in the cloud store. The utility also lets you add Dropbox sync folders.
Perfect Multi Camera Video Workflow
Get broadcast quality video workflows by recording from a HyperDeck Studio directly into Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini. Just connect the HyperDeck Studio to the 1G Ethernet port, while the 10G Ethernet port can be connected to a high speed network so multiple DaVinci Resolve workstations can edit the media recorded by the HyperDeck. DaVinci Resolve is a free download and allows you to edit and color the camera files. There is a wide range of HyperDeck Studio recorders and they are the perfect interface between the broadcast video world and the file based world used by editing software. Once the files are recorded, DaVinci Resolve will let you start editing immediately!
Exciting Alternative Models!
Blackmagic Design has a wide range of network storage options, depending on your needs! The Blackmagic Cloud Store is the highest performance model. This model features an elegant vertical design that’s also portable. It includes four 10G Ethernet connections with Ethernet switch, RAID 5 data protection and redundant power supplies. The amazing Blackmagic Cloud Pod allows any USB-C disk to be shared on your network. That means you can use just the USB-C disks you already have! Blackmagic Cloud Pod is the lowest cost option for network storage. It features a 10G Ethernet connection so it’s extremely fast! All models support Dropbox sync and the HDMI monitoring output.