Blackmagic Design 8TB Cloud Store Mini (4 x 2TB)
Designed for film and television productions, where large media files need to be shared between multiple users, the 8TB Cloud Store Mini from Blackmagic Design is well suited for editing, color correction, audio, post, and VFX work. It has a capacity of 8TB, which is made up of 4 x 2TB NVMe M.2 SSDs, which are preconfigured as RAID 0 and able to handle 12K Blackmagic raw digital cinema files. The Cloud Store Mini is also equipped with a 10GbE port and 1GbE port for network access, as well as a USB Type-C port that features a built-in network adapter for systems that don’t have an RJ45 port. There is also a 5 Gb/s USB Type-C port for standard data transfers, plus an HDMI output that lets you keep track of your Cloud Store Mini’s status, including a storage map, speed graphics, sync, active users, and power status.
The 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 speeds. The 10G Ethernet port and the 1G Ethernet port operate as a 2-port network switch, which is 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 Type-C port also operates as a network port – just plug 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.
10G Ethernet allows high-speed computers to be connected. It’s fast, even when lots of users are connected, all 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.
USB Type-C Connection
The USB Type-C port supports Ethernet for connecting it to your computer to access files. That’s possible because there is a USB Type-C to Ethernet adapter built in. This USB Type-C port 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 and you’ll be able to see a storage map, speed graphics, active users, and power status.
Using 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. There are also graphs that show you the data transfers on the Ethernet connection. The main space indicator shows you the capacity of the two USB Type-C disks and how much is currently being used. You can also add a custom name to the Cloud Store Mini. Also, the status for each Dropbox connection is also shown and it’s even possible to see connected users and the power 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 USB Type-C disk capacity connected to the 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 two USB Type-C disks. The memory is divided into segments with reads in cyan and writes in orange. The display will automatically adapt when disks are connected.
Cloud Sync Status
The cloud sync status shows each sync folder and its 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
You also get hardware status on the lower left side of the display. This includes the cell size for the storage map and the status of the USB Type-C ports and each disk that is currently connected.
The lower part of the display has the data transfer speed graph. It shows recent read and write speeds for the 10G Ethernet connection. It’s great for diagnosing the Ethernet speed on the port.