Two Key Attributes
What do a restaurateur with over 160 locations on the east coast, a military flight school, a major railroad, and an independent filmmaker have in common? They all rely on removable drives to quickly and efficiently transport large volumes of data. This is not a couple of gigabytes here and there for family photos and tax returns, this is tens of terabytes of data that needs to be accessed quickly and secured safely. For decades, government agencies and commercial outfits have turned to CRU and others for removable drives because removability and interoperability remain timeless methods for ensuring business continuity and security.
While many enterprises have moved to the cloud, others cannot afford to risk slow upload/download speeds, data breaches, or tight data security policies. Still others generate too much data to efficiently rely on internet solutions. The military flight school, mentioned above, installs removables in training aircraft to record sensor data collected throughout student pilot flights. Each removable is installed in a ruggedized onboard server and captures and stores flight data. After the flight, the removable drive carriers are easily moved so the recorded data can be ingested into a computer at the base. That makes it easy for flight recordings, which are composed of massive files to be quickly available for review by student pilots and their instructors.
Without a straightforward removable data system that can be pulled from one device and easily ingested into another, this sort of process could become a real chore. The same is true for independent filmmakers (and blockbuster-producing studios, too), which utilize removable drives to ship their features to cinemas and festivals. Because theaters are outfitted with ingestion frames, the carriers can be installed directly into the projection rooms and played without lag or long download times.
From IDE to SATA to NVMe
As NVMe SSDs gradually become more and more popular and affordable, there has been a demand for interoperability and removability. While NVMe technology offers advantages over SATA, it was not designed with removability or interoperability in mind. Solving for removability was a challenge, but we knew customers in many industries would benefit from the combination of performance and removability. Just like traditional removable drives, NVMe removables make it possible to do complex, high-capacity work quickly and safely, while at the same time introducing blazingly fast performance.
The NVMe form factor allows for creative device design due to its small size. That slim size also makes it possible to take the options for removability and interoperability further than ever before. With the CRU SHIPS platform, or Secure High Performance Storage, NVMe storage can now be fully integrated into and interoperable with everything from drones to manufacturing floors, tactical computers, or autonomous vehicles.
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