When storing content, there are a lot of things to consider, including size of storage and speed of access. Generally, the more spinning disks you have the more processing power is available to you. You might be able to store your data on drives that would fit in an 8-bay unit, but if you want to run 8K, you need the 16-bay, even if you don’t need to max out the storage space, just to have enough spinning disks to make the magic happen.

But if you have to travel with your media storage, it gets tricky. When you have a server room, the whole idea is to keep that room ideal for electronics, from the low humidity to the high-powered air conditioning. Not only would it be impossible to take the server room on a plane, the spinning disks need to be kept level to be happy. The bangs and bumps of travel are not so fabulous for spinning disks. Units that are designed to be portable have a bunch of features aimed at keeping the system stable even though it’s moving.

The answer is easy—solid state drives (SSD). They don’t spin. They can’t be knocked for a loop because solid is solid in any position. If you are shooting action scenes in the jungle, or capturing footage from the sidelines at the Olympics, you get a monster system that’s designed to be portable in SSD, and you sit comfortably without having to worry about spinning disks spinning sideways. Like Forest Gump says, “One less thing.”

It’s also extremely fast—everything is exactly where we left it with no spinning, so it just pops open without anything having to line up first. The only problem was that the world of SSD started at such a high price point it didn’t make sense to offer it to anyone who isn’t in the high-dollar club.

Introducing the Hybrid Boost. It’s a spinning disk system with an SSD layer, and like most GB Labs products, it comes in a wide range of sizes from tiny and portable to huge and scalable.

It works like Recent Documents. Everything starts out in the SSD layer and is also saved on the spinning disks, but the SSD is only actively holding the files you’ve been working on. You can open any file and work with it in the SSD layer, but files you haven’t needed for a while will fall off, like documents fall of the list of Recent Documents even though they are still saved on your computer. That way, you’re working in the fastest available format, but you don’t have to store everything you aren’t using right now in the fastest available format.

Fast isn’t a factor for that stuff, and paying extra so it can be fast is silly. Like gold plated toilet seat silly.

Check out what GB Labs has to offer—you’ll be surprised how much the world has changed.

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