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Quantum Rolls Out New F-Series NVMe Storage Platform for Cutting Edge Media Workflows

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Quantum Corp. announced the F-Series, a new line of NVMe storage arrays designed for performance, availability and reliability.

Using non-volatile memory express (NVMe) flash drives for ultra-fast reads and writes, it supports massive parallel processing and is designed for studio editing, rendering, and other performance-intensive workloads utilizing large unstructured datasets. Incorporating the latest Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) networking technology, the F-Series provides direct access between workstations and the NVMe storage devices, delivering predictable, fast network performance. By combining these hardware features with the new Quantum Cloud Storage Platform and the StorNext® file system the F-Series delivers powerful end-to-end storage capabilities for post-production houses, broadcasters, and other rich media environments.

Quantum F2000 Hardware Architecture

The first product in the F-Series is the Quantum F2000, a highly available and performant storage server, purpose built for NVMe. The F2000 is a 2U, dual node server with two hot-swappable compute canisters and up to 24 dual-ported NVMe drives.  Each compute canister can access all 24 NVMe drives, and includes processing power, memory, and connectivity specifically designed for the highest performance and availability.

New Software-defined Architecture

The F-Series is based on the Quantum Cloud Storage Platform, a software defined block storage stack tuned specifically for video and video-like data.  It offers a future proof and reliable platform, eliminating data services unrelated to video while enhancing critical capabilities such as enhanced data protection, flexible networking and block interfaces.  The result is an efficient architecture that maximizes streaming performance.

Tightly Integrated with StorNext

Quantum’s Cloud Storage Platform is tightly integrated with StorNext, further boosting its end-to-end storage capabilities. StorNext improves collaboration through comprehensive multi-protocol access, protects data through advanced replication and copy functionality, and offers automated tiering of data to capacity-optimized storage.  This allows customers to reduce total cost of ownership and maximize the value of content across its entire life-cycle for cutting edge workflows such as those found in:

  • Post-Production: The F-Series is designed for real-time editing of 4K and 8K content to meet the needs of the most demanding producers, directors, and studio executives.
  • Sports Video: Well-suited to environments with tens to hundreds of cameras generating content, the F-Series is capable of handling multiple concurrent ingest streams and playing out this content in real-time.
  • Rendering and Simulation: The F-Series can be deployed in animation and visual effects studios that require extremely high IOPs and low-latencies between large-scale render farms and the storage subsystem.

Benefits of Quantum F-Series

Quantum F-Series will enable customers to:

  • Ingest, Edit, and Finish Content with Lightning Fast Performance:  The F-Series is as much as 5x faster than traditional flash storage / networking, delivering extremely low-latency, and hundreds of thousands of IOPs per chassis.
  • Gain Predictable, Low Latency Access via Fiber Channel or Ethernet: Enables users to reduce infrastructure costs by moving from fiber channel to Ethernet IP-based infrastructures.
  • Meet Performance Requirements with Less Rack Space: Customers who use a large number of HDDs or SSDs to meet their performance requirements can gain back racks of data center space.

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates: “NVMe-based solid state drive solutions are making their way into modern workflows to support the performance demands of 8K+ high frame rate video production. Quantum’s F-Series provides a valuable contribution to this transition to NVMe solutions. Combined with StorNext and its out-of-band metadata management, the F-Series provides storage tiering, content protection and diverse software defined management capabilities that should be well received by the media and entertainment industry.”

Jason Paquin, Chief Executive Officer, Chesapeake Systems: “With 4K being the new normal, and 8K coming on the horizon, NVMe enables creatives to prepare for the future while keeping infrastructure costs under control. Quantum’s F-Series NVMe appliance could be the silver bullet media production houses have been waiting for to solve the performance problem posed by 4K and UHD workflows.”

Jamie Lerner, President and CEO, Quantum: “This is the most significant product launch we’ve done in years, not only because our F-Series product line will enable our customers in media to produce more great hi-def content faster over IP networks, but because the F-Series is the first product line based on the Quantum Cloud Storage Platform.  This platform is a stepping stone for us and for our customers, to move to a more software-defined, hyperconverged architecture, and is at the core of additional products we will be introducing later this year.”

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ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament

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ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.

The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.

Tournament Structure

The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion. 

The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:

  • Country qualifiers
  • Country finals
  • Asia Pacific finals

Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.

Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals. 

Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.

Prizes

3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:

ROG Masters APAC ChampionshipAPAC Finals (USD/ team)
1st$10,000
2nd$3,500
3rd$1,500

Registration and Official Tournament Website

Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.

Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.

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Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars

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Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.

Tournament Format

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region. 

The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively. 

Invited Teams

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia. 

The team captains for each nation are: 

India

  • Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
  • Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
  • Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)

Bangladesh

  • Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
  • Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
  • Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)

Nepal 

  • Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
  • Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
  • Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)

Pakistan

  • RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
  • Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
  • The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)

Broadcast Details:

Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!. 

To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.

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Top Gaming Accessories for Ultimate Gaming Experience

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Witnessing the consumer behaviour being impacted drastically last year, the year 2021 has welcomed an immense lifestyle change for gamers. Gaming has been one of the sectors that witnessed a spike like never before. From casual gamers to professional gamers, the segment realised immense growth in a matter of a few months. A lot of people opted for gaming for the first time with more time in hand, while amateur gamers worked on their skills to shift to pro-level. Owing to ‘isolate and chill’ mode to beat the anxiety and paranoia, a lot of people moved to ‘Play@Home’ and for many, it was rekindling their old gaming habits with the bountiful time in their grasp.

While gaming serves as a boosting engagement, it is important to have the kit and accessories to ensure the seamless and immersive experience of gaming. Especially for those who have just adopted gaming as a new hobby and do not want to invest steeply in buying the expensive accessories, we bring a perfect start-up kit to you that is sure to pave your path to the next level

Logitech G331: Enjoy the whole experience of all your favorite games with Logitech G331 gaming headset that produces big sound to get you into the game. Experience the thrill of a complete gaming experience where you hear everything and everyone hears you. The 6 mm mic ensures that your squad-mates can hear you clear and distinct. It also has an option of Flip-to-mute boom that silences you when you don’t want to be heard. The headphone is all set to work with your PC or Mac or with gaming consoles including PlayStation 4™, Xbox One™, Nintendo Switch™, and mobile devices via 3.5 mm cable. In fact, everything about these headphones is about comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears that is available at Amazon.in at an offer price of INR 5995 .

Logitech G213: Sitting at your gaming desk in front of your gaming monitor might be the way for most PC gamers, but unless you’ve got a killer set-up with a solid keyboard, it may still not satiate your gaming soul. With a RGB color spectrum illumination lets you easily personalize up to 5 lighting zones from over 16.8 million colors to match your style and gaming gear, the Logitech G213 ensures you have a great customisable gaming experience. The G213 comes with a  performance that is up to 4x faster than standard keyboards and features keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile experience. The dedicated media control allows you to quickly play, pause, skip and adjust the volume of music right from the keyboard. the brilliant color spectrum. The G213 also offers 12 function keys with custom commands and more with free Logitech gaming software. This keyboard is available at Amazon.in at an offer price of INR 4995

Logitech G102 LIGHTSYNC: It is of paramount importance to have an exact grip and size while using a gaming mice. With LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting across, Logitech G102 is designed to work seamlessly in any system to enhance your gaming experience. The classic six-button design provides both comfort and confidence that can be customised across 16.8 million colours so you can explore, cast spells, and play just like you want. With 8,000 DPI sensor – The gaming-grade sensor responds precisely to your movements. But if you’re looking to fine-tune controls, free-to-download customization software is easy to use and set up with Logitech G HUB software. it is a complete customization suite that allows you to personalize lighting, sensitivity, and button commands on your G102 mouse. It is available in Amazon.in at an offer price of INR 1985.

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