6 features for designing enterprise data management solutions

In the data-driven world we live in, organizations worldwide are increasingly looking for ways to store, manage, and transfer their critical data. According to TechNavio, the enterprise data storage market may grow by as much as USD 1.14 billion between 2021 to 2025, with a CAGR of 4.67%.

As part of this trend, businesses are facing challenging data storage choices. Earlier this year, HelpNet asked industry professionals for factors to consider when choosing a data storage management solution. In the article, our own CEO Tuukka Ahoniemi outlined several critical factors that businesses shouldn’t ignore.

When it comes to actually building such a solution – that’s a topic Tuxera wants to elaborate on in even more detail. It’s no secret that designing for the enterprise environment can get complicated. The process can involve internal and external tools and software, with some of those simply not working properly. On top of that, the quantity and the kind of data that businesses have to manage means that any enterprise storage solution must meet specific requirements in its design (we’ll talk about those down below). All of that makes design and development a more challenging process.

Our experts have identified no less than six elements for creating a solution that meets the enterprise data storage management needs of today. As we dive into this list, we’re assuming that you’ve already selected your hardware, which is undeniably an important part. But your hardware is only as good as your software. And when designing an enterprise solution, software is an integral component. This is especially true when it comes to more advanced software like parallel file systems, and it’s something our solutions – like Microsoft NTFS by Tuxera – can provide expert help with.

1 – Performance

At the end of the day, performance is the most important factor, but even that can be limited by environment. As technologies like AI and machine learning become more advanced, it’s vital that data management develops in tandem in order to effectively support them. Higher performance data management results in more data output and improved production. As such, enterprise solutions need to have features built into their design to maximize performance. A high-performing SMB solution like Fusion File Share by Tuxera achieves that consistently, thanks to a modular and threaded design that boosts I/O throughput while reducing CPU usage.

Other innovative tools exist for improving enterprise solution performance. SMB compression is one example, able to increase performance by compressing files inline during transfer. This process reduces performance bottlenecks, particularly when many large files need to be handled.

Though we’ve talked about performance here from an operating system (OS) agnostic perspective, the OS is a further consideration for performance. Enterprise software should be designed or optimal integration with specific OS. As much of the business world uses Microsoft Windows, it’s critical that an enterprise solution has rapid NTFS integration with Windows. High quality solutions like Fusion File Share accomplish that, while also featuring other design tweaks  that help to accelerate performance.

2 – Cost

In speaking with our customers, the second most important factor in storage purchase decisions is cost.

Like any organizational software purchasing decision, enterprise storage solutions are adopted under finite budgets. These realities make free and open-source solutions a consideration. Free software isn’t free to integrate or support, however. Furthermore, such solutions don’t always have the optimal level of reliability and security. In the worst case, this can result in severe security issues.

The obvious solution here is to request support from the people with the expertise to make the necessary solution modifications. Those changes can involve adding extra bits and monitoring the integration process – or simply getting past the limitations imposed by the chipset.

3 – Security

For enterprise solutions, security is huge. In cloud storage, for example, 66% of companies see security as the greatest challenge for cloud adoption.

But not all enterprise solutions can ensure optimal security. While SMB1 has significant security issues as mentioned earlier, it’s still commonly used in many enterprise environments. This means some organizations are at risk of serious storage instability.

SMB solutions aren’t the only enterprise software that need to be kept secure. For NTFS file systems, the storage capabilities must be secure enough to ensure that data remains uncorrupted in the event of power shutdown. A premium implementation like Microsoft NTFS by Tuxera makes sure that metadata, device integrity, and volume consistency are safeguarded during any problematic events.

4 – Scalability

In the enterprise context, scalability refers to the extent that an enterprise solution is able to handle many simultaneous connections to shared resources. Businesses often have to manage heavy workloads of highly sensitive or otherwise critical data. Scalability is, therefore, a hugely important feature, and one that we’ve often seen as being overlooked. Properly scalable solutions are able to handle large workloads of data without sacrificing speed.

A great solution for a small environment can completely fall apart under larger loads. One example of this is a manufacturing environment, with millions of files sent for data analysis. A design optimized for many small files won’t wait for an answer to each one – instead, it will process them in a group. That’s the sort of design approach necessary for achieving high levels of scalability that businesses need.

5 – Continuous availability

In the enterprise world, reliability is usually referred to as availability. This is an important feature, as many businesses may rely on accessing and transferring files using an enterprise solution. Therefore, such a solution needs to be able to provide data and file transfers precisely when needed.

To do that, redundancy in the system is added in during solution design and development, in order to ensure that the solution is continuously available and functioning. Part of this involves failover options to help with recovery, and minimize downtime. Ideally, backup servers will be ready to take on the workload in the event of a power outage, ensuring critical data is uncorrupted and available. A well-designed enterprise solution should be deployable in active-passive mode over the distributed file system clients, in order to provide high availability and transparent failover of connections.

6 – Software

A final, but no less critical element is the software itself. Over the last few years, the differentiating factor among data management solutions has increasingly shifted from the hardware to the software. High quality, optimized data management software can do wonders for old hardware, prolonging the lifetime and keeping it from becoming obsolete. Furthermore, revitalizing old hardware with modern software in this way can lead to significant cost-savings in the long run.

However, the software itself can greatly benefit from enhancements provided by additional file systems. For example, Fusion File Share by Tuxera makes advanced enterprise software like a parallel file system run faster, while our NTFS solution complements the system as well.

For the highest quality enterprise solution, keeping the software that’s used in an optimized state is an important step.

Final thoughts

As organizations around the world look for ways to safely and effectively store and transfer their critical data, enterprise storage solutions must be able to match those needs in specific ways. That means a storage solution which is high-performing and continuously available, with security and cost-efficiency to match. A failure to meet those criteria may mean an inability for an organization to keep its valuable data uncorrupted and available precisely when needed. And that can be disastrous.

Over the last year, Tuxera has worked with its customers to analyze and solve significant enterprise storage issues, and our experts are available for your upcoming projects.

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Tuxera sponsores SmallSat 2021

Learn about satellite tech innovations at SmallSat 2021

On August 7-12, tune in to the SmallSat 2021 conference to learn about technology driving advancements in small satellites.

Tuxera is happy to be a sponsor for the 35th Annual Small Satellite Conference. Thematically, the event explores possible new space mission operations and autonomy enablers that serve to drive forwards the speed of information exchange. The conference will feature technical sessions around selected satellite technology themes, as well as the 29th Annual Frank J. Redd Student Competition which showcases work by students on small satellite concepts and missions. In addition, the event will feature short talks from NASA personnel highlighting the space agency’s current activities and endeavors.

Innovative hardware and software solutions are powering small satellites

In space, hardware and software needs to be highly sophisticated to not just withstand an extreme environment, but also excel in highly complex missions. Such advanced tech includes a multitude of innovative areas like propulsion system control, robotic arms, machine learning, and testing.

Come and see our sponsored technical session of the Annual Small Satellite Conference, where you will have the chance to learn about the innovative software and hardware enabling notable advancements in small satellite missions:

Session: Advanced Technologies 3
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Time: 9:00 am MST (15:00 UTC)
About: Innovative technologies (hardware/software) that provide significant advancements in small satellite missions.

Find out more about the conference, and register.

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Hand-picked related whitepaper: Data reliability in space

Whether large or small, satellites have a crucial role in gathering, storing, and transmitting data for us in a vast swathe of industries on Earth. That job needs hardware and software that’s at the peak of reliability and fail-safety. Read our whitepaper “Data reliability in space”, by Technical Product Manager Thom Denholm, on ways that satellites are able to achieve the level of reliability needed for missions. You’ll learn about best practices and solutions for preventing failure in cost-constrained satellite missions.

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Connected Car Generated Data

Autonomous cars generate more than 300 TB of data per year

The accessibility of sensors and camera modules is making the car industry increasingly data-driven. When combined with state-of-the-art software and advanced computing, data transforms into decisions inside autonomous cars. As autonomous vehicle technologies continue to evolve, the data generated inside cars only continues to grow. But how much data does a connected car actually generate?

To answer this question, it’s important to understand that not all autonomous vehicles have the same level of automation requirements. SAE International, a US-based association that develops standards for automobiles, created a 6-tier system defining the various levels of car automation:Car Automation LevelingAt present, the most advanced cars on the market are only at Level-2 autonomy. As of 2021, a number of car makers have already developed Level-3 autonomous vehicles that are awaiting regulatory approval. And even though Level-4 autonomous cars have taken longer to become a commercial reality than was anticipated a few years ago, some have reached the field-testing stage of development. As such, the move towards Level-4 autonomy is steadily progressing, with manufacturers like Tesla rapidly attempting to close the gap to Level-5.

More sensors equals more data

Today, even at lower levels of autonomy, connected cars generate around 25 Gigabytes of data per hour. And as more self-driving features appear inside connected cars, the architecture required to make it all possible will become increasingly complex. This directly correlates to the number of sensors needed for an autonomous system to operate. Notably, while the amount of sensors have been rapidly increasing, this rate of growth may not stay the same.

It’s also important to point out that not all sensors are the same. A broad spectrum of various sensors exists, each having a special purpose and quantity in a car. Depending on the sensor setup, the total amount of data generated can vary substantially. As presented by Stephan Heinrich from Lucid Motors, here are some estimates on sensor-generated data:Combined, the total bandwidth can reach up to 40 GBit/s (~19 TB/h). Even the lowest possible figure of 3GBit/s (~1.4TB/h) is a very substantial amount of data to maintain.

To give you an example of how much data that actually is, a basic laptop with 240 GB of storage on board could hold around 30 DVD movies. But the laptop would run out of storage capacity in less than a minute in this environment. A phone with 32 GB of storage would be full in under 7 seconds, assuming the flash storage would even be able to store data at the required speed.

On a yearly estimate, the amount of data is even more staggering. According to AAA, an average American spends 17,600 minutes driving annually. When combined with the amount of sensor data estimated above, one car could produce between 380 TB to 5 100 TB of data in just one year.

However, all of that sensor data won’t necessarily be stored on the car. In the future, more and more of that data may get sent to the cloud. But the data stored on the car itself will remain integral to the functions of the vehicle.

Final thoughts

As cars with higher autonomy levels are released to the market, cars need to handle substantially bigger amounts of data than ever before. Processing that data in a fast and seamless way is now and will continue to be one of the main challenges for car makers into the future. To tackle these requirements, car makers are exploring both hardware- and software-based data storage solutions that can handle this data stream in the most efficient package possible. Achieving this will be an important milestone in the development of production-ready fully autonomous vehicles.

*This article was originally published in 2017, and was authored by Stan Dmitriev. It has been updated in 2021 by Simon Wright.


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Data in the void: safeguarding critical data in satellites

Recently, I read my colleague Thom Denholm’s whitepaper on data reliability in space (scroll down below for the download link). I found the realities of space as an environment for embedded data storage to be fascinating. Equally intriguing to me was learning about the inventive ways that embedded designers tackle the problems of data integrity and reliability in such an environment.

I had to learn more.

Satellite data – a key component of our data-driven world

Many kinds of devices operate and store data in outer space. Satellites are one such device, storing and sending a huge amount of data. In the increasingly data-driven world we live in, this data plays a role in internet connections, agriculture, and the medical field – with countless more uses.

Over 3,000 satellites are currently operational and orbiting Earth. Their sensors pick up data from the space that surrounds them, as well as from Earth itself – crop health and fertilization cycles, remote care of medical patients, images captured of distant solar bodies, or changing weather patterns on other planets. All of this data can then be transmitted down to Earth, to be used in fueling complex activities vital to global societies, governments, and businesses.

But all of that is only possible if the data is reliably stored and handled first and foremost on the satellite.

An alien environment for flash media

Reliability is a particularly important consideration due to the harsh, literally other-worldly environment of outer space. The costly and carefully designed devices within a satellite are under threat from solar radiation, space dust and debris, extreme temperatures – even collisions with other inoperative satellites.

As you can imagine, all of these perils can have disastrous results on flash media. And it’s not just space anomalies that pose a threat to data, but also the physical isolation and long-distance nature inherent to space travel. With some satellites in space for decades, data retention becomes a real concern.

“Lost user data, corrupted system data, and related problems are a constant struggle for companies here on the planet,” says Thom. “If a system update can’t fix the problem, a customer can always return the device to the vendor or manufacturer for additional assistance. This is not so easy with extreme environments and distant locales.”

With potential data corruption and structural damage to the hardware in space, embedded designers need creative and reliable solutions to ensure the integrity of mission-critical data.

Achieving reliable data storage in the darkness of space

For attaining data reliability and integrity in the harsh void of space, selecting and implementing the most appropriate methods of data storage is vital. Modern satellite designs tend to use SSD flash memory to do this. Older satellites instead stored data using magnetic tape, which worked well as a cost-efficient, radiation resistant option.

Flash memory however is significantly faster than magnetic tape. Plus, due to its non-volatile and solid-state nature, flash is also more reliable. The engineering required to enable magnetic tape’s necessary moving parts is a hindrance in space, resulting in flash simply being the more reliable choice.

What this improved reliability comes with, though, is a higher price tag: flash memory is over 12 times more expensive per gigabyte than magnetic media. A tricky proposition with satellite missions typically having tight budgets. Fortunately, flash-friendly software is an excellent way to manage this increased cost while getting the absolute most out of the flash: extended hardware lifetime, the highest possible performance, and guaranteed data integrity. In the long run, quality-assured flash controllers and flash-friendly file systems make all the difference in hardware costs and storage reliability – particularly in an environment as unforgiving to data storage as outer space.

Protecting flash in space with fault tolerance

Even with the right data storage methods, failure can still happen. To protect against flash storage failures in space, hardware and software stacks can be designed for fault tolerance. This refers to a system that’s able to continue functioning even if some of its components break down or lose power. An incredibly important capability given all the unique dangers to data integrity that exist in space.

“One of the best ways to achieve fault tolerance in data storage is through redundancy,” says Thom. “It’s considered so useful that, in general, all fault-tolerant systems implement redundancy in some form. For devices in an environment like space, fault tolerance is even more important, with even the hardware components duplicated to better deal with possible errors. Among embedded systems in space, two kinds of redundancy are of particular interest: physical and functional.”

Redundancy involves storing multiple copies of data on the device, in order to ensure some version of that data will be valid. What’s also needed is a way of having the software determine which of these copies may have been corrupted by whatever cosmic catastrophe has impacted the device. Detecting and dealing with bit errors that develop on the media is a major concern and can be tackled with error correcting codes (ECC), where multiple copies of information and checking for consistency can help to ensure redundancy. If corrupted data is identified, self-repair and corrective actions can then be speedily initiated by the flash management software. Of additional importance is minimizing the impact of power interruptions, doable with atomic operations.

Whitepaper: Data reliability in space

Earlier, I mentioned Thom Denholm’s informative whitepaper on data reliability in embedded satellite designs. With satellites requiring fault tolerant hardware and software that can ensure consistency and correctness in space applications, physical and functional redundancy are needed. At the same time, budget requirements are an ongoing consideration. An excellent solution is TMR NAND flash, combined with flexible and fully supported software that matches the unique needs of the embedded design.

In this paper, Thom dives into the technical details of this topic, including some of the specific factors that makes TMR NAND flash with optimized flash management software a more solid solution to other alternatives.

Download the whitepaper here.

Final thoughts

Satellites collect, store, and send critical data while operating in a brutally harsh environment that poses unique challenges for reliably safeguarding that data. Everything from the method of data storage to the file system software must be precisely optimized to ensure the integrity of mission-critical data. Embedded designers have come up with innovative methods to manage these problems while adhering to strict budget, time, and logistics restrictions.

There exists an adage, “restrictions breed creativity”. Few environments impose such restrictions on embedded storage designers – and humanity in general – as outer space.

Maybe that’s why it fascinates us.

 


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Experience Tuxera Reliance Edge at the Embedded Online Conference

On May 17-20, join Tuxera at the 2021 Embedded Online Conference for the latest industry talks, demos, and workshops.

The Embedded Online Conference brings together experts and enthusiasts for embedded talks, product demos, Q&As, workshops, and more. Last year, our Technical Product Manager Thom Denholm gave a presentation on NAND correctable errors (you can find his whitepaper on the topic here), and afterwards answered your questions from the event.

This year continues the event’s familiar setup – take a look at the event schedule for a full breakdown of what’s in store.

Critical data preservation with Reliance EdgeTM

At this year’s event, you will also have the chance to see the critical data preservation technology of Tuxera Reliance EdgeTM in action. Reliance Edge is our transactional embedded file system designed to capture and preserve decision-quality data with deterministic behavior. It’s small on resource demands, but big on power fail-safety.

In our product demo during the event, you’ll see firsthand how this power-failsafe file system protects data from corruption, especially during power loss.

A year’s worth of high-quality technical sessions

One of the great things about the Embedded Online Conference is that even if you can’t make it during the event to all of the sessions that interest you, hope is not lost. Content from the event will stay up on the virtual platform until May 2022, allowing you a good deal of time to watch all the sessions that catch your eye – and then re-watch your favorites.


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Learn about embedded data security in cars at the Automotive Technologies Conference

On May 13 2021, join Tuxera at the Automotive Technologies Virtual Conference for detailed talks on secure data removal and software development in automotive systems.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Automotive Technologies Virtual Conference, hosted by Embedded Computing Design. The event will feature technical presentations by industry experts, where you will have the chance to learn about the diverse aspects of embedded automotive software design and development. The short, bite-sized 30-minute talks will include use cases and potential design examples of technology in the automotive sector.

The event will have the following five tracks for its talks:

  • ADAS
  • Autonomous Drive
  • Electric Vehicles and Powertrain
  • In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI), including Vehicle Networking and Connectivity
  • Safety and Security

Come join Tuxera at the event, where our Technical Product Manager Thom Denholm will present the following two talks as part of the ADAS and Safety and Security tracks:

Keep automotive device data safe

Track: Safety and Security / ADAS

Time: 7:15pm EDT

Presenter: Thom Denholm, Technical Product Manager at Tuxera

Abstract: Removing data securely from flash media is more challenging than older magnetic designs. The software and firmware must work in unison to provide secure solutions that are increasingly in demand. In this session, we detail the secure interface from the application to the media and point out the possible pitfalls along the way.

Developing software under MISRA and Automotive SPICE

Track: Safety and Security

Time: 7:30pm EDT

Presenter: Thom Denholm, Technical Product Manager at Tuxera

Abstract: Dependency on software in the automotive environment is growing, and industry groups are leaning towards automotive process and coding standards to reduce the risk of software failure. Our software team tackled both head on while designing a new file system. This session details some of our findings and recommendations for projects using MISRA C and Automotive SPICE.

Join the informative event – at no cost

The Automotive Technologies Conference is free of charge, so if embedded storage and security in cars interests you even in the slightest, don’t hesitate to register!

 


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Tuxera presents at Qt Embedded Days hosted by KDAB Group

Learn how to prevent field failures at Qt Embedded Days

On April 13-14 2021, join us at Qt Embedded Days with hosts KDAB for a deep dive into reliability and achieving it in embedded devices.

Tuxera is excited to be presenting at Qt Embedded Days. This brand new online conference hosted by our partner KDAB Group offers in-depth technical topics from embedded developers for embedded developers – especially but not exclusively for those working with Qt on Embedded Devices. The KDAB Group is a leading expert provider of Qt, C++ and OpenGL consulting, development and training services.

While the full program is available on the event website, we’re letting you know more about Tuxera’s talk, right here. Read below for more details.

Title: What does reliability mean to you?

Speaker: Sami Kassimäki, Product Manager at Tuxera

Abstract: When a device fails in the field, the consequences can be significant. In our talks with embedded OEMs, one thing is for certain: addressing a problem in the field is costly. Anticipating and preventing field failures enables market leaders to invest in innovation – rather than costly resource-draining diagnosis, repair, and redesign. Typically, these costs detract from new product development while impacting time-to-market.

However, embedded devices operate in conditions where sudden power interruptions and other hazards can occur at any time. As the data storage needs of these devices have increased dramatically over the years, unreliable data storage can also be a significant contributor to field failures.

With the complexity of modern embedded designs, root cause analysis can be difficult and painstaking, pulling resources for field diagnostics and post-mortem analysis. What’s more, reliability is one of the most important factors distinguishing leading embedded products from their also-ran competitors. Failsafe and long-lasting data storage is therefore not a simple matter, requiring careful planning.

In this presentation, we’ll discuss different levels of reliability. We’ll also examine methods for achieving long-term reliability – ensuring that a well-tested data storage system contributes to preventing field failures while increasing the lifetime of an embedded device.

Don’t let this free event pass you by

Has any of that piqued your curiosity? Awesome! Sami’s informative talk is just a part of what’s in store for you at the Qt Embedded Days, hosted by KDAB. Check out the list of speakers and topics here.


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Tuxera presented with Future Workplaces award from Siqni company

A Future Workplace: upscaling employee empowerment at Tuxera

Tuxera achieves Future Workplaces certificate, highlighting an ongoing commitment to employee wellbeing and care.

As companies grow larger and expand internationally, it’s not always easy to maintain a workplace environment that nurtures employee development and wellbeing.

This spring sees Tuxera welcome its 100th employee. That’s a big leap in headcount from where the company was at, for example, just two years ago. In the face of that kind of rapid growth and change, how have we at Tuxera dealt with the challenge of refining our employee branding and our culture of coaching?

Opening the toolbox for employee empowerment

Since its founding in 2008 by Szabolcs Szakacsits, employee experience and company culture have always been an important part of Tuxera. In order to provide excellent support to our customers, we first need to take care of each other – our teammates. This means coaching, mentorship, and leadership that empowers employee decision making and self-development.

However, when engineering is in your company’s DNA, tinkering with tools for an improved work culture is natural. And with professionals from all around the globe, we need tools to understand our employee experience and culture even better than before. With fast growth and Tuxera’s drive to always try something new, we keep looking at new methods and tools for providing continued high-quality support to our employees.

Siqni® is one of those tools. This Finnish employee insight survey tool has allowed us to run detailed employee surveys and gain data that can help us plan strategies for improved employee support, coaching, and wellbeing. With Siqni, we wanted to develop a better understanding of our employees’ passions and needs. Our goal was a more complete, nuanced, and actionable picture of our employees’ thoughts and desires. With that kind of information, we are able to get a stronger understanding of where we could do even better as a team, and plan for future initiatives.

So far, things have worked well – we even achieved the Future Workplaces certificate, thanks to highly positive results in our survey. To quote the Siqni company founder Panu Luukka, “The certification isn’t awarded by Siqni, but rather it’s a symbol of recognition by Tuxera’s own professionals.”

We are really proud of this achievement, and it’s an example of the right direction and steps we’re taking to keep prioritizing the wellbeing of our people.

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Fostering employee empowerment across the globe

It’s no surprise that as this company has grown in both size and geographic scope, providing a work environment that fosters the ongoing support of our professionals has been a priority.

Tuxera is at a point where I think it can genuinely call itself a truly international company. I mentioned above that we have hit a hundred employees – at this point, we have people from 21 different countries. In the last half year alone, we have welcomed professionals from all over the world, including Croatia, Romania, Canada, and Australia.

With that growth comes the need to ensure Tuxera can scale up in order to strategically provide strong support and mentorship to all of our employees.

“In 2020, we focused on developing leadership skills of the people in our organization dedicated to taking care of our great people. Though called Team Leads, they’re not managing teams in the traditional sense. Instead, the focus is on providing coaching and support to Tuxerians,” says Tuukka Ahoniemi, our CEO. “This improvement was not only driven by upscaling, but also to cope with remote work during the current pandemic – a unique global situation that has really highlighted the need to focus on peoples’ wellbeing.”

Continuous development of our work culture has been ongoing for a long time. Tuxera participated and was awarded Great Place to Work during the years 2015–2019. That was an achievement we’ve been quite proud of, and we believe it’s another sign of cultivating our work culture towards the right direction.

Final thoughts

Though the focus has been – and still is – on attracting talented, passionate professionals, we were extremely happy to receive the Siqni Future Workplace certification. This is, however, just one step on the road to continued understanding and support of our employees. We’re continually working to keep our employees feeling empowered, connected, and supported. And with the right tools and highly strategic leadership, this journey is only beginning.

 

Tuxera employees, full team 2019


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Join the SD Association Global Workshop Webinars

On March 25 and 31, learn about SD technology topics important for Chinese and Russian companies in the global marketplace.

Founded in 2000, the SD Association is a global network of companies collaborating to set memory card storage standards for improved use and lifetime of consumer electronics. Tuxera joined the SD Association all the way back in 2009, and we reached Executive Member status in 2013. Most recently, in 2019, Tuxera was honored to become a proud Board Member. Throughout those years, we’ve had an active role in developing SD standards and memory card technology, such as with the SD Memory Card Formatter.

This month, the SD Association will be conducting the following two webinars:

Global Workshop Webinar – China

Date/Time: March 25, 2021 starting at 14:00 Beijing Time (GMT+8)

Topic: Learn about SD Express and the benefits of SD Technology. This one-hour Global Workshop webinar is designed to educate leading technology companies in China about SD Technology, trends and use in fast growth Technology, AIoT and Surveillance applications. Note that some sessions will be presented in Chinese.

Global Workshop Webinar – Russia

Date/Time: March 31, 2021 starting at 10:30 Moscow Time (GMT+3)

Topic: Learn about SD Express and the benefits of SD Technology. This one-hour Global Workshop webinar is designed to educate leading technology companies in Russia about SD Technology, trends and use in fast growth Technology, AIoT and Surveillance applications.

 

Attendees who participate in these SD Global Workshop sessions will leave the seminar better prepared to offer differentiating SD technology-based products in the global marketplace. Workshop attendees will learn about a variety of topics that Chinese and Russian companies must know when selling their products in a very competitive ecosystem.

You are invited to attend these webinars free of charge. During these sessions, our Technical Product Manager Thom Denholm will tell you about the SD Memory Card formatter, developed by Tuxera.

 


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Tuxera presenting at Embedded World 2021

On March 3, Tuxera talks flash media security and safeguarding critical data in industrial & embedded IoT

When it comes to all things embedded storage, Embedded World is arguably the place to be – if not physically, then through your screen. As has been the case with many events over the past year, Embedded World 2021 will be fully virtual, with five days of presentations, workshops, and networking in store.

Tuxera’s focus for Embedded World this year is data fail-safety and security in both industrial & embedded IoT. We’ll have the following talks for you at the event:

Keep device data safe with secure erase

Removing data securely from flash media is more challenging than older magnetic designs. The software and firmware must work in unison to provide secure solutions that are increasingly in demand. In this talk, we detail the secure interface from the application to the media and point out the possible pitfalls along the way.

Presenter: Thom Denholm, Technical Product Manager

Session: 4.8 Safety & Security: Security Hardware

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 3, 2:00:00 PM – 2:30:00 PM (CET)

This will be a great opportunity for you to ask our experts about flash media security, live. After Embedded World, we will publish this talk as a whitepaper for you to download.

Expert panel: Techniques to safeguard critical data In IoT

Join us in this roundtable discussion, where you will be able to talk with our experts about some of your challenges or concerns with protecting critical data in embedded IoT. For more information, stay tuned and keep an eye on the event agenda on the Embedded World website.

Read more on embedded data security and integrity

With a presentation and a panel both on the menu, so far there’s only one problem – Embedded World 2021 is a whole month away! To tide you over, feel free to take a look at some of our selected whitepapers on protecting device data:

Troubleshooting corrupted data

Over the years, we have developed considerable expertise and special-purpose tools to help diagnose all kinds of data issues. Our approach is to first determine what’s wrong, then to try to identify the steps it would take to get the system to this state. Is it something that the software could have caused? Did the media fail or is it something different? This paper examines how such questions are answered, and describes file system-related troubleshooting techniques.

Download the whitepaper here.

How to avoid end of life from NAND correctable errors

Flash media is fabulous for most use cases, but heavy reads can cause correctable errors. Linux flash file systems actually shorten the life of the media when dealing with these errors. How does this change with multiple bits per cell, including recent QLC NAND? This paper covers both this problem and the impacts in detail, from flash file systems to SSDs and other NAND flash-based media.

Download the whitepaper here.

Come meet Tuxera virtually at the leading trade fair for all things embedded

Whether you are interested in our presentation or interactive roundtable, we don’t think you’ll want to miss Embedded World this year. Hope we see you online!

 


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