Tuxera acquires HCC embedded

Tuxera acquires embedded storage and networking software front-runner, HCC Embedded

The company now offers the widest range of data storage management and network transfer software in the industry, with a strengthened focus on safety- and mission-critical data.

HELSINKI, Finland and BUDAPEST, Hungary – September 9, 2021 – Tuxera, the world-leading storage software and networking technology company, has signed an agreement to acquire HCC Embedded, the Hungarian developer of embedded file systems, flash management, and network data transfer software. HCC Embedded will officially operate as Tuxera Hungary Kft. Tuxera now offers the most comprehensive range of software and services for managing data as it is stored, used, and moved in and between embedded systems. The acquisition deepens Tuxera's commitment to deliver reliable data management solutions in a world increasingly fueled and vitalized by data.

Rising global data use demands secure management solutions

The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that the global data demand will grow to an estimated 175 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025.1 Keeping up with the storage needs driven by this global data demand will require over 22 ZB of storage capacity across all media types. Much of this data will be generated by embedded devices and transported through complex and demanding network protocols. As the world becomes more dependent on data for real-time decision making, the requirements for safe and secure data management grow more stringent.

Meeting the need for safety-critical data management

Since its founding in 2002, HCC Embedded has emphasized quality and information security, achieving both ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management and ISO 27001 Information Security Management standards. This complements Tuxera’s focus on serving its customers with demanding safety- and mission-critical data requirements, particularly in the automotive industry. Safety design standards and increasingly rigorous regulations continue to put more demand on embedded systems designs – not only in the automotive sector, but in the avionics, aerospace, medical, rail and shipping transport, and industrial automation industries as well.

New networking expertise and deeper flash storage knowledge

The acquisition also brings deep hardware enablement knowledge and expertise to Tuxera, allowing the company’s storage management software to interact more closely and optimally with an even wider range of hardware environments. Additionally, HCC Embedded brings an extensive range of MISRA-compliant networking products to Tuxera’s portfolio, covering domains such as network management, security, and TCP/IP applications. These new products will enrich Tuxera’s expertise beyond fail-safe storage and management of data-at-rest and data-at-use, to encompass the reliable and secure transport of data in, out, and through limitless data-driven, connected devices.

Leading the way in data management solutions

Since 1983, Tuxera has been developing fail-safe, high-performance software for managing data. The company’s solutions have shipped in billions of consumer devices and vehicles to date. Tuxera develops proprietary implementations of industry-standard file systems such as FAT, exFAT, and NTFS, as well as its own range of proprietary embedded file systems, flash management software, and network storage solutions. In 2021, Tuxera’s storage-industry leadership was recognized by CRN on its annual Storage 100 list of the most innovative providers of storage technology used in enterprise deployments.

“Joining forces with HCC Embedded is a great next step for us in strengthening our expertise in embedded data storage solutions and expanding our offering even more towards deeply embedded systems using real-time operating systems and micro-controllers. With the networking and middleware components of HCC Embedded, we’re able to provide a more comprehensive portfolio of solutions spanning the entire lifecycle of data management. Expanding our team will also allow us to more effectively provide engineering services in Central Europe,” says Tuukka Ahoniemi, CEO of Tuxera.

”For the past 20 years at HCC Embedded, we have worked to provide ever-higher quality embedded software components and related services to customers that value quality and reliability. By joining Tuxera, a company of similar aims and values for its customers, partners, and employees, I’m now more confident than ever that we can accelerate our mission to provide quality embedded software to fulfill tomorrow’s needs for secure and safe products,” says Dave Hughes, CEO, HCC Embedded.

The combined engineering teams of the two companies now encompasses some of the top experts in file systems, flash memory, embedded storage, and networking technology around the globe. Their experience and understanding of data storage and transfer technology covers any operating system or real-time operating system, any flash memory type, any hardware environment, any storage interface, and a wide range of network protocols.

Tuxera acquisition – HCC Embedded CEO with Tuxera CEO
HCC Embedded CEO Dave Hughes with Tuxera CEO Tuukka Ahoniemi

Solving challenges across the entire data management lifecycle

The merging of the two companies will bring significant benefits to any device, vehicle, or industrial products manufacturer with onboard or edge storage and/or networking requirements. These benefits include:

  • comprehensive storage management support for a broad range of devices – from deeply embedded (such as microcontrollers), to vehicles, aircraft, and spacecraft, and for all consumer and industrial IoT devices
  • improved file system performance, data reliability, flash memory lifetime, and hardware costs reduction
  • data storage support for both managed and unmanaged flash memory
  • USB mass storage, USB device, and host drivers
  • industry-standard, fail-safe file systems like FAT, exFAT, NTFS, APFS, and HFS+
  • industry-standard network data transfer and file sharing protocols support, such as IPv4/6 and SMB
  • flash memory quality and cost evaluation services

Transaction advisors

DLA Piper acted as legal advisor to Tuxera, and KPMG acted as financial and tax advisor.

RSM Hungary acted as financial, legal, and tax advisor to HCC Embedded.

About HCC Embedded

HCC Embedded develops deeply embedded software components “out of context,” which ensures that they can be used as core elements of any system, including those engineered to meet stringent requirements for safety, quality, and portability. Built on a foundation of the highest quality, HCC’s product portfolio comprises more than 250 embedded components developed with the help of the company’s deep competencies in reliable flash management, fail-safe file systems, and IPv4/6 networking stacks with associated security protocols. HCC also offers a comprehensive suite of USB host and function software. Since 2002, HCC has supplied these embedded software components to more than 2,000 companies globally in a wide range of industries including industrial, medical, and automotive.

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. Learn more about us at http://www.tuxera.com/.

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi
press@tuxera.com

References

[1] The Digitization of the World From Edge to Core, An IDC White Paper – #US44413318, An IDC Whitepaper Sponsored by Seagate.

*This report is no longer accessible online, though is cited in "175 Zettabytes By 2025," Tom Coughlin, Contributor at Forbes – https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomcoughlin/2018/11/27/175-zettabytes-by-2025/


Tuxera and Wittenstein announce partnership

Tuxera and WITTENSTEIN strengthen partnership, offering reliable data integrity for safety- and mission-critical systems

The partnership will allow for safeguarded critical data with SAFERTOS® for customers in medical, industrial, automotive, and rail.

HELSINKI, Finland, and BRISTOL, United Kingdom, August 31, 2021 – Tuxera, a world-leader in quality-assured storage management and networking software, announced its partnership with WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems (WHIS) to make Tuxera Reliance Edge™ and Tuxera Reliance Assure™ power-failsafe file systems available to SAFERTOS®. WHIS produces and supplies its safety-critical real-time operating system, SAFERTOS, to a diverse range of technology sectors worldwide. The partnership simplifies the customer journey, allowing these integrated platforms to speed up time to market.

Safeguarding mission-critical data in real-time operating systems

The partnership between Tuxera and WHIS is built on a shared vision of the growing importance of data and need for reliable real-time responsiveness within mission-critical systems. Both companies have expertly served the complex needs of some of the same industries and customers.

WHIS is a global producer and supplier of RTOS and platform solutions to the medical, automotive, rail, and industrial sectors. SAFERTOS is the company’s pre-certified safety RTOS for embedded processors. It provides deterministic event handling, and is available pre-certified to ISO 26262 ASIL D and IEC 61508 SIL 3.

Tuxera’s Reliance® family file systems for SAFERTOS use transactional methods to protect critical system and user data from corruption, especially where power loss or interruptions may cause mission or system failures, or safety risks. Reliance Assure is designed specifically for certifiable systems and can be used when certification is mandated. With a focus on power fail-safety and protecting mission critical data, the Reliance file systems are a natural fit with SAFERTOS.

Pairing up to meet the embedded world’s challenging reliability needs

Reliance Edge, Reliance Assure, and SAFERTOS all feature in-built support for determinism. Key file system operations of Tuxera’s Reliance Edge and Reliance Assure are deterministic, offering developers unprecedented predictability for data reliability and storage performance. This flexibility amplifies the dependability of Tuxera’s file systems as a tool for data management – helping to ensure greater mission-critical data protection for WHIS’ customers.

“We’re proud to be partnering with WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems,” says Thom Denholm, Technical Product Manager at Tuxera. “While WHIS can laser-focus on the core development and safety aspects of SAFERTOS, we can apply our expertise in storage development to look after the critical data handling requirements.”

“SAFERTOS is specially designed for systems that need to respond quickly to safety events, where the system must be placed into a safe state in the shortest possible time,” says Andrew Longhurst, Managing Director at WHIS. “The partnership is significant in providing greater fail-safety and system integrity that’s needed in the safety-critical embedded systems of today.”

About WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems

WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems is a safety systems company that produces and supplies real time operating systems and platform solutions to the Automotive, Rail, Medical, and Industrial sectors worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.highintegritysystems.com.

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. Learn more about us at www.tuxera.com

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi
press@tuxera.com

References

[1] Safety Critical RTOS Adapting Across Applications. February 2019. WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems. https://www.highintegritysystems.com/downloads/white_papers/Safety_Critical_RTOS_Adapting_Across_Applications.pdf


Tuxera launches Reliance Assure certifiable file system

Tuxera launches Reliance Assure certifiable file system

The new file system ensures power fail-safety for mission-critical data management and reduces time to certification for embedded systems.

HELSINKI, Finland and SEATTLE, Washington USA – 24 August, 2021 – Tuxera, the industry leader in quality-assured embedded file systems software, announced the release of Tuxera Reliance Assure™, a power fail-safe file system for managing mission- and safety-critical data in certifiable embedded systems. Reliance Assure will benefit Tuxera’s customers that must meet rigorous regulatory or safety requirements in the automotive and transport, industrial automation, medical, defense, and aerospace industries.

Meeting the growing need for certifiable file systems

Embedded systems in safety-critical domains are becoming increasingly complex, with software and hardware components sourced from multiple vendors. Requirements for functional safety, data privacy, and quality-standards adherence are also becoming increasingly mandated throughout the embedded industry. This complexity creates challenges related to software compliance and verification, which is a costly and time-consuming task in developing high-quality, safe systems.

Tuxera Reliance Assure was designed to help the industry meet the rapidly increasing demand for standards-compliant, reliable data management in embedded systems. Every line of Reliance Assure’s code was developed in compliance with MISRA C:2012, and by following the Automotive SPICE® quality management framework. With Reliance Assure, Tuxera provides full bi-directional traceability, code reviews, and verification. Combined with an optional Design Assurance Package add-on, Tuxera’s customers have a solid document set to build their certification artefacts.

Deterministic behavior provides needed control for certifiable solutions

The transactional design of Reliance Assure, paired with deterministic file system behavior, gives embedded systems designers full control over data-at-risk. The advanced file system is also compatible with a majority of safety-critical RTOSes, and is bolstered by Tuxera’s award-winning technical support.

“Reliance Assure builds on the power fail-safety and quality assurance our customers have come to us for time and time again,” says Thom Denholm, Technical Product Manager at Tuxera. “This product was very much the result of dozens of conversations with our customers in safety-critical industries. They need file system software that can provide fail-safe, controlled data management operations, but also offers very rigorous quality assurance. Our aim with Reliance Assure was to help our customers reduce time to certification for their embedded systems.”

Reliance Assure further expands Tuxera’s already comprehensive premium software solution portfolio, giving customers more choice for their data management needs.


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Tuxera and eSOL forge partnership

Tuxera and eSOL forge partnership to bring highly reliable data management to safety-critical systems

The partnership will allow for safeguarded critical data with eMCOS® RTOS platform for eSOL’s automotive customers.

HELSINKI, Finland and TOKYO, Japan, July 27, 2021 Tuxera, a world-leader in quality-assured storage management software, and eSOL, a leading global developer of real-time embedded software solutions, announced today a strategic partnership for the automotive industry. The partnership will bring superior I/O throughput, data integrity, fail-safety, and improved storage media endurance to the data handling operations in eSOL’s eMCOS real-time operating system (RTOS). Tuxera’s reliable, high-performance Reliance® file system technology will be integrated as part of the eMCOS architecture. Through this partnership, the companies aim to deliver a quality-driven automotive platform that meets the safety-critical needs of eSOL’s customers.

A high-performance platform for a functionally safe drive

eMCOS is eSOL’s scalable RTOS for embedded systems. Distributed microkernel architecture, paired with eSOL’s proprietary semi-priority-based scheduling algorithm enables eMCOS to deliver the real-time capabilities required for critical embedded systems. In addition, the RTOS features the high performance and scalability demanded by multicore processors.

eMCOS is developed in full compliance with the ISO 26262 functional safety standard for road vehicles. Safety design standards are an increasingly important element in automotive software design, shaping the need for functionally safe operating systems like eMCOS, and for power fail-safe automotive data management provided by Tuxera.

Power fail-safe data management for an advanced RTOS

As data becomes increasingly significant in monitoring and managing vehicle safety, the requirements on data-handling solutions are more stringent than ever before. From security concerns and edge-storage limitations to flash storage lifetime and reliability – the rise of data-driven technologies continues to set new demands on automotive storage solutions, including the file system software.

The partnership allows eSOL to focus on the core development and functional safety of eMCOS, while Tuxera applies its deep expertise in storage development to manage the platform’s critical data storage needs. eMCOS will now ship with Tuxera’s Reliance file system technology built inside – featuring file system operations specifically configured and optimized to meet eMCOS’s state-of-the-art multikernel architecture.

The Tuxera Reliance file system for eMCOS is a POSIX-compliant, transactional file system that ensures data is always in a known-good state, even if an unexpected power loss or system crash were to occur. The superior power fail-safety offered by Tuxera’s file system technology was a key consideration in integrating it with eMCOS. The file system technology also features fast mount times and consistently high I/O throughput, making it an ideal match for the high-performance features of eMCOS.

Empowering cutting-edge, safe systems innovation in a thriving market

According to analyst group Mordor Intelligence(1), the Functional Safety Market is growing at its fastest rate in the Asia-Pacific region, where eSOL is headquartered. Tuxera also opened a subsidiary in Japan in 2020 to help meet the booming demand for data-driven cars and devices in the Japanese market.

“This partnership with eSOL is a critical cornerstone in our commitment to empower Japanese car makers with high-performance, fail-safe data management solutions that also meet their functional safety requirements,” says Tuukka Ahoniemi, Tuxera’s CEO. “Together, we’re making sure that software-driven vehicles can handle the massive amount of sensor data pouring into these safety-critical systems. At its roots, this partnership allows the development of even more data-driven applications for the automotive market with increased safety requirements. We’re investing into the future technology development of autonomous cars – not only within the Japanese market, but also eSOL’s global customer base.”

Today, many embedded developments in the automotive high-performance computing segment suffer from the bottlenecks of a conventional RTOS. This problem has already been solved by eSOL with its novel high-performance, scalable RTOS based on multikernel technology. Bob N. Ueyama, Executive Vice President of eSOL, concludes: "In the embedded field of mixed criticality systems, it is important to offer not only a high-performance RTOS but also the appropriate middleware. For our flagship product eMCOS, therefore, only a solution based on the Reliance established technology, which has already a proven track record, could be considered."

About eSOL

Founded in 1975 and listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE: 4420), eSOL is a leading global company in the fields of embedded systems and edge computing that seeks to contribute to a safer and better-connected society. eSOL's high-performance and scalable software platform products and first-class professional services, centered around its unique and patented eMCOS multikernel real-time operating system (RTOS) technology, are used worldwide in demanding embedded application fields which conform to stringent quality, safety and security standards. This includes automotive systems as well as industrial equipment, satellites, medical and digital consumer electronics. In addition to the research and development of its leading-edge products, and joint research with major manufacturers and universities, eSOL is actively engaged in AUTOSAR, Autoware and multi/many-core technology standardization activities. Learn more at: https://www.esol.com/.

* Autoware is an open source software built on ROS/ROS 2 for autonomous driving.
* eSOL, eSOL Co., Ltd., ESOL, eMCOS, EMCOS are registered trademarks or trademarks of eSOL Co., Ltd. in Japan and other countries.
* Other company or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. Learn more about us at http://www.tuxera.com/.

For more information, please contact:

eSOL:

Benoit Simoneau                                                                    eSOL Marketing Office
514 Media Ltd.                                                                        eSOL Co., Ltd.
benoit@514-media.com                                                         media@esol.co.jp

+44 7891 920 370

Tuxera:

VP Marketing
Tiffiny Rossi
press@tuxera.com

References

(1) https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/functional-safety-market


Tuxera – car IVI data storage software history

A brief history of in-vehicle infotainment and car data storage

Forget the concept of cars being smartphones on wheels. Vehicles are rapidly headed toward whole “living rooms on wheels.”

Traffic updates, maps, music, movies, games, apps – these are some of the services that are already available in the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems of today. But the dream car of the future will have all of this and more meaningful experiences too – like VR entertainment or fine dining.

But how do we craft those experiences? Well, it requires a helluva lot of data served up by the IVI. And whenever you have data, you also need a way to manage and store it.

The development toward data-driven IVI has been many decades in the making. Did you know that Tuxera – one of the 20 Coolest Data Management Companies – is also a part of this history? We thought it would be fun to travel back through time and see how data, storage, and car infotainment have been entwined over the years. Read on for a rundown of how this triad has evolved – and how Tuxera’s data management software grew to be a part of that story.

We’ll start off where the IVI begins – the radio!

Pre-1940s: The radio star, IVI’s early ancestor

Automotive "Storage" in 1931 – the trunk.

The earliest ancestor of the IVI was the car radio, which has roots all the way back to Chevrolet in 1922! That first model was unfeasibly bulky and extremely expensive, however. Thus, we had to wait until the 1930s for the radio to become a notable part of the dashboard.

Back then, the only “data” to speak of was transmitted as music and voice carried by radio waves, and storage space strictly meant the physical space for storage – the car’s trunk.

1940s and 50s: Radio pre-sets as mechanical “data” storage

Throughout the 40s and 50s, car radios acquired physical buttons to remember your favorite radio stations. To “program” your favorite stations or “preset” them, you would activate one of the buttons, tune the radio dial to the radio frequency you like, then push in the button to “remember” the station. Every time you again pressed that button, the radio tuner would jump straight to that favorite frequency or yours. This feature represents the first way to store data – in the form of station presets – within the car, albeit through mechanical means.

Preset radio station buttons in 1950s.

I have to stop this piece for one brief moment and give MUCH RESPECT to Dr. Peter Goldmark, former Head of CBS Laboratories, who actually got a vinyl record player working inside a car in the 1950s. This led to a brief appearance of the in-car record players during that decade. Incidentally, if you own a Chrysler with one of these babies, I will definitely hit you up for a ride sometime and bring my own 45-single to play!

1960s – 1980s: The cassette tape and analog data storage era

Car casette tape deck, 1980s.

The 60s gave rise to the first widely adopted form of external analog data storage for cars – the eight-track cassette. Magnetic tape had already been in use for a few decades to store and playback audio data (also known as music). In simplest terms, data – or audio signals in this case – is stored on magnetic tape through magnetic manipulation of the tape’s oxide layer, which can be later turned into an electronic signal during playback by a tape head – and finally played through the car speakers.

Eight-tracks were large and cumbersome, however, which led to the dominance of compact cassette players in cars throughout the 70s and 80s.

What’s more, on-board navigation entered the Japanese consumer scene in 1981 through the Electro Gyro-Cator – a system developed in cooperation between Honda, Alpine, and Stanley Electric. The Electro Gyro-Cator did not use GPS satellites for navigation, rather it was an inertial navigation system with a built-in gyroscope. It had transparent map films that were illuminated on a screen and scrolled around as the car moved. That said, automotive navigation technology was very expensive (in the Electro Gyro-Cator’s case it cost a quarter of the car’s total value!), and thus took a couple decades to be simplified and integrated into consumer cars.

1990s: CD was king and digital data gained a foothold

By the 90s, digital data made its way into cars on compact discs (CDs). CD-players became an integrated part of the car, or at very least one of the most highly prized after-market additions. That’s because the CD was very light and portable, so it became very easy to take your music everywhere.

CDs are made to store data along a track by etching microscopic “pits” along the surface, and gaps in between the pits. As the CD spins, a finely tuned laser is beamed over the surface, reflecting light back at a reading sensor.

1990s car CD player.

The reflected light changes depending on whether the laser is hitting a gap or a pit, thus forming the familiar 0s and 1s of the binary data-system.

Even though CDs were small and light, they still required physical space to store in cars. As an aside: they were often a target of car thieves as well, if you had any sign that your car could be carrying a treasure trove of CDs.

In addition to the CD player, GPS navigation and backup cameras were popular after-market accessories that became fundamental components – setting the foundation for the IVI as we know it today. The end of this era also brought the first head units that played MP3s, while high-end autos shipped with DVD players.

2000s: IVI as we know it was born with Generation Z!

2000s car head unit

The first true IVI systems as we might recognize them emerged in the early 2000s. These early head units had touchscreens to play your music, and served up GPS navigation assistance. The interfaces were simple – often created in-house by the suppliers responsible for building and integrating the IVI.

The first hard drives also shipped inside cars to store data needed for navigation or other data needed by the IVI.

By 2006, USB slots made their appearance in cars, which could be used to transfer data, music, videos, or maps from USB flash drives to the IVI. Bluetooth connectivity also came into demand to allow you to take calls, and eventually for streaming music from your smartphone.

These two monumental feature developments for IVI – portable data connectivity and Bluetooth – allowed you as the driver to bring whatever data or media you wanted into your vehicle.

Another landmark moment in the history of IVI during this decade was the formation of the GENIVI Alliance in 2009. The alliance was a cooperative effort by many of the large carmakers, suppliers, chipset makers, and automotive electronics vendors. This cooperation was originally aimed at driving the widespread adoption of an open-source development platform for IVI. The ultimate dream of such a collective would be to effortlessly and seamlessly deliver a plethora of services and entertainment to your vehicles – no matter what type of car you drive.

2010s: The “bring your own data” years peak

By 2010, USB and also SD card ports were already commonplace in most major car brands. Media and data were brought into the car on these forms of portable flash media. At the same time, IVIs were also getting more complex. The IVI did a lot more things for you on top of music playback – running basic entertainment apps, navigation, indoor climate controls, and facilitating handsfree phone use. To do all these neat new things, the IVI needed built-in, embedded flash media (such as eMMC) to support internal storage of the IVI’s operating system, the built-in app storage, and map data.

Car IVI and dashboard 2010s.

Some IVIs had two different built-in storage media: an embedded storage chip like eMMC, and an embedded SD card (which could only be removed by a service professional) to store data like maps. And remember, because this was the age of portable data, the IVI also needed to support data transfer between the IVI system and the portable storage.

Especially in the early years of this decade, USB sticks and SD cards were mostly formatted with the FAT file system. The problem with FAT is that you could only store files up to 4 GB in size, and as digital media became more prevalent and of higher quality, file sizes continued to grow. While that’s not an issue for most music files, it started becoming a problem very quickly for map file size. Not to mention, many people wanted to use the same USB sticks or SD cards in their home computers, their set-top boxes and TVs, and bring them back into the car – so they were storing not only music, but also large video files on these same removable storages. The NTFS file system and later exFAT could support these larger files, so the IVIs had to have internal software to support more file systems beyond FAT.

This is also the age where various storage-related problems started to show up inside your cars – a laggy or unresponsive interface when you searched through your music files, slow IVI boot up time when you started your car, corrupt or missing music and map files, bricked USB and SD cards, or worse – the IVI no longer booted.

Now enter our hidden hero – data storage management software – to handle and manage all these new IVI data needs and storage problems! In 2010, Tuxera’s file systems became available in selected IVIs. Back then, our solutions focused on making it easy to plug in your SD cards and USB sticks into the car’s entertainment system, and for data (such as music) to transfer freely between the storage devices and the car. We call this “interoperability.”

Since then, Tuxera’s interoperable file system implementations – Microsoft exFAT by Tuxera, Microsoft FAT by Tuxera, Tuxera HFS+, and Microsoft NTFS by Tuxera – have been built in to the IVI systems of over 150 million cars, covering all the major car makers around the globe. These file systems are working behind the scenes to make sure your music and media are always there when you want them, and your IVI interface feels fast and smooth even years later, helping you get the best out of your ride. What’s more, Tuxera’s own embedded file system, Reliance Nitro, and flash management software, FlashFX Tera, also began shipping in car infotainment systems to improve boot time and solve issues with degrading lifetime of IVI flash storage.

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2020s and beyond: Proceed with caution – more IVI data challenges ahead

Car IVI touchscreen 2010s

Skipping ahead to the present and toward the future – the connected car must reliably handle, store, and process data from a variety of sources. Built-in apps stream real-time traffic data, music, and high-quality video. 3D navigation is gaining momentum, over-the-air updates bring new services and software features, in-vehicle stores are gaining traction, and a variety of sensors record data about the car and its surroundings.

All these applications running at once place heavy demands on the car’s flash-based storage. And at the same time the car is increasingly transforming into a very sophisticated supercomputer on wheels, processing massive amounts of data. The architecture inside the connected car is moving away from myriads of control units separately controlling each system, and instead toward centralized control units with shared internal storage housing all the needed data.

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Final thoughts

Automakers and consumers expect that these internal systems will last for the lifetime of the car, from 10 to 20 years. Unfortunately, these expectations are offset by the lifetime of flash memory, which is limited by the number of data write cycles. The inherent way that flash memory works requires erasing and rewriting significantly more memory blocks than is actually needed to write the new data. This unfortunate but expected wear-out of flash storage media is something we’re helping car makers and automotive suppliers tackle.

That’s why we have IVI embedded storage software that offers flash performance and lifetime optimizations including faster and more efficient data management operations. We also have very strong partnerships with leading automotive flash vendors, chipset makers, and software companies, which makes it possible for us to continually improve these optimizations. Automotive infotainment systems powered by our software are better equipped to keep up with consumer expectations: more apps, more sensors assisting the drive, and more streaming data – more of the things to make your ride a bit more fun.


Car makers and Tier-1 suppliers – find out how our data storage software makes automotive infotainment systems faster, more responsive, and more durable.

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Tuxera and Puli Space technolgies

Tuxera and Puli Space Technologies set to touch down on the Moon in 2022 aboard Peregrine Lander

The Finnish tech company has provided financial and technical support to Hungarian Team Puli in their successful efforts to send the first Hungarian payload to the Moon.

HELSINKI, Finland and BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 07, 2021 [UPDATED July 8, 2021] – Tuxera, a world-leader in quality-assured storage management and networking software, announced a sponsorship of Puli Space Technologies’ efforts to take a monumental time capsule plaque to the Moon. Puli Space Technologies’ project, “Memory of Mankind (MoM) on the Moon” is one of 25 planned payloads aboard Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission One (PM1). The Peregrine Lander is targeted for launch with United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Rocket in 2022 under NASA’s Artemis program, Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS).

Memory of Mankind on the Moon launching in 2022

Puli Space Technology’s payload launches on Peregrine Lander in 2021, taking Tuxera to the Moon. Image credit: Astrobotic Technology Inc.

Hungarian-based Puli Space Technologies was founded in 2010 to launch on Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP), the world’s highest-paying technology competition. Tuxera’s founder and CTO, Szabolcs Szakacsits, a native of Hungary, spearheaded a technical and financial sponsorship to the Puli team beginning in 2014. Although Google’s prize conditions were not met by any team – and thus went unclaimed – Puli Space continued its mission to represent the nation of Hungary on the Moon. In 2016, Puli and Astrobotic Technology announced that Team Puli would have a unique payload carried to the moon on Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lander.

The historic “Memory of Mankind (MoM) on the Moon” venture from Puli Space Technologies will bring a lasting archive of imagery, news editorials, books, personal texts from the people of Earth to the moon on a special aluminum alloy plaque – including a brief statement from Tuxera. The plaque, which is resistant to lunar conditions, is an innovative means to store data in physical form. Its microfilm-like content is laser-etched into the surface and can hold millions of characters of text, all readable with a 10x magnifier. According to Team Puli, it represents a unique cultural and social imprint of the early 2020s that will be preserved for tens of thousands of years. The “Memory of Mankind (MoM) on the Moon” plaque will remain along with the Peregrine Lander, on the Moon’s Lacus Mortis basaltic plain.

Puli’s “Memory of Mankind (MoM) on the Moon” is part of the Earth-bound time capsule called Memory of Mankind (MoM). The texts that will travel on the Peregrine Lander are also placed here on Earth deep within the famous 7,000-year-old World Heritage Salt Mine in Hallstatt, Austria. The goal of MoM is to preserve as much information as possible from the culture of humanity for the future.

Countdown for 2023 Puli Lunar Water Snooper mission already ticking

The “Memory of Mankind (MoM) on the Moon” is not the stopping point for Puli Space Technologies, however. In July 2020, Team Puli took first prize in NASA’s “Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload! The Sequel” challenge. The resulting miniaturized water ice detector from this challenge, the Puli Lunar Water Snooper (PLWS), will help NASA explore the Moon through its Artemis program.

“We’ve designed a very lightweight, low-cost micro-detector that is able to ‘sniff’ for hydrogen-bearing volatiles, including water ice,” says Tibor Pacher, Puli Space’s founder and CEO. “One of our major goals is to look for resources that can be used in-situ on the Moon. If our detector can figure out how much water ice is on the Moon, then it could potentially be harvested in the future for drinking water or to synthesize rocket fuel on the Moon.” The team is currently working on the PLWS as a payload for a mission slated for 2023, and continues its efforts to develop its own rover for future water ice prospecting missions.

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As for Tuxera’s part, the company will continue to support Puli Space in its endeavors to the Moon both financially and through technical know-how. “We’re extremely excited to be helping Team Puli in their monumental work with Moon exploration,” says Szabolcs Szakacsits, founder and CTO of Tuxera. “We understand the harsh conditions such as extreme cold and radiation, which make data storage and processing more challenging in space. Tuxera already has file systems and flash management software at work in the International Space Station. We have also worked with a number of aerospace contractors in North America and Europe, so we’re fully ready to help Puli in their mission to the Moon.”

About Puli Space

Budapest-based Puli Space Technologies is a dedicated team of Hungarian professionals and space enthusiasts, named after the Puli, a dog-breed long used by shepherds for the protection and guidance of livestock in Hungary. Pulis are revered for their extraordinary intelligence, obedience, and playful temperament. Team Puli was an official Google Lunar XPRIZE contestant, and concentrates on the development of an affordable lightweight planetary rover platform, with unique mobility capabilities carrying payloads, as well as payload instruments, which can survive the harsh lunar environment, explore lunar resources and support In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) on the Moon. We keep a close look on down-to-earth applications like landmine detection. We will also catapult Hungary to the Moon.

With our unique wheel-leg (wheg) based mobility concept, Puli’s robust and simple rover design is capable of negotiating rough terrains under extreme conditions. The team tested this design successfully in various Lunar Analogue Sites in the Moroccan desert, on the slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii and on a rock glacier in the Alps. Puli Space also considers it a top priority to promote scientific thinking and to encourage students in choosing a career in science.

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US.

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi
press@tuxera.com

Feature image (at top) by NASA on Unsplash


Tuxera recognized among CRN Storage 100 2021

Tuxera recognized as one of the “20 Coolest Data Management Companies” in CRN Storage 100 2021 list

The achievement highlights the company’s pioneering contributions to global data storage management.

HELSINKI, Finland, April 28, 2021Tuxera, a world-leader in quality-assured storage management and enterprise network storage software, announced the company landed on the CRN Storage 100 2021 list, published by The Channel Co. in CRN magazine, April 12, 2021. According to CRN, the Storage 100 list “highlights the best, brightest, and most innovative providers of storage technology for solution providers.” Tuxera is named among the “20 Coolest Data Management Companies”, a complementary list to the main CRN Storage 2021 list. The company appears alongside prominent players in the data management solutions arena, including Snowflake, Veeam, Veritas Technologies, and others.

Meeting the world’s data storage needs through innovative solutions

CRN notes that the 100 storage solutions vendors featured in their 2021 selection are among the most innovative providers of storage technology used in enterprise deployments, from traditional on-premises to full-on cloud. Further, the list “recognizes the need solution providers have for finding the right storage infrastructure for each customer based on its own need for performance, flexibility and costs.

This recognition comes in context of Tuxera’s numerous contributions to data storage management technology over the past year, with prominent advances in automotive and enterprise network storage. From 2020-2021, the company’s most notable contributions include:

  • Tuxera was granted five new US patents, most notably for novel methods of ensuring fail-safety at a file system level.
  • The company was the first to bring SMB compression to Linux through its network file-sharing product, Fusion File Share by Tuxera. This feature enables the compression of files inline during transfer over a network, significantly reducing bandwidth and file transfer time for enterprises using Linux.
  • Groundbreaking file system traversal technology was developed for Tuxera’s commercial-grade NTFS file system implementation, providing three times faster speed-performance to AWS servers for Orca Security’s multi-cloud security platform. This feature is currently being adapted to bring performance boosts to other enterprise use cases.
  • Tuxera invested heavily into high-performance, flash-aware file system development efforts, specifically targeted at the automotive domain. In this industry, the requirements for both data performance and specifically data reliability are growing significantly in magnitude due to software-defined vehicles.
  • The company also put hefty investments into flash storage testing for Tuxera’s customers, simulating specific use cases and workload conditions. This enabled the company to focus its research and development into optimizing their storage solutions, specifically toward industry-specific requirements.

In 2020, the company also established an official Japanese subsidiary, Tuxera Japan KK, to support the accelerating data storage needs for the Japanese market. Additionally, in 2019, the company acquired Datalight, a forerunner in data storage management solutions, to create the most comprehensive portfolio of storage management solutions on the market. The companies devoted significant effort from 2019-2020 into consolidating their entire global operations under the unified brand, Tuxera.

Strategic focus on storage industry leadership 

“We’re honored to be recognized alongside these great companies – and very proud to see our strategic focus on storage industry leadership is starting to show to the outside world,” says Tuukka Ahoniemi, Tuxera CEO. “The value of user data for businesses is priceless, and getting recognized for our mission to enable people and business to ‘store and do more with their data’ is really energizing.”

Tuxera’s promise is to deliver reliable storage management solutions for a data-driven world. The company is committed to helping its customers store, safeguard, and manage their critical data. Tuxera’s strong reputation in the storage industry is built on this assurance.

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. Learn more about us at www.tuxera.com.

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi
press@tuxera.com


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Ora Security adopts Tuxera's NTFS file system implementation

Orca Security chooses Tuxera’s file system software for their enterprise multi-cloud security platform

Orca Security – Tuxera enterprise customersTuxera’s file system software helps cloud security innovation leader achieve exceptional performance in accessing files on cloud servers.

 

HELSINKI, Finland, April 13, 2021Tuxera, a world-leader in quality-assured storage management and networking software, announced that Orca Security, the cloud security innovation leader, has adopted Tuxera’s file system implementation as part of their cutting-edge cloud security platform. Orca Security provides cloud-wide, workload-deep security and compliance across multiple cloud platforms. Microsoft NTFS by Tuxera was adopted by Orca Security for its sustained and consistently high performance and proven use as in other enterprise storage applications.

Bringing visibility to security over multiple cloud servers

Orca Security provides workload-deep security – including VMs, containers, and serverless workloads – across AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Orca Security’s patent-pending SideScanning™ technology is the only cloud security solution that identifies security risks without the use of agents, scanners, or any code running in the customer’s environment. Their platform brings complete visibility into the security of workloads and cloud configurations, detecting vulnerabilities, malware, misconfigurations, lateral movement risk, weak and leaked passwords, and unsecured PII.

The company serves customers across a broad spectrum of industries including financial services, media and entertainment, CPG, manufacturing, cloud, mid-market, and enterprise customers across all geographic regions. Because their platform accesses data from multiple clients and multiple servers, rapid data handling and consistent performance is paramount in ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction. Additionally, any technologies integrated with the Orca Security platform must also have rigorous control over data integrity, thus ensuring data security.

High throughput essential in ensuring enterprise customer satisfaction

Initially, the Orca Security platform relied on an alternative NTFS file system implementation to read, mount, and create disk snapshots from NTFS volumes. For volumes created from snapshots, the storage blocks must be pulled down from the cloud provider and written to the volume before they are accessible. This preliminary action takes time and can cause a significant increase in the latency of I/O operations the first time each block is accessed. In fact, the first consecutive read operations performed on a block can be five to ten times slower. The optimal volume performance is achieved after all blocks have been downloaded and written to the volume.

With their original NTFS file system implementation, Orca experienced poor performance. The company then turned to Tuxera for storage management expertise, aiming to get better performance.

“At Orca, we use cloud disk snapshots and provide forensic-level visibility inside of every virtual machine. Crawling and storage optimizations available in Microsoft NTFS by Tuxera provide the speed we need to deliver customers a complete view of their multi-cloud estate in minutes,” says Gil Geron co-founder and chief product officer at Orca Security. “Tuxera’s expertise in high-performing, fail-safe file systems and enterprise-grade storage software help us achieve a competitive edge in the market.”

Tuxera’s software enables optimal speeds for enterprise workloads 

Using Microsoft NTFS by Tuxera, the platform was able to achieve up to three times faster performance on average, solving the Orca Security platform speed-performance issues to AWS servers. “We’re very excited to work with the innovation leader in cloud security. Orca Security has an outstanding reputation backed by numerous success stories,” says Heinrich von Keler, Director of Enterprise Solutions at Tuxera. “Tuxera is proud to be integrated into such an innovative platform, ensuring the highest possible performance between the block level and cloud servers.”

Multi-cloud enterprise services adoption rapidly growing

This customer case comes in context of the booming adoption of cloud services by businesses and enterprises around the globe. World-leading research company Gartner predicts that by 2024, 14.2% of global enterprise IT spending will be dedicated to cloud services. This trend is increasingly pointing towards adoption of a multi-cloud strategy. In Flexera’s 2020 State of The Cloud Report, 93% of companies reported using a multi-cloud strategy. This trend is compounded by some of the challenges companies have in adopting cloud services, with some 66% of companies identifying security as the biggest challenge for cloud adoption.

Orca Security chooses Tuxera's file system software

About Orca Security

Orca Security, the cloud security innovation leader, provides cloud-wide, workload-deep security and compliance for AWS, Azure, and GCP – without the gaps in coverage, alert fatigue, and operational costs of agents.

Unlike competing tools that operate in silos, Orca treats your cloud as an interconnected web of assets, prioritizing risk based on the severity of the underlying security issue combined with environmental context, including its accessibility and potential damage to the business. This does away with thousands of meaningless security alerts to provide just the critical few that matter, along with their precise path to remediation.

Find critical attack vectors before your adversaries without having to cobble together disparate tools for cloud security posture management, compliance assessments, and workload and data protection. Delivered as SaaS, Orca Security’s patent-pending SideScanning™ technology reads your cloud configuration and workloads’ runtime block storage out-of-band, detecting vulnerabilities, malware, misconfigurations, lateral movement risk, weak and leaked passwords, and unsecured PII. SideScanning™ covers all your workloads – VMs, containers, and serverless.

Orca Security deploys in minutes – not months – because no code runs within your cloud environment. With Orca, there are no overlooked assets, no DevOps headaches, and no performance hits on live environments.

Connect your first cloud account in minutes and see for yourself. Visit https://orca.security

About Tuxera

Tuxera is the leading provider of quality-assured embedded storage management software and networking technologies. Helping people and businesses store and do more with their data, our software is at the core of phones, tablets, cars, TV sets, cameras, drones, external storage, routers, spacecraft, IoT devices, and more. We help you store your data reliably, while making file transfers fast and content easily accessible. Tuxera is also an active member of multiple industry organizations, including JEDEC, SNIA, AGL, SD Association, The Linux Foundation, and many others. Founded in 2008, Tuxera’s headquarters are located in Finland, with regional offices in China, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US.

Let us help solve your storage challenges. Learn more about us at www.tuxera.com

For more information, please contact:
VP Marketing, Tuxera
Tiffiny Rossi
press@tuxera.com

References:

  1. Gartner Forecasts Worldwide Public Cloud End-User Spending to Grow 18% in 2021, Accessed March 5, 2021: https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2020-11-17-gartner-forecasts-worldwide-public-cloud-end-user-spending-to-grow-18-percent-in-2021
  2. Flexera 2020 State of The Cloud Report, Accessed March 5, 2021: https://info.flexera.com/SLO-CM-REPORT-State-of-the-Cloud-2020
  3. Cloud Vision 2020: The Future of the Cloud A Survey of Industry Influencers, LogicMonitor, Accessed March 5, 2021: https://www.logicmonitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/LogicMonitor-Cloud-2020-The-Future-of-the-Cloud.pdf

Embedded technology – Tuxera

2021 trends in embedded tech – data, AI, and vision tech abound

Embedded World 2021 revealed much about what’s shaping the embedded realm in general, and specifically industrial IoT systems design and development – with vision technology, AI, and data-driven applications leading the way.

Tuxera approached the Embedded World 2021 conference with a focus on reliability challenges faced by industrial IoT systems designers. While the convenience of moving from talk to talk in just a few clicks was handy, the real gems of the event were, of course, the fascinating topics covered at the conference. Some exciting trends that are heavily influencing the embedded realm now revolve around the booming adoption of vision technologies, as well as artificial intelligence in industrial applications. Read on as I go into a little more detail about these trends.

Vision technologies

One of the fascinating trends discussed in detail at the conference was around industrial vision systems. Machine vision is used, for example, to bring image-based, automated methods into industrial applications such as quality analysis and inspection activities, or for steering robots.

Machine vision is a sharply growing area of embedded technology. According to Research and Market, the industrial machine vision market is growing at a rate of 7.61% (CAGR) between 2017 and 2023. Companies are, of course, adopting these technologies for a competitive edge – but also for cost-savings and risk management measures. It goes without saying that these applications also involve a lot of real-time processing of data.

Artificial Intelligence

Another major talking point was artificial intelligence used in industrial applications – and that’s hardly surprising. According to Fortune Business Insights, AI in manufacturing market is projected to grow at a rate of 24.2% by 2027. AI is used to make automation more efficient and more precise, though it’s also used in, for example, predictive maintenance. Machine learning can be used to detect signals when equipment would start to wear and then “call in” for maintenance work before any operations are critically impacted. And – no surprise again – these applications also require real-time processing of data.

Data, everywhere

One thing on everyone’s lips was the amount of data being generated by embedded industrial use cases, mirroring the data-driven trend in pretty much every other sector in the world. An interesting topic that came up in one roundtable I attended was not around “making all the data”, but conversely, “reducing all the data”. And by that we mean techniques that can decrease the amount of data that would need to be processed, stored, or sent to the cloud. One such means includes using AI to focus on areas of data collection that are significant to the operation in question. Take – for example – facial recognition technology. This is one way to reduce data: if faces are the important data we need, then data capture should only focus on faces and immediate surroundings (and not say, the entire factory floor behind them).

Yet another topic we discussed in this data reduction round table was compression – both compressing the amount of data to be stored or processed, but also compressing it before sending to the cloud. I found that point significant when thinking of compression on a file system level, or also during network transfer – as with Fusion File Share by Tuxera (our advanced SMB file-sharing implementation).

Final thoughts

Along with the interesting trends in embedded industrial IoT, were the engaging talks and roundtables held by various companies. Many of the interesting and well attended ones involved several firms, along with customers, partners, and suppliers discussing specific topics in detail. However, nothing can truly replace the ability to wander the exhibition hall, see all the bling messages and screens and faces eager to tell you about their products. A fully digital Embedded World wasn’t perfect, though despite a few hiccups, we were happy to participate. And we definitely want to return to the exhibition and conference floor to learn more about embedded technology trends in 2022.


Hot off the presses: Tuxera’s Embedded World 2021 whitepaper – Keep device data safe with secure erase

If you attended Embedded World 2021, then you perhaps had the opportunity to hear Thom Denholm, our Technical Product Manager, talk about data sanitization techniques for embedded device data security. If you didn’t make it to his talk – no worries! Thom’s whitepaper, linked below, delves into more detail and complexity on his presentation topic. As a quick teaser of what this whitepaper is all about, here is the 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 paper, we detail the secure interface from the application to the media and point out the possible pitfalls along the way.

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Connected cars literally take us close to the edge

The connected car easily conjures up topics like 5G, V2X, and the cloud. It’s certainly enchanting – all the amazing services the cloud and high-speed wireless connectivity will bring to our cars in the coming years. But the down-to-earth reality is the mission-critical handling and processing of data will be done inside the car itself.

The noble edge may lack glamor, but certainly not relevance

Opposite of cloud computing, data processing and analysis that happens near where the data is collected is called “edge computing.” It’s hard to get people excited about edge computing – it’s just what we’re used to. Moreover, only a few years ago the jury was still out about the importance of edge computing in the IoT era. Today, its role is strong and clear, especially when it comes to the connected car. As venture capitalist Peter Levine explained to CIO Magazine, “the driverless car, whose 200-plus CPUs effectively make it a “data center on wheels,” is a prime example of an edge device whose computing capabilities must be self-contained.”

Levine further explained that an autonomous vehicle that relied too heavily on data from the cloud could run through stop signs and crash because of latency issues. And, as SanDisk’s Martin Booth reminds us, a connected car is not truly connected at all times, nor is the connection always optimal. While latency issues are expected to decrease over the coming years – especially with advancements in 5G technology – experts don’t feel it’s feasible to push all connected-car data to the cloud.

This point was driven home by Dan Gittleman, CEO of Xevo – a company specialized in data-driven automotive solutions. At his event talk, Gittleman said, “Think about it, there are hundreds of millions of cars and each car can have hundreds of sensors in there. It’s just not possible to get all this data to the cloud.” And, according to Gartner, “all this data” may have already reached over 280 million gigabytes annually.

Gittleman added that a lot of this data needs to be processed on the cars themselves – at the edge. There, the system can decide what data needs to be pushed to the cloud, what data needs to stay in the car for immediate action, and even what data can be tossed away entirely.

Connected cars need fast local storage solutions

On a whole, connected car data, and the business models emerging from it, could be worth $1.5 trillion by 2030 according to a 2016 report from McKinsey&Company. This is a valuable commodity to preserve – which places greater focus on onboard data handling and storage solutions. According to SanDisk’s Martin Booth, advanced autonomous vehicles may soon need edge storage capacities of one terabyte or higher.

Advancements in flash memory technology allow us to record the massive amounts of data pouring into the connected car at very fast speeds. But that also requires ultra-fast data storage software that can reliably handle multitudes of simultaneous data streams. Together, the storage hardware and software work to preserve the integrity of all the valuable data moving through and stored inside the connected car.

Final thoughts

While all eyes are turned toward the cloud, the not-so-lofty reality is that local means of handling, processing, and storing data in connected cars are not losing relevance. Into the foreseeable future, technologies that support edge computing, including onboard sensors and edge storage solutions, are only going to play an increasing role. And for us at Tuxera, we’re happy to be right there – at the edge, close to the data.


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