GB Labs


Affordable, energy efficient, high speed nearline storage

If your content is outgrowing your archive or if you're concerned about securely replicating your primary data, ECHO 36 is the solution. It's massive, safe, fast and flexible.

Suitable for broadcasters, large post houses and dedicated media archives that have 24/7 data requirements.

How Echo 36 Can Help You 

Massive tier 2 storage is becoming a vital resource for media organisations that see their primary archive as the heart of their facility. The nearline is treated as the exchange hub where files are imported, backed up, shared, transferred to specialist editing, grading and playout servers, and transcoded for distribution.

Benefiting from economies of scale, ECHO 36 is capable of storing vast amounts of data and is massively scalable. Suitable for broadcasters, large post houses and dedicated media archives that have 24/7 data requirements.


ECHO 36 uses a 32 disk RAID 6 set per chassis and provides two ‘Hot Spare’ drives for automatic rebuild during any disk failure within the RAID set. The RAID controller also uses a battery backup unit (BBU) to preserve data within the write cache.

The OS drives use hardware mirroring (RAID 1) from a separate RAID controller for additional protection.


ECHO products offer large unit sizes throughout the range, none more so than with the ECHO 36 platform with single units offering up to 448TB and total storage expansion available up to 10.7PB (Petabytes).

ECHO 36 EX SAS expansion units can be connected to the ECHO 36 platform to grow the storage dramatically. Unit sizes ranging from 64TB to 448TB can be added quickly and without interruption.

Different capacity units can be mixed and a single volume can grow as your needs require. Data stays in place while dramatic re-sizing can be achieved instantly, eliminating costly down time.


Unique GB Labs technology is available on the ECHO 36 platform, an automatic failover technology for high availability. The unit can be linked to another ECHO 36 on the network (using 10GbE, 25GbE or 40GbE) and present a single virtualized IP address, whilst channeling new data to both units simultaneously and maintaining its ultrafast read performance. For highly resilient deployments switches and clients can also be channel bonded for no single point of failure.

ECHO 36 can therefore suffer complete failure or even removal without serious issue as the secondary system will go live within 10 seconds and any incoming new data will be held and then safely written after failover has occurred.




  • Unit Dimensions H13.2, W43.7, D64.8cm (H5.1", W17.2", D25.5")
  • Package one weight (inc packaging) 41Kg  (90.3lbs)
  • Dimensions of package one (inc packaging) 100 x 68 x 37cm (39.3" x 26.7" x 14.5")
  • Additional two packages weight (inc packaging) 2 x 15Kg  (2 x 33lbs)
  • Dimensions of additional packages (inc packaging) 2 x 43 x 28 x 33cm  (2 x 18.8" x 11" x 12.9")
  • Input Range 100 - 240 VAC, 50-60Hz
  • Power Requirements  Standby 33W
  • Power Requirements  Full load 570W
  • PSU Safety / EMC - USA-UL listed. Canada-CUL listed, Germany-TUV Certified, EN60950/IEC 60950-Compliant, CB Report, CCC Certification 80 PLUS gold certified
  • Operating Temperature Range 10 - 35C
  • Non-Operating Temperature range -40 - 70C
  • Operating Humidity Range 8 -90% non-condensing
  • Non Operating Humidity Range 5 - 95% non-condensing
  • 4U rack mount form factor (Rack mounts included)
  • 34 ‘hot swap’ high performance 3.5” enterprise class drive units
  • 2 x Enterprise SSD OS Drives
  • RAID 6 operation for  data protection
  • Dual redundant 1400W removable PSUs
  • Expandable capacity and performance using ECHO 36 EX SAS expansion and additional controllers
  • 2 off 1G Ethernet (GbE) ports client/server connections
  • 2 off 40/10G Ethernet (GbE) SFP+ ports for client/server connections
  • 1 off 1G Ethernet (GbE) For system administration
  • Option for additional 40GbE, 25GbE, 10GbE and 1GbE Ethernet ports
  • 1 off IPMI Ethernet port for hardware monitoring
  • USB  2.0/3.0
  • 1 year advanced replacement warranty on PSUs and drives
  • 1 year return to base warranty on other parts


    Ethernet Cards

    Additional connectivity can be added to the unit using PCI cards, with options for additional; 40GbE, 25GbE, 10GbE and 1GbE.

    Additional Data Security

    Additional two hot spare drives can be added for peace of mind.

    Additional Data Security

    Additional two hot spare drives can be added for peace of mind.

    RAID Controllers

    Additional RAID controllers can be added to the unit for more capacity, up to three controllers can be fitted to a single chassis


    Cold Spare Parts

    Hardware replacement parts that can be kept onsite for immediate response such as; hard disks, PSU, RAID controller.

    Warranty Extension

    Total peace of mind can be added with comprehensive Warranty, covering all parts inside the unit and all incremental software updates within that period; three year Warranty (1+2), five year Warranty (1+4)

    Network Accessories

    GB Labs storage is developed for total cross platform compatibility, allowing PC, Mac and Linux platforms to collaborate and share data freely and efficiently.


    Drop us a note with your requirements and we'll get back to you with some questions as needed, and a full quotation.

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