Unique FastNAS Technology

To boost performance and deliver way beyond its physical size

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FastNAS offers unique GB Labs technology.

Hybrid Boost

Nitro is specifically designed for real world usage and brings dramatic enhancement to collaborative media workflows, offering close to a pure SSD experience.

Velocity RAID Engine

Optimized for AV usage and low latency response, VRE is at the very heart of the FastNAS experience offering superb random access performance using minimal system resources.

Dynamic Expansion

FastNAS F16 and F16 Nitro offer dynamic storage expansion which when combined with a FastNAS EX unit allow you to grow your storage instantly with your data still in place.

Core.3 Lite

Built for the hardware it runs on and offering unrivalled performance and efficiency with a feature rich toolset, the Core OS is tailor made for modern file based workflows.

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The Technology

Nitro is our intelligent hybrid disk technology, developed by the team that brought you the award winning HyperSpace Solid State Accelerator. The combination of energy efficient server class hard drives and lightning fast industrial grade SSD gives FastNAS systems an unfair advantage against the competition.

The management of this technology is key to its success. When writing to Nitro enabled systems, data will be written to both the VRE RAID set and the Nitro pure SSD layer, in this respect data is always kept safe in the VRE RAID set whilst Nitro is pre-loaded and ready to boost your productivity.

The Benefits

This is not just cache and this is not a general-purpose hybrid, Nitro is specifically designed for real world usage with large files or IOPs intensive image sequences. This unique technology brings dramatic enhancement to collaborative media workflows, offering close to a pure SSD experience.

Nitro learns about your most popular data requests and stores them, it can dramatically improve the read capabilities of the system as the combined effect of Nitro and VRE deliver performance way beyond the capabilities of the physical disks. In addition to this, when Nitro is servicing data requests the usage of the VRE RAID set is reduced, meaning FastNAS can actually deal with more reads and more writes under periods of heavy load.

How It Works

How It Works

Incoming data will be written to both the VRE RAID set and the Nitro SSD layer, keeping data safe in the VRE whilst Nitro is pre-loaded.

Nitro intelligently learns the most popular data requests and updates itself. The VRE and Nitro seamlessly combine to create huge performance.

The Technology

A RAID technology that has been developed for AV usage and low latency response, the Velocity RAID Engine (VRE) is at the very heart of the FastNAS experience. GB Labs have spent years optimizing our RAID software for large-scale Space deployments. In fact Space SSD uses VRE to push beyond the limits of its hardware RAID controllers and achieve over 9000MB/sec.

VRE is multithreaded technology that spreads its load over all the available CPU cores, meaning best efficiency and lowest utilization of system hardware. VRE is also universally compatible with all Linux operating systems meaning no vendor lock-in.

The Benefits

GB Labs has taken proven industrial grade RAID software to new levels of performance. VRE offers sustained high bandwidth data access with lightning fast random access capabilities, exactly what you need in demanding media environments where simultaneous reading and writing will push lesser systems way beyond their limits.

VRE offers rock solid protection for your assets with tried and tested RAID 6 or RAID 5 configurations. Management of the disks and RAID sets is easy and rebuild operations can be prioritized or speed limited, so as to protect valuable performance at key times.

How It Works

How It Works

VRE provides RAID protection for the disks inside a FastNAS chassis. VRE allows your storage to grow when you add FastNAS EX.

The Technology

FastNAS F-16 and F-16 Nitro (16 bay) units offer external SAS connectivity, which allows them to be expanded using a FastNAS EX unit. The capacity of the original unit can be dramatically increased using any capacity of FastNAS EX unit up to 160TB. GB Labs VRE RAID technology offers dynamic capacity expansion, which allows you to expand your system with data in place.

With a FastNAS EX connected to your system it is as easy as pulling a slider and seeing your single volume expand instantly with no costly interruptions to users.

The Benefits

Users in time critical environments embrace the benefits of dynamic expansion. Instant expansion of your storage with data in place means no downtime and no need to waste time copying large amounts of data on and off your storage just to make it larger in capacity.

Expansion is plug and play and easy to carry out, which takes away the stresses of upgrading your storage and makes it possible for users to carry out their own storage expansion. The ability to mix unit capacities means that you can buy the storage that’s right for you now and then choose the FastNAS EX to match your future requirements when the time comes.

How It Works

How It Works

As FastNAS fills up, users are safe in the knowledge that they can painlessly expand capacity with FastNAS EX. Simply attach the expansion unit and dramatically expand your existing storage when needed.

FastNAS features Core 3 Lite, a new version of our much acclaimed Core 3 OS, which has been perfected through 8 years of continual development, giving you incredible tools and outstanding performance combined with ultimate stability.

GB Labs Core 3 Lite key features including:

  • Velocity RAID Engine (VRE)
  • OS on enterprise SSD
  • Cross platform (Mac, PC, Linux)
  • Instant storage expansion
  • Integrated replication
  • Performance disk modes
  • Integrated cloud support
  • Avid bin sharing as standard
  • Active Directory synchronization
  • Web sharing from workspaces
  • FTP server with FXP support
  • Web / CLI admin tools
  • System notifications
  • Live monitoring tools
  • Powerful file manager
  • FCPX profiles
  • Multiple bonding methods
  • Network Loop Protection
  • No client software or licenses
  • 'Lights off' management
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Truly Global Support

FastNAS is backed up by a global support team; based in the UK, US and Australia. Support can be done remotely and in conjunction with our GB Labs partners it is fast and effective and available in your timezone.

  • 3 Global support centres
  • Large network of partners covering 35 countries
  • 30 days free factory support from product registration
  • Multiple support options available, including 24/7
  • Powerful remote support capability

Great Value Comprehensive Cover

FastNAS comes with a 3 year care package as standard, this can be upgraded to comprehensive cover with advanced swap out of parts. Warranty duration can also be extended to 5 years.

  • 3 year Care Package included as standard
  • 3 years incremental software updates
  • Upgrade Care package to comprehensive cover
  • Advanced swap out available
  • Cover can be extended up to 5 years

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Privacy Notice

This is the privacy notice of GB Labs Ltd. In this document, "we", "our", or "us" refer to GB Labs Ltd and any subsidiary company such as GB Labs Support.

We are company number 09855368 registered in the United Kingdom.

Our registered office is at Unit 1-2 Orpheus House, Calleva Park, Aldermaston, Reading, RG7 8TA


  1. This is a notice to inform you of our policy about all information that we record about you. It sets out the conditions under which we may process any information that we collect from you, or that you provide to us. It covers information that could identify you (“personal information”) and information that could not. In the context of the law and this notice, “process” means collect, store, transfer, use or otherwise act on information.

  2. We regret that if there are one or more points below with which you are not happy, your only recourse is to leave our website immediately.

  3. We take seriously the protection of your privacy and confidentiality. We understand that all visitors to our website are entitled to know that their personal data will not be used for any purpose unintended by them and will not accidentally fall into the hands of a third party.

  4. We undertake to preserve the confidentiality of all information you provide to us, and hope that you reciprocate.

  5. Our policy complies with UK law accordingly implemented, including that required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  6. The law requires us to tell you about your rights and our obligations to you in regard to the processing and control of your personal data. We do this now, by requesting that you read the information provided at

  7. Except as set out below, we do not share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any information collected through our website.

The bases on which we process information about you

The law requires us to determine under which of six defined bases we process different categories of your personal information, and to notify you of the basis for each category.

If a basis on which we process your personal information is no longer relevant, then we shall immediately stop processing your data.

If the basis changes then if required by law we shall notify you of the change and of any new basis under which we have determined that we can continue to process your information.

  1. Information we process because we have a contractual obligation with you

When you create an account on our website, buy a product or service from us, or otherwise agree to our terms and conditions, a contract is formed between you and us.

In order to carry out our obligations under that contract we must process the information you give us. Some of this information may be personal information.

We may use it in order to:

    1. verify your identity for security purposes

    2. sell products to you

    3. provide you with our services

    4. provide you with suggestions and advice on products, services and how to obtain the most from using our website

We process this information on the basis there is a contract between us, or that you have requested we use the information before we enter into a legal contract.

Additionally, we may aggregate this information in a general way and use it to provide class information, for example to monitor our performance with respect to a particular service we provide. If we use it for this purpose, you as an individual will not be personally identifiable.

We shall continue to process this information until the contract between us ends or is terminated by either party under the terms of the contract.

  1. Information we process with your consent

Through certain actions when otherwise there is no contractual relationship between us, such as when you browse our website or ask us to provide you more information about our business, including job opportunities, contact us requests and support requests, our products and services, you provide your consent to us to process information that may be personal information.

Wherever possible, we aim to obtain your explicit consent to process this information, for example, by asking you to agree to our use of cookies.

Sometimes you might give your consent implicitly, such as when you send us a message by e-mail to which you would reasonably expect us to reply.

Except where you have consented to our use of your information for a specific purpose, we do not use your information in any way that would identify you personally. We may aggregate it in a general way and use it to provide class information, for example to monitor the performance of a particular page on our website.

If you have given us explicit permission to do so, we may from time to time pass your name and contact information to selected associates whom we consider may provide services or products you would find useful.

We continue to process your information on this basis until you withdraw your consent or it can be reasonably assumed that your consent no longer exists.

You may withdraw your consent at any time by instructing us However, if you do so, you may not be able to use our website or our services further.

  1. Information we process because we have a legal obligation

We are subject to the law like everyone else. Sometimes, we must process your information in order to comply with a statutory obligation.

For example, we may be required to give information to legal authorities if they so request or if they have the proper authorisation such as a search warrant or court order.

This may include your personal information.

Specific uses of information you provide to us

  1. Information provided on the understanding that it will be shared with a third party

We do not share any data, personal or otherwise, with third parties.

  1. Complaints regarding content on our website

This website includes external links in the form of clickable text, banners and image links to other websites. Although we look to only include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking through to any external web links mentioned throughout this website. We cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked websites despite our best efforts and users should therefore note that they click on external links at their own risk.

We cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

If a user discovers a link they feel concerned about, please contact us directly on where we will investigate and remove if appropriate.

  1. Information relating to your method of payment

Payment information is never taken by us or transferred to us via our website

  1. Job application and employment

If you send us information in connection with a job application, we may keep it for up to three years in case we decide to contact you at a later date.

If we employ you, we collect information about you and your work from time to time throughout the period of your employment. This information will be used only for purposes directly relevant to your employment. After your employment has ended, we will keep your file for six years before destroying or deleting it.

  1. Sending a message to our support team

When you contact us, whether by telephone, through our ticketing system, website or by e-mail, we collect the data you have given to us in order to reply with the information you need.

We record your request and our reply in order to increase the efficiency of our business.

We keep personally identifiable information associated with your message, such as your name and email address so as to be able to track our communications with you to provide a high quality service.

  1. Complaining

When we receive a complaint, we record all the information you have given to us.

We use that information to resolve your complaint.

If your complaint reasonably requires us to contact some other person, we may decide to give to that other person some of the information contained in your complaint. We do this as infrequently as possible, but it is a matter for our sole discretion as to whether we do give information, and if we do, what that information is.

We may also compile statistics showing information obtained from this source to assess the level of service we provide, but not in a way that could identify you or any other person.

Use of information we collect through automated systems when you visit our website

  1. Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your device storage by your web browser when you visit any website. They allow information gathered on one web page to be stored until it is needed for use on another, allowing a website to provide you with a personalised experience and the website owner with statistics about how you use the website so that it can be improved.

Some cookies may last for a defined period of time, such as one day or until you close your browser. Others last indefinitely.

Your web browser should allow you to delete any you choose. It also should allow you to prevent or limit their use.

Our website uses cookies. They are placed by software that operates on our servers, and by software operated by third parties whose services we use such as Google Analytics which enables us to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your storage device in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google’s privacy policy here for further information (

When you first visit our website, we ask you whether you wish us to use cookies. If you choose not to accept them, we shall not use them for your visit except to record that you have not consented to their use for any other purpose.

If choose not to use cookies or you prevent their use through your browser settings, you will not be able to use all the functionality of our website and it may severely affect your user experience.

We use cookies in the following ways:

    1. to track how you use our website

    2. to record whether you have seen specific messages we display on our website

    3. to keep you signed in to our site

    4. to record your answers to surveys and questionnaires on our site while you complete them

    5. to record the conversation thread during a live chat with our support team

  1. Personal identifiers from your browsing activity

Requests by your web browser to our servers for web pages and other content on our website are recorded.

We record information such as your geographical location, your Internet service provider and your IP address via Google Analytics. We also record information about the software you are using to browse our website, such as the type of computer or device and the screen resolution.

We use this information in aggregate to improve your user experience and to assess the popularity of the webpages on our website and how we perform in providing content to you.

If combined with other information we know about you from previous visits, the data possibly could be used to identify you personally, even if you are not signed in to our website however we do not collate this data in order to personally identify you as a user, nor do we share this information with third parties other than Google Analytics. You can read Google’s privacy policy here for further information (

Disclosure and sharing of your information

  1. Information we obtain from third parties

Although we do not disclose your personal information to any third party (except as set out in this notice), we sometimes receive data that is indirectly made up from your personal information from third parties whose services we use.

No such information is personally identifiable to you.

  1. Third party advertising, sponsored links and social media engagement

Third parties may advertise on our website. In doing so, those parties, their agents or other companies working for them may use technology that automatically collects information about you when their advertisement is displayed on our website.

They may also use other technology such as cookies or JavaScript to personalise the content of, and to measure the performance of their adverts.

We do not have control over these technologies or the data that these parties obtain. Accordingly, this privacy notice does not cover the information practices of these third parties.

Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers website through a referral program which may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from this website. Users should note that they click on any sponsored link or advertisement at their own risk and as such, we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused from this action.

Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that we participate on are subject to the terms and conditions, as well as the privacy policies, held with each individual social media platform respectively.

Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate or engage upon them with due care and caution with regards to privacy and personal details. We will never ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to do this through primary communication channels such as telephone or email.

  1. Data processing

Our websites are hosted in the United Kingdom and as such data will not be processed outside of the European Union.

Access to your own information

  1. Access to your personal information

    1. At any time you may review or update personally identifiable information that we hold about you, by contacting us at

    2. To obtain a copy of any information that is not provided on our website you may send us a request at

    3. After receiving the request, we will tell you when we expect to provide you with the information, and whether we require any fee for providing it to you.

  2. Removal of your information

If you wish us to remove personally identifiable information from our website, you may contact us at

This may limit the service we can provide to you.

  1. Verification of your information

When we receive any request to access, edit or delete personal identifiable information we shall first take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access or otherwise taking any action. This is important to safeguard your information.

Other matters

  1. Use of site by children

We do not sell products or provide services for purchase by children, nor do we market to children.

  1. Encryption of data sent between us

We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates to verify our identity to your browser and to encrypt any data you give us.

Whenever information is transferred between us, you can check that it is done so using SSL by looking for a closed padlock symbol or other trust mark in your browser’s URL bar or toolbar.

  1. How you can complain

    1. If you are not happy with our privacy policy or if have any complaint regarding the use or storage of your data then you should tell us by email. Our address is

    2. If a dispute is not settled then we hope you will agree to attempt to resolve it by engaging in good faith with us in a process of mediation or arbitration.

    3. If you are in any way dissatisfied about how we process your personal information, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office. This can be done at

  2. Retention period for personal data

Except as otherwise mentioned in this privacy notice, we keep your personal information only for as long as required by us:

    1. to provide you with the services you have requested;

    2. to comply with other law, including for the period demanded by our tax authorities;

    3. to support a claim or defence in court.

  1. Compliance with the law

Our privacy policy has been compiled so as to comply with the law of every country or legal jurisdiction in which we aim to do business. If you think it fails to satisfy the law of your jurisdiction, we should like to hear from you.

However, ultimately it is your choice as to whether you wish to use our website.

  1. Review of this privacy policy

We may update this privacy notice from time to time as necessary. The terms that apply to you are those posted here on our website on the day you use our website. We advise you to print a copy for your records.

If you have any question regarding our privacy policy, please contact us.