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Vinpower’s Cronus offers easy solution to back up surveillance video content before it’s permanently deleted

Cronus surveillance

With surveillance camera becoming smaller, cheaper, and higher resolution, they are becoming a staple in businesses both large and small. Price is no longer a barrier to entry for owning and installing surveillance cameras that blanket all vulnerable areas of a business. Be it a high security government installation or a small mom and pop corner store, they can both feel secure with knowing there are cameras recording what happens. The key then becomes how long can those cameras record content before they run out of space and begin recording over itself, potentially losing valuable footage forever.

With Vinpower’s Cronus publishing systems, you never have to lose a second of content. The Cronus can be set up to automatically back-up all your video surveillance onto optical discs through a network server. There are multiple configurations on how you can set up the back-up procedures, which you can then also label each disc with a time stamp or the dates of footage automatically with minimal interaction by the operator. The Cronus can run 24/7 and catalog all the footage for as long as the user wants to keep it.

Plus, because optical discs are the safest method of archival storage, you never have to worry about the content being accidentally deleted or altered in anyway. You will be able to maintain all the content you want for as long as you need. The bonus being that optical discs are also the cheapest method of storage, typically just pocket change, with disc capacities ranging from 700MB to over 100GB.

If you want the security to maintain your video surveillance and prevent losing critical content from cannibalizing itself, the Cronus is your best option.

For more details about the Cronus or any of Vinpower’s wide range of products, visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a representative near you.

Vinpower’s line of USB flash provides the best performance and results at very aggressive pricing

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USB flash media are gaining in popularity and usage amongst all those looking for faster and more reliable methods to save and share digital content. The problem is that as demand increases, the stability and reliability of the supply decreases. This imbalance is creating opportunity for those to take advantage by passing off defective, mislabeled, and low-grade USB to a marketplace looking for cheaper solutions. That’s why the Piodata line of USB flash offers the security and quality you should expect at a price that is in line with today’s standard pricing.

There have been many cases where low cost USB drives did not actually contain the memory size indicated on the drive or that there are numerous bad sectors that could cause you to lose parts or all of the data stored on the device. It’s just not worth the risk to save a few cents on a USB drive. Piodata can provide that sense of security and confidence that the product you buy would have been fully tested through our intensive H2+ testing facility and that all products will 100% match your specifications without failures or devastating loses. To remove the risk of not getting what you ordered or discovering later that the drives are actually defective and deceptive. As a USB flash and SSD duplicator manufacturer, Vinpower has developed tools to help weed out the bad USB flash and SSD drives from the good ones to ensure 100% reliability and sustainability.

A recent survey showed that approx. half of consumers still preferred to use physical media like DVD’s to buy or rent movies

DVD preferred

There’s no question that the ability to watch movie through streaming has had a significant impact on the sales of physical media, like DVD’s. However, the belief that DVD or Blu-ray discs have all but gone the way of the Dodo due to video streaming services has proven to be a bit premature. In fact, recent studies have proven that approximately, 49% of all consumers exclusively purchase or rent movies on physical media, such as DVD’s. Another 33% of consumers, will purchase or rent movies on both digital and physical media. That means the amount of consumers that only watch content through digital media exclusively, is less than 18%. This number is certainly significant but we’re still a long way off before we can decry the death of physical media, which actually I don’t think will ever occur.

The key is that consumers are still excited about and hold a very sizeable market for physical media. So, if you’re in the business of producing physical media, you should take solace that there will still be a sizeable market that needs to be serviced. Ultimately, I can see consumers regularly obtaining both physical and digital media, thereby creating a stable balance between the two.

So if you service the optical disc market and you’re on the fence whether you should upgrade or replace older optical disc duplicators or scrap the whole project, I’m hear to say that your investment in the latest hardware with updated features would still be a wise investment with substantial returns well into the future.

For more details about Vinpower’s line of standalone and automated duplication and publishing systems, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with a Vinpower representative today.

It’s cheaper and more efficient to store cold data on Optical Discs rather than in “The Cloud”

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Not only is an optical disc safer for archival storage, but it’s also cheaper to maintain as well. Often people don’t think about the costs associated with storing content in “The Cloud”, but over time it really adds up. Outside of the initial cost for the disc itself, there are no residual costs associated with storing content on optical discs. It cost nothing to store an optical disc in a drawer for safe keeping, and when you need it, it can be loaded into a disc reader and view the content instantly. If you stored that content on “The Coud”, which is essentially just a server farm that a 3rd party controls, or even on your own servers, then there is a continuous cost that accumulates day after day, month after month, and year after year.

Servers require a lot of electricity to operate and maintain the server, not to mention the tremendous costs for the air conditioning that maintains the server’s temperature and protects against overheating. It may appear as though The Cloud is free, once you go over the small allotment of “free” space, then many opt to pay a monthly or annual fee for greater storage capacity. It may seem fairly inexpensive in the short term, but rarely does anyone delete old content to make room for new content, so those fees just continue to accumulate and escalate. Once you calculate those fees over the long term, then you’ll see how these small fees can really add up and the more content you store the more the cost of maintaining it increases.

Vinpower can help provide the hardware and media needed to easily copy the cold data onto archival quality optical discs. Thus, ensuring that the cold data would be safely stored and protected so that the content can be reviewed or extracted easily for many many years to come.

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower continues to make improvements and update the App for the iXflash Apple iPhone and iPad Lightning flash drive

iXflash app

If you’ve already purchased the iXflash Lightning flash drive for your iPhone and/or iPad, we trust you have been very happy with the functionality and ease of use. However, Vinpower is never satisfied with the status quo and we are constantly challenging ourselves to make improvements and find ways to enhance the functionality of the iXflash APP. It is for that reason that we encourage our users to check for our updates on the Apple App store every 2 weeks or so to see if there is an update and to benefit from any improvements added at that time.

The iXflash APP is what makes the iXflash the best option on the market when you’re looking for an Apple iPhone/iPad Lightning flash device. Not only is it very user friendly and intuitive, but it allows numerous other features besides just backing up photos from your phone. To get a better understanding about the abundance of features offered for the iXflash through it’s APP, view our website at https://www.piodata.com/ixflash.html, or speak with a Vinpower representative today.

Vinpower’s line of Pro Duplicator Optical Disc Drives (ODD) are readily available Globally!

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Now that fewer personal computers come standard with optical disc drives (ODD), there are fewer and fewer manufacturers producing them. The ODD manufacturers that remain are putting less resources into maintaining the drives and are actively trying to cost down on the components used to build those drives. These factors inevitably lead to lower quality drives with a shorter life span. That’s why Vinpower has worked diligently over the years to provide our own lines of professional series Half Height Optical Disc Drives, featuring the Plextor, Optiarc, and Piodata series. Each of these drives were developed to have greater compatibility, reliability, and longevity, compared to the standard off the shelf ODD’s currently on the market. These drives are perfect for building your own duplicators, replacing drives on older systems, such as manual towers, autoloaders, and publishing systems, regardless of the manufacturer, and for use with computers and high scale servers.

Now that you know these drives exist and would be the perfect solution for your needs, the next question is inevitably where can I find them to purchase? Fortunately, these drives are readily available in most countries around the world. They are available in North and South America, throughout Europe and Asia, including Australia. The drives are also readily available through Amazon in the US, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and the UK, which in addition to Vinpower’s distributors & resellers can service customers in nearly every country.

Don’t settle for subpar drives that may look cheaper, but end up costing you far more money in the long run due to shorter lifespan and inconsistencies in the burn quality, which create numerous bad burns. Instead, you can easily and quickly order any one of Vinpower’s professional line of ODD to ensure the job will get done right the first time without downtime for a defective or overheated drive.

For more details about this product or any of Vinpower Digital’s range of hardware, software, and media offerings, visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with an authorized Vinpower representative near you.

The most priceless possessions you own are your memories, the best way to protect them is on optical discs

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Living in California, there have been a number of major fires in multiple locations throughout the state. This seems to be a horrible recurring theme in the state due to extremely hot and dry weather. When I think about what I would want to take with me, after making sure my family is safe, my first thought it to protecting the items that are the most irreplaceable. These are items that if lost can often never be replaced, such as photographs, videos, and mementos that represent a person’s life and the lives of those they care about. If those items are merely kept as standard pictures, film, or even stored on a hard drive, natural elements like fire, water, and mud can completely destroy them. However, optical discs are more durable and can withstand being submerged in water or covered in mud, even extreme heat if stored in a safe place. So, if you are able to store all digital images and content onto optical discs, there’s a greater chance they will still endure should a disaster strike. Just like you shouldn’t keep all your eggs in one basket, it’s always wise to keep the most important content stored on multiple sources; possibly in the cloud and on 1 or more hard drives, but for the most protection. I would strongly suggest that at least one of your safety nets remain optical discs.

Hopefully, most of us may never experience a major catastrophe, but there are still small isolated incidents like a house fire, burglary, computer virus, or any number of incidents that could cause you to lose mementos and content that you could never replace. That’s why it’s so critical that you have adequate back-ups. We at Vinpower hope you will take the time to safeguard your treasures and back them up on optical discs.

For more information about any Vinpower products, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a representative near you.

Where does your USB flash media come from and can you trust it?

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The USB flash market is a very tricky market as it’s not as closely regulated as other forms of media. In fact, outside of the form factor of the USB connection, there are a lot of leeway for manufacturers that create a huge gap between good and bad quality USB drives. This gap is made even wider by the fact that flash is transitioning to 3D NAND Flash and the demand is greater than the supply.

Because of the shortages and rapid fluctuations in costs, many suppliers are resorting to providing recycled elements or merely passing off defective flash in order to fill orders and offer cheaper pricing. In the end, there’s no way to tell if a USB flash drive is made from recycled parts or is defective just by looking at it. Even when you plug the drive into a computer, the limited details available may not reflect the problems that can/will occur when you attempt to use it. So, many customers are duped by the low pricing. They take a chance and end up realizing they have a high defect rate when trying to copy these drives. Worse yet, they’ll find that partial or the entire content disappears without warning and you are left with a useless drive that lost what could have been very important content.

So how can you tell which USB flash is safe and which is potentially defective? The only way to do that is by working with the various flash controller developers and using very specialized software tools developed to inspect and diagnose every single flash drive inserted into it. This is what Vinpower provides when you purchase your USB flash drives from us. Not only do we work with a large array of USB flash controller and memory manufacturers and suppliers to get the special software tools needed to inspect them, but we also build the hardware that allows us to implement that software on tens, hundreds, even thousands of drives at a time. Vinpower can do in-depth testing that no other supplier even thinks about offering so that we can provide 100% guaranteed perfect USB Flash drives with every single order.

For more details about Vinpower’s USB flash offerings, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

With so many companies leaving the industry, Vinpower is a beacon of stability and reliability!

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I receive weekly emails from our A/R insurance broker highlighting companies that are close to or in the process of declaring bankruptcy. Even in the duplication market, the landscape has changed dramatically with many companies, both large and small, leaving the market, in some cases voluntarily and others through bankruptcy/insolvency. However, through it all, Vinpower remains healthy and very active in developing products that support and advance the goals of the duplication market. Vinpower may not be on the fast track to Microsoft or Apple type revenue, but we have managed to steer clear of pitfalls and provide our customers with solid reliable hardware, media, and support, all while offering very competitive pricing.

I’m not bringing this up to brag about Vinpower’s good fortune. Rather, to let everyone know that when you’re looking at the market landscape and wondering who will still be there when you need them, you can rest assured that Vinpower will still be standing strong and proud to support you. Why wait until you’re desperate for a solution, talk to Vinpower today to see how we can support your efforts in the digital duplication marketplace.

For more details about Vinpower’s products, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative in your area.

WARNING! There is a flood of counterfeit and low-quality USB Flash media & SSD hitting the market!

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USB flash media and SSD hard drives are gaining in popularity and usage amongst all those looking for faster and more reliable methods to save and share digital content. The problem is that as demand increases, the stability and reliability of the supply decreases. This imbalance is creating opportunity for those to take advantage of the situation by passing off defective, mislabeled, and low-grade USB and SSD to a marketplace looking for cheaper solutions.

The notion that you get what you pay for has its merits, but sometimes it doesn’t matter what you pay if you can’t rely on the source or have any proof what they are claiming is actually what you’re getting. That’s why Vinpower has entered into the USB flash and SSD hard drive business. To remove the risk of not getting what you ordered or discovering later that the drives are actually defective and deceptive. As a USB flash and SSD duplicator manufacturer, Vinpower has developed tools to help weed out the bad USB flash and SSD drives from the good ones to ensure 100% reliability and sustainability.

There have been many cases where the drives did not actually contain the memory size indicated on the drive or that there are numerous bad sectors that could cause you to lose parts or all of the data stored on the device. It’s just not worth the risk to save a few cents on a USB drive or a couple of dollars on a SSD. Vinpower can provide that sense of security and confidence that the product you buy would have been fully tested through our intensive H2+ testing facility and that all products will 100% match your specifications without failures or devastating loses.

For more details about Vinpower and our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative at a location near you.