1. World of HELIOS: Apple Big Sur & 64-bit ARM Macs
2. HELIOS G8 on its way – preview2 available
3. New HELIOS LanTest – storage latency testing
HELIOS Newsletter 02/2020
Dear HELIOS client,
Welcome to the latest information from the world of HELIOS. Keep
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Your HELIOS team
Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO & President
1. World of HELIOS: Apple Big Sur & 64-bit ARM Macs This year’s WWDC was somewhat very special: no travelling to
the US while still getting very important information about developments
at Apple which will impact all of us. I will cover the two most
important topics for Mac environments.
Big Sur: The next macOS release will be called version 11 (rather than
macOS 10.x) and comes with a major user interface upgrade. It
takes gadgets from iOS and brings it to the Mac. It will also
enhance web browsing, come with a virtualization API which hopefully
allows us to run multiple macOS versions and other OS’s on one
In terms of networked Mac clients: AFP is fully supported and
works perfectly including Spotlight search support, HELIOS Bonjour
printer driver, HELIOS Admin, and our other tools. Our new HELIOS
G8 release fully supports macOS clients with Big Sur.
ARM Macs: Apple calls it Apple Silicon which is basically a 64-bit ARM processor made by Apple. This
is very interesting and trend-setting, because the ARM processors
are very powerful and energy saving. The Apple ARM 64-bit processors
are already used in the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, where the quantities
are 20 times larger than for Macs. All this Apple ARM CPU know-how
will now be transferred to future Macs.
We are already developing on 64-bit ARM Macs using the Apple Developer
Transition Kit (DTK). I can tell you, the migration to the ARM
Macs will be easy for our users, a big step forward and I am confident
that this is the right way to go.
Enjoy this newsletter.
HELIOS Software GmbH
2. HELIOS G8 on its way – preview2 available We are proud to announce our upcoming HELIOS G8 product generation,
shortly named G8, which is available for preview testing. G8 basically
represents a strong continuation of the HELIOS product family.
The changes can be summarized:
New operating system support – stay on top of current server
and client OS’s
New productivity support – boosts collaboration and production
New virtualization support – a server VM with continuous
The easiest way to test drive is to start the new Virtual Server
Appliance (VSA) 3 VM and get used to G8. The new VSA 3 comes with
a continuous data protection, which means creating automatic snapshots
every hour/day/week/month without the need to configure anything
– getting access to previous data via regular HELIOS volumes
or switching the entire server back in time. This kind of operational
storage security used to be very complex and expensive in the
past. With G8, this is a child’s play, without extra costs.
G8 test drives can also be installed on top of any Linux, Solaris,
Mac or Windows system. A complete installer media is available
for all platforms.
Here you can find what’s new in G8 for each product:
HandShake » PrintPreview
Hub » G8
supported platforms »
In addition, you will find a Q & A section which will regularly
be updated with additional questions/answers in the “New Features
in Base G8” description.
The G8 preview release is targeted to test drive features and
to verify compatibility. It is not qualified for final production,
although we are getting close to a final G8 version. HELIOS customers
and partners can download the G8 release in their HELIOS
Symphony “Media Library”, prospects are welcome to contact
the HELIOS partner in their region.
We look forward to a successful preview period and to a final
G8 product release.
3. New HELIOS LanTest – storage latency testing HELIOS LanTest, the network performance and reliability testing
solution for Mac and Windows clients receives a major upgrade:
storage latency testing which measures the random access time
to a connected storage. Today’s server storage access for clients
can be very complex: it includes client network connection, file
server caching, raid controller caching, various RAID configurations,
connected disks (e.g. SAS, Fibre Channel, iSCSI), and finally
the physical disk seek and read operation.
The new HELIOS LanTest for macOS (included in the G8 preview2
release) will perform such disk latency tests (called “Seek
test” within LanTest) to present the end-to-end latency in milliseconds.
Many performance problems are not just related to “how many
MB per second can I transfer”. Rather, it is a matter of opening
a folder on the server taking a long time, or the Mac is almost
freezing when working with server files, or saving/loading InDesign
files is awfully slow, or sometimes the server is almost frozen.
We are confident that the new HELIOS LanTest disk latency testing
will help isolate storage access bottlenecks.
PS: the new LanTest is included in the “HELIOS Applications”
volume on the G8 release. The disk latency testing is included
in the Mac LanTest version, Windows LanTest will follow. Disk
latency testing will create a large test file (e.g. 100 GB) to
present true disk latency (seek & read) times.
Contact us with any questions or feedback, to arrange a personal
consultation or to find a sales partner in your region: www.helios.de/contact.html
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