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Imagine’s PreRoll Post for Windows makes back-ups using LTFS

Imagine Products is now offering PreRoll Post for Windows, targeting post and broadcast entities. PreRoll Post allows Windows users to create non-proprietary back-ups of any file or folder using the open-source Linear Tape File System (LTFS).

The archiving app streamlines the process of placing any file types onto an LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5 tape or onto Sony’s Optical Disc Archive (ODA) affordably. PreRoll Post for Windows is available for immediate download from www.imagineproducts.com for $499.

PreRoll Post relies on checksum technology to ensure the files on tape exactly match the originals. By storing the checksum values for each file, PreRoll Post also verifies files during restoration back to hard disk whenever they’re retrieved. This process provides confidence that all copies of files match the originals.

Within the PreRoll Post application, the LTFS mounts a tape as a volume (like a hard disk) within Explorer, making it possible to write to and read from the tape as if it were a disk, without other proprietary software or formatting.

PreRoll Post also makes it easy to search for and retrieve previously backed-up files. Drag-and-drop functionality for both archiving and retrieval allows users to drill down into folders on mounted or unmounted tapes/cartridges to locate the files or folders they seek — eliminating the need to insert and search each tape individually until the correct file or folder is found. Instead, once they determine which tape or cartridge holds the file or folder they’re after, users can simply insert that tape or cartridge and pull what they need.

“Most people keep ‘archives’ on hard drives, which become less and less reliable the longer they sit on the shelf. PreRoll Post mitigates that problem by ensuring you can back up full-resolution media to local disk and to a long-term tape or cartridge in an easy and almost foolproof way, so archives are made correctly the first time,” explains Michelle Maddox, marketing director at Imagine Products.

For content creators or post houses that create LTO deliverables for Discovery Channel, PreRoll Post offers a Discovery Channel mode to make sure the LTO tapes meet the network’s specifications for field, graphics or program masters. In this mode, PreRoll Post automatically places files in the proper locations on the tape to meet Discovery Channel specs.

PreRoll Post is hardware-independent, meaning that it is compatible with any LTFS-compliant tape drive, including MagStor, mTape, UNITEX LT60 with USB 3.0, 1 Beyond, or any desktop-connected LTO drive, as well as Sony’s ODA.

IBC 2015: Adventures in archiving

By Tom Coughlin

Once you have your content and have completed that award-winning new project, Oscar-nominated film or brilliant and effective commercial, where does your data go? Today, video content can be reused and repurposed a number of times, producing a continuing revenue stream by providing viewing for many generations of people. That makes video archives valuable and also requires changes from in-active to more active archives. This article looks at some of the archiving products on display at the 2015 IBC.

The figure to the right shows our estimate of revenue spent on various media and entertainment storage markets in 2014 (from the Digital Storage in Media and Entertainment Report from Coughlin Associates). Note that although almost 96 percent of all M&E storage capacity is used for archiving about 45 percent of the spending is for archiving.

Quantum showcased its StorNext 5 shared storage architecture, which includes high-performance online storage, extended online storage and tape- and cloud-based archives. The company also highlighted the StorNext Connect, a management and monitoring console that provides an at-a-glance dashboard of the entire StorNext environment. At IBC, Quantum introduced their Q-Cloud Archive that extends StorNext workflow capabilities to the cloud, allowing end-to-end StorNext environments to leverage cloud storage fully with no additional hardware, separate applications or programming while maintaining full compatibility with existing software applications.

The Quantum Storage Manager migrates data from online storage to its object-based Lattus, allowing secure, long-term storage with greater durability than RAID and extremely high scalability. Content can be migrated from Lattus to tape archives or Q-Cloud archives automatically. In addition Quantum’s Artico intelligent NAS archive appliance was on display, offering low cost scale-out storage for active media archives that can scale to PBs of content across HDDs, extended online storage, tape and cloud storage.

Also during IBC, the LTO Program Technology Provider Companies — HP, IBM and Quantum —announced the LTO-7 tape format that will be available in late 2015. The native capacity of this drive is 6TB, while 2.5:1 compression provides 15TB of storage with up to 750MB/s data rates. This product will provide over twice the capacity of the LTO-6 drive generation. The LTO roadmap goes out to a generation 10 product with up to 120TB of compressed content and about 48TB native capacity.

LTO proponents said that tape has some advantages over hard disk drives for archiving, despite the difference in latency to access content. In particular, they said tape has and error rate two orders of magnitude lower than HDDs, providing more accurate recording and reading of content. Among the interesting LTO developments at IBC were the M-Logic Thunderbolt interface tape drives.

Tape can also be combined with capacity SATA HDDs to provide storage systems with performance approaching hard disk drive arrays and costs approaching magnetic tape libraries. Crossroads has teamed up with Fujifilm to provide NAS systems combining HDDs and tape and including cloud storage combining tape and HDDs. In fact archiving is becoming one of the biggest growing applications in the media and entertainment industry, according to the 2015 Digital Storage in Media and Entertainment Report from Coughlin Associates.

Oracle was also showing its tape storage systems with 8TB native storage capacity in a half-inch tape form factor. Oracle now includes Front Porch Digital with its cloud archiving platform as well as digital ingest solutions for older analog and digital format media.

Some companies also use flash memory as a content cache in order to match the high speeds of data transfers to and from a tape library system. Companies such as Xendata provide LTO tape and optical disc libraries for media and entertainment customers. Spectra Logic has made a big push into HDD-based archiving, using shingled magnetic recording (SMR) 3.5-inch HDDs in their DPE storage system to provide unstructured storage costs as low as 9 cents/GB. This system can provide up to 7.4PB of raw capacity in a single rack with 1GB/s data rates. This sort of system is best for data that is seldom or never overwritten because of the use of SMR HDDS.

Sony was showing its 300GB Blu-ray optical WORM discs, although it was not clear if the product is being shipped in storage cartridges in 2015. Archiving is a significant driver of M&E storage demand. This is because all video eventually ends up in an archive. Because of more frequent access of archived content, the performance requirements of many archives are more demanding than in the past. This has led to the use of HDD-based archives and archives combining HDDs and magnetic tape. Even flash memory can play a role as a write and read cache in a tape based system.

Dr. Tom Coughlin, president of Coughlin Associates, has over 35 years in the data storage industry. Coughlin is also the founder and organizer of the annual Storage Visions Conference, a partner to the International Consumer Electronics Show, as well as the Creative Storage Conference

Archiving solutions at NAB: saving more for later

By Tom Coughlin

With all the 4K content being created for new media workflows and more demonstrations of higher frame rate, image depth, multiple camera projects and even higher future resolutions all that rich content has to live somewhere. The 2014 NAB gave some indications of the future of media archiving. This article will look at developments at several companies providing products for the media archiving industry.

Active Archive Alliance’s chair Floyd Christofferson, director of storage product marketing at SGI, gave me a briefing on their recent activities and the current state of active archiving. I also attended a session at the NAB focused on active archiving. Floyd said that 80-85% of all data, Continue reading

EditShare qualifies Mavericks for its shared storage, asset management, archiving tools

Boston — EditShare is now offering Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) compatibility for all its shared storage, Flow media asset management and Ark archiving and back-up products.

EditShare (http://editshare.com) customers using Mavericks with Avid Media Composer 7.0.3 and, Final Cut Pro X 10.1, and Pro Tools 11.1 can connect to EditShare shared storage systems via Thursby’s DAVE 11 SMB client, or via AFP for optimal performance. Media Composer 7.0.3 editors who connect to EditShare shared storage via AFP and 10GB Ethernet will see marked performance improvements even when editing multiple streams of 10-bit uncompressed HD.

EditShare integrates high-performance shared storage solutions (XStream, Energy and Field) with video ingest (Geevs and Flow), media asset management (Flow), and archive and back-up (Ark) tools to offer broadcast and post production professionals a productivity-enhancing, tapeless workflow on a highly scalable infrastructure.