StorageDNA, SNS, Backblaze, Spectra Logic partner on LTO migration bundles

StorageDNA is partnering with Studio Network Solutions (SNS), Backblaze and Spectra Logic to offer smart migration bundles that allow users to move content from archives stored on aging LTO tapes to spinning disk, cloud or newer-generation LTO tape technology. Built around StorageDNA’s intelligent archive engine, the bundled software/hardware solutions include DNAevolution software and either a Spectra Stack automated tape library; SNS disk storage with AI autotagging and the ShareBrowser file and asset manager; or Backblaze B2 cloud storage with B2 Fireball for rapid ingest of large data sets.

“Over the past five to 10 years, companies in the media and entertainment space have accumulated very large archives on older LTO-5 and LTO-6 tapes,” says Tridib Chakravarty (tC), president/CEO at StorageDNA. “With newer generations of LTO tape technology, and disk and cloud storage options becoming more affordable and attractive, companies are looking to move their data off LTO-5 or LTO-6 archives.”

The smart migration bundles offered by StorageDNA and its partners give users a way to pull data out of LTO-5 and LTO-6 archives and put it on a medium that guarantees ongoing access. Options with AI-based intelligence, metadata harvesting capabilities and accelerated transport mechanisms help users to better understand, access and leverage the content being stored.

StorageDNA’s DNAevolution intelligent archive software, newly released in Version 4.8, handles IT-centric backup and archive of folders, as well as Avid and Adobe projects within conventional media workflows. In addition to extensive metadata intelligence, the v4.8 software features smart migration capabilities, with enhanced scanning of new data and faster data transfers.

The EVO shared storage server from SNS combines a highly configurable storage array with an extensive workflow toolset for post and broadcast workflows. Every EVO system features unlimited media asset management, file automation tools, AI-powered asset tagging and enhanced integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Blackmagic Resolve 15, Avid Media Composer and other creative apps. EVO enables users to consolidate multiple tiers of storage into a single organized database and to edit 4K, 6K and 8K media directly from the server.

B2 Cloud Storage from Backblaze offers unlimited free uploads, and all data is instantly available for download via API, CLI or web browser with low download fees. According to Backblaze, priced at $5 per terabyte per month, B2 Cloud Storage is one-fourth the cost of Amazon’s S3. In addition, Backblaze offers the B2 Fireball, a rapid ingest service that simplifies the migration of massive data sets.

Designed to be installed, expanded and easily managed, the Spectra Stack automated tape library from Spectra Logic is rated at a 100 percent duty cycle, meaning it is one of few stackable libraries built to perform in a 24/7 environment. Scalable from 10 to 560 tape slots and from one to 42 tape drives, a Spectra Stack library enables users to store more than 6.7PB (16.7PB compressed) of data. StorageDNA has partnered with Spectra Logic to provide a Spectra Stack 80-slot, two-drive, scalable LTO solution, along with a preconfigured server with DNAevolution W.4.8 software pre-installed. In addition, Spectra Logic can include free LTO-6 loaner drives for use during the migration process.

The new smart migration bundles from StorageDNA, SNS, Backblaze and Spectra Logic are available now from the companies’ distribution partners.

StorageDNA is also offering a rental option designed for companies that aren’t prepared to invest in further LTO hardware. For about $900 a month, customers can rent an eight-slot, one-drive LTO-8 library and software to move data off existing LTO-5 and LTO-6 tapes.


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