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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.

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

Spectra Logic teams with Scale Logic on cross-certification

Scale Logic’s HyperFS storage management application now integrates SAN and archival workflows and is also now certified with Spectra Logic’s T-series LTO tape libraries. This new relationship between the two companies enables Spectra Logic and Scale Logic to offer those working in media and entertainment cross-certified products.

“Certification of Scale Logic’s open platform SAN and Archival application suite enables our VAR customers to sell and deploy end-to-end, fully converged solutions that are tightly integrated, automated, simple to manage and offer robust content protection and accessibility,” said Hossein ZiaShakeri, senior VP business development, media & entertainment for Spectra Logic. “Data archiving occurs seamlessly in the background, managed by customer defined data movement policies while leveraging very high scalability SAN infrastructure to deliver fast, easy access to archived content.”

According to Bob Herzan, president /CEO, of Scale Logic, “This partnership gives our mutual customers a powerful option to deliver a hardware-agnostic SAN solution that can readily leverage Spectra’s robust product line. Scale Logic is well aware that video archiving is a critical objective for broadcasters and media organizations as digital content management requirements exponentially increase. Our integrated HSM application component can address the complete range of Spectra’s offerings from the T50e tape library, which scales to a native capacity of 75TB to their enterprise-class T-Finity, which supports a native capacity of 600 petabytes or more than 25 million hours of video content.”

Spectra T-Series tape libraries offer highly reliable, high-density storage and seamlessly scale from hundreds to millions of hours of archived digital content. With storage capabilities that reach exabyte capacity levels, Spectra’s tape libraries deliver the capabilities broadcast organizations need to safely store and manage massive amounts of content for high-value, high-impact news production. In addition, Spectra libraries offer efficient, comprehensive library management tools and Spectra Certified Media that simplifies management, extends the life of tape media and drives, and ensures data is secure and available when needed.