Cache-A LTO-6 appliances deliver increased capacity and transfer rate, plus advanced LTFS archiving capabilities
Cache-A Corporation (www.cache-a.com), manufacturer of award-winning LTO archiving appliances, will debut the first in its new generation of LTO-6 archive appliances at the 2013 HPA Tech Retreat (www.hpaonline.com), Feb 18-22, Indian Wells, CA.
Cache-A appliances meet the media and entertainment industry need to safeguard ever-increasing volumes of priceless assets at minimal cost, while delivering state-of-the art tools and performance for reliable, future-proof archiving. They can be deployed in a wide variety of professional digital media workflows – from on-set cart systems to SAN and NAS storage systems in post-production.
Cache-A’s new LTO-6 appliances deliver significantly faster throughput and close to 70% greater storage capacity over LTO-5 appliances. They combine Cache-A’s advanced LTFS capabilities with a simple, web-based user interface, while maintaining identical space-saving desktop and rack-mount form factors as previous Cache-A products.
LTO-6 technology is now available across Cache-A’s flagship Pro-Cache6, high-performance Power-Cache, and flexible Library 24/48 automation systems, with an anticipated release for the desktop Prime-Cache6 appliance around NAB 2013. In addition to demonstrating its LTO-6 appliances, Cache-A is also sponsoring breakfast roundtables at the 2013 HPA Tech Retreat with the focus on the latest trends in archiving.
“With trends like 4K, 3D and High Frame Rate high on the agenda, and the consequences they have on storage and long-term archiving, we welcome the chance to share ideas, experience and knowledge with industry professionals attending the retreat,” said Tom Goldberg, Cache-A VP of Product Development. “Within the forum the HPA Retreat provides, we’ll be showing how Cache-A’s new LTO-6 appliances can be used to archive production source masters or entire post-production projects.”
LTO-6 cartridges can hold up to 2.5TB of data natively – an increase of 67% over LTO-5, which holds 1.5TB natively. LTO-6 drives offer a performance hike to 160MB/s native data transfer rate, whereas LTO-5 drives work at 140MB/s. To accommodate the extra capacity, Cache-A has increased the internal disk cache storage in its appliances – from 4TB to 6TB in Pro-Cache6, while Power-Cache has been upgraded from 8TB to 12TB. Internal disk storage on Pro-Cache6 models can be configured for either RAID 0 or RAID 1, while Power-Cache systems can be configured for either RAID 0 or RAID 5.
Cache-A has seamlessly carried its trailblazing LTFS (Linear Tape File System) capabilities into its new LTO-6 appliances, along with the industry standard tar format. Cache-A’s LTFS implementation enables cartridge-spanning of large projects and high-speed dubbing for additional copies. Each appliance has Cache-A’s renowned built-in catalog database making it easy for users to track, search and retrieve content across every tape it has ever seen.
LTO-6 is the sixth generation of Linear-Tape Open (LTO) technology. LTO was launched in 2000, and LTO tape has a shelf life of at least 30 years. With four million tape drives in use, plus more the 200 million cartridges sold worldwide, it has proven the most economical and safe long-term storage technology for the IT and media and entertainment industries.
About Cache-A Corporation:
Cache-A’s award-winning, archive appliances are employed daily by thousands of users worldwide, in media/entertainment, Fortune 500 corporations, government departments, higher-education and houses of worship, to securely archive, search and retrieve vital digital assets. The company was founded in 2008 with a dedication to make archiving easy, and combines extensive experience in data storage and video media, with a reputation for delivering innovation and excellence to digital media professionals at a reasonable cost. Cache-A’s product range includes desktop and rack-mount appliances that are compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux/Unix networking infrastructures. Renowned for their ease-of-use, Cache-A products deliver leading-edge performance in video and digital film workflows, and lead the field in using the secure, portable, interchangeable, industry-standard LTFS and tar formats on LTO-6 media. Cache-A’s Pro-Cache was awarded Creative Cow’s prestigious Blue Ribbon in 2011 for “Best Archiving System”, and Power-Cache won Studio Daily’s 2012 Prime Award for “Best User Interface/User Experience”. www.Cache-A.com