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XenData First to Launch LTO Video Archives with Multiple Format File System Support Including LTFS and tar

2012-02-16 21:27:10

XenData First to Launch LTO Video Archives with Multiple Format File System Support Including LTFS and tar XenData is the first digital video archive provider to enable users to create both LTFS and tar LTO tape pools simultaneously and to easily convert from one format to another. Walnut Creek, Calif. – February 13, 2012 – XenData, the leading provider of digital video archive solutions to the media and entertainment industry, today announced it will be adding multiple standards support for its entire digital video archive product range. This includes the ability to write files to and restore from LTO tapes in LTFS (Linear Tape File System) as well as tar formats in a single digital video archive system. XenData’s implementation provides LTO interchangeability with other vendor’s archive systems and also allows easy conversion from one format to another. XenData’s archive solutions when using LTFS offer a number of advantages compared to most of the LTFS solutions available today. These include: -Optimized for use in a networked environment -Spanning of folder structures across multiple LTO tapes -Management of disk, as well as LTO, allowing frequently accessed files to be cached -Management of offline (externalized) LTO tapes -Restore of files in tape order, greatly improving multiple file restores -Ability to ‘defragment’ LTO tapes, freeing space from over-written and deleted files -Ability to convert LTO tapes written in tar format to LTFS and vice versa The multiple format support will be added to the entire XenData archive solutions range, all of which are managed by XenData Archive Series software: -X1500 LTO-5 Workstation Archive Systems -SX-10 LTO-5 Archive Appliance -SX-300/400 Series LTO-5 Archive Servers In 2005, XenData introduced the first file system interface for Windows servers to write to LTO tapes, making writing to and reading from LTO just like accessing disk storage. The XenData product, Archive Series software, writes files to LTO using the long established tar format - an open standard that is natively supported by a wide range of operating systems including Linux, most UNIX variants and Microsoft’s Windows Services for UNIX. In 2009, the LTFS format was launched by IBM for use with LTO-5 and future LTO generations. LTFS splits an LTO tape into two partitions and maintains contents indexes on one tape partition and data files on another. It has been widely adopted as an interchange standard for LTO. “Many video assets must be retained for very long periods. The format used to write to the storage medium is one of the key aspects of ensuring future access to these assets,” said Dr. Phil Storey, co-founder and CEO of XenData. “Our multiple-standards approach means that video files can be written to LTO in either or both of the leading formats – LTFS and open standards tar – ensuring accessibility for decades to come.” The LTFS and tar formats provide a number of different archive characteristics which are summarized in the table below. Characteristic: File system access Yes - LTFS Yes - XenData tar implementation Self-describing LTO tapes Yes - LTFS Yes - XenData tar implementation Multiple vendor support allowing LTO tapes to be moved from one vendor’s system to another, maintaining file system access. Yes - LTFS No - XenData tar implementation Ability to restore files using native operating systems without any additional software. No - LTFS Yes - XenData tar implementation Supports LTO-5 rewritable tapes Yes - LTFS Yes - XenData tar implementation Supports LTO WORM tapes for compliance applications. No - LTFS Yes - XenData tar implementation Supports LTO-4 and earlier LTO tapes No - LTFS Yes - XenData tar implementation Allows individual files to be spanned across LTO tapes No - LTFS Yes - XenData tar implementation Supports partial restore of files No - LTFS Yes - XenData tar implementation XenData will be showcasing their solutions at the NAB Conference in Las Vegas, April 16-19, in the South Hall, Booth SL12513. About XenData XenData is a leading provider of digital video archiving solutions tailored specifically to serve the media and entertainment industry. XenData’s solutions range from cost-effective workstation archives to multiple petabyte server systems. They are built on industry standards and provide the high-performance and functionality required to meet today and tomorrow’s demanding digital video applications. TV stations, global broadcasters, media service providers, video production companies and post-production organizations using XenData’s standards-based approach are able to benefit from significant cost-savings, ease of integration with other standards-based systems, as well as long-term assured access to their video files. With digital video archive servers installed in over 50 countries worldwide, XenData is trusted by some of the largest broadcasters and media companies. For more information visit: www.xendata.com. ### For more information: Jaime Tero/Angie Fife onechocolate communications for XenData T: 1.415.989.9803 E: xendata@onechocolatecomms.com

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