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Cache-A To Debut LTFS-Based Archive Appliance for Media & Entertainment Industry at NAB 2011

Company Name:

Cache-A Corporation

Company Contact:

Mark Ostlund, (866) 931-5560 x1,


NAB Booth:


Product Name:

LTFS (Linear Tape File System) archive appliance

Product Information:

Cache-A Corporation is collaborating with HP to develop an easy-to-use implementation of LTFS (Linear Tape File System) for the professional media and entertainment industry. LTFS is based on open source software and enables users to interchange content across different operating systems, software applications and physical locations.

This collaboration combines the benefits of LTFS, which makes tape look like disk, with the convenience of Cache-A’s appliance approach, which makes tape actually behave like disk, to provide a complete archive solution for our professional media and entertainment customers to simplify operations, improve manageability and meet their long-term data retention requirements.

Once LTFS is completely integrated into the Cache-A archive appliance, customers will have the choice of using the mature tar format or the new LTFS format. Also, all existing Cache-A LTO-5 customers using tar will be able to flip a switch and start using LTFS going forward without additional cost or needing to transfer their existing tapes.

Like Cache-A’s tar based appliance, LTFS provides a self-describing file system on an LTO cartridge. This provides application independence, transportability and protection from obsolescence.

About Cache-A Corporation

Cache-A is a leading supplier of network-attached archive appliances for the digital film, broadcast and professional video industries. Cache-A’s archive appliances provide source masters for digital acquisition and project archives, using low-cost and easy-to-deploy appliances based on industry standard LTO tape.


Randy Savicky