XenData software ideal for data wrangling or for managing a large LTO video archive
Walnut Creek, CA, March 26, 2013– XenData,a leading provider of LTO archive solutions, today announces that it will be offering XenData6 Workstation software for creating and managing a video archive on LTO-5 and LTO-6 cartridges. The software writes to LTO in either the open standard TAR format or the industry standard LTFS exchange format.
XenData6 Workstation software runs on a Windows tower or desktop computer and manages one or more LTO tape drives, creating an affordable digital archive that is easy to use. Archive and restore operations are performed using Windows Explorer, making the transfer of files as simple as drag and drop or copy and paste. The system maintains file and folder structures, allowing the transfer of nested folders to and from LTO tape. The software supports LTO tape drives from HP, IBM and Tandberg.
A system running XenData6 Workstation has a number of advantages when compared with basic LTFS software: it manages an unlimited number of offline LTO cartridges; it prevents file interleaving on LTO; it retrieves files in tape order, greatly improving restore performance and it comes with good quality technical support.
XenData6 Workstation software can manage a large offline LTO tape archive as the files and folder structure stored on all tapes that have ever been inserted into the LTO tape drive may be retained. You can browse the contents of offline tapes using Windows Explorer and should you need to restore one or more files or folders, the system will prompt with the name of the offline tape.
Furthermore, it offers high performance because it avoids file interleaving when archiving to LTO and it restores files in tape order, unlike many LTFS implementations. The solution can provide a ten-fold performance advantage or greater when many files are being restored.
A system based on XenData6 Workstation is ideal for data wrangling applications, allowing rapid transfer of nested folder structures from solid state and optical camera storage such as P2 and XDCAM to LTO cartridges. These can be quickly brought online using one of XenData’s LTO server solutions such as the SX-10 or SX-520 Series of LTO archive servers.
“A major design goal for XenData6 Workstation was to make the system fast and easy to use and we have met those goals,” said Mark Broadbent, CTO and co-founder of XenData. “We are also offering a high level of customer support from our support groups, based in the UK and the USA, making the solution attractive for professional users.”
XenData6 Workstation software will be available in April with a suggested price of $1,195 which includes 12 months of technical support and free software upgrades. In addition, a system that includes an external LTO-6 drive, PCIe interface card, SAS cable, LTO cleaning cartridge and XenData6 Workstation software will be available at $4,495.
XenData will be showcasing its solutions at the NAB Conference in Las Vegas 8-11 April (booth SL12413).
XenData is a leading provider of digital video archiving solutions tailored specifically to serve the media and entertainment industry – with typical customers being TV stations, global broadcasters, media service providers, video production and post-production organizations. XenData’s solutions range from cost-effective LTO workstation archives to multiple petabyte server systems. XenData archive servers have a network attached storage (NAS) architecture and are compatible with a broad range of third party media applications. They can be accessed via a standard file-folder structure or using an XML API and they provide the high-performance and functionality required to meet today and tomorrow’s demanding digital video applications. With over 500 digital video archive servers installed in over 50 countries worldwide, XenData is trusted by some of the largest media companies. For more information visit: www.xendata.com.