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LTO-6 Technology with LTFS in the Media Industry

In Media and Entertainment (M&E), content is king, it is the product, the inventory and the assets.  the vast majority of content creation is now digital.  Increasing amounts of reliable, non-proprietary, and economic storage are required.  LTO economies were compelling but historically proprietary close systems limited adoption.  LTFS is here at the right time for LTO and the media industry.  LTFS opens the door to greater exploitation of LTO Tape.

LTO Advantages:

Cost $0.038/GB uncompressed
($0.015/GB compressed. LTO-6 tape as of 4/2/13)

Reliability 100 X more reliable than Tier 2 disk

Data Protection Encryption & WORM options

Shelf Life 30 Years

Scalability Just add more tape cartridges

Green Zero power consumption on the shelf

Transportability 50TB  from LA->NYC in 17 hrs (6.5Gb/s)

Performance 160MB/s uncompressed
(up to 400 MB/s compressed)

Benefits of LTFS for M&E

  • Open Specification
  • Portable
  • Easy to Use (Drag n Drop)
  • Multi-Platform & Multi-Vendor support (Windows, Mac & Linux platform support, HP, IBM and Quantum)
  • Reliable and Robust
  • Economical

LTFS in the Media Workflow

LTFS in Production:

- Camera media reuse
- Backup
- Transport
- Economic direct access to data
- Archive - Saving digital original camera 'negatives' (OCNs), raw digital capture files

LTFS in Post-Production:

- Very large files & large collections of files
- Significant interchange requirements between functions, facilities & vendors
- Constantly shifting project priorities
- Ongoing need for reliable lower-cost storage, portability and interchange
LTFS in Distribution:

- Common dependable exchange medium
- Open specification, interchangeability
- Network vs tape solution
- Hard to beat 'FedEx' for multi-TB transfers
- Encryption options
LTFS in Archiving:

- LTO tape is the technology of choice
- LTFS improves the choice with: Ease of use, Ease of file location, Ease of file recall, fully self-describing stand alone tape volumes
- LTFS improves the economic value of archives: There is no value having archived content if it's easy to find and access

Is LTFS the Answer?

Small and straightforward uses?  YES!

  • OS level support with Windows Explorer, Mac Finder and Linux Nautilus et al. (free driver downloads)
  • Drag n' Drop support
  • Many users only need simple reliable archiving
  • Retrieval reliability more important than performance

Large and Complex environments?  YES!

  • LTFS-enabled applications or middleware typically needed for full potential benefits  - track many (millions of) files, Extended metadata
  • LTFS automation implementations are now available from several LTO Library vendors!
  • LTFS tape format is unchanged and is identical to and interchangeable with single drive LTFS implementations
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