XenData Announces LTO-6 Support for its Range of Archive Appliances and Servers

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XenData offers customers increased capacity and faster transfer rates with LTO-6

Last Updated: January 20, 2013 11:55 pm GMT
(Cambridge, UK--January 20, 2013) XenData, the leading provider of LTO archive solutions, has announced its immediate support for LTO-6, offering more storage capacity per tape cartridge as well as faster transfer speeds.

The XenData portfolio of LTO archive appliances and servers, the SX-10 and SX-500 Series, now work with LTO-6 drives and tape libraries from a wide range of manufacturers including HP, IBM, Oracle, Qualstar, Quantum, Spectra Logic and Tandberg Data. The SX-10 and SX-500 manage both disk and LTO storage, providing a network attached storage (NAS) architecture; presenting video assets within a standard file/folder structure accessible over a network. They offer compatibility with a wide range of applications used in the media and entertainment industry including most media asset management (MAM) applications and video editing systems.

LTO-6 provides the following benefits:

  • Greater Capacity: Cartridge native capacity increases from 1.5 TB to 2.5 TB, with a single LTO-6 cartridge now able to hold over 100 hours of HD recorded at 50 Mb/s or over 50 hours at 100 Mb/s.
  • Faster Transfer: Transfer rates increase from 140 MBytes/s to 160 MBytes/s.
  • Compatibility with Previous Generations: LTO-6 drives are read/write compatible with LTO-5 cartridges and read-only compatible with LTO-4 cartridges.


The availability of LTO-6 further reinforces LTO cartridges as the preferred storage medium for high capacity long-term video archives. It provides reliable storage with a 30 year cartridge lifetime which cost-effectively scales to multiple petabytes.

“XenData’s support for this latest LTO generation means that archive system cost per terabyte is further reduced,” said Mark Broadbent, co-founder and CTO of XenData. “By leveraging the many benefits of LTO-6, such as higher capacity, long life, reliability, speed and ease of use, we continue to provide our customers with state-of-the-art video archive solutions at affordable prices.”

XenData turnkey LTO-6 archive solutions are immediately available and start at $9,995 for a system that includes an SX-10 Archive Appliance and LTO-6 tape drive. XenData LTO-6 archive solutions will be demonstrated on the XenData booths at BVE 2013 in London 26-28 February (stand A4) and at NAB 2013 in Las Vegas 8-11 April (booth SL12413).

About XenData

XenData is a leading provider of digital video archiving solutions tailored specifically to serve the media and entertainment industry – with customers ranging from post production organizations to local TV stations to major global broadcasters and major service providers. XenData’s solutions range from cost-effective LTO 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 and post-production organizations using XenData’s solutions 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 assets. 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: http://www.xendata.com.

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