XenData® partners with NL Technology and axle Video to deliver an open standard LTO archive for use with Avid Interplay Production


Archive solution expands applications for the leading production asset management system

Last Updated: February 27, 2013 6:47 pm GMT
(Walnut Creek, California--February 27, 2013) XenData, a leading provider of LTO archive solutions, today announces its collaboration with NL Technology and axle Video, to provide an open standard LTO archive for Avid® Interplay® Production users.

With more than 1,400 sites deployed worldwide, Avid Interplay Production is production asset management that expands workgroup capabilities by coordinating and moving projects in parallel, and enabling producers, editors, assistants and reviewers to find, shot-list, edit, review and annotate media from anywhere.

The new open standard archive includes a XenData SX-520 Series Archive Server with near-line RAID that manages an LTO robotic tape library. The archive connects via Interplay Web Services to seamlessly move video content to the near-line RAID and LTO cartridges, while keeping metadata online in the Avid Interplay Production database. Content may be searched by using standard Avid tools such as Interplay Access. Users are also able to save their assets in their native Avid formats and can easily move them back to Avid ISIS® on-line storage for editing or play out.

In addition, the solution indexes content and supports search independently of the Avid Interplay Production database. All files written to the archive are cataloged by an extended configuration of axle Video’s browser-based asset manager. This configuration makes the entire contents of the archive searchable from any PC, Mac or iPad connected via WiFi, allowing archived files that originated in Interplay Production to be searched and retrieved by users not connected to the production workgroup.

By combining NLT’s powerful migration technology that provides the interface to Interplay Production and the massive storage offered by the XenData Archive Server, content can be moved quickly from online to a near-line position and later restored to Avid ISIS on-line storage for reuse. Since clip and sequence metadata is always online within Interplay Production, users can quickly find and decide which assets to retrieve from the archive.

The XenData SX-520 Archive Server supports a wide range of LTO tape libraries, including models from Dell, HP, IBM, Oracle, Quantum, Qualstar and Spectra Logic and scales from 125 TB to multiple petabytes of near-line LTO capacity. The archive stores files in a file-folder structure which lets the LTO archive work simultaneously with a wide range of other applications in addition to Interplay Production. For example, files may be sent to and restored from the archive by simply using Windows Explorer on a Windows client computer or Finder on a Mac.

“We are excited to partner with NL Technology and axle Video to provide the industry with a robust and reliable turn-key archive solution for Avid Interplay Production,” said Phil Storey, XenData CEO and co-founder. “It means that we are now able to deliver an open standard and cost-effective digital video archive for Interplay Production users.”

“As a team we believe that this solution makes the Avid Interplay Production system more flexible and attractive by offering a complementary open standard archiving solution,” said Sam Bogoch, CEO of axle Video. “We’re giving users an affordable, standards-based alternative that seamlessly connects to Interplay Production, providing great value and flexibility for users of Avid editing and production tools and other users as well.”

“…by combining best in class workflows, Interplay Production users now have a cost effective and powerful archive solution that fully supports file based camera workflows and nonlinear production,” said Jim McKain, NL Technology’s CEO and co-founder. “Until now many customers had relied upon video tape as the ultimate backup media. As the industry migrates to optical and flash based nonlinear camera media, the need to have a powerful LTO archive is required to fully support today’s nonlinear workflows.”

The new solution will be available from XenData Business Partners and starts at $59,900 for a configuration that will support a 125 TB LTO library, excluding the cost of the library. It will be demonstrated for the first time on the XenData booth at NAB 2013 in Las Vegas 8-11 April (booth SL12413).

About Avid
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, television shows, to live concert tours and news broadcasts. Some of Avid’s most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Interplay®, ISIS®, VENUE, Sibelius®, and System 5. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit http://www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+; or subscribe to Avid Buzz.

About axle
axle Video, LLC is a Boston-based company aiming to bring radical simplicity to media management
applications for small and mid-sized workgroups. axle’s software is designed to be installed and configured in less than an hour, and works with nearly all existing file systems and storage vendors. axle’s founders, Sam Bogoch, Steve Ryan and Patrice Gouttebel, all have extensive experience in the fields of media asset management, digital asset management and creative applications. The axle media management solution received a Best of Show award at its introduction at IBC 2012. For more information about axle, visit http://www.axlevideo.com.

About NL Technology
NL Technology of North Andover, Massachusetts is a leading provider of tapeless acquisition and file based workflow solutions for the professional broadcast, production and professional sports industries. NLT's products include “direct to disk” digital recorders as well as powerful software solutions providing: intelligent ingest of digital camera media, transcoding of media at ingest time, and near-line archival confidence for Interplay systems. For more information about NLT or any of NLT's products, please visit http://www.nltek.com or send an e-mail to info@nltek.com.

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. 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.

Avid, Interplay and ISIS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. The Interplay name is used with the permission of the Interplay Entertainment Corp. which bears no responsibility for Avid products. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective companies.


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