National Archives of Australia selects TMD’s LTFS archive solution


Self-describing file system to provide application-independent longevity for major cultural resource

Last Updated: August 14, 2013 6:15 pm GMT
(Amsterdam--August 14, 2013) Stand 2.C58: TMD, already implementing an audio-visual collection management business system for the National Archives of Australia (NAA), is to add LTFS capability to provide secure, application-independent long-term storage. This is one of the first applications of TMD’s Mediaflex Archive LTFS file system in a major audio-visual asset management implementation.

LTFS, the Linear Tape File System, is an open standard originally developed by IBM and originally launched at NAB in 2010. Designed as a companion to the widely-used LTO data tape format, it is a self-describing file system, meaning that an LTO tape can be taken from an archive and loaded into any other supporting LTFS, with the content and its core metadata instantly readable.

The system TMD is implementing at NAA, using its Mediaflex asset management platform, is using LTO-6 as its archive tape format. By using LTFS, TMD and NAA are ensuring the security of the data archive for many decades into the future, no matter how many generations of asset management applications succeed the current system.

The complete TMD Mediaflex platform including LTFS can be seen at IBC 2013 on Stand 2.C58.

About TMD
TMD is a global leader in the design and implementation of media and content management solutions and associated services to the media, broadcast and archive sectors. The TMD Mediaflex modular software suite provides a platform for the management of digital content as well as physical assets, such as film and video tape. Based in Aylesbury in the UK, TMD serves the market worldwide and has an active presence in the USA and Australia.

2013 sees TMD celebrating its 15th year of business and marks the 10th anniversary of the commercial launch of Mediaflex.

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