New XenData LTO Archive Solution Scales to Over 1 PB

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Latest digital video archive system scales from 210 TB to 1.18 PB of near-line LTO capacity

Last Updated: February 4, 2014 6:12 pm GMT
(Walnut Creek, California--February 4, 2014) XenData, the leading provider of LTO archive solutions to the media and entertainment industry, today announces the release of the SXL-5000, a high performance scalable LTO archive that is designed for video applications. The SXL-5000 base model has 210 TB of near-line LT O capacity and scales to 1.18 PB. This is the equivalent of 9,000 to 50,000 hours of HD video, recorded at 50 Mbits/s.

The SXL-5000 has a network attached storage (NAS) architecture, connecting to the network via 1 GbE or 10 GbE. Powered by XenData6 Server software, it has a standard file and folder interface used for both archive and restore operations. This means that it is compatible with a wide range of applications used in the media industry including most media asset management system. Alternatively, video files may be archived and restored manually to a file-folder structure using Windows Explorer, Finder or via FTP utilities.

The SXL-5000 is designed for mounting in standard 19 inch racks, taking from 12 to 42 U. The 210 TB base model co nsists of a 2 U server and an expandable 10 U robotic LTO library with two high performance IBM LTO-6 drives. It can be fully expanded to 1.18 PB of near-line LTO capacity by adding three 10 U expansion modules to the robotic library. Each LTO-6 drive has a throughput of 160 Mbytes per second when either writing or restoring files. Throughput can be increased by adding additional LTO-6 drives up to a total of eight units.

The robotic LTO library, manufactured by Qualstar in the USA, offers outstanding performance and reliability. It has an average slot to drive time and drive to slot time of only 7.5 seconds. For demanding video application, being able to move cartridges around quickly within the library is key.

The archive server is base d on the Hewlett Packard DL380 Gen hardware running a Windows Server operating system. The server has a 6 TB to 20 TB RAID cache which is used intelligently by the XenData6 Server software to provide fast archive and restore operations. Archiving occurs at the speed of RAID without any of the delays associated with the access time of LTO cartridges. Restoring multiple files is optimized in the system, as files are read from LTO in tape order, minimizing total tape movement.

Powered by XenData6 Server software, the LTO archive system runs automatically, driven by administrator defined policies. It will automatically create duplicate LTO tape cartridges which may be exported from the tape library and retained in an offsite location, providing strong data protection. LTO cartridges may be written in either the LTFS cartridge exchange format or open standard TAR f ormat. The use of a standard LTO format prevents the vendor lock-in associated with proprietary formats.

The SXL-5000 is available with onsite support in the USA, Canada, Europe and the APAC region.

“With the new SXL-5000, we are offering customers a robust, turnkey solution that is able to meet the highly demanding requirements of today’s media and entertainment industry,” said Phil Storey, XenData CEO. “Key differentiators of the SXL-5000 are our use of a Windows standard file system and our NAS architecture. This means that the SXL-5000 is compatible with a broad range of complementary industry products includin g most media asset management systems, NLEs and automation.”

The SXL-5000 will be demonstrated at NAB, April 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas on the XenData booth, SL12713, in the South Hall of the convention center. It is immediately available and prices start at $67,700.

About XenData
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 media departments within in large corporations and government organ izations. 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 by using an API, providing the high-performance and functionality required to meet today and tomorrow’s demanding digital video applications. With over 600 digital video archive servers managing robotic libraries installed in over 50 countries worldwide, XenData is trusted by some of the largest media companies. For more information visit: http://www.xendata.com.

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