Options To Migrate Archive From Ageing LTO Tape

StorageDNA is partnering with Studio Network Solutions (SNS), Backblaze, and Spectra Logic to offer migration bundles that allow users to move content from archives stored on LTO to spinning disk, cloud, or newer-generation LTO tape technology.

Built around StorageDNA's archive engine, the bundled software/hardware solutions include DNAevolution software and either a Spectra Stack automated tape library; SNS disk storage with AI autotagging and the ShareBrowser file and asset manager; or Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage with B2 Fireball for ingest of large data sets.

"Over the past five to ten years, companies in the media and entertainment space have accumulated very large archives on older LTO-5 and LTO-6 tapes," said Tridib Chakravarty, president and CEO, StorageDNA. "With newer generations of LTO tape technology, and disk and cloud storage options becoming more affordable and attractive, companies are looking to move their data off LTO-5 or LTO-6 archives. Working with Spectra Logic, SNS, and Backblaze, we're offering best-of-breed software with best-of-breed hardware to provide a cost-effective, yet highly functional, solution for migrating content from one storage medium to another."

The migration bundles give users a way to pull data out of LTO-5 and LTO-6 archives and put it on a medium that guarantees ongoing access. Options with AI-based intelligence, metadata harvesting capabilities, and accelerated transport mechanisms”help users to better understand, access, and leverage the content being stored.”

StorageDNA's DNAevolution, newly released in version 4.8, handles IT-centric backup and archive of folders, as well as Avid and Adobe projects within conventional media workflows. The v4.8 software features enhanced scanning of new data and faster data transfers.

The EVO shared storage server from SNS features media asset management, file automation tools, AI-powered asset tagging, and integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve 15, Avid Media Composer, and other creative applications. EVO enables users to consolidate multiple tiers of storage into a single organized database, and edit 4K, 6K, and 8K media directly from the server.

B2 Cloud Storage from Backblaze offers unlimited free uploads, and all data is instantly available for download via API, CLI, or web browser with the lowest download fees in the industry. Priced at $5 per terabyte per month, B2 Cloud Storage is touted as a quarter the cost of Amazon's S3.

The Spectra Stack automated tape library is said to be one of the only stackable libraries built to perform in a 24/7 environment. Scalable from 10 to 560 tape slots and from one to 42 tape drives, a Spectra Stack library enables users to store more than 6.7PB (16.7PB compressed) of data.

StorageDNA has partnered with Spectra Logic to provide a Spectra Stack 80-slot, two-drive, scalable LTO solution, along with a preconfigured server with DNAevolution v4.8 software pre-installed. In addition, Spectra Logic can include free LTO-6 loaner drives for use during the migration process.

The new smart migration bundles from StorageDNA, SNS, Backblaze, and Spectra Logic are available now from the companies' distribution partners.

StorageDNA is also offering a rental option designed for companies that aren't prepared to invest in further LTO hardware. For $900 a month, customers can rent an eight-slot, one-drive LTO-8 library and software to move data off existing LTO-5 and LTO-6 tapes.

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