Suitcase TV and Spectra Logic ally for data storage

MAM provider Suitcase TV has partnered with Spectra Logic to offer a two-tiered approach to media asset storage. The company’s have worked together for five years but this signals a closer technical integration.

Recognising the limitations of storing digital files on spinning disk for an indefinite period, Suitcase TV says it created Archivist, a software application that facilitates the transfer of digital files between MediaStor – Suitcase TV’s MAM system – and a Spectra Logic tape library.

MediaStor stores digital files on spinning disks which offers many benefits to broadcasters including fast access to media assets and associated documentation. However, Suitcase TV acknowledges that while broadcasters need to store media assets for extended periods, they can reduce their storage costs by creating a two-tiered solution using a Spectra Logic tape library.

“Storing data on tape is relatively cheap and because tapes spend most of their time offline, they consume less power and do not require power-hungry cooling systems,” says Fraser Jardine, commercial director of Suitcase TV. “Tape also offers incredible reliability and can boast a lifespan of more than thirty years.”

“Spectra Logic and SuitcaseTV’s partnership of over 5 years continues to strengthen. They recognised the value of adding deep storage tape to the workflow and provide their customers a true solution for the long-term,” said Matt Starr, CTO, Spectra Logic.

As an added benefit to this approach, Archivist can be integrated with scheduling systems to ensure content is restored to disk from tape before the scheduled times. If the content is likely to be required again in the near future, the content will be kept on disk until it is no longer needed, at which point it will be sent offline.

Suitcase TV is at NAB 2015 booth N4420.

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