XenData SX-520 Series Archive Server

The XenData SX-520 manages one or more LTO tape libraries and RAID. It provides a highly scalable network attached storage device where files are written to LTO tape cartridges and disk.

SX-520 Archive Servers run on a Windows Server operating system and combine two leading products: HP’s DL380 Gen 8 server hardware and XenData6 Server software. The SX-520 Series is offered in five standard configurations, each optimized for video archive applications.

Files are presented in a standard file/folder structure which is shared over the network. Files are transferred to and from the archive using either the standard Windows network protocol (CIFS/SMB) or FTP file transfers. This non-proprietary approach to the interface means that the archive can be used simultaneously by multiple standard applications including those running on Windows and Mac OS X. Furthermore, it does not tie the user to any particular asset management, automation or NLE system.

The SX-520 Series Archive Server connects to an LTO tape library via multiple SAS or Fibre Channel connections. The SX server connects to the network via 1 or 10 GbE. Four 1 GbE network connections are provided as standard and 10 GbE is available as an option.

The system -520 includes disk cache (or manages external RAID) which is used to enhance archive and restore performance and may also be used to retain selected files online. The cache uses SAS disk drives in a high performance RAID 50 configuration or SSDs, depending on the model.

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