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Cache-A Simul-Copy Slashes LTO-Tape Copying Times

Cache-A Corporation, manufacturer of award-winning archiving appliances, has announced the availability of Simul-Copy, a brand new LTO-tape duplication and verification capability that slashes the time needed to create multiple LTO-tape copies. Cache-A has brought Simul-Copy to market in direct response to the media and entertainment industry demand for digital video content to be rapidly and securely archived to multiple LTO-tape copies as soon as possible after origination. Cache-A will spotlight Simul-Copy, along with a host of additional trailblazing archiving features, at IBC 2013, Amsterdam, 13-17 September, (Hall 7.A04).

Simul-Copy – fast, simultaneous LTO-tape duplication:

Ultimately, Simul-Copy dramatically improves archiving workflow by speeding-up the delivery of LTO-tape copies for production, post production, working archive and offsite disaster recovery. It is especially helpful on longform projects that can produce several Terabytes of RAW camera data every day.

Simul-Copy harnesses advanced replication technology, developed by Cache-A. It enables users to simultaneously make multiple tar or LTFS LTO-tapes copies, rather than sequential copies, at close to the same speed as a single copy. It works with Cache-A’s LTO-4, LTO-5 and latest LTO-6 generation appliances.

Source content, on network-attached volumes (SAN/NAS), direct attached storage devices, or Cache-A’s own RAID, needs to be only read once to be written to multiple tapes simultaneously. This has the added advantage of reducing wear and tear on disk systems and avoids strain on network resources. Using Simul-Copy, Power-Cache systems can create up to four simultaneous LTO-tape copies, while Pro-Cache models can create two simultaneous LTO-tape copies. These copy drives can be in Cache-A’s Library24 and Library48 accessories, in rackmount expansion chassis, or in Cache-A’s newly released LTO-Sidecar expansion drive.

First Simul-Copy adopters:

First adopters of Cache-A’s Simul-Copy include REDLab Digital, a leading digital lab and post production facility in Toronto, Canada, and NOW Productions, in Los Angeles, California.

Simul-Copy Availability:

Simul-Copy is available for Internet download as a standard software update for Cache-A systems running v3.0.

Click here for detailed release notes on Cache-A’s Simul-Copy.


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