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New XenData LTO Archive Solution Scales to Over 1 PB

XenData, the leading provider of LTO archive solutions to the media and entertainment industry, announced 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 LTO 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 consist s 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 based on t he 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 format. 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.

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.


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