XenData, Marquis Broadcast partner on Avid Media Composer storage platform

XenData is partnering with Marquis Broadcast on a collaborative solution to archive Avid Media Composer projects to LTO-5 cartridges.

The companies said the solution runs Marquis Project Parking software on a XenData SX-10 LTO-5 Archive Appliance. It frees up edit storage and protects assets by creating an LTO-5 server for archiving and restoring Avid Media Composer projects. Copies can be generated on one or more replica LTO tape cartridges.

XenData said the Project Parking software enables the user to move entire projects from multiple local or shared workspaces to LTO, and it shows if a project has been previously archived and if so when it was last modified. It also will update an archive and move across any new media or changed project files.

If a user needs to restore a project, the software shows a list of the archived Avid Projects on LTO, describes when the archive was made and details the number of versions that are available along with user comments. The user can then choose which version and where to restore the Avid Project.

The companies said the XenData SX-10 is a 1U rack mount appliance that manages LTO-5 tape drives or a robotic LTO tape library, and it added that tape libraries from Dell, HP, IBM, Overland Storage, Qualstar, Quantum, Spectra Logic and Tandberg are compatible.

Management options include automatic replication of LTO tapes and management of an unlimited number of offline LTO cartridges.

The solution will be demonstrated at NAB 2012 at the XenData booth, SL12513, in the South Lower Hall. 

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