Feeds

Vid storage biz Object Matrix gets over tape hate

2003: Tape, boo! 2012: Tape, you're all right

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

Another object storage supplier is embracing tape. It's Object Matrix and it's following in the footsteps of HDS.

There's an irony here as UK-based Object Matrix, with its MatrixStore product, provides storage on near-line disks for large amounts of tapeless video workflow data.

Nick Pearce, Object Matrix's co-founder, said: "Nine years ago we started Object Matrix with a vision of replacing the need for LTO. Tape booo, disk yeeaah.

"Whilst we still believe the economic model afforded by object based, scalable, self-managing clustered storage solutions like MatrixStore enables content to be protected long term on disk, we have also learned from our customers that choice is king. They want and need the choice to put their data on any number of platforms including LTO.”

The product acts as a pre-production or near-line archive, protecting content during the production process and keeping content available on-demand. It has been used since 2006 by broadcast, production, VFX, post-production and creative agency customers.

Object Matrix is partnering with XenData, a tape video archive product company, to present a multi-tiered archive to customers with open standard LTO tape and the LTFS tape filesystem being used. The movement of the data, or objects, from MatrixStore to tape will be managed by a new software module from Object Matrix which is due to be released at IBC in September.

The technical partnership with XenData allows MatrixStore content to be protected in open formats on any number of tape libraries in any number of locations. The new software will:

  • Automatically move content from MatrixStore near-line storage to any LTO library supported by XenData
  • Have policy based data migration coupled with ‘send now’ functionality both available in v1.0
  • Tombstone and Metadata left in MatrixStore to indicate the new location of the data
  • Have multiple data protection policies available ensuring content is protected and available where the customer needs it
  • Data and metadata migrated to either LTFS or Tar format
  • No proprietary formats supported from the near-line storage to tape.

XenData CEO Dr Phil Storey said: "Disk-based storage and LTO tapes are complementary technologies that are ideal for managing the lifecycle of video assets. The team at Object Matrix has developed a [product] that now offloads to near-line LTO and externalised LTO cartridges for long term archiving.”

This digital video asset preservation platform will be exhibited at NAB in Las Vegas between 16 and 19 April. ®

Best practices for enterprise data

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers
They're not emails, they're business records, says court
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks
Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations
Fix coming for bug that makes Kerberos croak when you run two domain controllers
Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere
Another sign of strain in the Borg/VMware relationship?
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?