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Archive or Backup?

by Priscila Ferrari from Drivesys, Brazil Since the 2000s, the technology sector and digital market have undergone prominent changes. These have greatly affected all users, businesses, and industry professionals. With the advent of high-performance computers, digital equipment and digital media, users have accumulated large amounts of media and content. This raises the question of how to store them without slowing down and clogging up the production infrastructure. It’s very common for people to confuse archive and backup. For this reason, they frequently opt for the more familiar and simpler solution or the one that comes to mind first. However, the correct way […]

Disk, Tape, Cloud – Which type of storage is right for your business?

by Julia Friedrich & Ibrahim Tannir When planning a data management strategy, there are a number of questions that need to be considered: Do I need an immediate failover solution? What is an acceptable backup frequency? What is the maximum retention period for past data? How can I make sure my data is safe in case of a natural disaster? 

Archiving – the Big Picture. (Part 2)

by Marc M. Batschkus – Read part 1 – Implementing the Archive with P5 Archive Once you know the who, what and how, you can start looking at the details of your Archive implementation. Archive modes: There are three archive modes. Most people use manual archiving. A person (usually the admin) decides when to archive what and triggers the job. Alternatively, there is automatic or watch folder archiving. A watch folder is combined with a schedule and data is picked up accordingly. Depending on the workflow and load, that schedule can be anything from several times a day to once a month. […]

Archiving – the Big Picture. (Part 1)

by Marc M. Batschkus An Archive is many things to many people. From reference to re-purposing, from monetization to service for clients, there are many perspectives on what an Archive can be and do. Since the perspectives vary so much, a closer look can reveal the potential hidden in this ancient term. Archivum was the name the Romans gave buildings that stored scripture rolls which were no longer needed for daily affairs. Although we no longer use scripture rolls, the mechanism hasn´t changed much. The files we put in an Archive today are those that are no longer needed for daily production. This means […]

Tape versus Optical Storage for Archive

by Marc M. Batschkus In the video industry, there is a long history of using optical media for recording and archiving clips. This is due to the fact that years ago, CD-R and later DVD-R were the only media with sufficient capacity and an attractive price point to store video files for long-term. Additionally, camera vendors integrated optical storage in their cameras. This has not been the case in other industries where optical storage is rarely found. For many, optical storage seems like a realistic option today to archive their files. Since archiving files implies a long-term perspective, a closer […]

Digital Conversion of Film

by Blake Jones & Marc M. Batschkus With millions of hours of film in existence, there is always the need for a high quality scan so that the material may be re-purposed, re-distributed, referenced or monetised in any way. The longer analog media are stored the higher the risk that assets will be lost forever. Risk comes from multiple directions: hardware is vanishing that is needed to play specific media degradation through storage time and conditions misjudgement of the content, its importance and potential ongoing procrastination of digital conversion. To find out what material your films are made of and […]

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Boost index performance through SSD

Jan 17, 2014 – SSD ’s (solid-state drives) have become more widespread in the storage world, mainly because of their lower access time and latency. This gives them an advantage compared to regular hard drives and make them particularly useful for hosting P5 Backup and Archive indices. We have been using Elgato’s Thunderbolt SSD as well as the PROMISE Pegasus J2 during our VideoVisions tour and have seen how well this can work, even in a desktop Archive setup. Improve P5 Backup & P5 Archive performance Backup and Archive indices are at the heart of the P5’s functionality. The index manages all […]

Media Asset Management Systems

June 11, 2013 – Even though archiving is important in almost all industries, there is one that couldn’t avoid the topic even if it tried. I am talking about the digital media industry. The volume of data created in this field and the prices of primary storage make archiving not just an option, but a must.  In the digital media industry, data is often organized in Media Asset Management (MAM) Systems. There are countless one of them out there, some very complex, some a little more easy to use. What MAM you are using depends mostly on your workflow requirements and the […]

Tape-Drive Cleaning

February 4, 2013 – Disk and tape drives both use a thin magnetic film layer to store Bits of your data, which are impressed on this film via a magnetic read/write head. A disk drive is produced in a super-clean dust-free environment and the disks that are coated with the magnetic film are enclosed in a hermetically sealed encapsulation. While reading or writing data, the disks are quickly spinning and the magnetic heads are not in direct contact with the disks, but are separated by a thin layer of air in between. In contrast, the tape drive’s head and the […]

We love P4 Archive

January 3, 2013 – We love P4 Archive. We think it is a unique product within its market that will get more and more attention in the years to come.  But we have also noticed that archiving can sometimes be an uncomfortable topic. Why are some people not as excited about archive as others? We think there is one simple explanation. People are pushing the topic off until later, even though they know it is a pressing topic. The reason they do this is because archiving seems to be such a huge project that you never get around to starting […]

To Backup or to Archive, That is the Question!

December 3, 2012 – PresSTORE comes with a Backup and an Archive module. Both can use tape to save a copy of the data offline. So what exactly is the difference then? To Backup means to create a safety copy. Ideally, one will never need to use this copy. However, equipment fails and accidents happen. That is when you need to reach for the backup and recover either parts or all of your data. Accidents are generally twofold, either the online hardware fails and data in its most recent state that needs to be recovered gets lost, or the data […]

Scripts for PresSTORE P4

November 22, 2012 – About a year ago, we decided to put together a website with P4 scripts. This site features the work of our partners, as well as some of our own techs. This is the website with our sample scripts. The goal of this site is to show the functionality and logic of such scripting and to save system integrators some time. Many of our close partners have written scripts for very specific purposes.  One example is the PresSTORE Media Converter 3 by ToolsOnAir, an enhanced preview generator for P4. Another great example is Castor, a script package […]

LTFS Reality Check

May 7, 2012 – The fifth generation of the LTO (Linear Tape-Open) standard is known for its embracing of LTFS (Linear Tape File System). The goal of incorporating LTFS was to broaden LTO’s range of use, increase flexibility and facilitate the exchange and transport of data. It provides users disk-like access to browsing and OS level functionality without the need for software. But while LTFS does represent a major milestone for tape-based archiving, much work still remains to be done before this technology can be considered fully developed. Tape as a storage medium has historically had its share of detractors […]

CatDV and P4 Archive Integration

March 21, 2012 – After Apple announced that it would discontinue Final Cut Server, the search began for a good replacement. In many cases, the solution is CatDV by Square Box Systems. CatDV has become a very popular asset management system. It can provide entire video workgroups with a DAM and automation solution. Now there is an improved way to connect CatDV to P4 Archive, called Castor. This will help you connect your asset management to a tape storage system. Castor is a script package that ties P4 to CatDV. More information about this great tool can be found at our […]

P4 Training MasterClass

March 19, 2012 – Our English distributor JPY runs regular technical trainings for their P4 reseller network. They have recorded a training session and made it available as a free web-resource. In the P4 MasterClass you’ll learn how to install, configure and troubleshoot P4 via a collection of HD videos. Join David Fox as he presents a training course to engineers from UK resellers, including live demos, questions from the audience and whiteboard explanations. Videos available at masterclass.jpy.com.