Tag Archives: Archive

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 […]

Build Your Own Archiware Appliance

by Josef Doods In this article, we are going to show you how easy it is to build your own Archiware P5 Appliance. To do this, we are using an HP ProLiant MicroServer and FreeNAS as an Open Source operating system. FreeNAS ist based on FreeBSD and is a free operating system for Network Attached Storage. Of course, its field of application is by no means limited to P5. Particularly as a file, print or media server, FreeNAS enjoys great popularity. Our main criterion for choosing the hardware for the P5 Appliance was worldwide availability. The goal being to configure a P5 […]

Build Your Own Archiware P5 Appliance – German

von Josef Doods In diesem Beitrag zeigen wir Ihnen, wie einfach es ist, eine eigene Archiware P5 Appliance zu bauen. Dazu verwenden wir einen HP ProLiant MicroServer und FreeNAS als Open Source-Betriebssystem. FreeNAS basiert auf FreeBSD und ist ein freies Betriebssystem für Network Attached Storage. Das Einsatzgebiet ist natürlich nicht auf P5 begrenzt. Insbesondere als File-, Print- und Medienserver erfreut sich FreeNAS großer Beliebtheit.   Das Hauptkriterium bei der Auswahl des Hardware-Herstellers für das Projekt „P5 Appliance“ ist für uns die weltweite Verfügbarkeit der Hardware. Unser Ziel ist es, eine P5 Appliance zu konfigurieren, die überall genauso nachgebaut werden kann. Nachfolgend die Anforderungen an die Hardware im Einzelnen: weltweite Verfügbarkeit und Service niedrige Geräusch- und Wärmeemission […]

Why P5 on FreeBSD?

– Scroll down for German version – by Josef Doods For years now, we have been asked which platform is best suited for our products. In the past, this question was easily answered, as Mac OS X fulfilled virtually all requirements for being recommended. Sure, there were a few weaknesses, such as the slightly aged HFS+ file system. But here, too, Apple was giving off signs of improvement with the integration of ZFS, but then it was never implemented. But in 2008, everything seemed to happen all at once and out of the blue. Apple was gradually pulling out of […]

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 […]