“Cache-A makes LTO archiving very accessible, and their solutions are scalable – they can grow as your requirements grow.”
- Karma Foley, archivist, Smithsonian Channel
Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and The Smithsonian Institution, maintains a large collection of original field footage, as well as production copies of archival footage from the Smithsonian Institution, the US National Archives and organizations such as NASA. To keep these treasured assets protected for the long-term, while also maintaining a working archive, Smithsonian Channel made the strategic decision to base its archive future around LTO-tape, using the LTFS format, and harnessed Cache-A archive equipment to undertake this vital aspect of its work. Older productions, shot mainly on videotape, are now being systematically digitized, and transferred to LTO-tape, alongside newer programs, that have been shot and post produced using file-based tools and formats. Archivist Karma Foley says, “We looked closely at several companies offering LTO appliances, and felt Cache-A was the most approachable and offered the most user-friendly technology. Very attractive to us was the Cache-A web interface that allows staff in different areas of the office to write tapes and retrieve materials. Furthermore, we did not want to be locked into software or hardware decisions in the future, so we really liked Cache-A’s commitment to supporting open file formats, with tar and LTFS, as this would allow us to retrieve material down the line irrespective of the appliance in the future.”
“When it comes to archiving, you get what you pay for. If you want to save yourself a lot of time, and grief, buy Cache-A. It works.”
REDLab Digital is a full-service, post-production facility, providing services to a variety of major Hollywood movies, TV series and commercials– from on-set dailies, editorial conform to DI grading, plus VFX, sound and digital mastering, including DCP for theatrical release, and archival. “We needed a bullet-proof solution, from the most reputable manufacturer, that would perform flawlessly right out-of-the-box,” says Andy Hunter, owner and Flame artist at REDLab. Asking around, and researching on-line, Cache-A was the name that kept coming up, discovering that Cache-A build systems are specifically designed the media and entertainment industry. Ultimately REDLAb found the performance of Cache-A archive appliances, and features like Simul-Copy, to be, “Authentic and absolutely rock-solid.” The company now uses Cache-A LTFS LTO-tape archive appliances; Power-Cache6 with Simul-Copy™ LTO duplication & 10GbE throughput and Pro-Cache5, with a single LTO-5 tape slot, plus 10GbE connectivity, as its frontline toolset to deliver fast, long term protection for original, digital camera negative, and other crucial post-production assets.
“Power-Cache delivers a well-rounded archive solution. You’d be hard pressed to find anything as versatile, with so many features and support, from any other manufacturer.”
- Ian Fritzsche; Campus Engineer, Southeastern University.
Southeastern University’s Communications Department state-of-the-art HD facility provides students with hands-on training in broadcasting, journalism, public relations, film production and the theatre. The facilities are also used to produce a range of promotional videos, concerts and shows. Their challenge was keeping media available for editorial and archiving, on a budget. The upgrade to HD increased data at least six fold. The University also needed to be able to keep content live and accessible for editorial via shared storage, and somewhere to safely store all of the material created in the department. However, they did not have the budget for a large, separate SAN, or the associated hardware and software technologies. Power-Cache and Library24 LTO-6 systems are now at the heart of the workflow going, “way beyond just archiving – they play an important role in our overall data workflow too,” according to Ian Fritzche, Campus Engineer. He shares, “During my research, what surprised me about archiving was that most companies did not sell one complete off-the-shelf solution. I would have to pick-and-choose hardware and software from different companies, and quite frankly I didn’t have the time, nor the budget, for that. When I started looking at Cache-A I got another, more pleasant surprise – that their products combine RAID0 or RAID5 NAS capability with the latest LTO-6 generation storage, in one simple, expandable package that could grow with us.
“Everything we do comes from a mind-set of saving materials for both posterity and future use. That’s why we have a Pro-Cache…”
- Andy Underwood-Bultmann, media producer, Walker Art Center.
Along with the Museum Of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York, the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, and the Hirshhorn in Washington DC.- the Walker Art Center is one of the United States’ “big five” museums for modern art. With the preservation of artworks a key priority, the Walker has been a long-time user of Cache-A archive appliances, an early adopter of the Prime-Cache4, and more recently taking the Pro-Cache6. “It is vital for us to maintain records and archives that scholars and archivists can visit in the future,” says media producer, Andy Underwood-Bultmann. He notes, “That’s why we have Cache-A at the heart of our LTO-tape archive strategy.” Having such a positive experience with the Prime-Cache4, I suggested they take advantage of Cache-A’s Pro-Cache6, as it was the most recent appliance, with 6TB RAID capacity for staging footage before the archive, and enlarged 2.5TB LTO-6 tape capacity. Furthermore, I knew the Pro-Cache-6 would also be able to read our LTO-4 tapes. So it made great sense, and gave us greater security, to have two Cache-A appliances working side-by-side.”