Government agencies from federal and state departments to supporting civilian agencies are looking for easy and affordable means to store critical data and rich media that is secure, fast and high capacity. The LTO Program demonstrated these capabilities at the December Government Video Expo (GV Expo) conference in Washington DC.
Government Video Expo is the East Coast’s largest technology event designed for video, broadcast and AV professionals, where cutting edge technology is featured and conference programs are designed to teach, enlighten and inspire. As one attendee, a director of photography, enthusiastically exclaimed, “GV Expo was excellent! My favorite part of the show was meeting top exhibitors…” Attendees were inspired at the LTO Program booth where they could cozy up to high capacity and high speed LTO generation 7 tape drives and cartridges (Figure 1).
As you may know by now, LTO-7 technology is the latest generation of the successful storage medium. Since the introduction of LTO tape in the year 2000, over 5M LTO tape drives and over 280M LTO cartridges have shipped to all industries around the world. Industries that must secure and store rich media, including video, audio, pictures, pdfs, film and more, are keenly interested in LTO-7 tape and the Linear Tape File System (LTFS).
Users Express Love for LTO Tape
Many executives and storage managers visited the LTO program booth to discuss the attributes of LTO tape and to gather info on implementing LTO generation 7 and its outstanding benefits. Maryland Public Television, which is commonly known by its familiar name “MPT,” is a public network that comprises six television stations that broadcast throughout Maryland as well as into the District of Columbia and parts of several neighboring states. Harry Vaughn, MPT Managing Director of Production Operations, and George Beneman II, MPT Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer (Figure 2), visited with LTO program representatives and described how they make acute use of LTO technology to securely store MPT’s rich media, including important Avid files. They were intrigued by LTO-7 tape’s impressive speed, high capacity and backwards compatibility with previous generations. This translates to improved productivity, enhanced space utilization and investment protection.
Theater Crowd ‘Wowed’ by LTO-7 Presentation
GV Expo featured a presentation theatre where LTO Program representative Shawn Brume (Figure 3) shared LTO-7 attributes and how LTO users can upgrade to LTO generation 7. Users were excited to learn that LTO-7 drives can read and write a gen-6 cartridge and can read a gen-5 cartridge, helping to protect the investments in previous generations and make the implementation a smooth process. Brume entertained audience questions, including one that inquired whether gen-7 would support LTFS. The answer is a resounding yes. With LTFS, accessing data and rich media stored on an LTO Ultrium tape cartridge is as easy and intuitive as using a USB flash drive. With the operating system’s graphical file manager and directory tree, utilizing data on an LTO Ultrium tape cartridge with LTFS is as simple as dragging and dropping the file to and from the tape.
The LTO Program presented the technology at a half dozen business shows this year and will travel the world again in 2016. Stay tuned for news on where the program will be next!