Outstanding Content Storage – Starring LTFS!

When you’re storing digital movie footage, saving post-production iterations or archiving broadcast ensembles, you must cast a leading role for outstanding storage! It’s imperative to have reliable backup and archive systems in place to store large amounts of content at a low cost. It’s hard to beat the economic value of tape, and, when you need a system that is reliable, easy and intuitive, LTO technology with the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) should take the starring roles in IT production. In this BlogBytes, we’ll take a behind the scenes look at the magic behind the LTFS technology and review how two video production firms use LTO tape and LTFS to protect media content and save time and money.

LTFS behind the Scenes

How does LTFS make tape easier to use than ever before? After a standard LTO-5, -6, or -7 tape cartridge is formatted with LTFS, the tape appears in your operating systems directory tree list.1 From there, you can drag and drop files to and from the tape, making the use of tape easy and intuitive like using disk or USB drives. This is possible because LTFS formats the tape into two partitions. The first small partition stores the index, metadata and pointers to each file. The second large partition stores the content files. When the cartridge is loaded in a tape drive, information from the first partition is copied to the workstation or server memory for quick reference. This allows fast access to the content files in the second partition – ingenious! LTFS can be used with standalone tape drives as well as tape libraries integrated with disk and flash drives. Additionally, it can work with workflow archive systems for policy driven tiered storage management. See a list of LTFS implementers here.

Users Cast LTFS in a Leading Role

LTO technology and LTFS have become the standard for content storage in the media and entertainment industry. You can find LTFS being used in a variety of rich media environments. Let’s get to know two video producers and learn more about how they manage their valuable media assets.

Digital Film Tree (DFT) is a full service post production facility that services television and film projects. With high-definition cameras demanding ever increasing storage reserves, Digital Film Tree needed a solution with high capacity, high performance and a technology roadmap they could trust.   Not forgetting the requirements for a reliable long-term storage solution that would allow fast access to the content for current and future reference. DFT turned to LTO tape with LTFS for reliable backup and archiving as well as transportability both on set and on location. Watch the full Digital Film Tree video profile here.

BAMM.TV is a San Francisco based music video production and distribution studio that caters to independent artists. They produce an average of 1TB of content every week which needs to be stored for many years and repurposed for future projects. They found that removable hard disks did not meet their cost and reliability criteria, so they turned to LTO technology with LTFS which reduced their storage costs by 75 percent! After over a year of use, BAMM.TV’s 60 LTO-5 tapes have yet to fail! Watch the BAMM.TV video story here.

Come Visit LTO Technology Live at NAB – How Sweet is This?

LTFS has helped make LTO technology a rich media storage blockbuster not only in Hollywood, but also for worldwide production and broadcast organizations.

If you would like to see LTO-7 tape and LTFS in action, come visit the LTO Program team at the NAB Conference in Las Vegas, April 24-27 at booth SL10024. The LTO Program will be presenting “Preparing for the Worst: Making Sure You Don’t Lose Your Content in a Disaster” during the NAB Broadcast Facilities session on April 26 at 4:00 PM.

Want to get in the exhibition hall for free?  Use the LTO Program registration discount code LV2899

1 LTFS is supported on versions of Linux, MAC OS and MS Windows. Check with your vendor for specific OS version support.