The solution frees up edit storage and creates and protects valuable assets by generating copies on one or more replica LTO tape cartridges. The combined solution runs Marquis Project Parking software on a XenData SX-10 LTO-5 Archive Appliance, creating an LTO-5 server for archiving and restoring Avid Media Composer projects. The Project Parking software enables the user to move entire projects from multiple local or shared workspaces to LTO. It will not only show if a project has been previously archived and if so when it was last modified, but also if a project has already been archived it will update that archive and move across any new media or changed project files. The restore operation is equally straight forward: it lists all of the archived Avid Projects on LTO, describes when the archive was made and details the number of versions that are available along with user comments. The user can then choose which version and where to restore the Avid Project.
The XenData SX-10 is a 1U rack mount appliance which manages LTO-5 tape drives or a robotic LTO tape library. Compatible tape libraries include models from Dell, HP, IBM, Overland Storage, Qualstar, Quantum, Spectra Logic and Tandberg. The solution provides comprehensive management of the LTO cartridges including automatic replication of LTO tapes. It manages an unlimited number of offline LTO cartridges, effectively providing an infinite archive capacity. If any attempt is made to restore a file from an offline LTO tape, the system identifies the barcode or name of the offline tape and provides an on-screen notification or email alert.