SGL Press Release

SGL announces LTFS implementation transforming digital media workflows

Fareham, UK - 9th February 2011 - Software Generation Limited (SGL), a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is leading the field with the implementation of the innovative Linear Tape File System (LTFS) with the potential to significantly change broadcast workflows. SGL will have a real-world demonstration of this cutting-edge solution on its stand (N2821) at NAB in April 2011.

Traditionally data is written to a media archive in a proprietary format, which means there is no interoperability between systems from different vendors. Additionally, archive libraries can generally only be controlled by archive management systems. However, with the advent of the LTO Program (HP, IBM & Quantum) LTFS, this is no longer the case. Specific LTO-5 and all future LTO tape formats will support LTFS and enable true interoperability between what were once disparate systems.

As well as the broadcast sector this approach has wide implications for post-production and acquisition workflows where content can be acquired to disk on location, dragged and dropped to data tape and then the tape transported back to a facility. This removes the need to re-ingest content to the archive and also enables large amounts of data to be transported and archived on a single LTO-5 tape (1.6TB).

Howard Twine, SGL Product Manager, says "LTFS changes the landscape of media archiving and for the first time allows true interoperability between different vendors. The implementation of LTFS is the next natural progression for SGL and we are delighted to announce that we are leading the way with its development in the archive environment. We will have a full demonstration at NAB and invite visitors to see the next generation of archiving on stand N2821."

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