StorageDNA Intros Next-Gen Archive/Retrieval

StorageDNA (Booth SL11116) launched the latest version of its archive- and retrieval-workflow solution DNA Evolution this week.

DNA Evolution 3.0 workflow solution combines nearline and archive storage on LTO tape, enabling substantial cost saving. Built on Linear Tape Open (LTO) and Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technologies, DNA Evolution 3.0 was designed to help media professionals manage digital content with unprecedented performance levels and lower storage costs as they transition to file-based pipelines.

Features of DNA Evolution 3.0

  • A new archive-engine accelerator and direct-connect architecture help users take control of growing storage costs by keeping more content on secondary storage, with the ability to quickly retrieve it when needed.
  • Direct-access nature of LTFS is maximized to speed advanced media workflows and help users save time.
  • Archive workflow is provided for any media pipeline: Web interface, drag and drop, camera masters, watch folder, AAF/XML/EDL, third-party (Automatic Duck, CatDV, Avid Interplay).
  • Long-term assets are protected, with data kept safe via checksums, periodic tape verification, and timers for annual reverification.
  • Multiple archive stations are easily added, and a single point of control, search, and management is maintained.
  • Workflows are streamlined to work more efficiently and save significant storage costs.

Key New Features of Advanced Technologies

  • XSIO: Archive Engine Accelerator. Combining a shared SAN/NAS storage accelerator with the ability to use multiple high-speed and reliable LTO tapes, DNA Evolution helps users keep primary storage costs in check by keeping more content on LTO and quickly retrieving content when needed.
  • Smart Access LTO. Cost savings and efficiencies are achieved with direct controlled access to LTO tape from third-party applications, such as transcoding, preview, partial restore, and playout.
  • Restore and conform from LTO. DNA Evolution is capable of conforming high-resolution media from LTO, now with ARRIRAW and other format support. Users also have the ability to restore files and folders via a Web interface or use AAF/XML to restore offline sequences.
  • Open Data and Metadata. DNA Evolution enables 100% open data and metadata. All content is stored in open LTFS format on LTO tape, and all metadata is extracted and stored in open XML, ensuring future access.
  • Smart Browse. In addition to built-in advanced media-asset–management features for browse and search, Smart Browse maximizes use of metadata in the pipeline and accelerates field and post workflows with advanced metadata extraction, indexing, and search engine.
  • Drag ’n’ Drop Tagging. Full integration into OpenMeta tagging applications provides an easy way for users to tag, add user comments, and ratings for files and folders via drag and drop on the Finder and desktop.

Version 3.0 of DNA Evolution is expected to be available in the second half of the year. The Company is currently offering a sales promotion.

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