Media Archiving Made Easy

Jan 22, 2011 BY Administrator

LTO (Linear Tape Open) is a technology that was originally developed in the late 1990s by HP, IBM and Seagate to provide an option in tape storage. LTO technology is an "open standard" technology, which means that users will have multiple sources of product and media, enabling compatibility between different vendors' offerings.

But what does all this mean? And what does this mean for us? The rise of data-rich HD video standards and tapeless formats begs the question: What do you do with all the media? Normally you're stuck with two options: trash the media or back it up.

Simply throwing away the media you spent hours shooting or editing would be the quickest solution of "dealing" with it. But if you might need that data again, why do something rash when there are options.

Copying all the media onto a portable hard drive or two portable hard drives for redundancy will temporarily put your mind to rest. Although not completely. Most of us have experienced the tragedy of having a dead hard drive in our hands - you almost wish there was a defibrillator in your reach that could save the small device.

If a backup drive does fail, data recovery companies will charge an arm and leg to recover your media, but then you have to ask yourself: how much is the media worth to me? There's no reason we should be putting a price tag on the media we own if we go through the proper steps of archiving and redundancy.

Taking the time to lay off the raw or edited media to a tape format is another option. Planet Vox has been using LTO archiving for almost two years. We back up our footage and project files onto LTO-4 cartridges through our network. The LTO technology is a powerful answer to our growing demands of data protection. The cartridges have a shelf life of 15 years or more and the LTO-4 cartridges can hold up to 800GB of native media. LTO-5 has recently been released with a capacity of 1.5 TB native or 3TB compressed.

But I thought the reason we're shooting on tapeless technology was to eliminate the usage of tape!! Until we can upload terabytes to the cloud, tape is likely to be part of our data storage solution.