StorageDNA Supports File-Based Workflows With Media Archive, Retrieval

The Sports Video Group is pleased to welcome StorageDNA as a corporate sponsor. Since 2004, the company has helped film, video, and broadcast professionals master their digital workflow to enable them to work more efficiently and reduce costs.

Media professionals face many challenges due to the phenomenal growth of file-based workflows and media, including how to store and protect this content and how to find and restore assets when needed. StorageDNA creates reliable LTO LTFS archive and retrieval workflow solutions that optimize management and delivery of file-based digital media.

“We look forward to providing our expertise to Sports Video Group members in support of their transition to file-based workflows,” says Jeff Krueger, VP, worldwide sales. “Our commitment to innovation and our advanced technologies will help organizations manage all of their assets in production, playout, and digital coaching solutions. We are excited about working with the Sports Video Group and pleased to become a new sponsor.”

StorageDNA recently announced that its DNA Evolution media-storage platform has been selected as the archive and retrieval workflow solution for UCLA Athletics’ Video Operations Department. UCLA Athletics chose the LTO-5 LTFS because it supports migration to tapeless acquisition and helps reduce SAN storage costs. The UCLA athletic program now records more footage on chips than on tape and, after losing an unsalvageable drive with irreplaceable footage, wanted to prevent another costly mistake.

“Having high-value content stored on FireWire drives made us very nervous. Our reseller, Key Code Media, recommended the technology to us as a cost-effective yet reliable LTO-5 archive and retrieval solution,” says Ken Norris, director of video operations for UCLA Athletics. “We liked how StorageDNA uses LTFS technology and provides more-robust tools than Explorer or Finder to access our footage. Our overall cost to archive on an LTO-5 tape, with a 30-year shelf life, is now less than 5¢ per gigabyte.

“Prior to integrating DNA Evolution, we experienced a catastrophic failure,” he continues. “Now we take comfort in knowing that our content is protected and we can easily access and restore our assets whenever we need to. DNA Evolution has extended the life of our existing SAN, and we now have an efficient, automated archive workflow without having to rely on staff to remember to back up footage. This technology helps us solve our challenges with file-based content acquisition and has integrated seamlessly with our XOS Digital video platform.”