Legacy LTO / HSM Migration
There are a wide range of reasons why businesses want to migrate away from their current archive solution – ranging from managing risk, concerns over legacy hardware, media degradation and format support. Many businesses also find themselves stuck with “closed format” solutions, based on legacy middleware that suffer escalating support costs, especially when compared to the lack of product development.
As businesses agree the need to migrate, the choices of what, where and how become overwhelming. Storage is a completely different picture from when closed format solutions went live and the change offers significant opportunities to businesses. By combining the right storage solutions with seamless architecture and “lights out” orchestration driving the entire process, businesses can flourish. Ortana has purposefully ensured Cubix is as storage agnostic as possible by integrating, via API, a range of on premise and cloud-based solutions.
A company’s main priority is to “not be here again” – and the key is to store media in an open format, not bound to any one vendor. The LTFS format is now well established within the media domain as a portable and easy to use format which critically has its specification and implementation within the public domain. This ensures it is easily supported by many vendors and guarantees support longevity for on premise storage. Ortana supports many HSMs that can write content in native LTFS format such as Quantum Artico and Xendata.
With significant reductions in cloud-based object storage, through providers like B2 Backblaze and Amazon Glacier, it has become an alternative to a second copy LTO. Egress costs can be a factor when building the model, but when viewed as a “last resort” copy and considering the high levels of durability these platforms offer in addition to MPAA compliance, it’s a low cost, low hassle option.
With 12TB HDD now standard in the marketplace, nearline based storage has also become a strong contender for content when combined with intelligent storage tiering. Cubix can fully automate this process, especially when complimented by such vendors as GB Labs’ wide range of hardware solutions, or even the MAID-based solution ALTO from Disk Archive.
To swap or to migrate? Some vendors suggest that “swapping” your LTO tapes from one HSM to another is the solution. Ortana knows that these libraries are often the linchpin of the organisation and any down time has significant negative impact and combined with the idea of these “one shot, one direction” migrations going wrong, can fill Media Managers with dread. Moreover, when following this route, simply moving tapes does not persist any editorial metadata or resolve many of the objectives around making content “more available”. Cubix not only manages the media, but also persists the editorial metadata from the existing archive also.
Given the high speeds that LTO delivers, combined with the scalability of Cubix, it is easily possible to migrate even the largest libraries in short timescales, whilst having zero down time on the archive. Whilst the content is being migrated to the desired destination solutions, Cubix can perform several tasks on the content to further augment the metadata, including basics such as proxy and waveform generation, through to AI based image detection and speech to text.
Ortana is a trusted partner in the management and deployment of business transformation projects, making full use of the Cubix architecture and the full range of integrations it offers. If you are considering an archive migration, please contact us today to discuss your requirements.