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Will Luker
Where can I find an Archiware Guru?
on May 5, 2016 at 8:38:41 pm

Who we are:
We are an innovation company in Detroit that tackles life's greatest challenges and develop products that reach millions every month. We have no debt, no investors and hire the best and brightest from all over the world.

Our HQ is in Detroit, but we also have workers all across the globe. We spend a lot of time and effort to create documentation and research, and in doing so we have amassed terabytes of data that is housed locally and in the

cloud. We have a large fleet of drones, along with Red Dragon camera and brushless gimbals.

The Vision:
We want to be able to leverage footage we shoot without having to worry about running out of space. Our editors know where stuff is stored, and assets are easy to find. Things that are stored to tape are reliable, easy to

recover with 100% data integrity. Our LTO tape system is configured correctly and we don't need to constantly maintain or monitor it because it just works as it's supposed to.

What we have:
Overland 48 slot LTO system with 2 LTO-6 drives
100 LTO-6 tapes
Archiware P5 installed on Ubuntu server (dedicated box) with SSD
Mac mini setup as a server, with 2x 28 TB DAS RAID Arrays (Areca & Pegasus)
10 gbps connections from editors, mac mini and LTO tape server
VMWare virtual server infrastructure
2x 2015 Mac Pros for video editing
GRAIDs and other external drives to temporarily save footage
40 TB FreeNAS business storage
100 TB FreeNAS archive storage

Background:
LTO server (archiware) has never been configured well
We wrote a lot of stuff to archive on tape but it wasn't deleting from the source
We used the tape system to backup our business files
We hired a consultant to redo the tape system, and he recovered all the data from the tapes and did a fresh install
After checking, we found there were some things on the tapes that were not recovered
Archiware is still not configured well, nor is it currently being used


Challenge:
How can we get everything off the old tapes, verify it, and setup archiware the way it works best for us? How can we set it up so we don't need to babysit it constantly? How can we make things faster and more efficient?

Goal:
Archiware is setup correctly
We have 100% of all data that were on the tapes
Archive / Backup jobs are logical and working correctly
Fast as possible
Support responds rapidly if issues arise
Maintenance is taken care of

Requirements:
Recover all data from our tapes
Configure Archiware to make use of backup and archive features
Make sure automatic cleaning works
Create backup and archive plan so we know what tapes need to be onsite/offsite
Ensure everything is redundant
Configure jobs and set the schedules

Let's make use of what we have, identify what we need and solve this problem the right way so we don't have to revisit this in the future. Do you know of anyone who is an Archiware jedi?


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