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News: XenData Open Archive Approach Streamlines Disaster Recovery Needs for PBS
on Mar 25, 2014 at 5:26:27 pm

PBS Leverages XenData Clustered SX-525 to Create Fully Redundant LTO Archives

(Walnut Creek, California--March 25, 2014) XenData, the leading provider of LTO archive solutions to the media and entertainment industry, today announces that it has been chosen by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), to help streamline its disaster recovery needs. By leveraging the XenData SX-525, an LTO archive server cluster for high availability, PBS is creating a full program origination system for its disaster recovery site in Lincoln, Nebraska.

As PBS houses both real-time and non-real time systems, it was looking for a shared storage solution that was compatible with both. By leveraging the SX-525 archive server, PBS established a common cache storage system, meaning all of the files, both real time and non-real time, are easily accessible to both systems. The SX-525 in the disaster recovery site supports the network should PBS’ network operations center (NOC), headquartered in Virginia, experience downtime. It is continually available to accept files and scripts deposited by PBS. Furthermore, XenData’s SX-525 functions as a stand-alone archive server within the PBS facility.

Because the SX-525 solution supports writing to LTO-5 and LTO-6 using the LTFS interchange or open standard TAR format, PBS was not required to use proprietary formats. This means PBS can be sure that its content is accessible for years to come, making it particularly suited for long-term data archive. Furthermore, the server cluster scales to provide multiple Petabytes of near-line LTO storage.

XenData’s fully supported clustered server meets all the requirements for our disaster recovery site,” said James Cutright, Director, Project Management at PBS. “With compatibility for real and non-real time systems, ample bandwidth, an open format and their willingness to adapt and tailor the solution to meet our needs, we have been very pleased with the SX-525 product and XenData’s technical team who have provided system design and integration services above and beyond expectations.”

The XenData SX-525 supports one or more LTO libraries connected via fibre channel and includes two servers running Windows Server 2012 in a clustered configuration with a fully redundant RAID cache. The SX-525 supports most enterprise-class robotic LTO libraries, including models from HP, IBM, Oracle, Qualstar, Quantum and Spectra Logic. It may be configured to mirror files across two LTO libraries, creating a fully redundant LTO archive system with no single point of failure.

“As PBS provides enriching programming across the nation, we are glad to have been chosen to provide them with a fully redundant archive solution, helping them preserve their media for generations to come,” said Phil Storey, XenData CEO. “By leveraging our SX-525 server cluster, PBS is guaranteed a seamless user experience while also ensuring there is never a disruption in programming.”

About XenData
XenData is a leading provider of digital video archiving solutions tailored specifically to serve the media and entertainment industry – with typical customers being TV stations, global broadcasters, media service providers, video production and media departments within large corporations and government organizations. XenData’s solutions range from cost-effective LTO workstation archives to multiple petabyte server systems. XenData archive servers have a network attached storage (NAS) architecture and are compatible with a broad range of third party media applications. They can be accessed via a standard file-folder structure or by using an XML API, providing the high-performance and functionality required to meet today and tomorrow’s demanding digital video applications. With over 600 digital video archive servers managing robotic libraries installed in over 50 countries worldwide, XenData is trusted by some of the largest media companies. For more information visit:


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