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News: DISK Archive Corporation’s ALTO FM Hybrid Cloud Solution Breaks Cost Barrier for Long-form Storage
on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:37:30 pm

(Reading, United Kingdom--August 25, 2014) Disk Archive Corporation and Squared Paper Ltd. have announced ALTO FM, a new hybrid storage concept which overcomes the high costs that have made the cloud unusable as a storage platform for long-form broadcast content in native resolution.

ALTO FM combines the speed and accessibility of ALTO’s on-site long term disk storage technology with the ultimate security of content replication in the cloud. The system eliminates the cost of bandwidth-intensive downloads for routine operational use, since the content for production workflows is held locally on the ALTO system, and the cloud-based copies are used only as a last resort. ALTO FM offers a multi-petabyte class solution with ultra-low TCO for broadcasters and media companies who need secure and affordable storage for DPP/AS11 tapeless operations.

Squared Paper’s ALTO File Manager interface provides API-level linking to MAM, automation, and archive management systems, allowing the ALTO to be integrated and scaled from a standalone workgroup library to a very large enterprise archive. Fast search of the archive is provided through ALTO FM’s database, and the software handles connections and communications with the MAM and any automation systems, together with disk conditioning, monitoring and management. The software can be hosted on ALTO’s internal processor with a web-based UI for monitoring and triggering tasks, or on a separate server for larger configurations.

“ALTO FM’s simple web-based user interface and direct emulation of existing archive control protocols makes it easy to integrate with legacy systems and combine an unlimited number of ALTO units into one large storage system that incorporates cloud-based storage without the extreme cost of routine downloads,” said Alan Hoggarth, Managing Director, Disk Archive Corporation.

More information about Disk Archive Corporation and its products is available at

About Disk Archive Corporation
Disk Archive Corporation Ltd. ( develops high capacity, high availability solutions for long-term, large-volume, completely tapeless storage of Media files. DAC’s ALTO archive storage systems use leading-edge disk drive technology to offer performance and economic benefits over Data Tape Libraries, allowing media companies to accommodate new strategies for data protection and complete the transition to fully tapeless operation. ALTO is optimized for longevity, security and performance, with a very low total cost of ownership and low environmental impact. Compared to conventional archive systems, ALTO is easier to own and more affordable to operate. Established in 2009, Disk Archive Corporation is a privately-owned company drawing on more than 15 years experience designing, delivering and supporting Media Storage, Media Asset Management and Archive Management solutions.


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