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News: Cache-A Unveils Trailblazing Archiving Features At NAB 2013
on Apr 5, 2013 at 8:04:43 pm

Fast simultaneous LTFS copies and operational enhancements make Cache-A archiving even more productive for media and entertainment users

(NAB 2013, Las Vegas--April 5, 2013) Booth #SL11109 – Cache-A Corporation, manufacturer of award-winning archiving appliances for the media and entertainment industries, will unveil a set of new, trailblazing productivity features that make archiving even faster and more efficient, as it debuts its complete range of LTO-6 LTFS appliances, at NAB 2013 (Cache-A Booth #SL11109), Las Vegas.

Cache-A will premiere its complete LTO-6 product family at NAB 2013: desktop Prime-Cache6, flagship Pro-Cache6, high-performance Power-Cache, and flexible Library 24/48 automation systems. With the introduction of LTO-6, Cache-A is also unleashing a brand new set of industry-leading features that significantly boost productivity in archive operations.

“Read once/write multiple” – simultaneous high-speed LTO-tape duplication:
Cache-A will showcase “Read Once/write multiple”, a unique, high-speed, LTO-tape copying capability. This groundbreaking advance allows archivists to make concurrent duplicate LTFS tape copies, rather than sequential copies, delivering dramatic boosts to productivity and vital time-savings. With this feature, the Pro-Cache model can create two simultaneous LTFS tape copies, and the Power-Cache model can create up to four simultaneous copies. This dramatically improves the workflow and speeds up the delivery of copies for production, post production, main archive and offsite disaster recovery.

“The really powerful thing about the way Cache-A has implemented multiple, simultaneous duplicate tapes is that the content on the source is only read once from network attached volumes or direct attached storage,” said Ken Fuhrman, VP of Engineering for Cache-A, “This means that without any additional strain on storage and networking resources Cache-A can deliver multiple copies at close to the same speed as a single copy.”

“Discovery” and quick metadata access on LTFS tapes:
Based on collaborative work with Discovery Channel, Cache-A has developed the ability to format LTFS tapes such that metadata.xml files are automatically placed in the index partition, which allows Cache-A tapes to conform to the “Discovery Communications File Based Footage Delivery Policy v2.0” specification. This metadata file can be easily restored at a later date, slashing access time for that information. Custom policies allow users to specify their own files for this special treatment.

Also new for NAB 2013 are several powerful features that Cache-A has been shipping in its current release, including:

Command Queue features:
Cache-A’s powerful new command queue feature lets users stack-up archive and restore operations for each LTO drive in their library. The command queue can now be edited and prioritized, delivering maximum flexibility in automated archive/restore operations. New dialogs also confirm the status of archive/restore operations and improve management of Cache-A Library systems.

Email Notifications
Cache-A has introduced a host of new operational tools and improvements, which increase archiving efficiency even further. Users can now receive e-mail notifications upon the completion of archive/restore sessions on their smartphone or computer, giving them the freedom to engage in other activities, and the confidence that they will be emailed upon successful completion, or advised in case of any error.

MD5 checksums:
As part of its continuous quest to provide users with the highest confidence in the integrity of the archives they manage, Cache-A has added calculation of MD5 checksums of each file in an archive session. This makes possible a range of double-checks to give users and even higher level of assurance in the data accuracy.

“Media and entertainment users can store more and archive faster with the new generation of Cache-A LTO-6 appliances,” said Phil Ritti, CEO of Cache-A. “The boosts in productivity, delivered by the latest Cache-A innovations, are particularly advantageous as they give users increased archiving speed, data mobility and the ability to share content organization-wide in new and exciting ways.”

About Cache-A Corporation:
Cache-A’s award-winning, archive appliances are employed daily by thousands of users worldwide, in media/entertainment, Fortune 500 corporations, government departments, higher-education and houses of worship, to securely archive, search and retrieve vital digital assets. The company was founded in 2008 with a dedication to make archiving easy, and combines extensive experience in data storage and video media, with a reputation for delivering innovation and excellence to digital media professionals at a reasonable cost. Cache-A’s product range includes desktop and rack-mount appliances that are compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux/Unix networking infrastructures. Renowned for their ease-of-use, Cache-A products deliver leading-edge performance in video and digital film workflows, and lead the field in using the secure, portable, interchangeable, industry-standard LTFS and tar formats on LTO-6 media. Cache-A’s Pro-Cache was awarded Creative COW’s prestigious Blue Ribbon in 2011 for “Best Archiving System”, and Power-Cache won Studio Daily’s 2012 Prime Award for “Best User Interface/User Experience”.


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