QLS Archive for CatDV Integrates with Quantum Lattus and StorNext
Square Box Systems, developers of CatDV media asset management software, have now integrated the QLS Archive plug-in for CatDV with the Lattus object storage system from Quantum. This integration makes it possible for CatDV users to work with the object storage tools in Lattus in a policy-driven, tiered environment powered by the Quantum StorNext workflow storage platform. The resulting system can support high-resolution workflows and dispersed collaboration during normal operation, and is comprehensive and robust enough to work as a disaster recovery unit, supporting continuous production during disaster situations.
QLS Archive for CatDV has already supported StorNext for some time, in order to establish visibility into media assets as they move through the storage system, whether content is on disk or archived on tape for long-term preservation. Extending QLS Archive to Quantum Lattus object stores adds a relatively affordable option for storage infrastructure that can be deployed quickly and be used to automate the global protection and replication of data.
Lattus is object-based, metadata-rich online storage, accessible from many types of devices, that scales to hundreds of petabytes more economically than primary storage, often with better performance than tape. Lattus may also be useful for its global replication for multisite access, and the durable nature of its data storage that can span different generations of hardware. Its fault tolerance is based on self-healing software that continuously checks and optimises its state and automatically adapts to varying conditions, such as changes in demand and recuperation from failures.
Taking all of these qualities together, the integration of QLS Archive, Lattus and StorNext gives CatDV users multisite data protection with disaster recovery and business continuity in case of a site loss. QLS Archive includes new functionality that uses StorNext and Lattus to track and time-stamp assets as they are synchronized at remote sites. As well as status updates on content movement, QLS Archive enables automatic reconstruction of files at remote sites when the primary site is lost.
QLS Archive is able to track further media repositories and present complete information in the CatDV interface. Visible from any site via CatDV, assets may be selected for duplication or relocation to traditional tape and/or Lattus storage to set up tiered storage of media. For example, QLS Archive uses a CatDV Worker Node for automatic file movement in the StorNext environment – which means editorial workstations do not have to be used for this manual task. The Worker Node has extended tools, available in the CatDV interface, for invoking file movement operations and schedules file movement requests for better bandwidth management. www.squarebox.com