The Mill, a London-based visual effects studio, has implemented 15 Tandberg LTO-4 tape drives for rapid backup of digital video. The company decided to opt for tape backup rather than disk-based backup on speed of throughput and cost grounds.
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The Mill has seen increasing amounts of digital video use, which means its 15 editing suites require a total of approximately 40 TB of storage for backups. The company decided to go for tape because providing disk-based backup would have required a storage-area network (SAN) with high throughput speeds that could match that of LTO-4, which is about 120 Mbps uncompressed.
"We spent £2,000 on a tape drive for each of 15 video workstations. The alternative would have been £200,000 on at least one high-end SAN to meet our bandwidth requirements," said Paul Crisp, systems software manager at The Mill.
The search for a vendor was narrowed by a requirement that tape drives had to have Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity because these were the only card slots available to use in their edit suite workstations. "Tandberg was the only vendor that could give us single, standalone Fibre Channel drives," Crisp said.
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