Media and Entertainment:
Of all industries, Media and Entertainment has the longest history of using tape to store media files due to the large size of those files. However LTFS together with EchoLeaf now offers much greater flexibility for the use of tape within M&E workflows
First, LTFS and EchoLeaf can be used for remote-site to central-site consolidation. Affordable LTO / LTFS single-drive systems are available so even the smallest production facility can write their data files to LTFS tapes for transport. With a small amount of preplanning, EchoLeaf can consolidate all of the tapes as they arrive into a central archive, where media files can be made available to anyone in the organization from a centralized robotic tape library.
Of course EchoLeaf supports any security measures that may be in place, but once tapes are added to the system (Note: No copy time is needed.) files can be immediately available for review or for editing. EchoLeaf will even support other automated workflows, for example, creating web-viewable proxies, by making files available to any application that can “see” and use files on the local network.
By policy, EchoLeaf can also be set to make protection copies of assets either as separate files on the same tape, separate files on physically separate media, or separate files that by policy are copied to a secondary geographic site.
The flexibility of LTFS and EchoLeaf allows smaller EchoLeaf systems to be used at even remote production facilities, where either the system itself or just the tapes can be brought back to a central production facility.
Note that EchoLeaf “protection copy” features can be turned on with even the smallest EchoLeaf system.