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XenData: Teaming on storage with Marquis Project

XenData and Marquis Broadcast recently launched a new version of Marquis’ Project Parking software that analyzes all content on shared edit storage allowing Avid projects to be copied to a XenData system.

The goal is to allow finished projects to be deleted from more expensive edit storage. For current projects, snapshots may be copied to the XenData technology and then updated incrementally to provide data protection. The system allows the management of offline LTO or Sony optical disc archive (ODA) cartridges.

If a project needs to be restored, Project Parking will identify any offline cartridges, allowing the user to migrate the whole project or selected content back to edit storage by importing the cartridges into a robotic library, or inserting into an ODA/LTO drive.

“Project Parking allows you to take control of your Avid shared edit storage because it understands the relationships between Avid projects, folders and bins, and all its media,” said Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis. “Then having obtained this full picture, it is easy to select projects for transfer to the XenData archive.”

“The lack of data protection for content on shared edit storage has been a major problem within the industry for years, and a failure of the edit storage will typically have disastrous consequences,” added XenData CEO, Phil Storey. “Now, we’ve addressed this issue for Avid users with the enhanced Project Parking. It is easy to implement a two-part strategy where completed projects are moved to secure LTO or ODA cartridges, freeing up space on the edit storage, and current projects are backed up using the incremental snapshot capabilities of Project Parking.”