Cache-A has launched a new, more flexible and more durable version of its Prime-Cache5 desktop archive device. The appliance, which is claimed to run quiet enough for on-set use, has improved connectivity as well as support for the LTFS open file system which is rapidly gaining popularity. The rugged metal chassis includes a Raid array of 2.5” disks for very fast transfer speeds. Also in the chassis is an LTO tape drive for archiving data. The LTFS file system abstracts the file structure from the physical medium, so tapes written with LTFS can be read by any system which also recognises the standard. This is an important element in maintaining data over a long life, and for disaster recovery. It also means that the Prime-Cache5 can be used as an on-location data transfer device, secure in the knowledge that the data tapes will be readable when they reach the post house, without worrying about specific systems and formats. To fit seamlessly into any file-based workflow the device has dual gigabit ethernet ports, plus two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports. The management software includes queue management and high-speed data dubbing. Price is quoted as $7995.