The XenData SX-10 appliance manages a robotic LTO tape library or stand-alone LTO tape drives and creates a cost effective digital video archive that is ideal for professional video applications.

The SX-10 runs XenData6 Server software on a Windows 7 platform and scales to 540 TB of near-line LTO. It is available in 8 standard configurations – supporting from a single external LTO tape drive to a 90 slot LTO tape library with up to two internal LTO-7 drives.

The SX-10 connects to a network, as illustrated below, and files are archived to and restored from LTO just as files are transferred to and from a standard network share. The system supports the CIFS/SMB network protocol and FTP.

Click on the link below for a video that describes how the archive manages three levels of storage hierarchy: online disk, near-line LTO and offline (externalized) LTO cartridges:

Key Benefits

Native Compatibility with Most Applications

The digital archive has a file/folder interface for both archiving and restoring. Furthermore, there is no need to load any special software on client computers. This means it works with most applications – from MAMs to Windows Explorer or Finder.

Supports Multiple Simultaneous Applications

Create multiple LTO cartridge groups and use for different applications.

Designed for Networks

Built-in disk cache delivers high performance in a network and the NAS architecture makes it easy to deploy. Provides two 1 GigE ports.

The solution is optimized for both CIFS/SMB and FTP network protocols. You can use either protocol – or both simultaneously.

Supports Windows, Mac and FTP Clients

Windows, Apple OS X and FTP clients are natively supported.

Fast Archiving

Files are written at disk speed. The system does not wait for LTO cartridges to be mounted and wound to the end of data.

Fast Restores

The system restores a queue of files in the shortest possible time. The restore requests are processed in an order that minimizes unnecessary tape movement.

Partial Restores

Allows a clip to be restored from LTO without the need to restore the whole file.

Built-In Data Protection

The system will automatically create extra backup copies of LTO cartridges for offsite retention. (Requires a robotic library or two external LTO drives.)

LTFS Prevents Vendor Lock-In

LTO cartridges are written in either the LTFS interchange format or the open standard TAR format. The use of a standard format prevents vendor lock-in – proprietary formats mean that it is very costly to ever convert to another vendor.

Industry Standard File Security

The archive server integrates fully with the Microsoft Windows security model based on Active Directory. There is no need to configure proprietary user access.

Manages Unlimited Externalized Cartridges

The system manages any number of externalized cartridges, providing an unlimited total capacity. There are no license fees for externalized capacity.

When offline files are accessed, the system prompts with email alerts and on-screen notifications, identifying the cartridge that should be imported back into the system.

A range of different reports helps manage the entire archive including all externalized cartridges.

Strong File Version Control

Accidentally over-wrote or deleted a file? No problem; just select the file and restore deleted files or previous versions.

Scales to 540 TB of Near-line LTO Capacity

Supports a wide range of robotic libraries with up to 90 slots, including models from from Dell, HP, IBM, Oracle, Overland, Quantum and Qualstar.