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    P2 Archiving Solution shown at IBC
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    Yes, it's true, Quantum and Imagine Products collaborated to demonstrate a P2 archiving workflow at IBC.

    The Quantum SDLT600A is a stand alone Gigabit FTP box that can hold 300GB per tape. Being MXF aware, the drive builds a mini-index to any MXF files dropped onto it. This allows for easy partial restores--in other words, you can extract just a few frames of a clip by timecodes. And, the P2 Volumes are preserved in original Contents folder forms.

    The files you drop onto the drive are available to anyone on your network without proprietary software, since the files are in original form. You can also connect directly to a single Mac and the drive is small enough to be reasonably portable.

    The SDLT600A is very fast too, writing to the tape at 288 Mb/s -- or about 3 times faster than real time P2 video. And the tapes have a certified 30 year shelf life.

    Imagine demonstrated upcoming Mac solutions that directly control the tape drive and seamlessly builds a low resolution QT proxy database of all clips (whether P2 or not) for fast searching, full textual cataloging, and managing the storage and recalling clips.

    Because the SDLT600A can build new P2 Volumes of selected clip segments, it fits perfectly with Imagine's "asset managment" solutions for P2 users. Look for Q4 software releases.


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    Wow. Too bad I cant afford P2...


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    This sounds interesting! How much?


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    Quote Originally Posted by lpcvideo1
    This sounds interesting! How much?
    The SDLT600A retails for $6999. Tapes are about $100 each and hold 300GB.

    Imagine's HDLog Gold is $699 (for single user control).

    Quantum also is rolling out a SuperLoader that holds up to 4.8 TB (16 tapes). Due out 4Q for about $12k.


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    crapoloo, too much


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    Eeesh...Bare hard drives on a shelf still seem like the better and cheaper option. What we need are 50gig Bluray discs that cost under $10 bucks a piece.
    Shoot for the Impossible...Then do it.


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    Well, if you do the math the tapes work out to 30 cents per GB, substantially cheaper than any other format. And, the cost of the tape drive is about half what a Blue Ray deck runs (or older Beta equipment). Plus is a 30 year life. Few hard disks last more than 5 years.

    From where I stand it depends on if your serious about archiving or just living for today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Montgomery
    The SDLT600A retails for $6999. Tapes are about $100 each and hold 300GB.
    But one can get a 300GB hard drive for $100 on sale these days. And with that, you don't need a $6999 drive to host it. The SDLT600A doesn't seem like much of a value except for big companies with money to burn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neopics
    But one can get a 300GB hard drive for $100 on sale these days. And with that, you don't need a $6999 drive to host it. The SDLT600A doesn't seem like much of a value except for big companies with money to burn.

    However the biggest difference here is that the tape is a better solution in that, it doesn't have to spin up on occasion. It can sit on the shelf for years and then be pick up and used. This is not true for HDD. They have to spin on occasion or the won't in the long run.

    The Quantum is a very nice solution as it does make archive on tape easy and very accessible.

    Best,

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    "However the biggest difference here is that the tape is a better solution in that, it doesn't have to spin up on occasion. It can sit on the shelf for years and then be pick up and used. This is not true for HDD. They have to spin on occasion or the won't in the long run" dixit Jan
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    Jan,

    why HDD have to spin occasionnally ?

    If they're stored vertically, they should be OK for long periods of time ?


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