Televisión Canaria taps DAC to migrate to disk-based archive

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 15 December 2014

The Canary Islands' public regional broadcaster, Televisión Canaria, is migrating its archive from LTO tape to an ALTO all-disk storage system from the UK's Disk Archive Corporation (DAC).

dacInitially configured with 1,600TB of storage, the ALTO replaces Televisión Canaria's previous archive installation based on a Robotic Tape Library and a third-party Archive Management system.

In order to complete the migration, two ALTO-II systems with four EX-60 expansion chassis and a dual ALTO Filer, the system's Virtual File System interface, were installed. The technology was provided by Datos Media Technologies to Televisión Canarias for the network's new installation at the Videoreport Canarias headquarters.

The ALTO storage is integrated with the broadcaster's traffic, playout and newsroom systems through an in-house developed Media Management system. Clips are copied and transcoded using software developed by Videoreport Canarias, and each subsystem of the media assets management (MAM) exchanges material from the ALTO in the required format.

"ALTO is a great alternative for mass storage; it is a versatile and scalable technology that's simple to use," said Vicente Tetuani, System Manager for Videoreport Canarias. "ALTO breaks the bonds of tape-based data systems and minimises maintenance costs. The system gives us the flexibility to predict and manage the growth of the archive with secure user-selectable replication for back-ups and disaster recovery."

"We have many years experience working on the integration of MAM systems, and for this particular project, the archive migration was incredibly comfortable, transparent, and extremely fast," added David Martinez, COO of Datos Media Technologies.

"The ALTO system was installed and configured in three days, with the migration beginning the next day. Within two weeks we had already migrated 120TB of content and created the corresponding protection replicas."