Crossroads Systems, a global provider of data archive solutions, today announced that FotoKem, one of the nation's leading post-production companies for the entertainment business, is the latest Hollywood firm to deploy the StrongBox® archive solution.
A shared storage solution purpose-built for data archival and preservation, StrongBox harnesses the power of Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology and intelligent storage architecture with standard file systems (CIFS/NFS) to empower online, all the time file availability. The archive solution provides uncompromised data protection, full data mobility, non-proprietary file storage, and dramatic cost-savings.
Strongbox was initially deployed by FotoKem in February throughout the company's infrastructure, as well as installed at Keep Me Posted (NYSE:KMP), a FotoKem company specializing in the finishing of episodic television, promos, commercials, and trailers. As a result, FotoKem and KMP now benefit from LTFS-based network-attached storage for the 10 to 20 terabytes of data running through their pipelines each day.
"FotoKem needed an enterprise-class solution for our growing content archives," stated Paul Chapman, senior vice president of technology at FotoKem. "StrongBox from Crossroads Systems was the clear answer because it does not write the data onto the tape in any kind of proprietary form. It is very important to us to have the ability to take any tape out of the library at any time and recover the data without actually having to go back to the software that wrote it originally. This was simply not possible before we deployed StrongBox."
Chapman continued, "The fact that StrongBox is a simple network-attached storage system that any user can access makes it very simple for us to implement. It required minimal training, and today we have more than 30 employees accessing and writing to the archive from multiple locations. Crossroads really is one of the easiest and most accepting companies I have worked with. They catered to FotoKem's specific needs and made sure the StrongBox was a complete fit."
StrongBox provides a file based archive while simultaneously delivering scalable, reliable storage by using LTFS tape for cost-efficiency, as well as disk for rapid and seamless data access for file-based applications. StrongBox acts as a vendor vendor-neutral archive and data protection solution, enabling easy integration with in file-based workflows, seamlessly connecting with existing applications for centralized content storage.
"Crossroads is extremely pleased that FotoKem has chosen our solution," stated Heather Painter, vice president of channel sales and marketing at Crossroads Systems. "We continue to see ever-increasing interest in StrongBox within the M&E space. Since content creation and management is the foundation for their business, M&E companies are embracing the ease of use and complete file protection delivered by StrongBox. Crossroads is honored that such leading Hollywood post-production facilities, such as FotoKem and Keep Me Posted, rely upon StrongBox for archive."
For more information on Crossroads Systems, visit www.crossroads.com
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