XenData Announces the X100
- 06 April, 2022
USA: XenData, the provider of highly scalable cutting-edge data storage solutions, announces availability of the X100 active archive. It manages one or more enterprise-class LTO or Optical Disc Archive (ODA) libraries that may scale to hundreds of petabytes and is available in a configuration based on a Windows Server 2022 cluster with no single point of failure. It supports robotic libraries from HPE, IBM, Oracle, Qualstar, Quantum, Sony and Spectra Logic. The X100 is ideal for creative video, medical imaging, video surveillance and other applications with high volumes of large files.
The X100 is powered by XenData Archive Series software which is trusted by over 1,500 organizations in over 90 countries, including many of the world’s largest media companies. The latest version of the XenData software is optimized for high-performance servers with multiple Xeon processors.
The archive system includes a fully redundant RAID from Infortrend which was chosen for its high performance. The RAID is used as a cache for all files written to the archive and is available with a capacity up to 280 TB.
The X100 archive strongly adheres to standards. It supports writing to LTO cartridges using LTFS and writes to ODA cartridges using the Sony interchange standard. It fully supports the Microsoft security model based on Active Directory, making it easy to install in an existing Windows domain.
The system has rich functionality including automatic LTO cartridge replication, file version control, automatic migration of files to the latest generation of LTO or ODA and management of an unlimited number of external cartridges.
When used with two LTO libraries, the system may be configured to mirror archived content across the libraries. This provides strong data protection which goes well beyond a simple backup file repository, as file restores are load balanced between the two libraries.
The X100 is available with three interfaces which can be used simultaneously:
- File-Folder Interface which scales to billions of files and hundreds of petabytes. Writing to and reading from this interface is just like writing to a disk-based volume. It supports SMB, NFS, FTP network protocols as well as local file transfers.
- Object Storage Interface which is ideal for remote access. It presents an S3 interface, supporting HTTPS and HTTP protocols.
- XML API which provides frame accurate timecode-based partial file restores for video archives. The XML instructions include the ability to pull assets from a source location and push them back to that location or another destination.
Multiple X100 systems may be synchronized using XenData’s Multi-Site Sync service which links multiple archives in different locations, creating a single global file system accessible from anywhere. As soon as a file is archived to LTO or ODA at one location, it becomes available as a stub file within the global file system. When a user makes a change by writing, overwriting or deleting a file, that change is propagated to all locations. This provides a consistent up-to-date set of files across the entire distributed organization.
Mark Broadbent, XenData CTO and co-founder, commented, “The design of the X100 is based on everything that we have learned from the 1500+ XenData archives that have been installed worldwide. It uses a simple architecture which takes advantage of the power of today’s multi-processor servers.”