QStar offers a wide range of Digital Archiving File-based Workflow solutions.

The media and entertainment industry comprises a variety of activities, from traditional print media to television, radio, film, video games and advertising. Content creation is both time consuming and expensive. The capacities of digital assets continue to grow as film and photography use higher resolutions. Digital archives must securely protect these valuable digital assets and still allow content to be quickly and easily retrieved for re-use. QStar solution protects your digital content while delivering a highly scalable, cost-effective archive that allows you to search for and retrieve content quickly and easily.

Our solutions integrate natively with the majority of currently available MAM systems including:

Archive Manager.  The perfect solution for large video files

Archive Manager software enables media content (including full movies) to be transferred to archive technologies (tape libraries, private or public cloud etc) using SMB, NFS or S3 protocols. Media Asset Managers, Digital Asset Managers and Data Movers can be used to relocate assets to lower cost, high resilience forms of archive storage for the longer term.
The QStar Archive Manager can use proprietary TDO tape format or open-standard LTFS. It is also possible to import an LTFS file created outside the main archive, for example by a remote broadcaster who has adopted this standard. LTFS media can be imported to transfer movies between different remote sites or store movies in the “LTFS as NAS” environment created by Archive Manager.

Competitive advantage over traditional NAS/SAN

Our solutions deliver significant competitive advantage over traditional NAS/SAN solutions which are costly to run and not easily scalable for a continually growing area like broadcasting.

Other solutions we offer in the broadcasting industry include:

  • Object Storage

  • Hybrid Object Storage including tape library

  • Cloud Gateway (private and hybrid)

  • 3D Cloud Gateway (local LTFS as NAS and Hybrid Cloud)

  • Active Archive (multiple technologies)

Related Solutions

The QStar Kaleidos is an S3-compliant object storage platform that enables enterprises and service providers to build reliable, private, hybrid or public cloud storage environments that deliver reliability, security and unlimited scalability.
Kaleidos offers enterprise-class customers a tremendous reduction in TCO compared with traditional NAS/SAN storage, unlimited scalability, superior data protection and flexibility, while achieving improved customer retention through enhanced service delivery (SLA), reduced acquisition costs, and enhanced agility through global accessibility across all end user devices.
Kaleidos Object Storage is made with standard high-performance capacity servers. QStar Object Storage Manager (OSM) software runs on all server nodes and forms a cluster to provide a single pool of storage resources across all nodes.

QStar LTFS as NAS architecture virtualizes a Tape Library, effectively converting it into network-attached storage – NAS for sharing with multiple users and applications. The solution supports common networking protocols (SMB and NFS) plus S3 compatible API commands and is integrated on either a Windows or Linux server. Files that are stored in a LTFS as NAS environment are retrieved in the same manner as the native operating system, even though the data is actually stored in a Tape Library. Not only do users not realize that the volume (file system) they are accessing was created on tape and not on disk, but, through a sophisticated cache architecture, the read/write data activity is managed so effectively, that performance is comparable to a NAS device. Transparency is such that the architecture is also supported by virtual machine (VM) environments, even though the VM environment is not designed to support tape drives; existing applications installed in a VM can access the Tape as NAS architecture just like a standard NAS disk. Data can be accessed transparently over the network.