MILANO, ITALY – Sep 11, 2013QStar Technologies, a leading global provider of enterprise-class data management and archive software, and Square Box Systems Limited, a leading Media Asset Management company, today announced a joint strategy and partnership to offer best-in-class Media Asset Management and LTFS-based archive solutions through their broadcast-focused reseller channels. QStar Archive Manager software for Windows or Linux supports an industry-leading number of tape libraries and technologies, all able to use the industry standard LTFS file system. CatDV is a leading Digital Asset Management software platform; providing flexible, simple, low-cost yet powerful asset management options. Organisations deploying the joint solution will benefit from long-term data protection, ensuring that information is preserved on a specified number of media and stored in several geographically-dispersed locations. This will greatly heighten the reliability of their data archives, which is of paramount importance for companies in the broadcast, video and M&E industries.

QStar Archive Manager provides a volume-spanning approach to LTFS archiving, where an ever growing set of media is seen as a single share or mount point. Multiple sets of media can be maintained, each with their own unique set of file retention and file management policies. In addition to using LTFS tape, QStar offers support for a wide range of Object Storage solutions, including HDS HCP, EMC Atmos and Cleversafe or Blu-ray optical libraries, including the newly released Sony ODA (Optical Disk for Archive) range of solutions.

CatDV provides a view of all assets on primary storage and in the archive, simplifying asset searches, which is further enhanced by the easy addition of data tags to asset metadata. CatDV also includes flexible transcoding capabilities at the client or automated, using the CatDV Worker (automation engine). At the core of the CatDV solution is a powerful database that allows assets to be recorded, then later searched and shared throughout the organization, supporting the simple reuse of content.

Riccardo Finotti, QStar CEO, stated “We are extremely pleased to be working with Square Box to provide an integrated solution for the broadcast industry. Digital Asset Management plays a crucial part in the increased monetization of video assets and CatDV is a leading solution in this market. QStar is pleased to add unrivalled flexibility in archive storage choice and, in particular, leading LTFS-based tape archives, that preserve these valuable assets for the long-term.”

Dave Clack, Square Box Systems CEO remarked “One of CatDV’s key strengths is its ability to work with a range of archive and storage solutions, and we are excited to work with QStar.”

About QStar Technologies

Since 1987, QStar Technologies is a leading global provider of enterprise-class archive and data management software solutions. The world’s leading companies rely on QStar for secure, cost effective and reliable protection of their valuable digital assets. QStar will discuss archiving solutions for the Broadcast industry on the Hitachi Data Systems stand (Hall 7, Stand E10).

About Square Box Systems, Ltd.

For over 12 years Square Box Systems has been specializing in the development of professional multimedia tools and providing technical consultancy of the highest standard in a variety of technologies. Many of the world’s most prestigious brands and corporations rely on Square Box Systems award­winning CatDV digital asset management application to manage and grow their production pipeline including, NASA, The Louvre, Sony, Turner Broadcast, HBO, the NFL and many more. Square Box Systems is based in the U.K. with offices worldwide. For more information visit, (Hall 7, Stand K01b).