Front Porch Digital     Migrate – Manage – MarketAXF Presentation – FICAM – June 2012
Our DIVAsolutions Family                                                                                         LYNX DIVA...
What is AXF?    • AXF is a fully self-contained, self-describing file storage container      – think of it as advanced “ZI...
What is AXF?                                      AXF Object                   Metadata                    Essence Files  ...
AXF and Storage    AXF is Storage Technology, Operating System and File System Agnostic.    It can store objects to variou...
6                                  AXF Medium                     AXF Object    Identifier                      Header    ...
AXF Technology    • AXF Objects can scale to any size and encapsulate any number of      files with full support for media...
What About TAR?    • Tape ARchive (TAR) format has been around for many decades    • Despite following established standar...
What About LTFS?    • The Linear Tape File System (LTFS) is basically that…a simple      file system for linear data tape ...
Key LTFS Limitations     • LTFS has no concept of media encapsulation forcing users to rely       on rudimentary folder hi...
AXF, TAR, LTFS at a glance                                                              AXF     TAR   LTFS     Simplifies ...
AXF? LTFS? Both?     • Despite many limitations, LTFS does have a valid place as a file       based asset transport mechan...
OpenAXF.org     • OpenAXF.org is the community portal for the AXF initiative     • The website includes news, documentatio...
Questions ?                              Thank you…Guillaume Neveux: gneveux@fpdigital.comMichel Jambart: mjambart@fpdigit...
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Présentation Archive eXchange Format (AXF) par Front porch Digital - ficam june 2012

  1. 1. Front Porch Digital Migrate – Manage – MarketAXF Presentation – FICAM – June 2012
  2. 2. Our DIVAsolutions Family LYNX DIVAsolutions in the Cloud DIVApublish Big DIVApublish Data Services DIVArchive DIVAnet • DIVAsolutions family as a DIVAdirector hosted Service in the Cloud Online Publishing • Service currently in beta SAMMAsolo SAMMArobot • IT-centric Disaster Recovery, • Direct multi-format, multi- CSM and MAM as a Service Content Storage platform content publishing • Provision services on the fly Management • Leverage all CSM stored • Leverages AXF for true asset • CSM is the heart of the file content to distribute and protection based facility market content • High SLA, limitless scalability Analog to Digital • DIVArchive is the CSM • Simple end user access to first and globally distributed solution with full AXF support all file based assets • Big Data centric service for a• Legacy film and video tape asset migration/preservation • Interface to ALL media devices • Most efficient and scalable fraction of the typical costs of• Fastest, most cost efficient and storage technologies enterprise class workflow S3, Azure, etc.• Full SD and HD support• Preservation and mezzanine • 100s of Petabytes currently formats generated in parallel under DIVArchive management • Global facility connectivity and distribution via DIVAnet 2 Migrate Manage Market Lynx 2
  3. 3. What is AXF? • AXF is a fully self-contained, self-describing file storage container – think of it as advanced “ZIP” • AXF does not overlap with MXF or other “media wrapper” approaches as these are simply files inside an AXF Object • AXF is based on an innovative “file system per object” approach which fully abstracts the underlying operating system, storage technology and file system • Standard support for all storage technologies – now and into the future!3 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  4. 4. What is AXF? AXF Object Metadata Essence Files Essence Files Ancillary Files Ancillary Files Structured Asset or Unstructured CollectionComponents Proprietary Open OAIS Access Provenance Fixity Context Reference Control File System Universal Storage Agnostic File System4 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  5. 5. AXF and Storage AXF is Storage Technology, Operating System and File System Agnostic. It can store objects to various storage technologies, formats and devices Future Storage??? Spinning Disk Holographic AXF Object Solid State Blu-Ray Disk USB Flash LTFS Data Tape DVD Media Data Tape5 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  6. 6. 6 AXF Medium AXF Object Identifier Header Metadata ContainerMigrate 1 Payload Metadata Metadata Container AXF Object File 1Manage AXF File Footer 2 File AXF Object 2Market File Payload AXF File FooterLynx File N AXF on Storage Media N AXF File Footer AXF Object AXF Object Footer
  7. 7. AXF Technology • AXF Objects can scale to any size and encapsulate any number of files with full support for media spanning • No need to upgrade existing systems as AXF does not rely on modern tape functionality such as partitioning • AXF guarantees long term compatibility and resiliency with self- describing features for both AXF Objects and AXF Media • AXF is an IT-centric implementation and is not limited to media files alone (metadata, documents, image files, etc.)7 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  8. 8. What About TAR? • Tape ARchive (TAR) format has been around for many decades • Despite following established standards there is no true “standard” TAR implementation • TAR is an archaic format which cripples the core value of the CSM solution as it does not allow timecode based partial restore, etc. • TAR does violate most of our key storage goals (e.g. Open Archival Information System features such as fixity, provenance, reference, no resiliency features, etc.)8 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  9. 9. What About LTFS? • The Linear Tape File System (LTFS) is basically that…a simple file system for linear data tape • LTFS relies on modern data tape partitioning functionality and makes data tapes appear as “removable USB drives” • LTFS does not offer preservation features such as those defined in the OAIS model • There are no standards bodies which endorse LTFS • Useful for the physical “transport” of file based content as a video tape replacement but not for long term storage or preservation9 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  10. 10. Key LTFS Limitations • LTFS has no concept of media encapsulation forcing users to rely on rudimentary folder hierarchies to form important asset relationships and context • LTFS cannot scale as it has no support for spanning across storage media limiting file collection sizes • LTFS is a data tape based technology which does not apply to disk or other storage formats – not universal! • Unfortunately neither LTFS nor TAR help us realize our long term storage and preservation goals10 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  11. 11. AXF, TAR, LTFS at a glance AXF TAR LTFS Simplifies file management by encapsulating files (encapsulation of any file) Scales to tens of millions files per object. Allows limitless object and file sizes. Maintains on-media catalog for content stored Supports any storage technology (Spinning Disk, Solid State Disk, Flash Media, LTFS Data tape, Data Tape, etc.) Supports any generation of LTO, IBM TS11xx, Oracle T10000x, Sony SAITx, etc. Includes resiliency features allowing media catalogs to be recovered. Includes long term preservation features as defined in the OAIS model. Supports Multiple Operating Systems.11 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  12. 12. AXF? LTFS? Both? • Despite many limitations, LTFS does have a valid place as a file based asset transport mechanism. • LTFS can be used to move assets between remote systems and advanced Content Storage Management (CSM) solutions such as Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive system but it is not viable as a long-term archive technology. • DIVArchive leverages the Archive eXchange Format – or AXF – to ensure long-term accessibility, transportability, protection and preservation of your most valuable assets.12 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  13. 13. OpenAXF.org • OpenAXF.org is the community portal for the AXF initiative • The website includes news, documentation, videos and whitepapers providing technical details on AXF • This is the focal point for the AXF community – please sign up now! • Front Porch Digital has contributed our AXF intellectual property to SMPTE and is actively working on its standardization13 Migrate Manage Market Lynx
  14. 14. Questions ? Thank you…Guillaume Neveux: gneveux@fpdigital.comMichel Jambart: mjambart@fpdigital.com

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