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May 17, 2012

AlphaTV Selects IBM Tape Storage Solutions

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Storage managers are in a pickle.

On one hand, they’re being forced to do more with less, work with fewer infrastructures, reduce costs and maintain service level objectives. On the other hand, they’re asked to store an unreasonably large amount of data, always challenged to manage increasing backup and restore windows.

IBM (News - Alert) helps these storage managers with its tape systems. The company has initiated many significant innovations in linear tape storage and has been an icon in setting standards for tape interchange.

AlphaTV, a television network in Greece, recently selected IBM Tape Systems to improve its storage infrastructure. The project engages as IBM celebrates the 60th anniversary of the company's magnetic tape innovation.

From soap operas and documentaries, to movies and sporting events, AlphaTV has been creating and storing all forms of video entertainment and producing a vast video archive along the way.

The company initially archived its programming on Sony Beta SP format video cassettes which can store up to 90 minutes of content. The company then turned to DVCPRO format videos that stored up to 120 minutes, the company stated in a press release.

“A Greek TV series stored on 100 DVCPRO tapes took up four shelves in our library, whereas on LTO-5 cartridge now takes up the space of a deck of playing cards," said Constantinos Colombus, chief technology officer at AlphaTV.

TMC's (News - Alert) Rory Lidstone recently reported the company acquired Vivisimo, a provider of federated discovery and navigation software which assists companies to access and analyze big data. The amount of acquisition was not disclosed. Vivisimo, a privately held company based in Pennsylvania, has enjoyed a good deal of success creating software that captures and provides information across a broad range of data sources.

Vivisimo's software can automate the discovery of data and lets employees to navigate that data with a single view across the enterprise.

Edited by Braden Becker

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