Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Preserving America’s Pastime

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Preserving America’s Pastime

Bottom of the ninth. Two outs. The winning run is just 90 feet away. “Here comes the pitch…”

With the change of seasons from winter to spring, millions of Americans are getting ready to “root, root, root for the home team,” as the Major League Baseball (MLB) season is set to begin. Acronyms like ERA (Earned Run Average), OBP (On Base Percentage), and BA (Batting Average) will quickly reclaim their spots as part of the fans’ vernacular.

Like any professional sporting event, hours of footage is captured during professional baseball games. This can also include pre and post-game shows, highlight reels, in-studio commentary, etc. With the change to digital and broadcasting in high-definition, all of this recorded footage creates massive files that will need to be stored once the game and recap shows are complete.

The MLB Network is just one example of a media outlet that is constantly capturing and producing content specifically around baseball. The channel, a 24/7 television network that offers games, interviews, analysis and special features dedicated solely to the sport for 365 days a year, captures more than 3,000 hours of content in just one week of broadcasting. Not to mention, all the other special programming that compliments each broadcast. In just a year following the network’s launch on January 1 2009, the MLB Network archive consisted of 10 to 12 petabytes of stored HD content, and 275 terabytes of proxy content. That’s a lot of homeruns and a lot of verses of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” In July 2014 the television network had over 500,000 hours of content, all stored on LTO tape.

One important feature of LTO Technology, that media professionals like these rely on, is the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). As networks often need to quickly locate past footage for use during live broadcasts, content can be easily located thanks to the LTFS dual-partition system, which makes accessing files easier.

LTO Technology with LTFS continues to be a trusted storage for media professionals worldwide – regardless of which sport you prefer to watch.

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