Televisión de Puebla

Televisión de Puebla protects and preserves invaluable Pueblan cultural heritage content with Spectra Digital Archive​


State Telecommunications System’s mission is to define a plural and inclusive public system, under a comprehensive communication model in radio, television and digital media, focused on sharing educational and cultural content. The organization seeks to motivate citizen participation and their right to be informed through different platforms such as radio, television, video on demand and Internet services.

Televisión de Puebla’s public TV networks cover almost 40% of the state population, offering educational, cultural and alternative programming, as well as local content intended to address needs, expectations and lifestyles of Puebla’s society.

Our goal was to free up space on primary storage by moving unused data to an archive infrastructure. Spectra Digital Archive presented the perfect way to simplify our storage management, automating the workflow for archive and protection while providing familiar access.

— Televisión de Puebla

The Challenge

Televisión de Puebla was looking for an efficient, dynamic and perfectly managed solution for a new data storage system to preserve their cultural heritage, while facilitating the complex administration of a huge amount of stored data.

The Solution

Through Comtelsat, a Mexican broadcast solutions integrator, Televisión de Puebla began the implementation of a Spectra Digital Archive (SDA). Their SDA solution included the following components: StorCycle®, an enterprise software for digital preservation; BlackPearl®, an object storage platform; and a Spectra® Stack Tape Library. StorCycle identifies cold data residing on the organization’s primary storage and transparently migrates it to a secure Perpetual Tier, which includes any combination of cloud storage, object storage disk, network-attached storage and object storage tape. The BlackPearl object storage platform provides a portal to these storage targets, writing the data to tape in an open standard format. All data sent to tape will be encrypted at rest, providing an extra layer of protection for their invaluable assets.

StorCycle also enables users to autonomously restore their own files by leaving an HTML link behind at the original file location for access, meaning end users will continue to have familiar access to data. HTML links support storage mediums with longer latency, such as tape or the cold tiers of cloud. When an HTML link is left in place of the migrated file, the user is presented with an HTML page which states that the file has been archived, gives information about when, where and how this was done, and allows the user to start a restore from tape or recall the file from cloud without having to contact IT.

Televisión de Puebla’s new Spectra Digital Archive offers the scalability they need by allowing them to easily add more tape drives and slots to the Spectra Stack Tape Library as their archive grows. The SDA solution helps them free up space on primary storage by moving unused data to the archive infrastructure.

Environment Snapshot

  • Spectra StorCycle® Enterprise Software for Digital Preservation
  • Spectra® BlackPearl V-Series
  • Spectra® Stack Tape Library
  • LTO-8 Half-Height Tape Drives
  • BlueScale® Software with standard encryption

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