CAM Productions International

CAM Productions International

Since 1999, CAM Productions International, has been broadcasting the Gospel message to thousands of households through weekly television programs on local national television stations. Throughout the years, CPi has also professionally produced various documentaries of a religious and socio-religious nature, both in Malta and abroad. Its studios and post-production facilities are equipped with the latest technology and manned by a professional and dedicated team. To reach as many people as possible, CPi is extending its media landscape and harnessing the power and reach of web-based media.

Preserving our digital content into the future is critical to achieving our important mission and reaching as many people as possible with our message. The Spectra solution provides us with a way to protect our assets long-term. We can easily access archived files as needed and enjoy a known upgrade path as our needs grow.

— Fr. Louis Mallia, CAM Productions International

The Challenge

Once captured, the video footage taken during missions, documenting activities like the building of schools and houses, is later accessed for small-group showings and fundraising marathons and an additional copy of the data is made to tape for disaster recovery. The CPi was looking to implement a cost-effective and reliable data storage and asset management solution that was easy to use for their streamlined IT department. The company has stored vast amounts of media footage on tape dating back to the early 1990s, documenting the earliest missions. CPi was looking to invest in a data storage solution that could help them preserve these videos so that they can continue to showcase the evolution and progress of volunteer work done on these missions through the years.

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The Solution

To reach their goals, CAM Productions International turned to trusted Spectra partner, DAB Electronica. CPi were effectively guided by DAB Electronica’s pre-sales team, spearheaded by general manager Alan Gatt, towards the most effective solution that suits their application. Based on successful past integrations with Spectra’s LTO libraries at various high profile sites in Malta, DAB Electronica immediately recommended and effectively deployed a suitable Spectra Logic solution that consisted of Spectra’s StorCycle Storage Lifecycle Management software, a Spectra BlackPearl system and a Spectra Stack Tape Library with LTO-8 tape drives and media.

StorCycle is a storage lifecycle management software that automatically identifies and moves data from primary storage to various storage targets on a lower cost tier that includes cloud, object storage disk, network-attached storage and tape. StorCycle acts as a data mover, identifying and migrating media assets and completed projects from their network-attached primary storage arrays to object storage tape in a Perpetual Tier of storage. StorCycle writes that data to BlackPearl, which in turn writes the data to tape for safekeeping in an open standard format.

As the archive is accessed regularly, StorCycle’s unique ability to leave behind an HTML link at the original file location means that as CPi team members migrate data into their Spectra storage ecosystem, users can access their files in the same way as before. Ultimately migrating their data to tape means that their digital assets are preserved with proven LTO technology that has a known upgrade path. CPi’s new Spectra solution provides long-term storage for their new assets and important older footage as it is digitized, while maintaining familiar access to files that have been migrated.

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Why StorCycle?

Intelligent Archiving
Digital Preservation
Cost Control

Environment Snapshot

  • Spectra StorCycle® Storage Lifecycle Management Software
  • Spectra® BlackPearl V-Series
  • Spectra® Stack Tape Library
  • LTO-8 Half-Height Tape Drives
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