To date most users of LTFS have been in the media and entertainment industry because of their media aware applications (DAM and MAM). All other applications need to write data to a single network share. By implementing QStar Archive Manager or QStar Archive Replicator software which includes LTFS volume-spanning for tape libraries, all archiving applications are able to benefit from the new industry standard tape file system in their environments.
QStar software can be installed on the customers choice of server, supporting Windows, Linux, or Mac operating systems, providing seamless integration into existing network security environments, such as Windows Active Directory.
This is an open-source linear tape file system for stand-alone tape drives created by IBM. It allows the interchange of data stored on tape media between different applications and operating systems.
What is LTFS volume spanning for tape libraries?
QStar Archive Manager and Archive Replicator software allows small, medium and large tape libraries to easily use LTFS within any archiving environment and application. Users can see an ever growing archive consisting of tens, hundreds or thousands of pieces of tape media, as a single network share. This improves upon traditional LTFS solutions which typically create a network share for each piece of media.
LTFS spanning automatically adds new media to an existing set of media as the previous media becomes full. This approach eliminates the constant stopping and manual reconfiguration required by standard LTFS methodologies as a tape reaches capacity.