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Quobyte and Digital Bedrock announce partnership

Quobyte Inc., the only deploy-anywhere software storage provider, today announced a new partnership with Digital Bedrock, an affordable, secure digital preservation service. Together, Quobyte’s software-defined storage solution improves Digital Bedrock’s ability to manage client data prior to preservation.

Quobyte’s fully downloadable, POSIX compatible, parallel file system is truly hardware agnostic, running on both bare metal and the public cloud. Now cost-effectiveness and high-performance are no longer a tradeoff. Quobyte runs on economical commodity servers and drives, yet delivers high performance for throughput, random IO, and small files. This flexibility will allow Digital Bedrock to be more efficient in preparing data and media for preservation, further reducing management and compute costs.

As a digital preservation service, Digital Bedrock performs ongoing managed, secure data preservation services protecting any type of highly specialized digital content including post-production assets from media and entertainment companies, and valued digital content from museums, individual artists and creators, academic institutions, government agencies, businesses, and cultural heritage organizations.

“Preserving digital content securely and affordably while guaranteeing its integrity and accessibility is key to many industries–from media companies to government agencies to museums,” said Bjorn Kolbeck, CEO, Quobyte. “Our partnership with Digital Bedrock presents data in a more accessible and organized way to simplify the preservation process and further reduce costs.”

Preservation services require online storage to analyze, process, and validate digital content before the files are brought through Digital Bedrock’s digital preservation system. At any one time up to 1 PB of storage can be stored on its local servers. These can be files from a variety of sources, including large media files, time-based artworks that can incorporate code and software, and digital works that contain thousands of individual files.

“Paradoxically, one of the significant challenges in providing exceptional digital preservation services is deletion,” said Linda Tadic, CEO, Digital Bedrock. “As preservation actions are completed, and multiple copies are written to LTO media and stored in multiple offline locations, there is a need to delete large data volumes from the servers so we can continue processing new batches of client data. Quobyte’s ability to seamlessly integrate with the workflow makes deletion much easier.”

Digital Bedrock’s digital preservation services combine intelligent object storage search with offline security and include the following features:

  • Detailed file analysis to catch hidden errors before long-term preservation
  • Extensive metadata extraction and indexing
  • Active file format obsolescence monitoring
  • Scheduled SHA-512 fixity checks to verify bit health
  • Three copies geographically dispersed in secure, offline storage
  • Secure, fast direct connection to major cloud storage providers so clients’ data can also be pushed to/from their cloud storage.

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