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Quantum's SDLT 600A is the first data tape system enhanced for professional video. This revolutionary system combines the well established benefits of data tape archiving with video tape convenience and accessibility.

The SDLT 600A's feature set makes the drive MXF-aware which permits video tape-like access to subclips by timecode and provides an unprecedented level of interoperability between applications and environments.

With its built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, the SDLT 600A is a network-attached device so it can be directly connected to any network and accessed by every edit workstation, networked server, graphics devices, or other computer based video equipment on the network.

Because it uses Super DLTtape II, the SDLT 600A delivers a 30 year tape archive life to protect professional video, audio and data assets better than any video tape backup. Each cartridge holds 300GB of information and allows faster-than-real-time transfer rates of up to 288 Mb/sec. And, because each Super DLTtape II contains key MXF metadata in a tape-based file directory, your media is transportable and exchangeable for seamless application independence.

Quantum's SDLT 600A has been recognized by publications and analysts as a significant new product for the television industry and has won numerous awards including:

  • “Storage Visions Award”, Storage Visions Conference
  • “Vanguard Award”, Millimeter Magazine
  • “The Best of IBC”, Television Broadcast Europe Magazine
  • “Best of Show”, Television Broadcast Magazine
  • “Salute”, Government Video Magazine

Features and Benefits  

  • Easy to Deploy - With its included gigabit Ethernet interface and built-in FTP, the SDLT 600A can be easily attached to any network where it becomes accessible to every workstation and server through Windows Explorer and standard browsers. The system can be used in stand-alone rack-mount and table-top configurations as well as integrated into the full range of robotic tape libraries.

  •  Flexible - The data tape format of the SDLT 600A includes a file system on the tape, making any cartridge readable anywhere, anytime. Traditional video archiving uses proprietary management software which dictates that tapes must remain locked in a library system in order to restore any data. Quantum's Super DLTtape® II cartridges are free from this constraint - they can be easily moved between libraries, stand-alone drives and even video facilities. With this flexibility, the SDLT 600A is ideal for serving the full range of video applications -- from hand-carrying video content out to a truck for live production to a facility-wide, long-term, secure archive.

  •  Secure Yet Accessible - Quantum's Super DLTtape II data cartridges have a robust 30-year archival life that ensures the longevity of precious video content. At the same time, the SDLT 600A system is an ideal solution for archiving content because files are easily accessible. The SDLT 600A makes partial restores of subclip files by timecode or even metadata with an ease unlike any other data tape solution - a new level of accessibility in data tape that defines "working storage."

  • Unmatched Performance and Capacity - At a native 36 MB/s, data transfer is many times faster than real time, even in HD. At a native capacity of 300 GB per tape, a single tape can accommodate almost six hours of 100 Mb/s HD content.

  •  Cost-Effective - In addition to its file-based, faster-than-real-time access to HD, SD and data assets, the new SDLT 600A is a much more cost-effective storage solution than video tape. Because it is built on Quantum's popular, industry-leading DLT platform, the SDLT 600A system benefits from significant economies of scale.