TMD integrates Disk Archive ALTO with Paragon archive

High density MAID cold data platform adds to the storage options available for archiving package


Hall 2 B59, IBC 2016, Amsterdam: TMD, the leading provider of media asset management systems for digital and physical assets, has partnered with Disk Archive Corporation (DAC, Disk Archive) to add the ALTO to the storage options for TMD Paragon archive solution.

ALTO is a replication-based, high-density cold storage platform which removes the need for cumbersome tapes and expensive clustered storage for large volumes of archive storage. Disk Archive ALTO’s unique MAID-III architecture uses a Massive Array of Independent Disks to create a non-linear alternative to LTFS tape storage. Paragon manages the online, offline and vault storage replicas in the same way as barcoded tapes. That results in a scalable and flexible archive platform that can expand on demand, based on locally sourced commodity disks, from a few terabytes to hundreds of petabytes. The ALTO replication technique allows disks that are not actively reading or writing to be taken offline, dramatically reducing power consumption and greatly extending disk life to deliver ultra-low lifetime operating costs.


Award-winning Paragon is a simple-to-implement archiving solution from TMD. Users can choose from any combination of LTO tapes, including the latest LTO-7 format, cloud storage, and now Disk Archive ALTO. The Paragon solution is scalable from small office storage systems to large multiplatform enterprise systems and includes browse-resolution proxy generation, clip selection and partial restore. 


“ALTO storage is very attractive for the sort of applications we see for Paragon, which routinely need fast access to clips,” said Tony Taylor, chairman of TMD. “ALTO gives the speed boost of random disk access, while being easy to deploiy and easy to maintain. It is a great addition to our offering.”


Alan Hoggarth, founder and CEO of Disk Archive, added “Broadcasters and media companies are generating ever more content, which must be securely preserved, but may only be infrequently accessed. The challenge is to find an easy and cost effective way to store it. ALTO combines the fast data storage and retrieval of non-linear disk storage with the outstanding security offered by replication. Power savings of up to 70 MWh per petabyte per year and “century-class” data life represent a significant reduction in costs to the business, and an important reduction in carbon footprint that most major broadcasters and many data centers aspire to. 


The new solution, featuring Paragon with ALTO storage, will be demonstrated at IBC2016 (Amsterdam, 9 – 13 September) by TMD on Stand, 2.B59 and by Disk Archive on Stand, 8B38i.

About TMD

TMD is a leading provider of software products focused on delivering media & content management solutions to the global media, broadcast and archive sectors.  The Mediaflex® - Unified Media Services (UMS) platform provides a cloud-enabled, service-orientated architecture delivering media-aware, software-defined workflows supporting a wide range of media services, both from TMD’s own media service products and those of our partners.  Mediaflex-UMS supports the management of both physical media, such as film and tape, as well as digital content.  TMD’s flexible range of cost-effective packaged media service products for ingest, non-linear delivery, post production, DAM and archiving, are available individually or integrated into a Mediaflex-UMS platform for complete and scalable end-to-end workflow solutions.  The Chameleon browser interface has been designed to be easy to use, requiring little to no user training and can be used with all of TMD’s media services.  Headquartered in Aylesbury UK, TMD’s global reach includes office locations in the USA and Australia.  For additional information on TMD products and services, please visit

About Disk Archive Corporation

Disk Archive provides easy, secure and affordable technology for archiving and cold data storage – ALTO - the “Alternative to LTO”. We created ALTO – a high-density, enterprise-class, offline data archive platform - to provide a convenient and cost effective alternative to cumbersome robotic tape libraries and expensive clustered RAID storage setups. ALTO provides easy and scalable capacity and scalable security thanks to user-defined replication level. Based on fully spun-down disks, ALTO has ultra-low power consumption and triple digit extended disk life. ALTO combines on-line and off-line data storage using individually managed, commodity disks that can be externalized for vault storage and bank-like security. ALTO integrates with best of breed Media Management Applications and is supported by over 30 industry leading Media Management and Archive Management Technology Partners. We love the result, and stand behind the system with ALTOcare and ALTOcare+ support. Contact Disk Archive Corporation to join the hundreds of ALTO users worldwide, meet us at


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