NETFLIX - Production Assets: Data Management - LTO an integral part of workflow

NETFLIX - Production Assets: Data Management - LTO an integral part of workflow

The following excerpt is from the Netflix Partner Help Center.  Netflix requires the use of LTO technology like mLogic's mTape and mRack Thunderbolt 3 LTO solutions to protect original camera files (OCF), provide offsite backup and for long term archive of productions. 

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Production Assets: Data Management

The verification and back-up of data, including original camera files (OCF) and audio, throughout a workflow is crucial. Data loss can mean losing significant investment both in planning and shooting. Our requirements are designed to help minimize costly incidents during production.

There are multiple ways to manage your data backup and verification workflow. Below are critical requirements.

3 : 2 : 1 Back-Up Rule

  • Hold at least 3 copies of all Original Camera Footage (OCF) and audio at all times.
  • Store the copies on at least 2 different types of media.
  • Maintain at least 1 backup offsite.

For example:

  • 3 copies:
    • Camera Media
    • RAID 1, 5, 6 or 10
    • LTO  
  • 2 types of media:
    • RAID 1, 5, 6 or 10
    • LTO
  • 1 different location (geographic separation):
    • One copy of media at the Production House and one copy of media at the Post House.

Please Note: RAID must be connected to computer by a hardware RAID controller. Software based RAID should not be used.

Acceptable Final Archival Formats

  • LTO tapes (LTO6, LTO7, LTO8; written in LTFS format).
  • Netflix's Content Hub (cloud storage).
  • High-Speed RAID(1/5/6/10)-protected external hard drive. 

Please Note: RAID 0 is only acceptable for temporary transfer/shuttle drives, and not for backup purposes. 

mLogic mTape and mRack are the ideal LTO storage solutions to meet Netflix's data management requirements.

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