Applied Electronics Secures National Film Board of Canada’s Media Assets with Spectra TFinity Tape Library


The National Film Board of Canada is Canada’s public film and digital media producer and distributor. An agency of the Government of Canada, the NFB produces and distributes documentary films, animation, web documentaries, alternative dramas, multiplatform digital projects, as well as in digital and 3D animation. NFB works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. NFB’s distinctive, relevant and innovative audiovisual productions, which offer special insight into the diversity and vitality of the Canadian culture, are an essential part of Canadian national cultural heritage.

In 2010, NFB commenced a large, ambitious, multi-year digitization project to improve its archiving infrastructure with the goal to digitize all of the NFB’s analog footage into digital files in order to preserve and protect them from decay.

Prior to the digitization project, the NFB had been creating dual copies on LTO tapes in their tape library. However to meet one of their heritage preservation goals – which was to maintain two copies of every media asset on two very different storage technologies with long life expectancies, in two completely different locations –  the NFB purchased a Spectra Logic TFinity tape library, which was named ‘Green Product of The Year’ at the 2010 Storage Awards held in London, UK.


TFinity is Spectra Logic’s largest library – the industry’s largest library – and it is the most feature rich storage library: Media Lifecycle Management (MLM), Drive and Library Lifecycle Management (DLM, LLM), Data Integrity Verification (DIV), Integrated Encryption, Global Spare, Power Monitoring, Read/Write monitoring, ASM, and other features as inclusions or economically priced optional items – none of which require additional servers or support contracts to operate or manage.

The TFinity is also recognized as the industry leader in power efficiency per stored TB of capacity. With a typical power usage of 0.873 kilowatts per hour with heat dissipation at 1.19 BTU/h/TB, the Spectra TFinity significantly saves versus the closest competitors, which use two to six times more energy per unit of data stored.

In addition to its leading power efficiency, Spectra’s TFinity tape library offers  industry’s leading scalability, at 180PB native capacity with LTO-6 drives and media, and provides 24-218 percent more storage density than its competitors.

The TFinity offers an improved method of storing and safeguarding NFB’s collection of cultrual and artistic legacy of media assets, making it available to audiences as never before, on the digital platforms of their choice.

According to the NFB, information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. The core preservation project was completed in September 2015.

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