SMPTE Reviewing Front Porch Digital’s ‘Archive exchange Format’

The final step before balloting to become an official SMPTE standard
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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has a final draft of specifications for the Archive eXchange Format open-archiving technology produced by Front Porch Digital, a producer of cloud-based content storage management solutions.
SMPTE’s 2034 AXF Working Group has submitted its final draft of the AXF specification for two-week review, which is the final step before balloting to become an official SMPTE standard, according to FPD.
The process has been in the works since the 2011, when FPD completed the design and development of AXF based on the original SMPTE Working Group concept and agreed to contribute the company’s specification back to SMPTE, the company says. That work forms the basis for the specification currently making its way through the standardization process, the firm adds.
“This is an especially proud moment for Front Porch Digital as it represents the culmination of years of work and dedication to the invention, development and deployment of AXF,” says Brian Campanotti, FPD’s chief technology officer. “As a founding member of the SMPTE AXF Working Group, Front Porch Digital has been a driving force behind AXF since its inception.”
AXF supports interoperability among disparate digital content storage systems and ensures the content’s long-term availability no matter how technology or applications evolve. AXF also acts as a content carrier for network-based transfer of valuable file-based content between systems, an especially important capability for cloud-based applications such as FPD’s LYNXS.
“The submission of the AXF specification for its two-week review comes at a time when other approaches continue to fragment the market, which makes is difficult for content owners to make decisions regarding long-term storage, archive and preservation,” Campanotti says. “For example, the linear tape file system endorsed by a number of manufacturers, is often referred to as a standard although it is nothing more than a set of open-source tools that each has customized for various proprietary applications.”
AXF includes all of the functionality of LTFS and overcomes its well-known limitations, lack of spanning support, capacity constraints, applicability to data-tape only, etc., and adds key resiliency and preservation characteristics such as encapsulation, provenance metadata, fixity and more, FPD says. AXF is a universal, IT-centric format that applies to all current and future storage technologies, including data tape, spinning disk, flash media, optical and others, and it is focused on the protection, transport and preservation of any type, number and size of files, not just media files, according to the company.
“Industry standards are of paramount importance as content owners struggle to ensure protection of their valuable assets now and into the future, Campanotti says.
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