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AXF Ratified as an ISO/IEC Standard

It is with great pride we announce that the Archive eXchange Format (AXF) has been ratified by ISO and will officially be published as ISO International Standard ISO/IEC 12034-1 in the coming weeks. This represents a major achievement for this very important standard and for anyone looking to store, protect and preserve valuable digital assets regardless of the storage technology and topology implemented.

As many of you know, this represents the culmination of a decade long commitment to seeing AXF through from its invention, release and market acceptance, SMPTE standardization and finally to its ratification as an ISO international standard. We firmly believe this will help broaden the reach of this important standard outside of the hundreds of petabytes of the worlds most important rich media assets it is currently protecting and preserving today. 

Thanks to everyone involved over the years in helping make AXF a success and thanks to SMPTE and ISO/IEC for their support and commitment to bringing this important standard to the masses!

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Major Milestone in Digital Storage and Preservation

Earlier this month, Oracle (Front Porch Digital) and Digital Preservation Laboratories became the first vendors to successfully and independently exchange SMPTE standard Archive eXchange Format (AXF) Objects created by their respective storage management applications.  Both organizations were able to fully read and recover the file-based payload and encapsulated metadata in each others AXF Object on their first attempt.

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SMPTE® Publishes AXF Standard

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Sept. 11, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today published a standard that codifies the Archive eXchange Format (AXF). An IT-centric file container that can encapsulate any number and type of files in a fully self-contained and self-describing package, AXF supports interoperability among disparate content storage systems and ensures content's long-term availability, no matter how storage or file system technology evolves.

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How AXF impacts LTO/LTFS media archiving

In the next few months, SMPTE is expected to publish specifications for a new SMPTE standard called the “Archive eXchange Format,” which provides capabilities that improve long-term content archive and preservation. 

In a recent TVTechnology interview, the CTO from Front Porch Digital — Brian Campanotti — discusses how AXF will impact LTO/LTES media archiving. Read more here.

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Front Porch Digital AXF White Paper

Archive eXchange Format (AXF) is an open format that supports interoperability among disparate content storage systems and ensures the content’s long-term availability no matter how storage or file system technology evolves. AXF inherently supports interoperability among existing, discrete storage systems irrespective of the operating and file systems used and also future-proofs digital storage by abstracting the underlying technology so that content remains available no matter how these technologies evolve. 

At the most basic level, AXF is an IT-centric file container that can encapsulate any number and any type of files in a fully self-contained and self-describing package. The encapsulated package actually contains its own file system, which abstracts the underlying operating system, storage technology, and the original file system from the AXF object and its valuable payload. It’s like a file system within a file that can be store any type of data on any type of storage media. 

Make sure to download your copy of the white paper today. 

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AXF Achieves a Major Milestone in Standardization

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — April 6, 2013 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced that the Archive eXchange Format (AXF) open-archiving technology has reached a major milestone on its path to standardization. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, 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.

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Front Porch Digital Debuts the Archive Format of the Future

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — April 10, 2011 — Front Porch Digital today announced that its DIVArchive® V7.0 will mark the debut of the new Archive eXchange Format (AXF), an open digital storage format set to revolutionize interoperability among systems, making future media workflows more secure, seamless, and efficient than ever before. Being content and storage technology agnostic, the new AXF format provides the world’s most open, flexible, dynamic, and protected mechanism for file-based archive, preservation, and exchange.

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