Backup, Archival, and Storage Solutions for the Real World

BRU Producer's Edition (PE) software protects your creative assets

 

The creation of film, television, and music are complex art forms. Capturing each frame and note is critical because they may not be easily nor voluntarily reproducible. And once a session is appropriately captured and catalogued, it is critical that it can be located and restored.

 

BRU Producer's Edition™ from TOLIS Group provides easy, drag-and-drop asset data archival and restore operations.  The BRUsetta Stone feature provides complete deliverable information including the BRU software required to recover the contents of the tapes.

Mac OS X backup software

BRU Producer's Edition™ Mac OS X Backup and Archival Software

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About BRU PE

Options and Pricing

System Requirements

BRU, LTFS, and tar formats

Documentation

The functionality of BRU Producer's Edition (PE) was defined with input from industry pros to assure pertinence to the film, TV and recording industries. Content producers, such as film and music recording engineers, users and graphic designers, regardless of their computer technical knowledge, can use Producer's Edition effectively and with confidence.

 

BRU PE integrates industry-essential features such as automated asset gathering for applications such as FCP X, Adobe Premier Pro CS6/CC, and others, as well as providing drag and drop backup and restore using CMX3600 EDL files, and exported XML project files.  Studio and production detail metadata is tracked on a per job basis and provides an easily scannable QR code for media management.  BRU PE's Doubler Mode™ provides simultaneous creation of archives and client deliverables.  Currently PE supports Mac OS X 10.7 through NEW 10.12 (Sierra), Windows and Linux versions coming soon.

 

BRU PE software even comes bundled with TOLIS Group's ArGest® disk and tape backup and archival solutions for a single source of purchase, help, and warranty services.

 

Film, broadcast, music industry professionals now have a reliable, flexible, and easy-to-use solution to protect key creative digital assets regardless of their level of computer technical knowledge. BRU PE also delivers a clear and easy-to-follow workflow for photographers and  graphic designers as well.

 

What makes BRU PE better than all other solutions?

 

Speed.  BRU is the fastest software available.  Streaming LTO-7 at 322MB/sec  (see more details about LTO-7 speed) and LTO-6 at over 160MB/sec with ArGest® hardware, BRU and TOLIS Group drivers for the HighPoint HBAs.

 

True cross platform recoverability.  All BRU archives are verifiable at any time and FREE to restore on any OS BRU supports (there are currently 24 of those).

 

Verifiability and error recovery for restore.  BRU archives are properly and fully verifiable on any OS BRU supports at any time, and is the only backup tool that can recover from errors.  And if your archive spans multiple tapes, and you lose a tape to damage or theft, BRU will restore all the rest of the data from all the tapes you have, something no other product will do.

 

Accountability.  With BRU, you have a source for help and a company that has been committed to data backup and restore since 1985.

 

Flexibility.  BRU PE supports almost all standalone tape devices and libraries of up to 2 drives up to 50 tape slots, VTL, and disk storage out of the box (for larger libraries, please visit our BRU Server product).

 

Special needs.  All special characters, EDLs, ACLs, special attributes, permissions, and foreign language characters (including left to right languages) are correctly handled by BRU.

 

Supported formats. Out of the box, included BRU PE archival formats are the BRU format, tar format (for tar restore and tar creation), and LTFS format (for restore and archive creation).

 

Best Business Practices.  All BRU products are fully compliant with best business security practices including those mandated by Sarbanes-Oxley.

BRU PE Features at a Glance

 

Support for Final Cut Pro X (10.0 and 10.1) providing one-click selection of all FCP X assets (projects and events or new library bundles), Motion generators and templates, and FxPlug plugins.  This feature will also track referenced files and automatically include them in the archive created

 

Support for drag and drop of FCP X .fcpxml files for both archival and restore selections.

 

Support for drag and drop of CMX3600 EDL files for both archival and restore selection (additional license unlock required)

 

Support for disk, cloud, standalone tape, small autoladers and libraries of up to 24 tape slots, mid-range tape libraries supporting up to 50 slots (additional 50 slot unlock license required)

 

Studio / Production detail XML file creation that includes generation of QR Code labels for archive set tape storage. This XML file contains the details about a production that major studios require for deliverables

 

ID currently loaded tape feature identifies the currently loaded tape with single click identification

 

Are you looking to create two identical copies of the same data?  BRU PE's Doubler Mode™ was built just for that purpose.  Using either 2 standalone drives or a two drive library such as the TOLIS Group TGL2240, you select Doubler Mode on the QuickArchive panel, load 2 new tapes, and click "Start Archive".  BRU PE will execute two archival operations simultaneously providing you with onsite and offsite sets, or an internal and client deliverable copy in one easy process.

 

In addition to its native BRU archive data format, BRU PE also provides all of the tools necessary for dealing with tar and LTFS volumes on a Mac OS X system.  Because a Mac system cannot read or restore from tar tapes natively, BRU PE includes the full TOLIS Tape Tools license which allows for the reading and restore of tar tapes on the OS X platform.

 

BRU PE’s LTFS import component allows you to import LTFS tapes into the BRU PE catalog environment for easier management of archives by allowing the operator to search known LTFS tapes even if the LTFS tapes are not currently mounted on the system used for archive management.

 

Create tape set collections designed for delivery to other departments, clients, or vaulting services.  The BRUsetta Stone™ CD/DVD/USB makes it easy to provide everything that the recipient needs to recover the tapes provided - including a copy of the BRU PE software, the catalog information for the tapes, and any other digital data that you need to provide (invoices, special contact instructions, scripts, the "wrap book" in digital format, etc.).

 

Easy and intuitive Drag-and-Drop functionality for drives, folders, files, and session files from various major applications

 

Film editors and recording engineers and producers can simply drag-and-drop session files, volumes, or folders into the BRU PE environment for easy creation of the archives. Applications currently supported by this functionality include: Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, Sonic Studio™, Logic®, Final Cut Pro® 7.0 – X, Soundtrack Pro®, default ProTools® 7.4 through 10 and select others.

 

Split Session™ Archive mode - allows better utilization of media by easily combining multiple data sets onto a single tape set while keeping them as separate entities for easier management and recovery with a single operation

 

Read and write I/O performance of over 500MB/sec with standard 6Gb SAS arrays - this means that driving 2 LTO-6 drives at full 160MB/sec+ per drive performance won't overtax your systems.  LTO-7 SAS speed dependant on SAS layer, disk speed, system type.

 

Generate PDF or printed versions of your tape set catalog information for your project's wrap book.  Easily select an archive or a tape set and create a full listing of the data included with your own custom cover image.

 

Completely tested  and compatible with all versions of OS X from 10.7 through 10.12 Sierra.

 

Doesn't require a new system to perform archive operations - with Thunderbolt support, you can even use your Mac Book Air!

 

Compatible with all tape drive types - LTO, DAT, DLT and others using SAS, Fibre Channel, pSCSI, USB, and Thunderbolt (with bridge).

 

BRU Media fully cross platform compatible - Linux, Windows, Solaris, and many other systems can restore data written with BRU PE on a Mac OS X system.

 

Ability to provide free-form job metadata as defined by the operator - saved as standard XML for easy external parsing

Performance and Speed

   
High performance tape drive I/O support provides the highest levels of throughput to high-performance devices such as LTO, SAIT, SDLT, and others.

 

Streams LTO-7 at 322 MB/sec (read more about our LTO-7 speed), LTO-6 at over 160MB/sec, both over the rated drive speed when using BRU software, ArGest® hardware and HighPoint RS6328 or RR4522 with the TOLIS Group Drivers.

 

Industry's shortest backup window (fully verified backups) by using Disk Staging and BRU Server's zero impact verify (Anytime Verify™) data verification

 

Low overhead allows multiple BRU processes to write to multiple storage devices simultaneously with very little impact on system performance.

 

Intelligent cataloging provides a powerful query capability to quickly recover select files contained in archives.

 

Client system backups are not interleaved, thereby further shortening the time to restore selected files.

 

 

 

Reliability

 

Ultra-reliable BRU™ engine delivers unparalleled data protection reliability and restorability of the protected data

 

Unparalleled error recovery algorithms–if a bad bit is detected on your media, BRU advances in 2K increments until it can read and restore the data once again without aborting your restore.

 

Backups can be 100% verified without access to the original file systems, either immediately after a backup or even years later.  See more about verification with our white paper Reliable Verification with BRU.

Verification and free restorability are available with any version of BRU regardless of the OS they were created on.  BRU is fully backwards compatible, and unlike other tools, BRU will never leave you with archives tied to a data set, specific OS, version, or type of hardware.

 

Anytime Verify™ and Inspect Mode backup verification options can be run as a zero impact process, freeing up the client systems faster.

 

Broad compatibility - backups can be verified and restored on a different system, and even on a different platform

 

Backups can be committed to a disk staging area at primary storage subsystem performance levels - virtually eliminating perceived backup windows at the client system level

 

Proven data restorability of BRU technology - corrupt data is reported, circumvented, and the restore continues unless the tape drive is physically unable to proceed

 

Catalogs copied to tape in addition to the server HDD to provide enhanced availability to backup data should the server system HDD fail.

 

Sharing/Restoring PE Archives is FREE for Your Clients

 

Sharing archives with your clients is easy, and always FREE for the client to restore, all they need to do is download the BRU demo, and the restore function of the demo never expires!

 

The BRUsetta Stone™ CD/DVD/DMG feature makes it easy to provide everything that the recipient needs to recover the tapes provided - including a copy of the BRU PE software for restore, the catalog information for the tapes, and any other digital data that you need to provide (invoices, special contact instructions, scripts, the "wrap book" in digital format, etc.).

BRU PE QR Code XML Report

 

BRU PE 3.1 provides the entry of studio and production detail metadata.  This metadata is used in the generation of a printable QR Code label that makes locating tape sets as easy as scanning with your smartphone.

 

No Interdependencies on Data Sets for Restore

 

There are no dependency constraints between full, incremental or differential archives when performing restore operations. Each BRU PE archive is a complete and separate entity from other archives.  Thus, it is not required to have the full archive on-site in order to restore from an incremental or differential backup.

 

When performing backup operations, once a full backup is completed, the full backup does not need to be on-site in order to perform incremental or differential backups.  This allows you to free up slots inside of your tape library or change hard disks for offsite storage.

 

Restore is as easy as a single click for file, folder, directory, etc...and PE's fast search mechanism can find these files fast.

Choosing BRU PE Software, BRU Server Software, or Using Both

 

BRU PE is designed for drag and drop, hands on operations to disk or tape.  PE's Doubler Mode™ allows the creation of two simultaneous copies of identical data to two tape devices in a single process for ease of creating a client copy and your own for the vault.  PE is limited to up to two tape drives (either standalone or in a single library) and up to 48 tape slots in an attached library.

 

BRU Server is designed for hands-off, scheduled backup/archival and DAM/MAM integration.  BRU Server also allows for not only the copy of  identical data to two or more drives (BRU Server supports an unlimited number of drives and tape slots in tape libraries), but also allows for different data to be backed up/archived simultaneously, or perform a restore from one or more drives while backing up to another.

 

BRU Server and BRU PE can co-exist with each other on the same system, or on different systems in your environment.  Many users choose to use PE at the creative individual's system(s) and BRU Server for the day to day business backup/archival/restore.

 

Support for Avid ISIS and Other Media Specific Storage Solutions

 

Regardless of the filesystem or storage connection type, if your operating system can read and write the files in your storage environment all BRU solutions will properly backup and restore the media data stored on those storage systems.

 

BRU solutions will support all special attributes, naming conventions, metadata, and application specific typing for both backup and restore.

 

BRU also acts as an early warning tool.  When the storage subsystem is having filesystem corruption or errors that other applications ignore or don't report, BRU does.  This is because of the way BRU solutions interface with the actual filesystem data.  BRU will report these issues and often identify previously undiagnosed problems with your storage environment that would otherwise not be recognized until it was too late.

 

DAM/MAM Support

 

Digital Asset Management and Media Asset Management (DAM/MAM) is integrated into TOLIS Group's BRU Server software and DAM/MAM ArGest® BRU Server bundles.

 

For more information regarding BRU Server software, please visit our BRU Server software information.

 

For more information regarding ArGest® BRU Server DAM/MAM solutions please visit our ArGest® DAM/MAM bundles.

 

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Bottom Line.  BRU PE delivers an unmatched ease of use, speed, true cross platform restorability, and all archive formats in use in the creative space in one package.  Download your fully functional 30 day demo here.

Purchasing Licenses for BRU PE

 

BRU Producer's Edition is licensed on a single system basis.  Should you wish to run PE for archiving/backup purposes on multiple systems, or to use a single ArGest tape or disk bundle that is to be shared between multiple systems, additional licenses of the PE software must be purchased–one license for each machine you intend to use for archiving/backup purposes.

 

Restore is always a free process, and is simply done through the demo (the restore functionality never expires).

 

Out of the box, PE supports up to two tape standalone devices, or one library of up to two drives and 24 tape slots.  To use a library of up to 2 drives with up to 50 tape slots, the 50 tape slot unlock add-on is available.  Larger libraries or more than two standalone drives attached, or the use of DAM/MAM solutions  will require the use of BRU Server.

 

For customers using a mix of BRU PE and BRU Server, BRU PE and BRU Server can co-exist on the same system if needed, and many customers choose to use PE on their edit stations and BRU Server for their day-to-day company backups.

 

PE backs up/archives an unlimited amount of data with no additional fees.  BRU PE works with existing hardware or cloud services and is also available bundled with tape and disk storage hardware in TOLIS Group's ArGest® Hardware/software bundles for single source shopping, warranty and support help on all items related to the backup/archiving task.

 

Choose the option below for pricing and ordering part number(s).

BRU PE Software from $499USD

Pricing Option 1:

BRU PE with single system support, includes 30 days of support help and free product updates.

Mac OS X Part #62051 $499USD

COMING SOON! Windows Part#62051-W $499USD

Pricing Option 2:

BRU PE with single system support, includes 12 months of support help and free product updates. When this option is selected, a savings of $180 over ordering support separately applies, if support is ordered later, full price of support applies.

Mac OS X Part #62051-S $598USD

COMING SOON! Windows Part#62051-WS $598USD

 

Extended Support (includes unlimited phone and ticket system help), part # 62052 $279USD/12 months, renewal discounts apply

 

 

    Upgrade from a previous version of BRU or different version of BRU, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

 

BRU PE EDL CMX3600 add-on $299USD

Drag and drop for both backup/archival and restore functions

 

Part #60091 $299USD

 

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

 

BRU PE 50 tape slot unlock $199USD

For use with a tape library between 25-50 tape slots and up to 2 installed tape drives inside library.

 

Part# 60092 $199USD

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

 

BRU Server Media and Entertainment Edition, integration with Digital Asset Management/MAM solutions from $499USD

BRU Server Media and Entertainment Edition provides full BRU Server functionality to users with creative assets to protect, and when DAM/MAM is in use.

CatDV, Dax and Axle are currently supported DAM/MAM packages, and TOLIS Group also sells our ArGest® DAM/MAM integrated hardware/software bundles for single source shipping, warranty and support help for all items.

 

Pricing Option 1:

BRU Server Media and Entertainment Edition, includes 30 days of support help and free product updates.

Linux Part #60048-ME $499USD

Mac OS X Part# 60029-ME $499USD

Pricing Option 2:

BRU Server Media and Entertainment Edition, includes 12 months of support help and free product updates. When this option is selected, a savings of $120 over ordering support separately applies, if support is ordered later, full price of support applies.

Linux Part #60048-MES $598USD

Mac OS X Part# 60029-MES $598USD

 

Extended Support (includes unlimited phone and ticket system help), part # 60044 $219USD/12 months, renewal discounts apply

 

Additional BRU Server clients are available to add to the M&E license, as are packages of clients.

 

 

     Upgrade from a previous version of BRU or different version of BRU, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

     For Education, Government, ORG discounts or bulk licenses purchases, please call 480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

 

 

     Pricing subject to occasional changes, please call 1-480-505-0488 or email brusales@tolisgroup.com for your customized quote.

 

Ready to order?  Pick the part # desired and Buy Now! TOLIS Group accepts Visa and MasterCard.

Specialized systems not required

 

BRU PE's elegant design allows it to be a very lightweight process, and as such does not require a specialized system in order to perform its assigned duties.  Older hardware right up the bleeding edge hardware of the moment are supported.

 

The requirements for BRU PE version 3.x are as follows:

 

  Mac OS X 10.6-10.12 (Sierra) Intel-based systems

  Enough memory to run your operating system and move data to tape device if applicable.

  Approximately 110MB of disk space plus room for archive catalog storage.

 

If using an older PowerPC Mac, or one running 10.5 or older, please contact brusales@tolisgroup.com to receive instructions for obtaining BRU PE version 2.x.  BRU PE 2.x will not run on OS X Mavericks 10.9 or Yosemite 10.10 or El Capitan 10.11, or Sierra 10.12 for our customers with PE 2.x wishing to upgrade to 10.9, 10.10, or 10.11 please contact brusales@tolisgroup.com for options regarding upgrading to PE version 3.x.  Do not attempt to upgrade from v 2.x to version 3.x without first obtaining a 3.x license.

 

 

Supported Tape Devices

 

 

Requirements to use BRU PE with the BRU PE LTFS Manager:

 

The following LTFS requirements are based on the developers of the LTFS technology. TOLIS Group does not develop or maintain any LTFS code.

If you plan to use BRU PE for any LTFS operations, please be aware of our LTFS Caveats List.

 

  Intel-based system Mac Pro or Xserve running Mac OS X 10.6.5 (Snow Leopard - update 5) or higher

  Approximately 50MB disk space for the MacFUSE, ICU, and LTFS installations

  LTFS-compatible LTO-5 or LTO-6 tape drive

  MacFUSE Version 2.1.9 or later for 32 and 64 bit Mac OS X systems

  ICU 4.0.1 or later Libraries (International Components for Unicode)

  LTFS Drivers version 1.2.0 or later

 

The following items are NOT supported by LTFS:

  PowerPC Systems

  Systems running earlier versions of Mac OS X prior to 10.6.5

  Systems that do not support PCIe® expansion (Fibre Channel or SAS) — because you cannot connect an LTO-5 or LTO-6 tape drive

  LTO-5 drives connected via iSCSI

  LTFS Driver Downloads

 

For customers with LTO-5 or LTO-6 tape devices from TOLIS Group, the LTFS drivers can be downloaded from the TOLIS Group Hardware Downloads section or contact TOLIS Group Technical Support for assistance.  For customers with LTO-5 or LTO-6 tape devices from other vendors, please contact your LTO vendor to obtain the LTFS drivers for your LTO tape device.

 

 

 

 

  • Click to expand BRU format vs LTFS format table

    FEATURE

     

    Platforms supported

     

    Easy to Install

     

    One point of support

     

    Versions of OS X supported

     

    Versions of Linux supported

     

    Versions of Windows supported

     

    Other platforms supported

     

    Dependence on 3rd party drivers

     

    Automatically Spans tapes

     

    Automatically handles verification

     

    Supports Special Characters

     

    Supports long Length File/path names

     

    Supports File Permissions

     

    Search Tape Content of offline tapes

     

    Easy Catalog Sharing and Administration

     

    Supports non-LTO Tape Devices

    (LTO-3/4, SAIT, T10000B/C, etc)

     

    Supports Multiple, Simultaneous

    Tape Write Operations

    (Doubler Mode™)

     

    Supports WORM (Write Once, Read Many) media for protected archival

     

    Native support for large scale tape libraries

     

    Finder or Explorer Access

    Issues when expanding tape contents

     

    Easy to use Graphical Interface

     

    Full Drive Performance

     

    Easily restore from aborted tapes

     

    Low impact system support for

    multiple, simultaneous volume creation

     

    Full, descriptive error and warning

    reports during read and write operations

     

    Open Source

     

    Support Contacts

     

    Years of providing Archival and Backup

     

    NOTES:

    BRU FORMAT

     

    24

     

    1 package

     

    Yes

     

    10.6.5-10.9

     

    ALL including non-Intel

     

    XP, 2003, Vista, 2005, 7, 2008, 2012, 8

     

    Solaris, IRIX, FreeBSD HP-UX, A/IX, 11 others

     

    None

     

    Yes

     

    Yes

     

    Yes

     

    Yes

     

    Yes

     

    Yes

     

    Yes

     

     

    Yes

     

     

    Yes

     

     

     

    Yes

     

     

    Yes

     

     

    No

     

     

    Yes

     

    Yes

     

    Yes

     

    Yes

     

     

     

    Yes

     

     

     

    No****

     

    TOLIS Group, Inc.

     

    29, since 1985

    LTFS FORMAT

     

    3 (dependent on vendor implementation*)

     

    3 Packages, multiple, conflicting options

     

    No

     

    10.6-10.9 depending on the drivers installed

     

    Restricted to Intel platforms and by kernel version

     

    Varies by drive vendor, check your source

     

    None

     

    FuSE (version specific), ICU

     

    No

     

    No

     

    No

     

    No

     

    No

     

    No**

     

    No

     

     

    No

     

     

    No

     

     

     

    No

     

     

    No

     

     

    Yes

     

     

    No**

     

    Dependant on data access

     

    No

     

    No

     

     

     

    No

     

     

     

    Yes

     

    No one is directly responsible

     

    2***

    * Vendor implementation splintering in driver development has resulted in situations where Vendor A may not be able to read a tape generated by Vendor C, even on the same platform.

     

    ** There are third party wrapper applications that expand upon the base LTFS cataloging restrictions and provide graphical UIs, but these packages are neither free nor open source.

     

    *** Because of the splintering of the driver developers, FuSE implementations, and fragility of the LTFS tape format in light of a drive or system failure, many customers have reported that the LTFS volumes are not as reliable as expected.

     

    ****A note about Open Source.

    If you break LTFS, who do you call?  With BRU, you call us and we get you back on track. As for being open source, anyone can get the spec and base source and create their own version of LTFS. This results in the "too many cooks in the kitchen" scenario.

     

    As for having the code available under an open source license, are you a low-level C programmer? Do you have the skill set and tape hardware knowledge to take on the responsibility for the LTFS code in your organization? A very important question to consider before you let the "concept" of open source seem to be a positive (for any solution, not just LTFS).

     

    As an example, since Linux is Open Source and freely available, are you replacing your OS X and Windows systems with Linux systems because OS X and Windows are "closed source"?

     

    It all sounds great in discussion, but in practical application, you want to use tools that provide the best solution for your task. You also want to be able to depend on the solution and the team(s) responsible for that solution. To revisit, who do you call if your open source product doesn't work?

     

    Okay, so what if TOLIS Group goes out of business? We've placed the BRU source code in escrow with many of our major clients and offer it to others if their dependence on the actual product is that strictly regulated. The result is that in this case, the source code would be available to those organizations for continued development. Or, what if the principles decide they'd rather go fishing (or racing) than continue the business? In that case, we have a clause in our corporate structure where we would release the source code under the BSD open source license to the world.

     

    How do you share BRU archives?  By providing your client with the BRU DEMO for their system.  Restore is ALWAYS free and never expires in the DEMO, no purchase necessary.

     

    So, either way, TOLIS Group customers and BRU users are protected into the foreseeable future.

     

    Wouldn't you rather relax at night knowing that your data is safely archived and that help is just an email or phone call away if something gets sideways?

     

    Remember our slogan - BRU ... Because it's the RESTORE that matters!

     

     


How to choose which format to use when using BRU PE

In order to meet all needs for sharing data and archiving in the creative space, in addition to its native BRU archive data format, BRU PE also provides all of the tools necessary for dealing with tar and LTFS volumes on a Mac OS X system.  Because a Mac system cannot read or restore from tar tapes natively, BRU PE includes the full TOLIS Tape Tools license which allows for the reading and restore of tar tapes on the OS X platform.  BRU PE’s LTFS import component allows you to import LTFS tapes into the BRU PE catalog environment for easier management of archives by allowing the operator to search known LTFS tapes even if the LTFS tapes are not currently mounted on the system used for archive management.

 

When deciding which format to use, it is important to note that only the BRU format delivers the speed, reliability of verification, and long term storage options that you should expect and demand from your solution format.  BRU's restore is always free for you and your clients, therefore sharing BRU archives should never be an issue with you or your partners.

 

For more information regarding BRU vs. the tar format, please visit our white papers The BRU Advantage and Proving the BRU Advantage

 

Regarding LTFS, it is important to separate the marketing hype vs. the reality of its use.  It is important to note that even though BRU Producer's Edition supports LTFS, BRU's capabilities and features DO NOT apply to the LTFS layer.  BRU PE's LTFS manager is simply a GUI to enable the formatting, mounting, checking, roll-back, and cataloging of LTFS volumes using the currently existing LTFS capabilities.

 

For a look at the caveats of using LTFS that you must consider if you must use the LTFS format, please see this important article:
http://knowledgebase.tolisgroup.com/index.php?View=entry&EntryID=263

 

For more information about what the LTFS format is and its origins, please visit our LTFS white paper.

 

For an easy to follow comparison of the BRU format and the LTFS format, a table below provides an easy to follow comparison based upon published specifications instead of marketing hype.

 

 

Click the following links below to download the PDF documentation appropriate for your needs.

 

If you need assistance beyond what is found in the documentation for BRU PE, please visit TOLIS Group's support page for methods of contacting technical support directly.

 

BRU PE 3.x User Guide

Instructions from download, to install, to first backup, to first restore.  Includes QuickStart Guide.

 

TOLIS Tape Tools Manual

User Guide for the included TOLIS Tape Tools license (located in the PE DMG in your applications folder).

 

BRU PE Catalog information

The PE catalog, how it is formatted and tips on how to utilize the information outside of BRU PE.

 

PE README

 

PE EULA

 

TOLIS Tape Tools EULA

 

BRU PE 2.x User Guide

User guide for older 2.x version of PE.

 

BRU PE Datasheet

ArGest Mobile Editing Solutions Datasheet

Complete BRU Server with DAM/MAM Solutions Datasheet

TOLIS Tape Tools Datasheet

 

Supported Tape Devices

 

General BRU White Papers:

 

The BRU Advantage - Details on the elements that make BRU so effective.

Proving the BRU Advantage - BRU was originally developed because tar fails–see why.

BRU's Unique Availability Characteristics - More details about BRU's unique features.

Reliable Verification - Don't be fooled by foolish verification methods.

LTO — Big, Fast, and Cheap - TOLIS Group is pro-tape, see why.

Tape's Not Dead Tech - Tape is not a dead tech, it is fast, easy to use, and nothing else will protect your stored data as effectively for as long.

BRU Server and Parallels - How BRU and virtual environments such as Parallels and VMWare work together.

Virtual Machines and BRU - Workflow details on using BRU in a virtual machine environment.

TOLIS Group OFM for Live System Backup - BRU backs up open files and databases on Windows.

BRU's Support of Regulatory Governance - BRU ihelps you maintain compliance with government/research/medical regulations for backing up and recovering data.

Implementing Tape Storage on Apple Systems - Special considerations when using tape with Apple systems.

Tape vs. Disk vs. VTL Backup Options - BRU allows you to back up to any device type that works for your environment.

LTFS - One look at why LTFS is not the best choice for long term archival.

Case Study: Austrian Film Museum - Why the Austrian Film Museum chose BRU to protect their irreplaceable assets.

Tape Device Fibre Channel Zoning Considerations - Zoning Fibre Channel Devices, older document, still valid in 2016.