Patent Number: 7,788,299

Title: File formatting on a non-tape media operable with a streaming protocol

Abstract: A method and apparatus for a generating a tape format like file with an associated look-up table on a non-tape storage medium is disclosed. In one configuration, a data storage arrangement can comprise a host computer in communication with a storage system by means of a streaming protocol. The storage system can comprise a non-tape storage medium having at least one file comprising a plurality of records each having user data and meta data wherein the meta data comprises data fields for and about the record. A table associated with the file is adapted to contain information related to at least one of the records. The table can be accessed by the storage system to reduce the amount of time spent locating the records.

Inventors: Fenske; Larry Alan (Loveland, CO), Rector; Richard Douglas (Arvada, CO), Wong; Walter (Boulder, CO), Starr; Matthew Thomas (Lafyette, CO)

Assignee: Spectra Logic Corporation

International Classification: G06F 7/00 (20060101); G06F 17/30 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018