Press Release

Object Matrix, a leading developer of scalable object based archive systems has today announced the launch of WatchSpot, a new, free, backup application, designed to work in harmony with MatrixStore, its flagship clustered storage product. The combined solution ensures that MatrixStore customers can automate the protection of content on their shared storage to a highly secure nearline storage platform.

WatchSpot is a simple server based application that watches selected folders on any network file system (XSAN, UNITY, ISIS) and automatically mirrors changes to the contents of each folder inside a MatrixStore vault. When changes to the ‘watched’ folder occur WatchSpot copies the new or changed files to the MatrixStore vault. Version 1.0 of WatchSpot runs on Windows operating systems with a Mac OS and Linux version being release later in the year. Object Matrix customers receive the new application free of charge.

The features included in v1.0 of the WatchSpot application include:

  • Watch selected folders on any network file system and automatically mirrors changes to the MatrixStore vault.
  • The WatchSpot Administration GUI lets you specify which folders to watch, monitor copy jobs in progress and view historical jobs.
  • The contents of the vault can be exported as a list in CSV format.
  • Specify a regular schedule for watching each folder (eg. “3am every weekday”).
  • A “Scan Now” button lets you start the watch ahead of schedule.
  • You can associate a different vault with each watch folder.

Supports multiple versions of files.

Nick Pearce, co-founder, Object Matrix: ”The vast majority of our customer base have, at some point or another, enquired about a solution that can simply backup a folder. They need a solution that is intuitive, that is not prohibitively expensive, does not require constant administration and integrates with their current infrastructure. The features of WatchSpot, coupled with an upcoming integration with LTO archive solutions, are further evidence that Object Matrix is driven by a desire to meet the specialist needs of Creative workflows”.

MatrixStore acts as a pre-production, nearline or long-term disk-based archive, allowing content to move smoothly through any digital workflow from ingest to delivery. Implementing a tapeless or file-based workflow has been highlighted as one of the top challenges facing creative organizations. With no tape to put on the shelf broadcasters, post-production facilities and creative agencies are looking for a solution to keep their assets secure and more importantly available throughout the production process. A single MatrixStore cluster acts as rushes/dailies, nearline or local archive allowing content to move seamlessly through any digital workflow from ingest to delivery.


WatchSpot v1.0 is available for demonstration on 16th April from Object Matrix and its worldwide network of business partners.