In 1979 at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Nathan Thompson gathered his last $500 to start buying and reselling used computer equipment from his dorm room. An electrical engineering and computer science student, his investment established Western Automation and laid the foundation for his future growth and success in the IT industry. In an ever changing industry, we have evolved from market to market to meet the evolving needs of our customers.
The company's focus in 1984 was providing memory boards with disk interfaces. In 1988, Western Automation acquired and became Spectra Logic Corporation, a data storage company that has installed tens of thousands of products to customers in over 72 countries. Today we specialize in innovative backup archive solutions through tape and disk-based products. Our history of proven software and hardware engineering expertise has led the company to produce many industry first contributions.
Read on to find out how Spectra Logic has evolved from a memory board supplier to the data protection manufacturer it is today.
|1992||Business focus changes to backup software and tape storage|
|1995||Spectra Logic adds tape libraries to supplement its software product line|
|1997||First to automate Sony AIT tape technology in a library|
|1999||First to offer embedded Fibre Channel libraries|
|2000||First to offer integrated partitioning with Shared Library Services|
|2001||Spectra Logic design exceeds 100 tape slots per square foot|
|2002||Spectra Logic and its partners accomplish terabyte-an-hour backup and restore|
|2002||First to offer customer replaceable robotics|
|2003||First to offer all-native iSCSI tape libraries|
|2003||Spectra Logic introduces TeraPacks or storage “chambers” for grouped media management|
|2005||First to market with hardware-based Encryption. Spectra Logic introduces the first tape library that integrates with disk in one frame — the Spectra T950 with RXT|
|2006||First to offer hardware-based, VTL encryption with compression (RXT)|
|2007||First to offer archive and backup servers (nTier)|
Media Lifecycle Management is released as the first in-library media management tool that significantly reduces errors caused by tape media. Spectra also completes the release ofthe entire T-Series Mid-Range line (T200, T380, T680), giving customers a seamless upgrade path with the unique TranScale™ architecture.
|2009||Spectra celebrates its 30th anniversary with the announcement of T-Finity, the market's largest, most scalable and high performing library. With industry leading intelligence and a fault-tolerant architecture, T-Finity meets the needs of the most demanding, data-intensive storage environments.|
|2010||Spectra's tape library product line swept Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com's 2010 Quality Awards for enterprise and midrange tape libraries, winning first place in all 14 categories. Spectra earned the highest scores for any tape library in all five years of this awards program, and the highest technical support scores recorded to date for tape libraries in both the midrange and enterprise categories.|
|Today||Spectra Logic is the data storage innovator that helps you save time, lower costs, and reduce risks.|