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Spectra Logic T-Series Libraries Double Performance with LTO-3 Drives

CHICAGO, STORAGE DECISIONS—May 25, 2005—Spectra Logic is now shipping T-series libraries with Ultrium LTO3 Tape Drives manufactured by IBM. Spectra® T950, T120 and T50 users can use the SCSI and Fibre Channel drives to double the capacity and receive up to double the speed of previous generation LTO drives. This can help improve administrative productivity and provide more cost-effective data protection, all with a simple drive addition or upgrade.

“Spectra Logic backed up in-house files to an enterprise Spectra T950 library with IBM LTO3 fibre channel drives, and was very impressed with performance results,” said Larry Freeman, a senior product manager for Spectra Logic. “The LTO3 drives performed blazingly fast at 175 MB/s, more than double the speed over LTO2 drives we tested. We are pleased to offer LTO technology to customers worldwide.”

Third-generation IBM LTO Tape Drives offer both 160 SCSI LVD and 2 Gigabit fibre channel attachment. They are well-suited for backup, restore and archive applications within mid-range to enterprise data centers. IBM LTO3 drives provide a native cartridge capacity of 400 GB and 80 MB/sec native data throughput. Yet, testing in Spectra’s test laboratory setting has shown data transfer rates of up to 175 MB/sec with compressible data.


About Spectra Logic Corporation

Spectra Logic Corporation, now in its 28th year, is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative data protection for companies worldwide. Spectra Logic products make it easy for organizations to store and protect rapidly growing data by offering libraries with capacities ranging from 60 gigabytes to multiple petabytes. Today, the company has tens of thousands of libraries installed worldwide with customers that include NASA, LSU Medical, and Verizon Wireless. Spectra Logic's data protection products are available through a global network of resellers and OEMs. Spectra Logic has introduced many industry first products including: first to automate AIT in a library; first with all-native Fibre Channel and iSCSI libraries; first to integrate tape and disk in a single-frame library; first to offer hardware-based, encryption-enabled libraries. For more information, contact Spectra Logic by phone at (800) 833-1132, or visit the company's Web site at

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