Levels Beyond’s Reach Engine Now Archives Digital Assets to Spectra Logic BlackPearl

Certified Joint Solution Streamlines Media Workflow through Hybrid Cloud Architecture

DENVER, Colo. – April 25, 2017 – Levels Beyond, the new era for intelligent content, today announced that it has enhanced its Reach Engine platform to archive digital assets to the Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System. Levels Beyond leveraged the Java Software Development Kit to build a certified Spectra S3 plugin for its Reach Engine platform to significantly improve upon traditional storage management processes. The Spectra-certified solution delivers seamless workflows, minimizes file movements on production networks, and reduces network traffic. It provides intelligent, continuous management of massive amounts of content across multiple storage tiers, both on premise and in the cloud.

Reach Engine adds content intelligence to automated media workflows. Paired with BlackPearl, Reach Engine manages content lifecycles using business and media metadata. The integrated solution offers content creators and owners a hybrid solution, ensuring media is always accessible, whether within the edit suite or a direct-to-digital channel. BlackPearl is a next-generation converged storage system, and an ideal match for Reach Engine’s API-driven model. The fully integrated solution provides a modern approach to archive with native support for hybrid cloud and multi-site infrastructures.

“We chose to integrate Reach Engine with BlackPearl because of the ease and accessibility of working with a modern RESTful API,” said Danny Gold, chief strategy officer, Levels Beyond. “With BlackPearl’s intelligent policy engine, Reach Engine brings balance and cost savings between primary, nearline and/or archive storage. Together, Spectra Logic and Levels Beyond provide end users both the software and hardware for a complete, multi-tiered storage solution.”

BlackPearl enables the use of RESTful interfaces to manage large amounts of data on multiple storage domains including nearline and archive disk, LTFS tape, as well as public cloud, all through a single portal. With Reach Engine, BlackPearl provides a hybrid storage platform with genetically diverse storage mediums, and standard formats necessary to ensure content security and long-term availability.

“Spectra’s BlackPearl delivers a modern approach to content archiving that solves the problem of costly and complex digital preservation,” said Matt Starr, chief technology officer, Spectra Logic. “BlackPearl simplifies deployment, use and management of large data sets, and combined with Reach Engine, provides a complete solution designed to meet the demands of all customers who work with video.”

Levels Beyond and Spectra Logic are both Colorado-based companies, conducting product development, engineering, customer support and manufacturing in the United States.

Spectra’s BlackPearl Certification Program was created to ensure that clients created by Spectra Logic partners are robust and reliable. The program includes comprehensive testing of all key features and any optional features needed to support the use of BlackPearl in an end-user’s environment. Testing is conducted at Spectra’s dedicated certification test lab located at its global headquarters in Boulder, Colo., to offer partners an option for fast, cost-effective client testing and certification.

The Levels Beyond BlackPearl client is available for download today. Visit the BlackPearl Developer website for more information. Read the Levels Beyond Reach Engine and Spectra BlackPearl joint solution brief, and visit SpectraLogic.com/BlackPearl for more information about Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Converged Storage System.

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