EMC World 2015

By: Mike Sausa

For the fourth year in a row, Spectra Logic had a booth at the annual EMC World conference. EMC World brings together thousands of the corporation’s employees, customers and partners, from all over the world. Walking the show floor one hears a different language being spoken nearly every ten feet.

EMC announced some interesting updates to their products at the conference. One of the most notable was the potential open sourcing of their software defined storage product, ViPR. Like Spectra, EMC sees use cases for multiple tiers of storage including Flash, HDD, and Object (both HDD and Cloud). Open sourcing ViPR should allow others to add additional types of storage including tape.

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Notes from the ISC West Show Floor

By: Ray Heineman

ISC West came and went in a flash! It was our first time exhibiting on our own this year and it was phenomenal! A very eventful, exciting trade show for Spectra, and we plan to come back even bigger and better next year. Here are some highlights from the show:

Press Conference:

To kick off the event, we hosted a press conference the morning of Wednesday, April 15th, to announce the launch of our new global division: Spectra Video Surveillance, and introduce our supporting product: NVR3.  Industry expert, John Convy, from Convy and Associates, commenced the launch with a state of the industry update where he exemplified the need to affordably store video surveillance footage for long retention terms.  We were also proud to have Bob Ehlers, VP of HauteSpot innovators in wireless solutions for IP video and metadata, make an appearance and announce our partnership.

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A Record Year at NAB

By: Graham Stoner

The National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas is Spectra Logic’s largest trade show every year. A transplant to our Media and Entertainment team as of July 2014, this was my first opportunity to attend, and it certainly lived up to everything I’ve heard about it.

In our 20×30 booth with four seating areas and a smaller, remote whisper suite for NDA discussions, I’m happy to say that on Monday and Tuesday (Wednesday and Thursday being calmer days at NAB), there was literally standing room only for the majority of the day.

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Spectra’s Future is Looking Bright while Celebrating “Bring Your Child to Work Day”

By: Betsy Doughty

One of the most enjoyable and exciting days at Spectra grew to be even bigger and better this year! Our celebration of “Bring Your Child to Work Day” hosted nearly 100 children, ranging from ages 2 to 17 years old. The kids enjoyed a tour of the campus, a safety demonstration from our local firemen and police officers, and a “trade show” where different departments set up booths to demonstrate what they do. The older kids were provided the opportunity to participate in group mentoring sessions, where they were able to acquire a more in depth knowledge for specific areas of Spectra’s business. Some of the departments that hosted mentoring sessions included marketing, software development, and finance.

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The Environment and Use for Deep Storage: Part II

By: Matt Starr

In my previous blog I introduced BlackPearl, a new gateway to object storage for tape, and the DS3 interface, based on Amazon’s S3, that make it possible. Today I want to focus on use cases for BlackPearl.

There are two primary use cases that would compel an organization to pursue a deep storage solution like BlackPearl. The first is found in organizations managing exceptionally large data archives. Media & Entertainment organizations are an obvious fit. These companies store massive amounts of data representing movies, TV shows, sporting events, training videos, TV evangelism broadcasts, etc. Another group that falls into this “archive need” category is research facilities. These vary anywhere from universities, to medical groups, to genomic studies, to weather centers, etc.

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Spectra Logic and Avid Announce Joint Integration of BlackPearl and Interplay | Production ® Asset Management

First ever direct access between Interplay PAM and Deep Storage archives

BOULDER, Colo.—April 10, 2015—Spectra Logic and Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today, at Avid Connect 2015, unveiled a new integration that allows long-term data storage and easy accessibility at extremely low cost, with a direct to tape archive option not previously available. This integration allows Avid users to directly archive and retrieve content from tape libraries. Availability of the new Spectra Logic-Avid solution means that media and entertainment assets can be stored indefinitely, for only pennies per gigabyte.

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New Developer Website and New Vision

By Jeff Braunstein, Developer Evangelist

Last week Spectra Logic released a new version of the Spectra Logic Developer Program website.

One reason for launching the new site was to update the look and feel to match our recently updated corporate website. Besides looking great, the new sites work on all devices and have some nice interactive features.

But the main reason for the new version of the Developer site was to make our DS3 client development tools easier to download and access. DS3 is our deep storage protocol, an extension of S3, which allows users to move data to deep storage using simple HTTP commands.  This protocol is made possible by our BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway.  Now anyone can access all the tools needed to create a DS3 application, including a BlackPearl Simulator, Software Development Kits, sample clients, and documentation.

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Spectra Spring Trade Show Forecast

By: Betsy Doughty

Spectra Logic is getting ready to dive into a busy spring trade show season! This year, we will be attending shows around the globe, from eResearch in New Zealand to Expo Seguridad in Mexico City. We are looking forward to mingling with fellow data storage enthusiasts, displaying our products and discovering what’s in store for the future of the industry. Although we are attending nearly fifteen industry events this spring, there are a few shows that we are particularly excited about.

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Introducing the new Spectra Logic Website

By: Betsy Doughty

Spectra Logic is very excited to announce the debut of our NEW corporate website! It has been a long time in the making, and we are very proud of the modern look and feel we have created. The website has undergone a complete renovation and incorporates a lot of cool new features including:

  • Interactive 3D Product Animations
  • Improved Mobile Functionality – so it will look great on all of your devices!
  • Better Resource Navigation – we’ve made everything easier to find via layout & search
  • Social Media Page – Includes real time updates to all Spectra social media platforms
  • Customer Case Studies – the page is now more visual and interactive
  • Tech Talks & Webinars – you can now search videos

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LTO-7 Pre-Purchase Program

By: Deb Saret

The next generation of LTO technology is nearly here! On March 1st, Spectra Logic announced the availability of its LTO-7 pre-purchase program. By using Spectra’s LTO-7 pre-purchase program you will be able to take advantage of today’s best LTO technology then easily exchange those LTO-6 tape drives for next generation LTO-7 technology drives as soon as they begin shipping.

LTO-7 offers several technology improvements, including:

  • Data Rate: 300 to 315 MB/sec uncompressed
  • Capacity: 6 to 6.4 TB uncompressed
  • Head actuator: 32 channel

LTO-7’s enhanced data rate provides a performance increase of up to 97%, when compared to LTO-6. This performance boost translates into the need for less tape drives to do the same amount of work, and a reduction in the cost of your annual service contract.

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