Step Up to Big Data Archive Challenges with New HPE Enterprise Tape Solutions


  • Sarah Clew, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery and Archive (BURA), HPE Storage
  • Brian Grainger, CSO, Spectra Logic

Just for large enterprises that require scalability, low costs, simplified management and reliable long-term retention to manage ExaScale capacities: HPE announced at Discover London 2016 our partnership with Spectra Logic to deliver two new tape archive solutions – HPE T950 and HPE TFinity ExaScale. Read on to find out how these new library offerings can help your business step up to the archive challenges posed by big data growth.


Without question, Big Data is a prevalent term in the IT world. However, it’s a term that has several different meanings associated with it. According to Gartner, Big Data is frequently referred to as vast volumes and varieties of data types that require cost-effective means of processing to produce insights that can inform decision making and business procedures. Data volumes of this kind are often collections of new types of data that have emerged with the advent of social media platforms, high definition and special FX technologies, as well as 3D and 4D capabilities in media, healthcare and engineering. Not to mention an increase in the usage of rich media such as product videos, galleries, podcasts and infographics that are now an essential part of any business’s communications toolkit.

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#ICYMI – This Week at Supercomputing 2016

This week, the Spectra Logic team travelled to beautiful Salt Lake City to exhibit at one of our largest industry trade shows of the entire year, Supercomputing. Also referred to as SC16, Supercomputing is an international conference for high performance computing, networking storage, and analysis. More than 11,000 people attended this year’s show, with hundreds paying a visit to Spectra’s booth. Our executive team met with Spectra end users, partners, press and analysts from around the world, all coming together to discuss why #HPCMatters. Here’s a summary of Spectra’s promotions at the event, #ICYMI:

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Dancing with Boulder Stars 2016

Last week, Spectra Logic’s Senior Director of Marketing, Betsy Doughty, participated in the YWCA of Boulder County’s seventh annual Dancing with Boulder Stars fundraiser. The event, which is modeled after the hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” took place on Tuesday night at Colorado’s historic Boulder Theater, located off Pearl Street. Local “celebrities” paired up with professional dance instructors and performed a variety of dance numbers including hip hop, swing and salsa. Audience members were encouraged to vote for their favorite dancer with donations, and the dancer with the most money was chosen as the winner of the competition. In the end, the event ended up raising more than $40,000, with all proceeds being donated to the YWCA.

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Betsy Doughty and Brian Grainger Named to CRN “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” List

Each year, CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, compiles a list of 100 People You Don’t Know But Should, to celebrate under-the-radar channel management team members from the industry’s top vendors and distributors. The CRN editorial team, assessing feedback from solution providers and other industry executives, selects those that have worked tirelessly to create, promote and manage programs and policies that support and advance the IT channel.

This year’s list recognizes Spectra’s own Chief Sales Officer, Brian Grainger, and Senior Director of Marketing, Betsy Doughty.

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Spectra Fall Trade Show Season is in Full Swing

Fall has always been a busy time for Spectra Logic in terms of trade show activity, and this year is no exception! Between September and December, Spectra plans to participate in more than 14 industry events around the globe. Two of our most prominent events this season include IBC Show, which we attended in Amsterdam last week, and Supercomputing, which will take place in Salt Lake City, UT, November 14-17. Spectra is looking forward to engaging with customers, partners and other industry professionals, showcasing its deep storage solutions, and participating in several speaking opportunities.


IBC Show:
This year’s IBC Show was a huge success for Spectra! Hundreds of attendees visited our booth, Spectra executives took part in meetings with partners and customers, our BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway was up for an IABM Design & Innovation Award, and we co-sponsored an event with industry-leading technology partner Avid. We look forward to returning to IBC Show in 2017 and are excited to see what next year brings!



At Supercomputing 2016, we will be exhibiting in Booth #1401, and will be showcasing a variety of Spectra products including: TFinity ExaScale Edition Tape Library (5-frames) with custom skins, full rack including T380, BlackPearl, ArcticBlue, Verde DPE, and our High Performance Transporter (HPT) demo tabletop. We are up for an HPCwire Readers’ Choice Award and will also be hosting a Happy Hour event, Wednesday, November 16th – featuring our first ever SC16 TweetUp! Follow us @SpectraLogic for more information.

Other events that Spectra Logic will be attending this fall include: Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium (Sept 20-21), WFX – Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (Sept 21-22), IP Expo Europe (Oct 5-6), eResearch Australasia (Oct 10-14), Broadcast India (Oct 20-22), CMMA 2016 National Conference (Oct 22-25), SMPTE Hollywood (Oct 24-27) and NAB Show NY (Nov 9-10). For a full list of events and tradeshows Spectra Logic plans to attend, visit the events page on Spectra’s website.

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Bring Your Parents to Work Day

On Friday, August 26th, Spectra Logic hosted its first ever “Bring Your Parents to Work Day” event. The event was put together by Summit, Spectra’s women’s leadership group, and took place at Spectra’s headquarters in Boulder, CO. Employees were encouraged to invite not only their parents, but spouses, and close family and friends as well.

To kick it off, the day began with attendee registration and breakfast, a company headquarters tour, and a Storage 101/Product Overview session.




Around noon, guests were provided lunch and received a brief company history overview from Spectra CEO Nathan Thompson.


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The afternoon concluded with a brief market discussion and show-and-tell of a few of Spectra’s customer case studies from Senior Director of Marketing, Betsy Doughty, and Sales Regional VP, Chris Shannon…

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…and an end-of-day company barbeque!

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Spectra’s associates had a great time showing their friends and family around and teaching them all about what our company does. “It was so much fun and interesting to see where my son and my daughter in law work and learn about the innovations of data storage,” said Bring Your Parents to Work Day attendee, Ann Larsen. “Enjoyed meeting all the other employees and the exceptional hospitality. It was definite win for Spectra.”

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How Slovnaft Oil Refinery Is Utilizing Spectra Logic Deep Storage Tape to Preserve its Data Forever

Employees in the oil and gas industry require digital metrics to understand what resources are hiding beneath the Earth’s surface and, more importantly, how to extract them. Energy companies manage massive amounts of these metrics (or data) that must be preserved and accessed quickly to make technical decisions both daily and for many years into the future.


Slovnaft, an oil refinery based in Bratislava, operates the largest network of filling stations in Slovakia. It is one of the top three oil refineries in Europe, processing between five and six million tons of crude oil each year. Slovnaft stores reservoir metrics, machinery and personnel performance statistics, oil flow rates, and pressure metric data that must all be accessible to multiple users within the company at a moment’s notice.

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Hybrid Cloud: The Best of Both Worlds

In recent years, as cloud-based storage started to become more mainstream, it was anticipated that enterprise storage and other IT needs would be moving from onsite data centers to public cloud-based solutions. This has happened, but not quite in the way many predicted. Organizations have instead opted for a hybrid cloud approach — a combination of cloud-based storage and onsite data centers that allows businesses to carefully manage what data, or copies of data, stays onsite and what gets migrated to offsite locations and public cloud. Most enterprise organizations’ “cloud” storage infrastructures are actually hybrid clouds.

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Society’s Genome Book Launch Celebration

By: Betsy Doughty

Back in 1979, Nathan Thompson gathered his last $500 to start buying and reselling used computer equipment from his college dorm room. Fast forward 37 years, and Nathan is now CEO and Founder of a successful data storage company known as Spectra Logic, responsible for developing innovative deep storage solutions that meet the needs of organizations faced with exponential data growth.

Nathan has certainly accomplished several significant milestones throughout the years. The latest is authoring a book with colleagues Bob Cone and John Kranz, titled: Society’s Genome: Genetic Diversity’s Role in Data Preservation—and it is certainly a reason to celebrate.

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#DeepStorage: Why University of Notre Dame Chose Spectra Logic to Preserve Its Digital Assets Forever

By: Ray Caruso

The University of Notre Dame, located in South Bend, Indiana, is one of our nation’s most prestigious and widely recognized academic institutions. Founded in 1842, Notre Dame has been leading the nation in research and scholarship for nearly 175 years. The university is rated among the top 25 universities in the nation and is also well-known for its esteemed athletic teams – the Fighting Irish.
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Notre Dame is responsible for creating and storing a lot of data. The school’s University Archives require a large scale space for preserving digital research data indefinitely, as well as student academic records for 80+ years. They also back up a significant amount of data from several different areas within the school including the Center for Research Computing, the IT department, Fighting Irish Media (FIM), and the University Libraries.

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