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.

read more


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.

read more


#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.
Notre Dame1
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.

read more


Spectra Logic Preps for this Year’s BolderBOULDER 10K

Each year since 1979, the citizens of Boulder, Colorado have come together on Memorial Day to participate in an international race event and local annual tradition known as the BolderBOULDER: the 10K race that attracts more than 50,000 participants and 70,000+ spectators annually. Participants of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate in the event, which the BolderBOULDER website refers to as the “biggest and best Memorial Day celebration on earth.”

BolderBOULDER_2016

Spectra Logic employees have made it their own tradition to attend and/or participate in the BolderBOULDER each year. Spectra Logic supports its participating associates with registration fee reimbursement, team volunteer opportunities and the option to participate in the BolderBOULDER’s unique fitness initiative, the BolderBusinessCHALLENGE. The BolderBusinessCHALLENGE provides participants with access to online training programs and opportunities to run with some of the area’s professional runners.

read more


Another Successful Bring Your Kid to Work Day at Spectra!

By: Betsy Doughty

Yesterday, Spectra Logic hosted its annual Bring Your Kid to Work Day and (as always) it was an amazing time! With nearly 100 kids in attendance, it truly was a lively day here at Spectra.

Here were a few of the top highlights from throughout the day:

Each kid was provided with a t-shirt and “employee” badge upon check-in.

Pic1

They went on a tour of both headquarter buildings.

Pic2

We had local author and speaker, 13-year-old Kate Dellett, come in and speak about bullying, and everyone that attended received a copy of her book “Ally the Brave.”

read more


#ICYMI – Top 5 Spectra Announcements in April

By: Betsy Doughty

As always, the month of April has been a whirlwind of a month for Spectra, crammed full with trade shows, product launches, company announcements, and more! Four of Spectra’s most important trade shows, ISC West, Avid Connect, NAB Show and Globus World, all took place during April this year, and we also distributed five press announcements worldwide throughout the month. In case you missed it (#ICYMI), here are the top five Spectra announcements that occurred during April:

Video Surveillance Data Storage-SIA 2016

read more


Introducing the World’s Highest Capacity Storage System – TFinity ExaScale Edition

By: Eric Polet

At Spectra Logic, we are focused on delivering cost-effective data storage and protection solutions for the modern data center, enabling customers to affordably store and protect all data. Once again we are pushing the boundaries of tape library speed and capacity with the introduction of TFinity® ExaScale Edition, the world’s largest capacity data storage system. This revolutionary product will provide organizations facing exponential data growth with the ability to reliably and economically store their data for as long as required.

read more


Spectra Logic Benefits, Perks and Culture

By: Jeff Biley

For as long as we’ve been in business, Spectra Logic has been a company dedicated to promoting corporate culture and pride among its employees. Our people are what we value most, which is why we offer them excellent perks, benefits and company activities. It is our goal to make Spectra Logic an enjoyable place to work for all of our associates.

Spectra strives to provide its employees with new, convenient services, to make their lives easier while here at work. Today, we offer subsidized meals, supplied by A Spice of Life Catering, on-site massages, on-site haircuts, and daily fitness classes (boot camp, yoga, etc.) with a certified personal trainer. Recently we have introduced some new perks which include at work pick-up/drop-off dry cleaning and laundry services, and monthly visits from local food trucks.

read more


Gaining Insight Into the Future of Digital Data

With nearly 40 years in data storage, Spectra Logic has an established reputation as experts in deep storage. We provide both robotics for storage media and front-end interfaces to access data stored on conventional disk, Shingled Media Recording (SMR) disk, helium-enhanced disk, and tape. Understanding future costs, technologies, and applications is vital to today’s planning. As both a manufacturer and integrator, Spectra Logic pays close attention to trends in data storage performance, cost, and availability.

read more


Analyst Product Review: Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Ecosystem

By: Steven Easter

Integrating a tape library into a data center environment is generally a challenge. A variety of software/middle-ware products exist to help make the process easier, but are expensive and do so with a huge financial penalty. Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, in many cases, provides a great alternative. BlackPearl functions as a private cloud, hybrid storage platform, and with the release of v3 (the third edition of BlackPearl’s software), it is now more flexible than previous versions. BlackPearl now supports genetically diverse storage including: several digital tape drive types, power-down SATA (SMR) HDDs, and online SAS HDDs. The two types of disk storage and LTO-7 format are new additions for the v3 release, and a policy engine and access control lists have also been added with the new update.

read more