Spectra Logic Rolls Out Full Library Support for LTO-8 Drives

In its continuing effort to provide customers with the best technology on the market, Spectra Logic is now offering support for LTO-8 tape drives in all Spectra tape libraries, and the continuation of its LTO pre-purchase program. This program enables customers to receive the latest LTO tape drive technology, as soon as it hits the market. Spectra Logic provides pre-purchase customers with LTO-7 tape drives now, and upgrades their tape libraries with LTO-8 drives when they become available,with no additional purchase required. read more


UPDATE: Spectra Extends Storage Crisis Lifeline to Help Customers Affected by 2017 Hurricane Season

Spectra Logic initiated its Storage Crisis Lifeline program to support businesses affected in the aftermath of Houston’s Hurricane Harvey, and is now extending the offering to customers in anticipation of potential damage from Hurricanes Irma, Jose, Katia and others.

Spectra Logic’s Global Technical Support Center team is available around the clock to assist any of our customers impacted by the storms. Support will be provided to customers after business hours and during weekends, regardless of the Service Level Agreement or support contract covering their damaged tape library, to help organizations restore data and restart operations as quickly as possible. The program was first introduced in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

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Any customers affected by these events should contact Spectra’s technical support department at 1.800.227.4637 or by logging into the Support Portal and reporting an incident. Our support staff will evaluate each situation and activate a plan to help customers resume operations. As part of our Storage Crisis Lifeline program, we will ship a free loaner library to severely affected customers unable to utilize their existing tape library or perform data restores. read more


Get to Know Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Client Partners: Globus

Through key technology partnerships, Spectra Logic is able to deliver industry-leading BlackPearl-based storage solutions to the world’s largest data creators. In the coming months, we will be highlighting our BlackPearl certified partners and clients through a Q&A blog series on our website. This week’s blog will spotlight Globus – the de facto standard service for research data management. Together, Spectra Logic and Globus deliver a fully integrated storage solution built to transfer, share and publish data with ease and reliability between Globus users, reducing overall data management time, cost and complexities. read more


Spectra Initiates Storage Crisis Lifeline to Help Customers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

By: Brian Grainger, Chief Sales Officer of Spectra Logic

As Spectra Logic’s customers along Hurricane Harvey’s path prepare to protect their homes and families, our team is ramping up to support their business operations wherever possible by initiating our Storage Crisis Lifeline program. The program was first introduced in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. Spectra Logic’s Global Technical Support Center team is available around the clock to assist any of our customers impacted by the hurricane. Support will be provided to customers after business hours and during weekends, regardless of the Service Level Agreement or support contract covering their damaged tape library, to help organizations restore data and restart operations as quickly as possible. read more


Addressing Media & Entertainment Storage Challenges: Spectra ArcticBlue Disk Solution

As media organizations find themselves acquiring, creating, and distributing greater amounts of content, they also find themselves faced with mounting pressure on their traditional or existing storage platforms. Budgets are hit when production storage becomes burdened by more and more content.

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A progressive and cost-effective storage solution keeps up with demands and helps offload primary storage where possible. When considering a modern solution, one must keep in mind how quickly and frequently they need to access their assets. Cloud options do exist but are limited in their speed of delivery and do not provide cost-effective means for storing frequently accessed media. Spinning disk has become more affordable, but it is still expensive to retain content that is not accessed on a regular basis, and worse for assets associated with a finished project residing on primary storage. read more


Comparing Storage Technologies: Pros, Cons and Future Predictions – Part Two

Last week in Part One of “Comparing Storage Technologies: Pros, Cons and Future Predictions,” I discussed the pros and cons of solid-state storage and magnetic disk, and shared predictions for where Spectra believes the two technologies are headed. This week, I will cover two additional technologies: Tape and Optical Disc.

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3. Tape: Tape has been around for more than 40 years and the need for tape in the long-term archive market continues to grow. Digital tape for secondary storage however has been experiencing a year to year decline and some small tape systems are being displaced by cloud storage solutions. read more

Comparing Storage Technologies: Pros, Cons and Future Predictions – Part One

Serving a market sector of more than $35 billion, the storage device industry has exhibited constant innovation and improvement. In this two-part blog, we will discuss the pros and cons of current technologies being utilized in the storage market as well as Spectra’s predictions for where these technologies are headed in the coming years.

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1. Solid State (Flash): NAND flash, or solid-state storage, is currently the fastest growing technology in the storage market. On the high end, flash is gaining ground for database applications. On the low end, flash is rapidly replacing small hard disks and is considered the de facto technology for digital cameras, smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.
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Customer Use Cases for Spectra Logic NAS: Part Two

Recent technological updates to the Spectra® Verde® NAS Solution, as well as our NAS capabilities overall, are enabling Spectra to more efficiently address unique customer challenges. In my first blog, Customer Use Cases for Spectra Logic NAS: Part One, I discussed a use case where Verde’s new SSD pool feature is allowing a Video on Demand (VoD) provider to increase its service offering. In part two, I’d like to discuss two additional use cases for Spectra’s newly upgraded NAS.

Use Case 2: Video Surveillance End User Implements Verde NAS Solution to Meet Increased Retention Requirements read more


Customer Use Cases for Spectra Logic NAS: Part One

Spectra recently made some technological upgrades to its Spectra® Verde® NAS Solution, as well as its NAS capabilities overall. These new updates required only simple changes to our hardware and software offering, but are already having a profound effect on how Spectra is able to address unique customer challenges. In this blog, I’d like to discuss a few use cases for Spectra’s newly upgraded NAS, and how it can be used to solve several common customer dilemmas being faced by real users out in the field today. read more


#ICYMI: 5 Reasons the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute chose Spectra Logic Tape & BlackPearl with Globus Software

Earlier this week at Globus World 2017 in Chicago, Spectra Logic announced in a press release that its BlackPearl Converged Storage System is now certified with Globus. The companies have been working closely together for some time to bring archive and backup solutions to a wide array of High Performance Computing, Higher Education and non-profit organizations.

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Also released this week, was a case study outlining the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute’s (MSI’s) Spectra Logic-Globus solution. Following a grant application, the University of Minnesota chose a Spectra T950 with LTO-7 media and a Spectra BlackPearl with Globus Software to replace an aging system and boost reliability in their backup and HSM (Hierarchical Storage Management) processes. read more