#SC17: Trends from the Show Floor

Last week, Spectra Logic exhibited at one of its largest industry trade shows of the year: Supercomputing 2017. Also referred to as SC17, Supercomputing is an international event dedicated to showcasing work in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. This year’s show was held right in our own backyard at the Colorado Convention Center, and was attended by HPC professionals from around the globe.



Spectra team members observed several trends and HPC industry developments. Here are a few of the hot topics and trends that stood out: read more

Demystifying LTO-8: Part II

Part two of our “Demystifying LTO-8” blog series covers when users should consider implementing LTO-8 drives and media into their data centers.

LTO-8 Drives:

When should I order LTO-8 drives?

  • LTO-8 drives are fully certified in all Spectra Libraries and available for sale now.
  • If you are purchasing a new library but are not yet ready for LTO-8, Spectra offers a pre-purchase program where LTO-7 drives are inserted at setup and can be swapped out for LTO-8 at your discretion. When you are ready, you will be first in line to receive the latest drives and media.
  • Note that LTO-8 drives with LTO-7 (LTO-8 Type M) media are an excellent first step until LTO-8 media is fully available and cost effective.

LTO-8 Media:
When should I use LTO-7, LTO-8 Type M, or LTO-8 media in my library?

  • LTO-8 drives with LTO-8 Type M media are available now. This combination provides all the value of LTO-7 media at full speed while providing the flexibility to mix and match LTO-8 media.
    • Most customers do not buy an entire year’s worth of media at once, but use the same financial concept of dollar-cost averaging, buying monthly or quarterly since media pricing and technology change frequently, especially near the time of a launch of a new generation.
    • Spectra recommends installing LTO-8 drives as soon as possible.
    LTO-8 media with 12TB native capacity is the next step to be considered. Moving fully to LTO-8 will depend on a combination of space constraints and overall $/GB costs. If LTO-8 media launches at a significant premium to LTO-7, then it may be most cost effective to stay with LTO-7/LTO-8 Type M media until either an equivalent $/GB is reached or you are pressed for physical space and need to move to a denser media type. LTO-8 Type M media compatibility
    • With LTO-8 drive shipment (expected mid-November), any LTO-8 drive will be able to read and write LTO-7, LTO-8 Type M, or LTO-8 media.

    What should I consider when using LTO-8 Type M tapes?

    • Normally the ISV software is responsible for media loading. The ISV software must be able to recognize the LTO-8 Type M option and how to handle it.
    • In the case where there is uncertainty about the ISV, a separate partition with LTO-8 and LTO-8 Type M tapes can be considered – consult Spectra rep for additional information

    In part three of the “Demystifying LTO-8” blog series, learn everything you need to know about potential migration options for organizations utilizing past generations of media. You can find other blogs from the series on our corporate blog page, and by following the hashtag #LTO8FAQ on social media. read more


Demystifying LTO-8: Part I

With the all the recent news about LTO-8 and a new media called LTO-8 Type M media, this blog series is intended to break down the details surrounding this new tape technology and provide some clarity to users looking to learn more. From drives to media, there are some significant changes from previous LTO generations, making LTO-8 and LTO-8 Type M the technology of the future.

LTO-8: What You Need to Know

What is LTO-8?
LTO-8 is the latest tape drive and media technology enabling:

  • Double the capacity of LTO-7 – now 12TB native per tape and up to 30TB compressed (2.5x compression assumed)
  • 20% higher throughput per drive – up to 360MB/s native and up to 750 MB/s compressed data. (Half Height drives will be at 300MB/s)
  • Backward read/write compatibility to LTO-7
  • New to LTO-8, a special LTO-8 Type M media is also available at 9TB native, providing users an intermediate option.

What about the tradition of reading/writing back one generation and reading back two? read more


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

Through key technology partnerships, Spectra Logic is able to deliver industry-leading BlackPearl-based storage solutions to the world’s largest data creators. This week’s blog will spotlight BlackPearl partner Empress and its powerful media asset management platform, eMAM. Together, Spectra Logic and Empress deliver a fully-integrated solution that enables customers to quickly and effortlessly manage larger volumes of media content in a seamless workflow, like never before.

Company Name: Empress Media Asset Management, LLC
Interviewee’s Name: David Miller
Title: Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Years at the Company: 10
Name of the BlackPearl Client: Cisneros
Ideal markets/vertical industries for the solution: Media & Entertainment, Federal

Tell us the three biggest challenges end users face today, that led you to develop this solution. read more


LJA Selects Verde NAS for Archive and Backup

Houston-based LJA Engineering recently deployed a Spectra Logic Verde NAS Solution with Komprise software as a backup target and archive repository for 300TB of corporate data. The company uses the Verde to identify and move legacy data from Windows and Linux file servers into a live archive each day.

Using Komprise software, LJA can scan large data sets, pinpoint and analyze inactive data to determine cost savings, and quickly move that data to Verde NAS. Data remains easily accessible from existing storage with no changes to users or applications. The combined solution lets LJA Engineering manage data efficiently and effectively, freeing up time and resources. LJA noted that the products integrate together seamlessly, providing an ideal archive for their assets, and delivering the best ROI. The ROI component is particularly important as the firm’s data is predicted to grow 20 percent, year over year, for the foreseeable future. read more


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.

Hurricane Harvey


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