Spectra Logic has just closed the books on another successful fiscal year. Part of that success has been due to our BlackPearl Gateway, which provides a private cloud S3 interface to our deep storage tape libraries. While Spectra’s tape libraries have always been a low-cost, scalable and durable solution for storage, BlackPearl now also makes it very easy to move data to tape.
Software clients will always be needed to move data to tape. However, in the past, these clients needed to communicate directly to the tape drives in the tape library. Tape drives use SCSI commands, which are fairly complex and low level. The software clients needed to know how to efficiently stream data to the tape drives. Most tape libraries have more than one tape drive, so the clients needed to be aware of all tape drives and efficiently manage data traffic between them.