Spectra Employees Join 37th Annual BolderBOULDER 10K

By: Betsy Doughty

This past Memorial Day, more than 30 Spectra employees participated in the 37th Annual BolderBOULDER 10K. The BolderBOULDER is described as “one of the largest and most highly acclaimed road races in the world.” With approximately 50,000 runners and walkers participating annually, it is the third largest U.S-based 10K race, and seventh largest 10K race in the world. 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.

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Spectra Logic’s Customer Reference Program

By: Jessie Newell

Spectra Logic’s Customer Reference Program (CRP) is comprised of an elite community of IT experts who rely on Spectra to protect one of their organization’s most valuable assets: their data/information.  Through the CRP we are able to cultivate relationships that benefit our customers by allowing them to tell their story and provide advertising through public relations and marketing initiatives such as social media, email campaigns, tradeshows, etc.

To get involved with the CRP, there are a variety of activities a customer can participate in.  They can choose a larger activity, such as a case study or guest blog, which will ultimately get them more publicity but take up a little more time, or smaller activity such as providing their company logo or giving us a quote to use on www.spectralogic.com.

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Spectra Logic and HauteSpot Networks Corporation Offer New, Body-Worn Camera Video Surveillance Solution

Offering an Affordable End-to-End Workflow to the Video Surveillance Market 

BOULDER, Colo. – May 28, 2015– Spectra Logic, the deep storage experts, today announced a new technology partnership with HauteSpot Networks Corporation, an international provider of wireless video surveillance and security solutions, to provide a body-worn, mobile, and fixed camera, end-to-end video surveillance solution. By combining the award-winning Spectra NVR3™ with HauteSpot’s award-winning mobile and fixed camera technologies, IP video data can now be retained affordably on tiered storage, with redundant copies for disaster recovery, for a complete and fully-integrated surveillance workflow.

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EMC World 2015

By: Mike Sausa

For the fourth year in a row, Spectra Logic had a booth at the annual EMC World conference. EMC World brings together thousands of the corporation’s employees, customers and partners, from all over the world. Walking the show floor one hears a different language being spoken nearly every ten feet.

EMC announced some interesting updates to their products at the conference. One of the most notable was the potential open sourcing of their software defined storage product, ViPR. Like Spectra, EMC sees use cases for multiple tiers of storage including Flash, HDD, and Object (both HDD and Cloud). Open sourcing ViPR should allow others to add additional types of storage including tape.

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Notes from the ISC West Show Floor

By: Ray Heineman

ISC West came and went in a flash! It was our first time exhibiting on our own this year and it was phenomenal! A very eventful, exciting trade show for Spectra, and we plan to come back even bigger and better next year. Here are some highlights from the show:

Press Conference:

To kick off the event, we hosted a press conference the morning of Wednesday, April 15th, to announce the launch of our new global division: Spectra Video Surveillance, and introduce our supporting product: NVR3.  Industry expert, John Convy, from Convy and Associates, commenced the launch with a state of the industry update where he exemplified the need to affordably store video surveillance footage for long retention terms.  We were also proud to have Bob Ehlers, VP of HauteSpot innovators in wireless solutions for IP video and metadata, make an appearance and announce our partnership.

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A Record Year at NAB

By: Graham Stoner

The National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas is Spectra Logic’s largest trade show every year. A transplant to our Media and Entertainment team as of July 2014, this was my first opportunity to attend, and it certainly lived up to everything I’ve heard about it.

In our 20×30 booth with four seating areas and a smaller, remote whisper suite for NDA discussions, I’m happy to say that on Monday and Tuesday (Wednesday and Thursday being calmer days at NAB), there was literally standing room only for the majority of the day.

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Spectra’s Future is Looking Bright while Celebrating “Bring Your Child to Work Day”

By: Betsy Doughty

One of the most enjoyable and exciting days at Spectra grew to be even bigger and better this year! Our celebration of “Bring Your Child to Work Day” hosted nearly 100 children, ranging from ages 2 to 17 years old. The kids enjoyed a tour of the campus, a safety demonstration from our local firemen and police officers, and a “trade show” where different departments set up booths to demonstrate what they do. The older kids were provided the opportunity to participate in group mentoring sessions, where they were able to acquire a more in depth knowledge for specific areas of Spectra’s business. Some of the departments that hosted mentoring sessions included marketing, software development, and finance.

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The Environment and Use for Deep Storage: Part II

By: Matt Starr

In my previous blog I introduced BlackPearl, a new gateway to object storage for tape, and the DS3 interface, based on Amazon’s S3, that make it possible. Today I want to focus on use cases for BlackPearl.

There are two primary use cases that would compel an organization to pursue a deep storage solution like BlackPearl. The first is found in organizations managing exceptionally large data archives. Media & Entertainment organizations are an obvious fit. These companies store massive amounts of data representing movies, TV shows, sporting events, training videos, TV evangelism broadcasts, etc. Another group that falls into this “archive need” category is research facilities. These vary anywhere from universities, to medical groups, to genomic studies, to weather centers, etc.

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Spectra Logic and Avid Announce Joint Integration of BlackPearl and Interplay | Production ® Asset Management

First ever direct access between Interplay PAM and Deep Storage archives

BOULDER, Colo.—April 10, 2015—Spectra Logic and Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today, at Avid Connect 2015, unveiled a new integration that allows long-term data storage and easy accessibility at extremely low cost, with a direct to tape archive option not previously available. This integration allows Avid users to directly archive and retrieve content from tape libraries. Availability of the new Spectra Logic-Avid solution means that media and entertainment assets can be stored indefinitely, for only pennies per gigabyte.

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New Developer Website and New Vision

By Jeff Braunstein, Developer Evangelist

Last week Spectra Logic released a new version of the Spectra Logic Developer Program website.

One reason for launching the new site was to update the look and feel to match our recently updated corporate website. Besides looking great, the new sites work on all devices and have some nice interactive features.

But the main reason for the new version of the Developer site was to make our DS3 client development tools easier to download and access. DS3 is our deep storage protocol, an extension of S3, which allows users to move data to deep storage using simple HTTP commands.  This protocol is made possible by our BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway.  Now anyone can access all the tools needed to create a DS3 application, including a BlackPearl Simulator, Software Development Kits, sample clients, and documentation.

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