Introducing, Spectra Verde DPE – Digital Preservation for Enterprise

By: David Feller

Earlier this week, Spectra Logic unveiled an exciting new product, Verde DPE. Verde DPE is a first to market Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) based network attached storage (NAS) disk platform based on the building blocks of our very successful Verde NAS product. This product is not only a breakthrough in digital preservation for enterprise, but also a revolution in price for Bulk NAS storage.


What is Shingled Magnetic Recording?

Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) is a new disk technology that increases drive storage capacity. Spectra Logic Verde DPE leverages SMR technology to allow each written disk drive track to overlap the previous track in the same way that shingles on a roof are laid increasing storage density by an average 25%. Coupled with Spectra’s implementation of ZFS software RAID, this technology brings new life to long term storage for enterprise, as low as 9₵ per gigabyte.

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Genetic Diversity… Not Just for Peas and Fruit Flies Any More

By: Bob Cone 

Yes… I’m referring to Gregor Mendel’s experiments with peas in the 1800’s, which led to a better understanding of genetics, and possibly our own study of fruit flies in middle school biology which drove the point home. So how have we completely forgotten about the importance of genetic diversity when it comes to one of the most important aspects of modern day life – protecting our data?

Gregor Mendel

Data storage is one of those things we’ve taken for granted for a long time. We back it up. We replicate it. We archive it. It’s all good. But what do we backup, replicate and archive to? Does it matter? It used to be tape which is quite “genetically” diverse from disk where the primary data lived.  There were reasons we might have favored keeping it all on disk. It’s quicker for a short restore. We could put the data there without “middleware,” software that understands both disk and tape. And even though disk creates a lot more heat than tape, it just somehow seemed cooler.

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Another Successful Year at Spectra’s Annual Sales Kickoff

By: Betsy Doughty 

Every year, Spectra Logic sales associates from around the world travel to Boulder, CO to come together for the company’s annual fiscal year kickoff.

The purpose of the event is to allow the sales team to gather and review both the successes and areas for improvement from the past year, as well as discuss the expectations and goals for the coming year. Kickoff is a great opportunity for Spectra’s sales team to not only learn about new products, services, and company goals, but also connect with partners and customers, and spend quality time with fellow team members.

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Got Clients?

Jeff Braunstein
Developer Evangelist

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.

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Spectra Logic Fitness Challenge

By: Betsy Doughty

For a third year, Spectra Logic employees participated in the Spectra Logic Fitness Challenge. The Fitness Challenge, a collaboration with local Personal Trainer Judd NeSmith, aims to encourage healthy living in and outside of the office. The challenge measures associate’s fitness levels in a seven-part test curated by Judd that focuses on agility, stamina, and strength.

Spectra employees took the first test in the Challenge last week, with a total of 44 individuals participating. Individuals began with a Body Mass Index (BMI) reading using a professional scale, their waist circumferences measured, and then alternated between squat and push-up exercises. After seeing how many squats and push-ups they could do within a minute, participants tested their stamina by holding a side plank pose. When the group finished, they gathered for the T-Test, where individuals would take turns running in a ‘T’ shape as fast as they could. The final part of the test was a one-mile walk or run course set up around Spectra’s campus.

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Federal IT Employees Cite Costs and Consolidation as Top Dilemmas at GEOINT 2015

By: Glenn Saxman

Another profitable fiscal year is coming to a close for Spectra Logic this week. This year, our federal team continued to excel by adding many new installations across DoD, Civilian, and IC agencies.  In addition to our industry-best digital tape solutions, we’ve continued to expand our NAS business and have placed the first handful of our BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateways out in the field.


Customer Dilemma

 At this year’s GEOINT Symposium (June 22-25) in Washington, D.C., several Federal agencies looking to manage explosive data growth mentioned similar constraints that they were facing when it came to selecting a viable storage solution, such as:

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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

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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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