BP Overview

BlackPearl® Converged Storage System solutions allows data to move seamlessly into disk, tape, and cloud storage in a way not previously possible. To meet the demands of exponential data growth and long-term retention, BlackPearl enables users to easily store large data sets forever at virtually no cost. BlackPearl combines multiple standard interfaces and storage targets into a simple and affordable solution designed for diverse workflows. Very user friendly, BlackPearl is the ideal solution to help you organize and manage data.

  • BlackPearl V Series 200—300 MB/s to tape sustained
  • BlackPearl S Series 450—800 MB/s to tape sustained
  • BlackPearl P Series 2000—3000 MB/s to tape sustained

BlackPearl enables users to deploy a tiered storage strategy that is cost effective, easy to manage and scalable to exabytes of data. With BlackPearl’s simple RESTful Spectra S3 interface, organizations will confidently store all of their data forever at costs as low as pennies per gigabyte.

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Lowest cost of any data storage solution
BlackPearl takes advantage of tape’s low cost, economically scaling to exabyte capacities. It also promotes reductions in OPEX related expenditure by leveraging Spectra tape library environmental benefits of high-density footprints and low power consumption. New cloud-based deep storage architecture of BlackPearl delivers lower upfront and ongoing costs of storage.

Minimal software costs
Integrating BlackPearl requires minimal software acquisition costs to attach converged storage into your environment by leveraging standard file interfaces, or implementing software clients based upon RESTful interfaces. Users can develop their own clients for the Spectra S3 interface or access a library of existing software clients available through the Spectra Software Developer program.

BlackPearl’s disk storage
Object-based disk storage for BlackPearl provides fast access to data at a fraction of the cost of primary storage. Organizations have the ability to utilize the enterprise drives for instant access to changing data through an increased cache size. In addition to instant access to data, enterprise drives can be added to increase the systems cache to deliver increased throughput to storage targets behind BlackPearl. BlackPearl’s archive disk storage target, ArcticBlue, allows organizations to store infrequently accessed data on power-down archive drives for increased savings to implement an archive disk tier into their environment. ArcticBlue offers access to all data, across all bands, across all nodes, ensuring data is always available. With the benefit of advanced idling, the archive drives also save power while extending the life of the drives.

Reduce time spent managing long-term storage
Deep storage is the ultimate resting place for all data, and with BlackPearl there is no need to continually move data to another storage platform. BlackPearl minimizes the time spent moving data, allowing users to target objects for deep storage. With BlackPearl, users do not need any previous experience with tape library systems. BlackPearl handles how data is written to tape and also the tape library inventory, robotic commands and other aspects of how the library stores the data.

Public Cloud Storage
BlackPearl can now automatically send a copy of data to the public cloud for customers who seek content distribution with a cloud initiative, or who use cloud for disaster recovery. With the introduction of a public cloud storage destination, Spectra’s BlackPearl is the perfect solution for organizations looking to implement a genetically diverse data protection strategy and cloud initiative.

Spectra’s BlackPearl can integrate directly with Amazon S3 Standard, and Standard – Infrequent Access (Standard-IA), and is one of few products that will automatically restore data archived to Amazon Glacier. Spectra BlackPearl provides an additional tier of reliable data storage, further strengthening its powerful automatic copy to nearline disk tape, and now Amazon Web Services. In addition to Amazon’s public cloud storage options, BlackPearl also integrates into Microsoft’s Azure public cloud.

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