Spectra Logic Introduces the Bluescale Environment for TSeries Libraries

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Library Software Simplifies Backup Management

PHOENIX , SNW SPRING 2005, April 12, 2005—Spectra Logic is introducing the BlueScale software environment with industry-first features for TSerieslibraries. This sophisticated software set results from more than ten years of field-proven design. BlueScale is inherently flexible and intelligent, readily supporting new features and technologies into the future.

Three industry-first features are available in BlueScale version 9, just released.

  • Observatory displays, through any Web-browser, a single customizable screen with status of multiple Spectra libraries.
  • Throughput monitoring lets administrators fine-tune backup performance by tracking performance at the drive, partition or overall library, logging events every 30 seconds.
  • Online drive firmware upgrades let users upgrade drive software from anywhere in the world.

“When multiple libraries are competitively priced, with similar capacity and throughput, you can only identify the best by evaluating the library’s software set,” said Matt Starr  , CTO of Spectra Logic. “Spectra’s libraries share a common software set, called BlueScale, with the most advanced software features available, which supply a tightly integrated structure that supports new technologies while safeguarding data.”

The Spectra software team has been developing the BlueScale environment since 1994, so the software has inherited intelligence and field-tested design that only a decade of work can provide. Spectra Logic’s T950, T120 and new T50 libraries use this tested, field-proven BlueScale code base. Because Spectra Logic customers often have multiple Spectra libraries, the common BlueScale interface and features make the libraries easy to manage, so that customers manage storage with fewer human resources.

Other BlueScale features, pioneered over the last decade, include Capacity on Demand, an icon-driven user interface that is available through any browser, guided configuration, alert notification through AutoSupport, drive cleaning request through the library interface, integrated partitioning and SNMP, along with many more powerful capabilities that simplify backup management.

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