Crawford Communications Selects Spectra Logic TSeries Libraries for Data Protection

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30-Station Broadcaster Manages Multiple Libraries Simultaneously with Remote Library Controller


BOULDER, Colo., June 26, 2006—Spectra Logic’s easily managed T950 and T50 tape libraries were an ideal solution for Crawford Communications’ steady growth of its digital assets for a particular client. Over the past 18 months, the large, privately-held broadcast organization experienced an enormous increase in data, from 500 TB to two Petabytes in just 18 months. Storage and broadcast analyst Tom Coughlin, president and principal researcher at Coughlin Associates, projects the broadcast market digital storage demand will increase by more than 2.4 times between 2006 and 2008 to more than 1,000 Petabytes¹. Crawford Communication trusts Spectra libraries to keep pace with expected data growth.


Crawford Communications efficiently monitors and manages both libraries using Spectra’s secure Remote Library Controller (RLC), which displays all library management functions through a Web login. Crawford standardized on Spectra Logic libraries because the libraries provide sophisticated self-monitoring and self-management features, all available through RLC, the industry’s easiest to use and most comprehensive tool for managing multiple libraries. With RLC, the storage administrator has a constant view of Spectra libraries enabling them to manage the storage easily from anywhere.


RLC lets administrators track library status, manage inventory, manage firmware levels, create library partitions, and update configurations. Library-driven alerts are displayed through the RLC, notifying the IT administrator of temperature, configuration and device status using the Web; the library can also drive e-mail and pager alerts.


“Crawford replaced multiple large libraries and only needs nine square feet of space for our T950,” said Don Rodd, VP of operations for Crawford. “The RLC feature offers optimized management of many libraries at once, all right from one Web-based browser.”


Crawford uses LTO-3 tapes and drives to accommodate large amounts of broadcast digital data. Crawford originally had tapes in multiple formats in its library and transitioned to digital format to conserve space, with Spectra Logic libraries. Crawford plans to add additional Spectra Logic products as their data requirements grow.


“Spectra Logic is pleased to offer digital tape archive solutions and services that meet the unique needs of the broadcast customers like Crawford Communications,” said Hossein ZiaShakeri, SVP of strategic marketing and business development for Spectra Logic. “RLC is easy to use, saves IT managers’ time and cumbersome management headaches, which appeals to many of our prospects.”


About Crawford Communications

Crawford Communications, an Atlanta-based company, is a leader in the electronic media services industry, offering domestic and international clients a full spectrum of services for television, satellite communications, Internet, film and audio. Established in 1981, the Company has evolved with technology to comprise the best in satellite transmission, television network origination and playback, transportable satellite truck services, disaster recovery, streaming media/web casting, online services, film transfer, digital and HD post production, sound design and mixing, 5.1 surround sound, DVD authoring and standards conversion.


For more information about Crawford Communications and its services, call (404) 876-7149 in Atlanta or toll free (800) 831-8027.  The company can be found on the Internet at


About Spectra Logic Corporation

Spectra Logic Corporation, now in its 26th year, is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative data protection for companies worldwide. Spectra Logic products make it easy for organizations to store and protect rapidly growing data by offering libraries with capacities ranging from 60 gigabytes to multiple petabytes. Today, the company has tens of thousands of libraries installed worldwide with customers that include NASA, LSU Medical, and Verizon Wireless. Spectra Logic’s data protection products are available through a global network of resellers and OEMs. Spectra Logic has introduced many industry first products including: first to automate AIT in a library; first with all-native Fibre Channel and iSCSI libraries; first to integrate tape and disk in a single-frame library; first to offer hardware-based, encryption-enabled libraries. For more information, contact Spectra Logic by phone at (800) 833-1132, or visit the company’s Web site at




¹ From Coughlin Associates 2006 Entertainment Content Creation and Digital Storage Report,


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