Spectra Logic Introduces New Archive and Backup Product Category

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First Product in Industry to Offer Single Platform for all Archive and Backup Needs
SAN DIEGO, STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, April 18, 2007—Spectra Logic has introduced Archive and Backup Servers as a new product category designed to uniquely meet customer needs for data archive and backup.
Spectra® nTier is the industry’s first product line available in the new Archive and Backup Server product category. Spectra nTier offers purpose-built archive hardware, a file system interface, unified backup and archive management applications and the ability to logically search, categorize and retrieve archived information. nTier is designed with SATA disks and seamlessly integrates with Spectra Logic’s tape and RXT mobile disk lines using a single management interface, BlueScale.
nTier hardware integrates disk and tape, as well as archive and backup software applications through a single management interface. nTier hardware offers industry- leading storage density, RAID 6 data protection of SATA disk drives, power monitoring for proactive energy savings and the ability to incrementally add storage in the field as needs evolve. nTier hardware is modularly designed to offer investment protection for future archive and backup needs. Network interfaces, disk drives, processors and motherboards are all designed to be modularly upgraded, enabling customers to take advantage of new technologies as they become available.
“As industry and government mandates for data archive and backup continue to require data retention for longer durations, archive and backup platforms must be designed for use many years into the future,” states Nathan Thompson, Spectra Logic’s founder and CEO. “nTier offers upgradeable interfaces, storage, applications and processors to ensure the platform will meet customer needs today and  many years into the future.”
Storage managers can now deploy a single product to manage a broad set of applications, such as:
  • Network Attached Storage (NFS/CIFS)
  • Disk-based backup
  • Master/Media Server
  • Tiered Storage Services (HSM)
  • Data Classification
  • Email Archive
  • Data Deduplication
  • Replication
  • Snapshot (DPM)
  • Spectra Encryption
Other products on the market today are not built specifically for the unique flexibility needs of both backup and archive. Only the nTier product line enables data to move to the backup and archive environment and stay there. nTier eliminates the need to move data across the network between various appliances and media servers. All archive and backup functions can be done through nTier. This integration of storage applications running on purpose-built hardware with an integrated application server, focused power savings, leading storage density, long-term upgradeability and integration with the tape library make nTier the right solution for archive and backup needs.
Pricing and Availability
The Spectra nTier Archive and Backup Server will begin shipping in summer 2007. The nTier single frame capacity ranges from 2–60 TB of native capacity, RAID 6 protection and connectivity to both tape and RXT mobile disk. Multiple nTier systems can be racked together to add additional capacity exceeding 400 TB in a single solution. Pricing for an entry-level Spectra nTier500 begins at $11,995.
About Spectra Logic Corporation
Spectra Logic is the leading innovator in data archive and backup. Spectra helps customers all over the world protect data better with hardware and software products that enable users to reduce risk, lower cost and save time. Spectra Logic’s archive and backup products are designed specifically for secondary storage needs, are compatible with every major tape and disk format, and come with integrated encryption and key management options through the intuitive BlueScale management environment. The company’s tape, disk and encryption solutions are designed to evolve over time and make an excellent investment for IT managers who are projecting growth and planning for many years into the future. Since Spectra Logic was founded in 1979, several innovative creations and industry-first products have been introduced to the market, including: archive and backup servers (nTier-2007); hardware-based, VTL encryption with compression (RXT-2006); hardware-based, library-enabled encryption with compression (BlueScale Encryption-2005); and integrated tape and disk in a single library (Spectra T950 with RXT-2004). Spectra Logic is changing the world of storage. For more information, contact Spectra Logic at (800) 833-1132.
Contact: Leigh Grace, Spectra Logic, 704-543-9283, leighg@spectralogic.com
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