Spectra Logic Ntier Archive and Backup Servers Simplify Digital Asset Management in Broadcast Environments

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nTier is an Easy-to-Use Digital Archive Management Platform
LAS VEGAS, Nev., NAB 2007, April 18, 2007—Spectra Logic, the leading innovator in content archiving and data protection, has introduced the Spectra nTier archive and backup server as a new product category designed to uniquely meet customer needs for easy-to-use content archive and backup. Broadcast, post-production and movie studios will now have fast, seamless access to their digital content.
The new products—nTier500, nTier700 and nTier900—are unique platforms that add simplicity to the archive process for broadcast and video environments. The Spectra nTier archive and backupservers can integrate with digital asset management applications to provide an integrated content archive management platform with the ability to logically search, categorize and retrieve archived information. The purpose-built archive hardware is a SATA disk-based solution that can serve as both an online RAID cache as well as an application server. 
Digital and media asset management software from all major vendors including Front Porch, Masstech, SGL and others can reside and operate on the nTier archive and backup server to manage all digital archives. Spectra nTier—running asset management software—can be tightly integrated with Spectra Logic’s line of digital tape libraries to offer a complete multi-tier archive management solution. nTier is designed to maximize simplicity, ease of use and scalability in the smallest footprint. 
Spectra nTier hardware offers industry leading storage density, RAID 6 data protection of SATA disk drives, and power monitoring for proactive energy savings. nTier also provides the ability to incrementally add storage in the field as needs evolve, and it 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 easily upgraded, enabling customers to take advantage of new technologies as they become available.
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 clustered together to add additional capacity exceeding 400 TB in a single solution. Pricing for an entry-level Spectra nTier500 begins at $11,995.
Industry commentary:
"Spectra Logic’s nTier archive and backup server, integrated with our MassStore software, is a perfect solution for broadcasters who need fast reliable access to their digital content while having a single point of management and support."
Sudy Shen, CEO, Masstech Group
"The nTier archive and backup server, supported by DivArchive in conjunction with Spectra Logic’s digital tape libraries offers a single solution for broadcasters who need simplicity and scalability in their digital archiving process."
Mike Knaisch, CEO and President, Front Porch Digital
About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global market leader in Content Storage Management (CSM) solutions. The company has long been an innovator in delivering unique software, services, and integrated hardware solutions for CSM to broadcasters and media companies worldwide. Today, Front Porch Digital’s patented CSM technologies are found in more than 160 installations in more than 40 countries, representing 4.5 million hours of content and more than 30 PB of data under management distinguished for superior functionality, scalability, performance, and customer satisfaction. Front Porch Digital’s award-winning DIVArchive technology manages the largest broadcast archives in operation for the world’s best-known media brands. More information is available at www.fpdigital.com.
About Masstech Group
Masstech Group Inc. is a developer of software and embedded hardware solutions to enable management, conversion, distribution, and sharing of digital content across open IT storage/server platforms and networking infrastructures. The company’s offerings in Media Lifecycle Management, Workflow Productivity Enhancement, Business Continuity & Compliance provide customers with value enabling solutions developed through a combination of visionary products and engineering leadership. The company’s products are available from a direct sales force and global channel partners. For more information on Masstech Group and products, please visit www.masstech.com.
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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