Bridgeworks Helps Spectra Logic T50 Tape Library Gain iSCSI Capability

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 ‘Potomac’ iSCSI-to-SCSI SAN bridging technology used
 
Boulder, Colorado and Christchurch, United Kingdom -11th October 2007: Tape and disk library vendor Spectra Logic, the leading innovator in data archive and backup, is adding an iSCSI interface to its successful T50 departmental tape library by using iSCSI-to-SCSI bridging technology from Bridgeworks.
 
This enables customers to use the T50 as a data protection facility for iSCSI storage area networks (SANs) or as an Ethernet-connected device using the TCP/IP-based iSCSI protocol. iSCSI is a simple way to implement remote backup to a Disaster Recovery site.
 
With the advent of iSCSI, and its use of TCP/IP as the transport mechanism, it is now possible for any organisation to gain all the benefits that a SAN can bring to data management by using their existing network technology. Because TCP/IP is widely used and understood, there is no need to employ additional personnel or staff training programs to manage the infrastructure.
 
Bridgeworks’ ‘Potomac’ iSCSI-to-SCSI technology is embedded in the T50, and employs the latest ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuits) and manufacturing techniques in a highly efficient and cost-effective design, making iSCSI SAN connectivity a practical alternative for smaller systems users.
 
Spectra Logic chose the Bridgeworks’ technology because of its high performance, low power needs and small size.
 
“Spectra Logic is dedicated to helping customers protect their data better,” said Nathan C. Thompson, Chairman and CEO of Spectra Logic. “Today, iSCSI is a mature technology and has become part of the SAN landscape. We are pleased to bring the capabilities of our award-winning T50 tape library to iSCSI SAN users.”
 
“We are delighted to be working with a major library manufacturer such as Spectra Logic,” said David Trossell, CEO of Bridgeworks. “This announcement represents the endorsement by a major player for iSCSI connectivity. The market for iSCSI products is now rapidly growing after a somewhat long incubation period but iSCSI adoption is now fully backed by all the major storage system vendors.”
 
The Spectra Logic T50 tape library comes in either rackmount or desktop form, and more than 1,000 units have been purchased by customers. It can have two LTO-4 tape drives and can store up to 80 terabytes of data with a throughput of 1.73 TB/hour.
 
About the Spectra T50 tape library:
-4U
-A T50 with two LTO-4 drives and 50 tapes configuration= 80 TB capacity and 1.73 TB per hour throughput
-Takes less than thirty minutes to install
-Departmental sized library- can be rack-mounted or used on a table top
-Offers LTO-4 with key management for free through the Spectra BlueScale management interface. Because of BlueScale, Spectra Logic is the only vendor to offer complete key management for LTO-4 with no additional hardware or software required.
-Fibre Channel, iSCSI and SCSI options
 
 
About Bridgeworks
 
Bridgeworks has over twenty five years experience of providing innovative connectivity solutions to both OEMs and end users in the storage market.
 
Bridgeworks solutions help end users to maximise the return on their investments in storage infrastructures and storage devices. They offer the highest levels of performance, reliability, flexibility and unmatched value.
 
The company has developed a wide range of solutions for OEMs and integrators that reduce time to market as well as enhancing their own product offerings. 
 
From their UK base, Bridgeworks has helped businesses worldwide in government, education, financial and other vertical sectors to adopt the latest connectivity standards by making their existing storage systems compatible with evolving technologies such as Fibre Channel, SCSI, SAS and iSCSI without disruption and with minimal investment.
 
For further information please contact +44 (0) 870 121 0708
 
About Spectra Logic Corporation
Spectra Logic is the leading innovator in data archive and backup. We help customers all over the world protect data with power-efficient products that let users reduce risk, lower cost and save time. Spectra Logic’s archive and backup products are designed specifically for secondary storage needs and are compatible with every major tape and disk format.
 
Spectra products provide integrated library, encryption, and key management options through the intuitive BlueScale 10 interface. Spectra’s green tape libraries and disk products use far less power than other comparable products.
 
The company’s tape, disk and encryption solutions are designed to evolve over time.  Spectra products are an excellent investment for IT managers who project growth and plan for years into the future.
 
Since Spectra Logic was founded in 1979, the company has introduced innovative, industry-leading products 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. Visit www.SpectraLogic.com for more information.
 
Media contacts:
 
For Bridgeworks:
 
US and RoW
 
Rose Ross
+44 (0)208 255 5225
 
For Spectra Logic:
 
US:
Leigh Grace
704-231-9789
 
UK
Sarah James
Spectra Logic
+44 (0)776 890 1835