Argonne National Laboratory Awards Tape Library Systems Contract to Spectra Logic

Reading time for this article .
Five-Year, 7.1 Million Dollar Contract for severaleight-frame Spectra T950 Enterprise Tape Libraries
BOULDER, Colo. –January 21, 2008—Spectra Logic, the innovator in data archive and backup, announced today that Argonne National Laboratory (, a Department of Energy National Laboratory, selected its enterprise-level T950 products for a five-year, multipleunit installation project. The Spectra libraries will store and protect data sent to Argonne’s new Chicago-based Leadership Computing Facility, which was purchased to accommodate the Laboratory’s growth.
Argonne selected Spectra Logic products after a detailed 12-month search and proposal review, and the first product was installed this month. The eight-frame, 10,050-slot Spectra T950 with LTO-4 tape drives and media was implemented as part of a large, comprehensive project for complete data protection.  The Federal laboratory plans to install several more multiple-frame T950 units over the next five years.
"According to a recent ESG survey, 54 percent of Federal Government agencies cited ‘keeping pace with the capacity of data to protect’ as one of their top data protection challenges,” said Heidi Biggar, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Spectra Logic’s T950 allows governmententities such as Argonne National Laboratory to accommodate rapidly expanding growth rates easily and cost-effectively."
The Spectra T950 expands up to eight frames, which provides 16.08 PB storage capacity and scales up to 10,050 slots. The unit can incorporate RXT disk with tape in a single frame, be configured as a VTL and has integrated AES-256 encryption with compression capability and complete key management software.
“The Argonne National Laboratory award marks Spectra Logic’s first multiple 10,000 slot contract within the Department of Energy system,” said Brian Grainger, VP of Spectra Logic Federal. “This contract is another significant accomplishment for Spectra Logic Federal and its goal to support more enterprise-class Federal opportunities.”
About Spectra Logic Corporation
Spectra Logic is the leading innovator in data archive and backup. We help Federal agencies 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 an average of 60 percent less power than other comparable products. The company’s tape, disk and encryption solutions are designed  to evolve over time, and make an excellent investment for Federal 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.
Media Contact: Leigh Grace, PR manager, Spectra Logic, 704-231-9789,
Spectra and the Spectra Logic logo are registered trademarks of Spectra Logic Corporation. All rights reserved worldwide. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.