Spectra Logic CEO Dispels the Myths Around Disk and Tape at SNW Fall

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Nathan Thompson Presents on Storage Market Issues and Brings New Light to Old Adages

BOULDER, Colo.—October 7, 2008 – Spectra Logic’s chief executive officer, Nathan C. Thompson, joins a prestigious speaker roster next week at Storage Networking World (SNW) Fall 2008, to be hosted at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas. Thompson’s presentation on the crossroad between disk and tape offers an objective exploration of both media in a "Mythbusters" format.

"So many assumptions are accepted as truths in the storage market, and this presentation is a vehicle to expose the realities behind them," said Nathan Thompson, Spectra Logic’s CEO. "Many myths are based on truth, but truths change as technology does. Tape’s death, disk’s capacity limits, reliability, and cost are a few topics that will be thoroughly examined in this session."

Presentation details:

• Date: Thursday, October 16th, 10:20 AM CST, 45-minute presentation with Q&A
• Title: The Marketplace Intersection of Disk and Tape Trends in Tiered Storage
• SNW Track: Business Continuity: Protection, Backup & Recovery
• Summary:  Substantial trends are sweeping through the storage landscape including hardware encryption, power efficiency, media lifecycle management, continued improvement in reliability, and the multivendor dominance of LTO relative to all other tape formats due to roadmap predictability, cost effectiveness and density. Mr. Thompson will explore enormous economic benefits seen in primary/secondary storage and backup/archive relative to them.

About Nathan C. Thompson
Nathan C. Thompson is the chief executive officer of Spectra Logic Corporation. He founded Western Automation, a memory board manufacturer, in 1979, while enrolled at the University of Colorado. Thompson continued the business while in school, graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering, from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Engineering in 1983. Under Thompson’s direction, Western Automation acquired and became Spectra Logic Corporation, a data storage company, in 1988. Today, Spectra Logic continues to offer tape and disk-based data backup and archive solutions designed specifically for secondary storage. Thompson is a recognized leader in the storage industry, having authored numerous articles on the art and science of data backup. Thompson has served as a member of the Colorado 30 Group since 2004, and of Colorado’s Young President’s Organization (YPO) since 1994; and currently serves on two University of Colorado boards: the CU Business School Demming Center board and the University of Colorado Engineering advisory board. In 1996, Ernst & Young and USA Today named him Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2003, Thompson was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award (DEAA) from the University of Colorado.

About Spectra Logic Corporation                                                                                                                     
Spectra Logic custom-builds innovative backup and archive solutions for secondary storage, to protect data after it migrates from primary disk.   More than 20,000 companies worldwide have implemented Spectra Logic solutions to address tiered storage needs. With Spectra Logic solutions, no single technology is advocated at any customer site.  Instead, Spectra architects a customized blend of software and hardware to create the right solution to meet each customer’s needs.  Spectra Logic solutions provide features that are built in, not bolted on, so customers can easily add capacity, encryption, deduplication, energy monitoring, media health reporting, and much more—in the field, when needs change.  Spectra Logic is available 24×7 to provide the best in support, worldwide. Spectra Logic’s corporate headquarters and US-based manufacturing has been located in Boulder, Colorado since the company’s founding in 1979.

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