NASA Ames Selects Spectra Logic Federal for Data Archive after Nine-Month Competitive Evaluation

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NASA Ames Replaces Ten Silos with Two T950s, Reclaims 1400 Square Feet of Data Center Floor Space

BOULDER, Colo.—April 20, 2009 – NASA Ames, a Silicon Valley-based research center of NASA, recently installed two Spectra® T950 tape libraries with LTO-4 drives and media, which together offer approximately 20,000 data storage slots and up to 32 petabytes of storage capacity, with data compression. By replacing multiple, outdated Sun/STK 9310 silos with Spectra Logic technology, NASA Ames has freed more than 1400 square feet of valuable data center floor space.

After an extensive nine-month evaluation period, NASA selected Spectra Logic Federal to address its high performance computing (HPC) enterprise archive needs. Ten Sun/STK silos were replaced by two T950 units which include new library management features and functionality for NASA.

“We selected Spectra Logic Federal based on support, features (lifecycle management of media, assisted self maintenance, encryption, media warranty), density, and shortest time to production,” said Alan Powers, HPC Technical Director, CSC.” In addition, Spectra’s ability to quickly incorporate specific enhancements that were important to NASA high-end computing operations also played a significant deciding factor.”

“NASA is a long standing customer; Spectra’s first T950 library was sold to NASA Langley, nearly five years ago,” said Brian Grainger, VP and founder of Spectra Logic Federal. “This award continues to solidify Spectra Logic’s competitive edge in enterprise, HPC environments. Recent, prominent wins at HPC sites like Argonne National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories and now NASA Ames—three of the top five HPC sites globally— proves that Spectra is poised for continued success in HPC storage worldwide.”

About CSC
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions & Services, Global Outsourcing Services and the North American Public Sector. CSC’s advanced capabilities include systems design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 92,000 employees and reported revenue of $17.1 billion for the 12 months ended Jan. 2, 2009. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at

About NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Ames Research Center (Silicon Valley) enables exploration through selected development, innovative technologies, and interdisciplinary scientific discovery. Ames provides leadership in astrobiology; robotic lunar exploration; technologies for CEV, CLV, and HLV; the search for habitable planets; supercomputing; intelligent/adaptive systems; advanced thermal protection; and airborne astronomy. Ames develops tools for a safer, more efficient national airspace and unique partnerships benefiting NASA’s mission.

About Spectra Logic Corporation                                                                          
Spectra Logic designs and manufactures simple, reliable and scalable storage solutions to store, backup, archive and protect data.  Our people, processes and technologies deliver a future-proof architecture to address the problems of data growth, costs, security, storage efficiency, tiering and reliability.  In Spectra’s thirty year history, we have helped tens of thousands of customers worldwide gain control of their data storage needs with our modular TSeries tape libraries, nTier disk storage systems and BlueScale™ software. Spectra provides unmatched customer service and uptime through SpectraGuard™ programs that currently support organizations such as NASA, Argonne National Labs, GMAC, Exempla Healthcare, The US Army, National Geographic Global Media, Sky TV and the New England Sports Network (NESN).


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