National Geographic Global Media Selects Spectra T950 for Digital Archival

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National Geographic Improves Uptime, Increases Performance, Reclaims Floor Space with new Archive

LAS VEGAS—NAB—April 20, 2009– National Geographic Global Media has selected a five-frame Spectra® T950 with LTO-4 drives and more than 6,000 tape slots to store all of National Geographic’s high-resolution digital content as it is migrated from primary disk using SGI’s DMF software. The T950 archive will also store a backup copy of the low-resolution proxy data on tape for long-term access.

Since the implementation of the T950 digital tape archive, the broadcast division of the National Geographic Society has:
• Improved uptime with proactive monitoring to allow scheduled maintenance
• Tripled performance speeds with LTO-4
• Dramatically reduced data center floor space requirements

“High density was our biggest requirement for the new digital archive solution, as National Geographic was under pressure to maximize the limited square footage in our data center,” said Stavros Hilaris, VP and CTO for National Geographic Global Media, about the company’s switch to Spectra Logic technology. “The T950 lets us store large amounts of content –up to 350,000 hours of HD video—or more than eight petabytes of data—to substantially grow our digital video archive in the industry’s smallest footprint.”  

National Geographic also leverages Spectra’s Media Lifecycle Management (MLM) software and Auto Drive Clean, two features of Spectra BlueScale software. With these features, the library self-manages drive cleaning and reports tape health to guarantee continuous archiving operations and to eliminate media-related errors.

“BlueScale’s additional management and partition flexibilities are a huge benefit, and the included Auto Drive Clean feature has been invaluable, as our current software does not handle cleaning duties,” said Kyle Knack, National Geographic Global Media’s manager of infrastructure systems.  “Spectra’s MLM helps us identify aging media and hot spots.” 

“Spectra Logic is committed to the Media and Entertainment market and is dedicated to providing the most innovative, cost-efficient archive solutions to customers and partners,” said Hossein ZiaShakeri, Spectra Logic’s SVP strategic alliances and business development. “We are proud to demonstrate our commitment to this market through recommendations by customers such as National Geographic.”

Visit Spectra Logic at NAB Show booth (SU6323) to learn more about its digital archive solutions.

About National Geographic Global Media
National Geographic Ventures is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888 to "increase and diffuse geographic knowledge," the National Geographic Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. NGV, part of the National Geographic Global Media editorial group, includes National Geographic Television production and distribution, National Geographic Television International, Digital Media (including and National Geographic Interactive Platforms Group, comprising the Mobile, Gaming and Maps business groups. NGV creates and distributes content across multi-platforms and media, providing outlets for the hundreds of scientific and expedition-based grants awarded each year. For more information, go to .

About Spectra Logic
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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