Ohio State University Selects Spectra Logic Tape Library to Enhance Performance And Mitigate Downtime Risk

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Spectra T380 with BlueScale 11 Software Chosen for its Proactive Library Management

BOULDER, Colo.—June 29, 2010—Spectra Logic, celebrating 30 years of data storage innovation, announced today thatOhio State University’s Office of University Communications selected a Spectra® T380 tape library with BlueScale™ 11 software.  The tape library is being used to back up 50TB of creative and varied media-rich data such as high-definition videos for public service announcements (PSAs), TV and scoreboard shots and student recruitment.  With the addition of the T380 the University was able to meet its budget and increase its storage management efficiency while supporting “green” IT initiatives and reducing costly space requirements.

Ohio State University was one of the first customers to upgrade to Spectra’s BlueScale 11 software when it was released in May 2010. “BlueScale 11 offers reliability and backup performance improvements, and lets us take advantage of new enhancements such as Library Lifecycle Management and the BlueScale Vision camera to proactively identify and rectify potential issues and eliminate downtime,” said Wayne Tolliver, systems manager for University Communications.  “Its cutting-edge innovation enables data verification and reliability features that are comparable to—if not more advanced—than any disk-based backup solution.”

BlueScale 11 is Spectra’s latest version of its proprietary tape library storage management software.  New features include ScanTape capability that scans tapes before and after they are written, thus verifying the health of the tape and the data integrity.  The Global Spare Drive option is a Spectra Logic industry first ‘hot-spare’ drive for tape libraries and enables easy, remote failover of a drive for continuous operations in the event of a tape drive failure.

“BlueScale 11 combines innovation and verified data integrity with features like MLM ScanTape, which confirms that a tape cartridge is ready for reading and writing, and that stored data has been reliably written and can be read from tape,” said Matt Starr, Spectra Logic’s CTO. “MLM ScanTape improves system reliability, availability and data integrity by proactively monitoring and reporting media health statistics and system configuration usage. Since MLM ScanTape uses a Global Spare Drive, customers’ data integrity is further validated since the non-writing drive verifies the tape data independently of the drive which wrote the data to tape.” 

“The T380 incorporates the latest tape technology and offers long-term investment protection through its ability to scale and meet our projected data growth during the next five years,” Tolliver added.

Along with its Spectra T380, the University uses Time Navigator Enterprise Server and Digital Archive Server 3.1 from Atempo. A podcast interview with Wayne Tolliver, outlining OSU’s experiences with Spectra Logic, is available for download here.

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About Spectra Logic Corporation                                                                                                                                                      
At Spectra Logic we define, design and deliver innovative data protection through tape, deduplication and disk-based backup, recovery and archive storage solutions.  By igniting innovation we challenge expectations of the data protection market with intelligent, integrated, and simple to use backup and archive technologies.  Throughout our 30-year history we have delivered high-density, feature rich storage with unmatched service and support to customers worldwide.  For more information, visit www.SpectraLogic.com.

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