Federal Buying Season Year-End Tips for Buying Storage

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It’s that time of the year again. Federal IT administrators are sorting through fall-out funds, small business set asides and overall budgets in a mad race to refresh their data centers with new equipment—all by September 30. Here are a few tips to consider as your year end approaches.
1. Stock up. With extra budget in arms length, it’s a great time to replenish your supply of tapes and drives. It’s a great idea to be prepared in the case of a drive failure or media corruption. Spectra Logic Federal reserves tapes and drives during this time specifically to meet federal buying season needs.
2. Get faster and store more with LTO-5. LTO-5 drives and media are available, and we’ve seen high adoption rates and easy, smooth integration in the field. LTO-3 users can now enjoy a 3.75x increase in tape capacity and a 1.75x increase in throughput on LTO-5; and LTO-4 customers can almost double their tape capacity while enjoying blazing transfer rates up to 1TB/hour compressed to/from tape, all by migrating to LTO-5.
3. Revisit your disaster recovery plan. At the end of a calendar year, we set a New Year’s Resolution. In that spirit, the end of Federal buying season is a good time to revisit, test and revise your DR plan. Planning and preparation is the best advocate to support your continuity of operations (COOP) initiatives.
4. Add Spectra to your wish list. Spectra Logic is classified as a small business, and twenty percent of our overall corporate revenue is generated by Federal customers in more than 200 agencies. Our backup and archive products are manufactured in the USA. We have been listed in the top 10 percent of revenue generators on GSA contract #47QTCA20D0064 for three consecutive years, and were recently granted a 5-year contract extension (see our recent press release). In addition to GSA, Spectra Logic is also listed several other federal purchasing contracts, including SEWP, NetCents and ITES-2H, among others.
Spectra knows the challenges that Federal IT administrators face and is here to work with you to create the best backup and archiving plan to meet your agency’s unique needs.  Further questions? Contact me directly at markwe@spectralogic.com. 


Mark Weis

VP, Federal Sales