National Center for Supercomputing Applications Selects Spectra TFinity Tape Library for Eight Petabyte Data Archive

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Computational Research Data Projected to Increase by Two Petabytes Stored on Tape Annually

BOULDER, Colo.—March 15, 2011— Spectra Logic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, announced today that it won the contract bid to archive computational research data for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). NCSA chose a nine-frame Spectra® TFinity tape library initially configured with 25 LTO-5 drives and 8,000 licensed media slots for its eight petabyte archive. TFinity was selected due to its unique features critical to high-performance computing (HPC) storage, including high capacity of data storage, low data center foot print, high availability, flexible and easy scalability and media health monitoring with management options such as Media Lifecycle Management.

“Spectra Logic’s TFinity bid met every product requirement outlined in the request for proposals (RFP), including a comprehensive data migration plan, at a competitive cost,” said Michelle Butler, technical program manager, NCSA. “The configuration of two Spectra Logic libraries, one temporarily dedicated to media migration, allowed NCSA flexibility when moving/writing data out of two Quantum Scalar 10K tape libraries. Spectra’s TeraPacks™ offered fast media transportation with no down time or performance degradation and a seamless integration into the TFinity production library.” 

NCSA chose the TFinity in part for its long-term investment appeal as NCSA’s research data archives increase by 75 percent each year on average.  The TFinity library enables NCSA to easily add capacity with additional media slots/frames and to increase performance. Disk solutions were not considered due to the size of the archive, and tape’s inherent operating and capital expenditure cost savings.

“This TFinity contract win marks another milestone for Spectra Logic earning the trust and business opportunity of a highly-respected, worldwide HPC site and is a testament to Spectra leading the evolution of tape technology in the storage industry,” said Brian Grainger, vice president of worldwide sales, Spectra Logic. “Spectra’s tape libraries provide extremely reliable data archives, and we look forward to teaming with NCSA to ensure its archive requirements are successfully met.”


About NCSA
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, provides powerful computers and expert support that help thousands of scientists and engineers across the country improve our world. With the computing power available at NCSA, researchers simulate how galaxies collide and merge, how proteins fold and how molecules move through the wall of a cell, how tornadoes and hurricanes form, and other complex natural and engineered phenomena. NCSA—established in 1986 as one of the original sites of the National Science Foundation's Supercomputer Centers Program—is supported by the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois, the National Science Foundation, and grants from other federal agencies. The center is part of the Illinois Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies.  

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.  Spectra’s tape library product line swept Storage magazine/’s 2010 Quality Awards for enterprise and midrange tape libraries, winning first place in all 14 categories. Throughout our 30-plus year history we have delivered high-density, feature rich storage with unmatched service and support to customers worldwide.  For more information, visit


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