Spectra Logic Drives New Era for Data Integrity

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                                  Only Tape Vendor to Extend Built-In Enterprise Functionality and Data Integrity Verification Features across Complete Line of Tape Libraries

BOULDER, Colo.—March 21, 2011—Spectra Logic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, today announced it is now offering data integrity verification across its complete line of TSeries tape libraries from SME to Enterprise—free of charge.  Spectra’s BlueScale® Data Integrity Verification for tape libraries is an industry first and an important long-term data reliability feature that ensures data written to tape is retrievable now and for years into the future.  With Data Integrity Verification, Spectra’s tape libraries are the only tape storage systems on the market today that actively, automatically check the media and the data on tape throughout the storage life of the data.  Integrated data integrity verification is increasingly becoming a data center requirement for highly-valued data solutions.  Data integrity verification is being addressed through data scrubbing techniques from memory to high-end RAID storage and is now available in all Spectra TSeries tape libraries.

Organizations are retaining ever-expanding volumes of data to meet long-term business and compliance objectives, and are increasingly storing large amounts of data for extended periods of time.  Storage of digital archive data can extend years or decades, and it is critical to ensure the enduring integrity and accessibility of that data. Spectra’s Data Integrity Verification provides organizations of all sizes the utmost confidence their backup and archive data will be readily available when needed, regardless of how long it has been stored.

“The amount of data stored on tape continues to surge as massive and growing digital archive demands compel users to seek practical and economic ways to address escalating data volumes. We expect worldwide tape archive capacity to grow more than six fold over the next five years – from just under 13 exabytes in 2010 to over 81 exabytes by 2015, driven by both new digital content and extended storage timelines,” said Mark Peters, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Consequently, organizations need smart strategies and tools that deliver extreme storage efficiencies while meeting stringent data reliability and availability requirements. Spectra Logic’s enterprise capabilities and tape technology innovations, including Data Integrity Verification, are excellent examples of this, helping to elevate storage best practices and to make tape solutions increasingly relevant as long-term storage demands grow.”  Click here to view tape archive capacity graph.

Data Integrity Verification is a key new feature available in BlueScale 11.3, the company’s award-winning software management platform, which powers Spectra Logic’s full line of tape libraries.  Spectra Logic’s Data Integrity Verification improves system availability and data integrity by proactively performing background read verification passes of the tape media on a scheduled basis and reporting potentially latent failures. Spectra’s Data Integrity Verification includes three levels of fully automated validation:

  • PreScan– Checks newly imported tapes to ensure they are ready to use: for example, in good health, generationally compatible and not write-protected.
  • QuickScan– Quickly and immediately verifies the backup and archive data was successfully written to tape with a rapid single pass from the beginning of the tape to the end of the first track.  Along with PostScan, rapid or gradual media degradation is tracked in the library’s flash memory SQL database and reported to users.
  • PostScan– Automatically verifies the physical tape cartridge and the integrity of all of the data stored upon it. As with PreScan and QuickScan, the PostScan process is performed by the library and is independent of the backup application normally used to read and write data to the tape.

Ideal for high performance computing, media and entertainment, federal and general IT organizations, Data Integrity Verification seamlessly integrates into existing environments and operates as a background library-managed process with no impact to application software configurations.    

“Customer satisfaction and confidence in their backup and archive data is at the forefront of all we do,” said Molly Rector, vice president of product management and worldwide marketing, Spectra Logic. “Data Integrity Verification dramatically reduces risk, ensures enduring access to archived data and is fast becoming a data center requirement.  Spectra Logic is pleased to offer it as a free upgrade, which reflects our strong commitment to providing customers the world’s best archive storage.”

Pricing and Availability
Full enterprise-class capabilities including Data Integrity Verification are available immediately at no additional charge on all Spectra Logic tape libraries including the Spectra T50e and T120, the Spectra TSeries Mid-Range T200, T380 and T680, and the enterprise class T950 and TFinity.  These capabilities are part of Spectra Logic’s BlueScale 11.3 management software, which powers Spectra’s full line of tape libraries. Visit spectralogic.com/div for a complete list of features and benefits.

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/SearchStorage.com’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 www.SpectraLogic.com.


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