Spectra Logic Extends Enterprise Tape Library Offering with New IBM TS1140 Tape Drives

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                                                                                             Provides Customers with Increased Tape Drive Choice and Flexibility

BOULDER, Colo.—May 16, 2011—SpectraLogic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, today announced it is offering the IBM TS1140 Tape Drive with its enterprise class TFinity tape library. 

The addition of TS1140 drives extends Spectra Logic’s enterprise tape library offering, which includes the TS1140 drives for high capacity, high duty cycle environments, as well as high value, cost-effective IBM LTO tape drives for all-purpose, open storage environments. Spectra Logic is currently the only tape library vendor aside from IBM offering the high performance, energy-efficient TS1140 Tape Drive. 

The IBM TS1140 Tape Drive provides 4.0 TB native storage capacity (8.0 TB with 2:1 compression) and native data transfer rates of 240 MB/s (480 MB/s compressed). The TS1140 drive can support connectivity to high speed 8 Gb fibre channel environments. Offered exclusively with IBM and Spectra Logic tape libraries, the higher capacity TS1140 Tape Drives give organizations the ability to keep the same physical footprint while keeping up with burgeoning data growth and data center space constraints.  

“Offering strong tape drive options for our enterprise tape libraries exemplifies Spectra Logic’s leadership and continuing commitment to provide data intensive organizations with the best technology options to meet their storage and archive needs,” said Molly Rector, vice president of product management and worldwide marketing, Spectra Logic. “The small footprint and low power requirements of Spectra’s TFinity tape library combined with IBM LTO and TS1140 Tape Drives provide customers with exceptional storage density and energy efficiency.  With data growth continuing at a record pace, tape archive and storage is emerging as an integral part of data center solutions across the globe.”

The Spectra TFinity provides an exceptional set of built-in Enterprise features around data integrity verification, management, maintenance and encryption.  Using TS1140 drives, it provides up to 740.2 PBs of compressed storage in a single library complex. Based on Spectra's unique TeraPack media management system, TFinity maximizes data center space utilization and consumes up to 50 percent less power than competing enterprise tape libraries.

“The high performance, energy efficient TS1140 employs fewer and more efficient components developed with IBM Research to help clients improve productivity at a lower cost,” said Sanjay Tripathi, director and business line executive for IBM data protection and retention.  “Spectra Logic’s announcement demonstrates that IBM continues to lead in the innovation of tape drive technology some 60 years after we invented it.”

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