ANU Storage Cloud Relies on Spectra Logic for 9.5 Petabyte Active Archive

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SYDNEY, AU and BOULDER, Colo.—March 6, 2012Spectra Logic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, today announced that the Australian National University (ANU) located in Canberra, and ranked as one of the top universities in Australia, recently deployed two Spectra Logic T950 enterprise tape libraries at the heart of its 9.5 petabyte tape-based active archive to support ANU’s high performance private data cloud storage solution. The cloud-based storage installation with Spectra’s tape-based active archive allows ANU to efficiently support its exponential data growth, accelerate access to its research data, and improve overall data reliability.

ANU also hosts the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) – Australia’s national high-end research computing service, funded by the Australian Government through its NCRIS and Super Science research infrastructure initiatives, and by a number of national research organizations including ANU, CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia. With the University’s data doubling every 14-18 months, the enterprise requirements of ANU, together with the research needs served by NCI, have led to a massive and rapidly increasing requirement for data storage and management.

“The Spectra Logic system forms a central component of our storage cloud. We have more than 7 Petabytes of initial critical research data that streams in and out of high performance instruments, computational and data-intensive processes, as well as an increasing need to share data for international data-centric collaborations,” said Dr. Ben Evans, associate director of NCI.

ANU and NCI evaluated the best solution for their needs and, after careful evaluation, chose Spectra Logic’s archive solution within a SGI storage cloud because of its high data reliability, scalability, and extreme cost efficiencies in terms of space, energy usage and total cost per terabyte. The ANU cloud uses the SGI Data Migration Facility (DMF) tiered storage along with the Spectra Logic tape libraries to scale NCI data archive volumes.

“The incorporation of the Spectra Logic active archive solution provides a platform for storage growth,” said Allan Williams, director of information technology services at the ANU. “It allows us to keep our primary data online and accessible to users, while also increasing the reliability of our stored data across physical sites.”

Active archive solutions turn offline archives into visible, accessible extensions of online storage systems – enabling fast, easy access to archived data. Today’s innovative active archive applications provide the ability to see and access data on tape through a file system interface, making it easy and affordable to view and search archived data files in large heterogeneous online active tape and disk storage pools.

ANU’s active archive provides a dense, high capacity storage solution for its cloud installation with significant economies of scale and data integrity safeguards. In addition, Spectra Logic’s Media Lifecycle Management (MLM) feature helps to ensure the University’s data is accessible when needed by providing complete media health reporting.

Integrator SGI, a member of Spectra Logic’s SpectraEDGE partner program, architected, recommended and implemented the data cloud storage solutions, including the new active archive solution with the Spectra Logic enterprise tape libraries. 

“Spectra Logic’s archive and backup solutions provide our customers with the latest innovations and storage technologies to handle cloud, big data, back up and protection, data preservation, compliance, and general data center storage needs,” said Nick Gorga, SGI general manager, Australia and New Zealand.

Spectra Logic’s storage solutions are ideal for data intensive IT environments including data cloud deployments, high performance computing (HPC), media and entertainment, large governmental and general IT organizations.

Spurred by its growing number of customers and partners throughout Australia and New Zealand, Spectra Logic recently announced its expanded investment in the region. This investment includes increased sales, support and technical staff, an expanded presence in Sydney and a strong channel recruitment program.

Spectra Logic offers a complete line of automated tape library solutions from its entry-level T50e, mid-range T120, T200, T380 and T680, and enterprise scale T950 and TFinity libraries. Powered by Spectra Logic’s unified management software, BlueScale 12, these storage solutions provide industry-leading performance, lifecycle management, and integration capabilities. Escalating data growth continues to make tape the optimal storage solution: cost effective, efficient long term retention, highest data integrity, environmentally sound, highly secure and easily portable.

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