At the UK Storage Awards (the Storries) held in London this month, Craig Bungay, Iain Hamilton and David Taylor from our sales team and I were delighted to represent Spectra and accept the highly regarded Storage Award for Innovators. Over 20,000 IT decision makers (including channel professionals, vendors, and end users) read UK Storage Magazine and this accolade was a result of votes received from readers.
As the organisers said, “This award demonstrates how colleagues in the IT industry feel about Spectra Logic,” and it is indeed excellent to know that our investment in innovation has been recognised by the magazine’s readers. Over the past year, we announced the availability of 10GbE iSCSI connectivity to tape, the commencement of LTO-6 shipments and the installation of a 380 PBs nearline tape archive for NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputing system, one of the largest and most powerful supercomputers in the world. This year was also off to a great start: early in 2013 Spectra in fact announced that it had installed more than a half an Exabyte of tape storage capacity in the first half of FY2013 and that we have posted nine percent year-over-year growth.
So let me conclude with a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all the readers who voted for us over twelve other companies including leading names such as IBM, Veeam and Symantec in the innovation category. As the late Steve Jobs famously said ‘Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.’ Again, thank you.