Tape Stronger Than Ever at 2014 NAB Show

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Another great NAB Show is in the books. The show was one of the best for Spectra Logic with a lot of enthusiasm around our nTier Verde, tape systems, and new products.

The energy and appetite for low cost archive storage was at an all time high driven by 4K, and 8K content, greater frame rates, and the continuous explosion of new media. Storage tiering was talked about heavily as people had to focus on cost effective ways to manage their growth. As a result, it was clear that tape is stronger than ever!

Spectra Logic Booth at NAB Trade Show

One theme that was prevalent was market consolidation. Whether it’s Belden buying Grass Valley, who had already acquired Miranda who had already gobbled up Omnibus, or Harris Broadcast splitting off to become Imagine Communications, or Masstech acquiring PlayBox to expand their portfolio and deepen their stronghold on workflow automation and Playout in the commercial TV space. The consolidation trend seems to be picking up steam and not subsiding so we expect the mergers and acquisitions to continue.

Surprisingly, one thing that was talked about less this year than the past couple years was the use of cloud. While Amazon had a big presence at the show, folks visiting the Spectra Logic booth didn’t talk much about cloud as an option, at least not as a replacement for their in-house archives. For better or worse, more adoption or less, the cloud craze seems to be dying down a little. Its place in the market appears to be settling in with more understanding of its benefits and pitfalls.

Overall, it was a great show for Spectra Logic and we look forward to seeing what surprises the next year brings!