5 Reasons Spectra Logic Tape Libraries are Ideally Suited for Media and Entertainment

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Spectra Logic has become the de facto standard in Media and Entertainment environments for archival solution offerings, largely due to its dedication to the M&E team and its understanding of this dynamic and unique industry.

To begin with, the Media and Entertainment area of the Spectra Logic website has great testimonials from many large and small companies in the Broadcast, Post Production, and Sports companies, not to mention an M&E storage calculator that converts hours of content to capacity, based on the particular video format used.

But did you know that Spectra Logic has also gone to great lengths to customize its actual tape libraries themselves for the storage and archival of digital video content?

User friendly, Customized Front Panel Touch Screen

Take for example, the ability of most of our tape libraries to customize their front panel displays for content hours based on the generation of media such as LTO-5, LTO-6, etc. used in the library. Unlike typical commercial users, broadcast and M&E users generally talk about their storage in terms of hours of content, not gigabytes, terabytes and petabytes. From the beginning, this is more user friendly.

The degradation of analog and digital tape due to binder hydrolysis, which is the breakdown of binder of magnetic particles to the base of the tape, magnetic eminence decay, which is the weakening of particles magnetic charge over time, and stiction are cause of concerns which have plagued the M&E market for years.

Our Exclusive PostScan Feature

Our answer to these issues can reduce or eliminate these problems. Built into our tape libraries used in this unique industry is our “PostScan” feature which includes FullScan and QuickScan, both of which performs data verification of content written on media, and reduces or eliminates stiction.

Media Lifecycle Management

In conjunction with our MLM feature (Media Lifecycle Management), the library is configured to load tapes that have not been in a tape drive for a programmed period of time. Once the read verification of the media is complete, the scan date with pass/fail is written to the cartridge memory as its ejected and a notification is posted and emailed to the user. The operation will use a Global Spare tape drive if one exists within the library. This feature is automatic with Spectra Certified Media or manually executed with non-Spectra media.

What’s more, is that upon media eject, a check of the tape drive is performed to see if the drive needs cleaning which automatically follows if required before continuing to the next tape.

Media Lifecycle Management records about 40 data points every time a tape is loaded, giving you vital statistical and diagnostic information that helps you proactively manage your tape media.


Several Video Content applications in M&E support high availability features which allow alternate data paths in case of failure of servers, Ethernet and fibre channel switches, etc. Most Spectra Logic tape libraries include redundant connections of tape drive and robotics which will allow uninterrupted transfer of data to/from the library in the unfortunate failure of the data path.

Longevity and Expertise in M&E Archive Environments

One of the main factors our success in the Media & Entertainment industry can be attributed to is the culture of customer intimacy within Spectra Logic, which has a history of taking ownership of issues and driving them to resolution. We are also leaders in this field because of innovation, and the ability for Spectra Logic to quickly adapt to market changes and requirements as a low cost solution to bring about an extremely high degree of responsiveness and availability if and when the need arises.

More questions? Please contact us at +1.800.833.1132 or sales@spectralogic.com