Spectra Logic and Avid Announce Joint Integration of BlackPearl and Interplay | Production ® Asset Management

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First ever direct access between Interplay PAM and Deep Storage archives

BOULDER, Colo.—April 10, 2015—Spectra Logic and Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today, at Avid Connect 2015, unveiled a new integration that allows long-term data storage and easy accessibility at extremely low cost, with a direct to tape archive option not previously available. This integration allows Avid users to directly archive and retrieve content from tape libraries. Availability of the new Spectra Logic-Avid solution means that media and entertainment assets can be stored indefinitely, for only pennies per gigabyte.

The newly enhanced Spectra Logic BlackPearl™ Gateway to Deep Storage sits in front of deep storage tape library technology, which allows users to scale at a low cost. BlackPearl and Avid Interplay | Production deliver simple HTTP commands that move data anywhere within a network and deliver additional features for bulk data movement that increase workflow efficiency. Together, they offer on premise or global access to content, affording all the benefits of a public cloud within the user’s own environment.

For media and entertainment organizations to stay competitive, streamlined workflow and affordable digital archiving is essential and must easily integrate into standard workflows. The new integration is designed to address these points for post-production, sports organizations, digital archiving and more. BlackPearl and Interplay | Production allow archives to be directly available to production further simplifying the workflow for time and cost reduction.

“Spectra Logic has a long history of understanding the storage challenges faced by the media and entertainment industry,” said Spectra Logic’s Chief Technology Officer Matt Starr. “Our solutions have decades of experience built in. Coupled with Avid’s best-in-class production management solutions, we have created a streamlined, efficient and affordable workflow for media and entertainment clients that evolved from deep expertise.”

Solution Description
With Spectra Logic’s superior BlackPearl™ Deep Storage Gateway product, Avid Interplay | Production users now have an end-to-end workflow solution, from data ingest to deep storage. The new solution is fully integrated into the Avid archive environment so customers can quickly and easily manage, archive, find, and restore large numbers of valuable media assets.

Joint Solution Benefits Include:

  • Simple HTTP interface to tape libraries for archived content
  • “Plug and play” model for easy deployment
  • Seamless scalability at a flat to decreasing cost per GB
  • Media assets accessible through open LTFS tape format

The new solution is rolled out in tandem with Spectra Logic’s collaboration as a valued Avid Connectivity Partner. Through this partnership, Spectra Logic expertise has been validated by Avid and Spectra products have proven to adhere to the Avid Connectivity Toolkit standards.

“Avid is proud to announce with Spectra Logic a new solution for our customers and simultaneously to welcome Spectra to our Connectivity Partner Program,” said Kevin Usher, Director Solutions Development, Avid. “Our Interplay | Production and Spectra’s BlackPearl offer customers a simple, affordable, directly integrated archive solution that utilizes LTFS for long term content integrity and availability. This solution now, makes archiving accessible to all Interplay | Production users.”

Come learn more about the Spectra Logic-Avid solution at Avid Connect through April 12, 2015 booth #18. Immediately following Avid Connect, join us at the annual convention of The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) on April 11-16, 2015 booth SL11816 in Las Vegas, the world’s largest media and entertainment trade show. Visit Spectra’s booth for daily BlackPearl demos.

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere™, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube, LinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs. 

About Spectra® BlackPearl™ Deep Storage Gateway
Designed to meet the demands of today’s modern active archives, Spectra BlackPearl enables users to archive assets on affordable, scalable deep storage. BlackPearl writes data to tiers of storage including tape using open standard (LTFS), assuring content’s integrity and availability. Desired content is directly recalled through intelligent, self-describing objects. BlackPearl seamlessly integrates an archive into workflows and is fully integrated into Interplay PAM application allowing for direct search and recall of assets.

About Spectra Logic Corporation
Spectra Logic develops deep storage solutions that solve the problem of long- term storage for business and technology professionals dealing with exponential data growth. Dedicated solely to storage innovation for more than 35 years, Spectra Logic’s uncompromising product and customer focus is proven by the largest information users in multiple vertical markets globally. Spectra enables affordable, multi-decade data storage and access by creating new methods of managing information in all forms of deep storage—including archive, backup, cold storage, cloud and private cloud. Visit www.SpectraLogic.com.


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