University of Bristol Deploys Second Spectra Logic Tape Library to Preserve and Manage Data for over 20,000 Students

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Spectra’s Libraries significantly reduce costs to support the University’s growing data storage requirements of over three petabytes

BRACKNELL, U.K. – 23rd October 2019 – Spectra Logic today announced that the University of Bristol has deployed Spectra enterprise-class tape libraries for its IT infrastructure. Considered one of the world’s top 50 universities in the QS world university rankings, the University of Bristol has a seven-year relationship with Spectra Logic for the long-term protection of its growing volume of valuable student, research and corporate data. To support its considerable data storage and archiving requirements, the institution replaced its legacy system with a Spectra® T950 Tape Library to accompany its existing Spectra® T680 Tape Library with integrated BlueScale® encryption.

“We currently back up about 200TB per week but we expect this to grow, so we were keen to reduce purchasing and running costs wherever possible,” explained Harvey Ditchfield, senior system administrator, University of Bristol. “The T950 can easily scale with our needs. We are very happy with the outstanding ongoing service we receive from Spectra’s support team.”

Located in Bristol, UK, the University of Bristol has over 6,000 employees, approximately 23,000 students, and more than 100 buildings hosting its faculties and student facilities. With more than 800 virtual and physical servers, the University backs up approximately 200 terabytes of data per week, making up a total of over three petabytes of managed assets. The institution needed an easy-to-use backup solution to replace its aging system, free up costly primary storage, and protect data in a limited floor space.

The Spectra T950 library provided superior density in a smaller footprint than the legacy solution, offering the University a higher data storage capacity within its limited physical space and greater value for its investment. The Spectra tape libraries have already given the University of Bristol excellent return on investment at the lowest total cost of ownership, with flexible upgrade options and no egress cost to recall data.

Further solidifying the long-term relationship between Spectra and the University, Spectra helped to restore the University of Bristol’s operations in a single day after an extensive flood with its Storage Crisis Lifeline Service’, a unique programme designed to help organisations with documentable disaster situations in which their equipment is damaged beyond the ability to restore.

Read Spectra Logic’s University of Bristol case study on our website here.