CERN Deploys a Spectra TFinity ExaScale Tape Library for Massive Data Storage

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Spectra Logic is delighted to share the time-lapse video of the installation of the Spectra® TFinity® ExaScale Tape Library in the CERN Data Centre. Magnetic tapes are used as the main long-term data storage medium at CERN. The tapes are stored in tape libraries, where they are retrieved by robotic arms. Their TFinity library is leveraging the open format LTO (Linear Tape-Open) tape technology, has 15,000 physical cartridge slots and can accommodate 48 tape drives in total.

Time-lapse video of the installation of the Spectra Logic TFinity tape library in the CERN Data Centre.

About CERN

Physicists and engineers at CERN (from the French for European Council for Nuclear Research: Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – fundamental particles. Their goal is to advance the boundaries of human knowledge by delving into the smallest building blocks of our universe. To gain insight into how subatomic particles interact, CERN employs purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors to boost beams of particles to high energies, observe the beams as they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets and record the results of these collisions. CERN operates the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way.

Learn more about the Spectra TFinity Tape Library and how it supports the most demanding large-scale storage environments here.