Customer Spotlight: Recent Spectra Logic Case Studies Featured in the Media

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Spectra Logic has recently published a number of stories detailing customer use cases. These types of case studies are the perfect piece of content to give readers a true understanding of how Spectra drives results for data-driven organizations. So when there’s a use case that really showcases the breadth and depth of Spectra’s data storage and data management solutions, we can’t help but share it far and wide.

Below are highlights of recent media coverage that have helped tell these important stories.

Durham University’s DiRAC Memory Intensive Service preserves complex cosmological simulation data with the help of Spectra solution

Researchers at Durham are primarily focused on cosmology and astronomy, seeking to understand more about physics and the universe by generating cosmological simulations of galaxy formation and evolution. The cosmological simulations generated at Durham create a growing need for ever-higher memory-intensive computing; requiring large amounts of memory and RAM to meet the petaflop compute and petabyte data storage requirements integral to DiRAC-supported projects.

The DiRAC Memory Intensive Service, the seventh increment in a series of HPC clusters at Durham University, provides researchers with a combined 812 nodes (including both the COSMA7 and COSMA8 systems), totaling 58,700 cores of computing power and about 230TB of RAM spread throughout their HPC cluster.

The story of how Spectra’s data storage technology helps them meet their multi-petabyte requirements for research project archiving has been shared by a number of industry publications, including Storage Magazine here, by Digitalisation World here and Storage Newsletter here.

Read the full case study here.

ColorTime leverages Spectra StorCycle Storage Lifecycle Management software to help store and deliver impressive content

Based in North Hollywood, California, ColorTime is a post-production studio offering creative services and digital media services specializing in all aspects of digital media content creation, management and distribution for television. In addition to ingesting large amounts of data in the form of raw camera footage to which they perform color correcting and editorial services, ColorTime also scans original film for storage as high-resolution digital intermediate files. Film scanning means that they process millions and millions of single, small 5K files as part of their media workflow. They needed a new solution to improve data ingest speeds and help solve backup and distribution challenges.

The news that ColorTime deployed a Spectra Logic solution including Spectra’s StorCycle Storage Lifecycle Management software was covered by Digitalisation World here, Data Centre & Network News here and UK Tech News here.

Get the details in the Spectra Logic case study here.

Imperial War Museums (IWM) digitally preserve the history of modern war indefinitely with Spectra Logic archive

IWM tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War. IWM is home to hundreds of thousands of films, videotapes, audio recordings and photographs that must be preserved forever but won’t last on their original media. They currently store an archive of around 750,000 digital assets, which amass a total of 1.5PB as unique, uncompressed files and nearly five petabytes in total. Their digital asset collection includes 5,000 film and video scan masters, 100,000 audio masters dating back to the 1930s, nearly 500,00 image masters and thousands of lower resolution versions (access versions for commercial and web use) of the above assets. New scans in their film collection generate an additional 10TB of data per month, and the videotape scanning project is expected to create another 900TB over four years.

Their remarkable digitization and preservation story and how Spectra’s technology helps them achieve the capacity, reliability and product longevity they need from their data storage and data management environment received extensive media coverage after it was announced that they added Spectra’s Storage Lifecycle Management software to their environment.

The technology story was featured on London News Time here, IT Pro here, DataCentre Magazine here and Digital Media World here.

Catch the case study on Spectra’s website here.

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre supports the future of radio astronomy with a storage solution from Spectra Logic

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre provides cutting-edge supercomputing resources to scientists across Australia. It is home of ‘Magnus’, one of the most powerful research computers in the Southern Hemisphere, and focuses on radio astronomy, energy, and resources research, supporting also other diverse fields of science. The Centre is focused on providing integrated research solutions by giving users simultaneous access to world class expertise and infrastructure in supercomputing, data, and visualization services. Notably, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre provides advanced data management facilities to address the storage challenges resulting from the vast amounts data generated by radio astronomy projects such as the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope.

The Centre recently underwent a $70 million capital refresh project to become home to one of the largest research-focused object storage systems in the world with the deployment of 130PB multi-tier storage solution. HPCwire covered the news here.

See how Spectra supports their data storage needs by reading the case study here.