IT Thought Leadership with a Twist: Blending Expertise and Unique Stories on the Next Episode of The Spectra Current

By Betsy Doughty
VP, Corporate Marketing, Spectra Logic

Have you tuned into The Spectra Current yet? It’s our new podcast that features conversations with IT industry experts, thought leaders, customers and Spectra Logic executives who review the latest trends in data storage, data management, emerging technologies, cybersecurity and digital transformation at large… but with a twist.

One of the most transformative tools I have used in my career and as a manager is the CliftonStrengths assessment. It allows you to get clarity on what you naturally do best so you can lean into those strengths to maximize your performance and bring out the best in others. One of my strengths is Individualization. From CliftonStrengths: people exceptionally high in the individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. I love learning about people, hearing their stories, and bringing their strengths to light. Read More

A Look behind the Scenes at Some of the People that Help Spectra Customers Thrive

By Betsy Doughty
VP, Corporate Marketing, Spectra Logic

Last week I shared some of Spectra’s customers and why they choose to work with Spectra. Today, I want to introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes.

Here’s the thing about Spectra. Our average tenure is eight years, and even though I’m in my 16th year at Spectra, there are so many people that have been here even longer than me. Overwhelmingly in employee surveys, our team shares that their Spectra associates are the best thing about the company (I’d also throw culture, longevity, reliability, and strong future in there as well). When a team works well together, it shows to the rest of the world. Read More

Spectra Logic Shares Customers Testimonials on #WhySpectra is a Trusted Technology Advisor

By Betsy Doughty
VP, Corporate Marketing, Spectra Logic

A few months ago I was chatting with Nathan Thompson, Spectra’s founder and CEO. He was coming off of a few weeks of several customer annual business reviews. He shared how happy and humbled he was to hear so many of our customers express how easy the Spectra team is to work with; what a stand-out vendor and partner Spectra is; and how Spectra has become their trusted technology advisor.

During our conversation, Nathan wondered how we could share this positive news – that Spectra Logic truly cares and will do what it takes to help our customers achieve their goals. Read More

SpectraLIVE Best Practices: What You Missed from the Virtual Conference

By Betsy Doughty
VP, Corporate Marketing, Spectra Logic

This week, Spectra hosted SpectraLIVE Best Practices, a free virtual conference geared towards IT professionals, data storage managers, technology partners and value-added resellers looking to learn more about industry best practices, trends and technology updates. Event presentations provided attendees with expert insight into building a robust backup plan, what’s current in archive, leveraging cloud storage and implementing a storage lifecycle management solution.

Here’s a quick recap of each session:

Building a Robust Backup Strategy has become an increasingly important topic for organizations given the rise of ransomware. Data can also be deleted, corrupted, lost or destroyed by a natural disaster. Watch this webinar with Spectra’s CTO Matt Starr and IT Director Tony Mendoza as they dive a little deeper into the best storage mediums (disk, tape, cloud) for backup. They’ll cover why it is so important to maintain an offline copy of data and how Spectra was able to get up and running after a ransomware attack without having to pay a ransom. Catch it on-demand here.  Read More

Tape Storage Council Releases Annual Memo on Technology’s Role in the Storage Landscape

The Tape Storage Council (TSC), a collaborative industry group of which Spectra is a founding member, released their annual memo “Tape Has Become a Strategic Imperative in the Mass Storage Landscape” this week. The 2020 report hones in on how the COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty is impacting the storage industry. It also takes a look at how ransomware attacks are impacting storage strategies. These industry wide challenges are bringing tape to the center stage of conversations.

From the report: “The role tape serves in today’s modern data centers is expanding fast and tape momentum will increase as data growth continues on an explosive trajectory across many new applications, workloads, and in most of the hyperscale and hyperscale-lite data centers. With these advancements in place, modern tape technology delivers the most reliable, energy efficient and cost-effective data center storage solution available today.” Read More

Put SpectraLIVE Virtual Conference on Your Calendar for May 12, 2020

Introducing SpectraLIVE: Spectra Logic’s Virtual Conference and Meeting Program to Help Your Business Continuity

With all tradeshows and group meetings canceled around the globe, Spectra introduced a new virtual conference and meeting program called SpectraLIVE to provide our customers and visitors with numerous opportunities to connect, engage, learn and interact with Spectra leadership and product managers virtually.

Our first SpectraLIVE Virtual Conference will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST. This event will enable attendees to hear about the latest market trends, learn about Spectra solutions, ask questions, share feedback, watch product demonstrations, and meet with Spectra executives. Spectra will be recording this for our SpectraLIVE library, so visitors can attend one or all presentations live or on-demand at their convenience. Read More

Spectra Logic at Supercomputing 2019: Storage Technology in Large Scale Environments

Spectra executives meet customers and partners in the booth.

Spectra Logic last week exhibited at one of its largest industry trade shows of the year: Supercomputing 2019 (SC19). An international event dedicated to showcasing work in high performance computing (HPC), networking, data storage and analysis, this year’s event was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

The week was memorable for Spectra for a number of reasons. On Tuesday afternoon, Senior Director of Hardware Engineering Matt Ninesling gave a presentation at the DDN Storage booth theater, sharing shifts in the tape drive market and trends in data center infrastructure and data migration. Tuesday evening was marked by Spectra’s participation in a Supercomputing Birds of a Feather session titled “Looking Ahead to Tape Technology’s Role in HPC – Future Advancements, Challenges, and Roadmap”. For the Birds of a Feather session, Spectra CTO Matt Starr was joined on stage by Versity’s Bruce Gilpin, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Dave Bonnie and IBM’s Ed Childers and Jim Gerry. They discussed data growth trends in large scale environments, tape technology, performance and accessibility, and cloud storage. Read More

First Annual Storage Technology Showcase Sets the Bar High

Find a full list of upcoming events and tradeshows Spectra Logic is attending here.

Spectra Logic was a Platinum Sponsor for the first annual Storage Technology Showcase (STS) last week. The event was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, from March 12-15. The conference provided visitors with strategic information on the latest disruptive technologies, trends and emerging solutions for organizations managing amounts of data in the petabyte and exabyte ranges.

Executives, system architects and decision makers engaged with their peers, industry thought leaders and other organizations to discuss the challenges of storing, managing, scaling and preserving data in a quickly evolving landscape. Check out the images below for a glimpse of what STS 2019 had in store. Read More

Staying Ahead of Data Storage Technology Trends – NEW Storage Event in 2019

As an IT professional, a new year means new perspectives and a chance to evaluate your IT infrastructure – is it fully equipped to drive your business forward in the years ahead?  If you’ve seen the most recent IDC report, they’re predicting the world’s digital data will grow to 163 zettabytes by 2025*. That’s the equivalent of 11,600 stacks of books, with each stack reaching 93 million miles into the sky – the distance between the earth’s surface and the surface of the sun.

With that in mind, 2019 might be a great year to examine the latest technology trends so you can prepare your organization and department for the digital sea wave that’s coming – IoT, edge computing, artificial intelligence, data mining, virtual reality, global connectivity, artificial intelligence, data legislation and quantum computing, to name a few. Read More

#SC18: Trends from the Show Floor

Supercomputing 2018 Spectra Booth

Last week, Spectra Logic exhibited at one of its largest industry trade shows of the year: Supercomputing 2018. Also referred to as SC18, Supercomputing is an international event dedicated to showcasing work in high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis. The show was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, and was attended by HPC professionals from around the globe. This year’s conference also celebrated 30 years of the SC Conference Series and included anniversary exhibits that provided attendees with an opportunity to review and celebrate the collective accomplishments in HPC. Read More