Spectra: Building Relationships and Products That Survive the Test of Time

Nathan Thompson's Fiscal Year 2011 Blog Update
By Nathan Thompson, Chairman and CEO, Spectra Logic

Recently we brought a group of our large users to Boulder to give us input on our technology and support strategies.  In speaking with these customers it became very clear that long-term relationships are important when it comes to storage, followed by the longevity of their storage platforms. The relationship aspect was not a surprise.  However, we didn’t fully appreciate that many of our largest customers ideally would like to keep their tape library storage devices in place for upwards of 20 years. During that time they expect that the modularity of their libraries will allow them to continue to increase capacity, density, reliability and utility as new “plug-in” technology becomes available through Spectra.  Since then I have been looking back—and we do have some customers who have been running 8mm AIT Spectra libraries for nearly two decades.  Upgrades have been applied to keep up with data growth, but they still are running the same robot with older drives (even thought 8mm tape is at the end of the road).  Read More

Part 2: Why Tape Rolls On: Green Storage

It’s been said that airplanes magically turn money into noise.  In a similar way, it can be stated that disk storage turns money into heat.  In both cases, benefits like fast, reliable transportation and fast random data access accrue as the result of said magic.  Unfortunately, it also means a LOT of money may be involved yielding a lot of noise and heat respectively. Read More

LTFS versus TAR: Which one, or perhaps both?

by Matthew Star, CTO, Spectra Logic

LTFS, linear tape file system, is sometimes called long term filesytem. No matter what you call it; LTFS lets tape behave like removable disk. Having tested various LTFS applications, I can tell you it is shaping up to become the new standard in tape interchange, particularly in LTO-based archives. LTFS is an open standard that uses two partitions to split directory contents from its associated file data. But what about the other open formats like TAR (derived from “tape archive”), which are open and have compatibility across multiple platforms? How does LTFS stack up in comparison? Read More

Part 1: Why Tape Rolls On – Security

Security (n.) Safety. Freedom from worry. Protection. (From Merriam Webster)

Famed bank robber Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks, was quoted as saying, “Because that’s where the money is.”  Today, the money is in the information.  Safeguarding information from deliberate criminal or destructive acts and inadvertent system problems is crucial.  Tape plays a valuable role in delivering that safety. Read More

News Flash: Spectra Initiates Storage Crisis Lifeline to Help Customers Affected by Hurricane Irene

by Brian Grainger, VP of Worldwide Sales

As Spectra Logic's customers along Hurricane Irene’s path prepare to protect their homes and families, our team is ramping up to support their business operations wherever possible by initiating our Storage Crisis Lifeline program today. We first introduced this program in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina.  Spectra Logic's Global Technical Support Center team is available around the clock to assist any of our customers impacted by the hurricane.  Support will be provided to customers after business hours and during weekends, regardless of the Service Level Agreement or support contract covering their damaged tape library, to help organizations restore data and restart operations as quickly as possible. Read More

Spectra Logic Posts Record Results and 30 Percent Year-over-Year Revenue Growth for Fiscal 2011

Spectra’s Enterprise Tape Libraries Achieve 49 Percent Revenue Growth in Fiscal 2011

BOULDER, Colo.—August 23, 2011—Spectra Logic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, today announced record revenue and profitability results for fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30. Company revenue increased 30 percent and Spectra’s enterprise tape libraries posted revenue growth of 49 percent year-over-year for fiscal 2011. Spectra Logic also posted record profitability and revenue for each quarter of fiscal year 2011, and marked its fifth consecutive year of profitable growth. Spectra’s strong momentum reflects growing market demand for tape-based active archive, backup, compliance and disaster recovery solutions.    Read More

Airplane Talk

As I was bouncing around the country once again, I struck up a conversation with a complete stranger sitting next to me on the plane, which is my usual modus operandi.  Without knowing what industry I work in, he brought up the term "high performance computing" within the first minute of our friendly exchange.  Come to find out, the gentleman is a defense attorney to helicopter pilots involved in crashes.  Read More