Zombie Watch: Resolution for 2011

Ms. Meade resolves to track the zombie threat across 2011. By that, of course, we mean the zombie technology that in spite of frequent declarations of death, just won’t die. This technology: tape (what a surprise). Other technologies may be added to the list, but in the meantime, let’s examine the zombie index on tape technology. Read More


Backup to Archive

The good folks at IDC published a white paper in March 2010 regarding the ROI of data backup and recovery using de-duplication.  Nice paper.  One could spend time picking nits regarding methodologies used in this analysis or any other, but I’d rather focus on the “Challenges and Opportunities” highlighted by the authors on page 13 of the paper. Read More


SC10 Recap and HPC Update

I think one of my favorite sayings I heard on more than one occasion and in various different words at SC10 this year was, “It is good to be Spectra!”  I heard this from customers, partners, VARs, analysts and other employees, and it is certainly true.  The tape war is on and by all accounts, Spectra is winning the war one battle at a time.  I heard so many times from so many people that we seem to be the dominant tape company in the market.  Tape is who we are.  It is what we do.  After 31 years of being in business, these truths are starting to manifest themselves in our continued success as a tape company.  The past few years, we have been experiencing much of our success and growth in the High Performance Computing industry not because of tape, but what we can do with tape.  Spectra has committed to continued research and development by investing millions into new features and functionality that are a direct result of our HPC customer requirements. We are therefore able to offer direct benefit and value to them. Read More


Archive on the Rise

Gartner last month announced the results of an enterprise infrastructure survey conducted with over 1,000 large enterprises -http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1460213 – and they make interesting reading. According to respondents; data growth is the biggest data centre hardware infrastructure challenge for large enterprises. Now, this in itself is probably not surprising – vendors, end-users and other industry analysts have been talking about this challenge for some time. The inescapable truth is that storage demands are growing, and the answer lies somewhere between provisioning greater capacity and making more efficient use of the resources available. What is particularly striking is that 62% of respondents reported that they will be investing in data archiving or retirement by the end of 2011. Read More


The More Things Change . . .

You’ve heard the saying "the more things change the more they stay the same." Per Wikipedia this is a "proverb that makes the observation that turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level other than to cement the status quo." I think this describes the backup situation in the Small to Mid-sized Enterprise (SME) environment perfectly.  Read More


University Of Minnesota Turns to Spectra Logic Elite Enterprise Tape Library to Support Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research Data Archive

Spectra T950 Chosen to Backup and Archive Supercomputing and Scientific Computing Environment

BOULDER, Colo.—November 16, 2010—Spectra Logic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, announced today that the University of Minnesota’s Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research is leveraging Spectra Logic’s T950 tape library to store large quantities of data to support both a National Institute of Health grant project and the University’s collaborative research data on supercomputing within the University and the state of Minnesota.   Read More


The Zombie DR Survival Guide (Halloween special edition)

 I’ve worked for most of my professional life in data storage, focused primarily on data protection.  I am always looking for ways to better protect data.  I typically think about how to make things run more quickly and reliably, and with less user intervention.  Occasionally, I look at identifying and preparing for potentially unexpected outage causes.  I’ve experienced recoveries or complete infrastructure failures caused by various random acts: a spilled glass of milk, using a floor buffer and plugging a network cable into the incorrect port.  These all caused unimagined disruption, but this week, Halloween week, I am thinking about something much worse.  Read More