Avetec Announces DICE Awards for High Performance Computing Innovation

DEARBORN, Mich. (April 15, 2010) – Avetec’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Research Division – the Data Intensive Computing Environment (DICE) – today awarded the 2nd annual DICE Data Intensive Impact Awards to showcase products and technologies that have enabled progress in HPC data management in locality, movement, manipulation and integrity, as well as power and cooling efficiencies. Read More


Backup, Archive, HSM – What’s the Difference Anyway?

Part One or Two

One of the interesting things I have discovered since I have been talking with so many HPC customers is that the term “backup” is seldom used.  You might ask if they aren’t doing traditional backups, then why would we, a backup solutions provider,  want to talk to them. Well, first you need to fully understand the difference between backup and archive.  Archive is a word you will hear more often in the HPC and M&E environments, especially if there is data in excess of the petabyte range and large files that aren’t accessed frequently but need to be kept indefinitely.  Read More


Spectra Logic to Present and Exhibit During Spring 2010 Tradeshow Season

Spectra to Attend Industry Events NAB, SNW, IDC HPC User Forum and C-Drive 2010

BOULDER, Colo.—April 5, 2010—Spectra Logic, celebrating 30 years of data storage innovation, has announced it will be presenting at a number of industry events this spring, including the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) in Las Vegas, Nevada; Storage Networking World (SNW) in Orlando, Fla.; the IDC HPC User Forum in Dearborn, Mich. and Compellent’s C-Drive 2010 in Minneapolis, Minn.  Spectra Logic executives will present on timely storage and HPC topics at three of the four events.  Read More


No Question About it: Sometimes Tape is the Answer

Dear Ms. Meade:
My data crunching company generates 2-3 TB of data per customer, and I need to store that somehow. However, I don’t have room for a tape library. The only thing I can think to do is put the data on some hard drives using Linux-based RAID software, then put the disk in a safety deposit box. Do you have any other suggestions?”
Sincerely,
Short on Space Read More


Question: Can Disk Replace Tape? Answer: Unobtanium

Dear Ms. Meade,
I am charged with architecting a backup system without any single points of failure. Obviously, tape is SO failure-prone that I am not including it at all. How do you think I should configure such a system?
Sincerely,
Tape is Doomed Read More