Spectra Logic Introduces New Archive and Backup Product Category

First Product in Industry to Offer Single Platform for all Archive and Backup Needs   SAN DIEGO, STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, April 18, 2007—Spectra Logic has introduced Archive and Backup Servers as a new product category designed to uniquely meet customer needs for data archive and backup.   Spectra® nTier is the industry’s first product line available in the new Archive and Backup Server product category. Spectra nTier offers purpose-built archive hardware, a file system interface, unified backup and archive management applications and the ability to logically search, categorize and retrieve archived information. nTier is designed with SATA disks and seamlessly integrates with Spectra Logic’s tape and RXT mobile disk lines using a single management interface, BlueScale.   nTier hardware integrates disk and tape, as well as archive and backup software applications through a single management interface. nTier hardware offers industry- leading storage density, RAID 6 data protection of SATA disk drives, power monitoring for proactive energy savings and the ability to incrementally add storage in the field as needs evolve. nTier hardware is modularly designed to offer investment protection for future archive and backup needs. Network interfaces, disk drives, processors and motherboards are all designed to be modularly upgraded, enabling customers to take advantage of new technologies as they become available.   “As industry and government mandates for data archive and backup continue to require data retention for longer durations, archive and backup platforms must be designed for use many years into the future,” states Nathan Thompson, Spectra Logic’s founder and CEO. “nTier offers upgradeable interfaces, storage, applications and processors to ensure the platform will meet customer needs today and  many years into the future.”   Storage managers can now deploy a single product to manage a broad set of applications, such as:
  • Network Attached Storage (NFS/CIFS)
  • Disk-based backup
  • Master/Media Server
  • Tiered Storage Services (HSM)
  • Data Classification
  • Email Archive
  • Data Deduplication
  • Replication
  • Snapshot (DPM)
  • Spectra Encryption
Other products on the market today are not built specifically for the unique flexibility needs of both backup and archive. Only the nTier product line enables data to move to the backup and archive environment and stay there. nTier eliminates the need to move data across the network between various appliances and media servers. All archive and backup functions can be done through nTier. This integration of storage applications running on purpose-built hardware with an integrated application server, focused power savings, leading storage density, long-term upgradeability and integration with the tape library make nTier the right solution for archive and backup needs.   Pricing and Availability The Spectra nTier Archive and Backup Server will begin shipping in summer 2007. The nTier single frame capacity ranges from 2–60 TB of native capacity, RAID 6 protection and connectivity to both tape and RXT mobile disk. Multiple nTier systems can be racked together to add additional capacity exceeding 400 TB in a single solution. Pricing for an entry-level Spectra nTier500 begins at $11,995.   About Spectra Logic Corporation Spectra Logic is the leading innovator in data archive and backup. Spectra helps customers all over the world protect data better

with hardware and software products that enable users to reduce risk, lower cost and save time. Spectra Logic’s archive and backup products are designed specifically for secondary storage needs, are compatible with every major tape and disk format, and come with integrated encryption and key management options through the intuitive BlueScale management environment. The company’s tape, disk and encryption solutions are designed to evolve over time and make an excellent investment for IT managers who are projecting growth and planning for many years into the future. Since Spectra Logic was founded in 1979, several innovative creations and industry-first products have been introduced to the market, including: archive and backup servers (nTier-2007); hardware-based, VTL encryption with compression (RXT-2006); hardware-based, library-enabled encryption with compression (BlueScale Encryption-2005); and integrated tape and disk in a single library (Spectra T950 with RXT-2004). Spectra Logic is changing the world of storage. For more information, contact Spectra Logic Read More


Spectra Logic Ntier Archive and Backup Servers Simplify Digital Asset Management in Broadcast Environments

nTier is an Easy-to-Use Digital Archive Management Platform   LAS VEGAS, Nev., NAB 2007, April 18, 2007—Spectra Logic, the leading innovator in content archiving and data protection, has introduced the Spectra nTier archive and backup server as a new product category designed to uniquely meet customer needs for easy-to-use content archive and backup. Broadcast, post-production and movie studios will now have fast, seamless access to their digital content.   The new products—nTier500, nTier700 and nTier900—are unique platforms that add simplicity to the archive process for broadcast and video environments. The Spectra nTier archive and backupservers can integrate with digital asset management applications to provide an integrated content archive management platform with the ability to logically search, categorize and retrieve archived information. The purpose-built archive hardware is a SATA disk-based solution that can serve as both an online RAID cache as well as an application server.    Digital and media asset management software from all major vendors including Front Porch, Masstech, SGL and others can reside and operate on the nTier archive and backup server to manage all digital archives. Spectra nTier—running asset management software—can be tightly integrated with Spectra Logic’s line of digital tape libraries to offer a complete multi-tier archive management solution. nTier is designed to maximize simplicity, ease of use and scalability in the smallest footprint.    Spectra nTier hardware offers industry leading storage density, RAID 6 data protection of SATA disk drives, and power monitoring for proactive energy savings. nTier also provides the ability to incrementally add storage in the field as needs evolve, and it is modularly designed to offer investment protection for future archive and backup needs. Network interfaces, disk drives, processors and motherboards are all designed to be easily upgraded, enabling customers to take advantage of new technologies as they become available.   Pricing and Availability The Spectra nTier archive and backup server will begin shipping in summer 2007. The nTier single frame capacity ranges from 2–60 TB of native capacity, RAID 6 protection and connectivity to both tape and RXT mobile disk. Multiple nTier systems can be clustered together to add additional capacity exceeding 400 TB in a single solution. Pricing for an entry-level Spectra nTier500 begins at $11,995.   Industry commentary: "Spectra Logic’s nTier archive and backup server, integrated with our MassStore software, is a perfect solution for broadcasters who need fast reliable access to their digital content while having a single point of management and support." Sudy Shen, CEO, Masstech Group   "The nTier archive and backup server, supported by DivArchive in conjunction with Spectra Logic’s digital tape libraries offers a single solution for broadcasters who need simplicity and scalability in their digital archiving process." Mike Knaisch, CEO and President, Front Porch Digital   About Front Porch Digital Front Porch Digital is the global market leader in Content Storage Management (CSM) solutions. The company has long been an innovator in delivering unique software, services, and integrated hardware solutions for CSM to broadcasters and media companies worldwide. Today, Front Porch Digital’s patented CSM technologies are found in more than 160 installations in more than 40 countries, representing 4.5 million hours of content and more than 30 PB of data under management distinguished for superior functionality, scalability, performance, and customer satisfaction. Front Porch Digital’s award-winning DIVArchive technology manages the largest broadcast archives in operation for the world’s best-known media brands. More information is available at www.fpdigital.com.   About Masstech Group Masstech Group Inc. is a developer of software and embedded hardware solutions to enable management, conversion, distribution, and sharing of digital content across open IT storage/server platforms and networking infrastructures. The company’s offerings in Media Lifecycle Management, Workflow Productivity Enhancement, Business Continuity & Compliance provide customers with value enabling solutions developed through a combination of visionary products and engineering leadership. The company’s products are available from a direct sales force and global channel partners. For more information on Masstech Group and products, please visit www.masstech.com.   About Spectra Logic Corporation Spectra Logic is the leading innovator in data archive and backup. Spectra helps customers all over the world protect data better

with hardware and software products that enable users to reduce risk, lower cost and save time. Spectra Logic’s archive and backup products are designed specifically for secondary storage needs, are compatible with every major tape and disk format, and come with integrated encryption and key management options through the intuitive BlueScale management environment. The company’s tape, disk and encryption solutions are designed to evolve over time and make an excellent investment for IT managers who are projecting growth and planning for many years into the future. Since Spectra Logic was founded in 1979, several innovative creations and industry-first products have been introduced to the market, including: archive and backup servers (nTier-2007); hardware-based, VTL encryption with compression (RXT-2006); hardware-based, library-enabled encryption with compression (BlueScale Encryption-2005); and integrated tape and disk in a single library (Spectra T950 with RXT-2004). Spectra Logic is changing the world of storage. For more information, contact Spectra Logic Read More


St. John’s Hospital Cures Security Headaches with Spectra Bluescale Encryption

 Spectra Libraries with BlueScale Encryption Help Hospital IT Meet HIPAA Regulations

BOULDER, Colo., April 3, 2007—Spectra Logic, the data storage innovator, today announced that new customer St. John’s Hospital purchased the Spectra® T950 and T120 libraries with BlueScale Encryption Professional Edition to secure all backed up data that leaves the hospital. St. John’s will now encrypt all data sent offsite; because encrypted data is considered irretrievable without the keys, this protects the data from unauthorized use and the hospital from violating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and associated legal fall-out. Read More


Spectra Logic Introduces 16 PB Storage Library with 10,050 Slots

WASHINGTON, DC—FOSE 2007—March 20, 2007—Spectra Logic, the data storage innovator, today announced the eight-frame Spectra® T950— an enterprise-class library that expands as agency data grows, up to 16.08 petabytes, compressed. It is the only product on the market today that large federal data centers can use to partition and integrate any combination of tape, VTL, and encryption, implementingthe AES-256 algorithm and compression through its FIPS-compliant chip. The T950’s encryption key management suite operates within the library through a standard graphical interface, with no need for additional packages to complete the key management solution. Read More


Spectra Logic Ships 1000th Spectra T50 Tape Library

BOULDER, Colo., January 29, 2007—Spectra Logic, the data storage innovator, announced today that it shipped its 1000thSpectra® T50 library. The Spectra® T50 is configured with up to four LTO drives and 50 media slots in 4U. The SME or remote location library is available in LTO-2 and LTO-3 configurations. T50 customers can opt to pre-purchase LTO-4 drives from Spectra Logic now, and be among the first to upgrade the library when LTO-4 is released.

“The Spectra T50 is highly reliable and stores much more data than our previous DLT system—and we never need to touch the library,” said Nick Miles, senior manager of database and storage at Peapod, which has two Spectra T120s and a Spectra T50. “Backups run quickly, and we love the remote management capabilitythatlets us manage the offsite library from our corporate headquarters.” Read More


Spectra Logic Wins Storage Magazine/Diogenes Quality Awards in Mid-Range Category for Second Year

BOULDER, Colo., January 17, 2006—Spectra Logic, the backup and archival data storage innovator, is one of only two vendors to be named winner in the Storage mgazine-Diogenes Quality Awards for a second consecutive year. The award identifies and recognizes products, in use by and assessed by customers, that have proven their quality and reliability. The results are derived from a survey of qualified Storage readers who reported their opinions on the quality of the products in five main categories: sales-force competence, product features, initial product quality, product reliability and technical support. Read More


Spectra Logic Expands T950 Library to 7450 Slots with Sixth Frame

Enterprise Users Can Now Store Nearly Ten Petabytes of Data in One Unit

BOULDER, Colo., December 18, 2006?Spectra Logic, the data storage innovator, has increased the maximum capacity of its enterprise-class Spectra® T950 library by adding an additional, optional expansion frame. The six-frame T950, which is now shipping and in use in multiple customer product locations, uses a single robot to manage up to 7450 of tapes and 120 tape drives, and scales to 9.6 petabytes capacity with the highest storage density of any enterprise-class library on the market. Users can count on having expansion room to hold data as necessary, adding more slots or additional expansion as capacity requirements grow over time. Read More


Domestic Violence Victims Receive Community Support

Spectra Logic Supports Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

BOULDER, Colo., December 14, 2006? In 2005, the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) sheltered 222 women and 75 children, all victims of domestic violence. SPAN, formerly known as Boulder County Safehouse, is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against women, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing.

Spectra Logic employees voted on various local charity organizations, and elected to support SPAN during its Holiday 2006 season annual drive. For the fourth consecutive year, Spectra Logic employees will offer donations based on SPAN?s wish list needs. Read More


Spectra Logic Adds Encryption and Compression to VTL

LAS VEGAS?STORAGE DECISIONS, December 6, 2006?Spectra Logic, the data storage innovator, today announced that it has added AES-256 bit BlueScale? encryption to its virtual tape library, the Spectra® T950 with RXT?. VTL customers can now lower costs with data compression to the RXT VTL; tape emulation built into the RXT? drive; save time by performing backup and restores using disk; and for the first time, reduce risk by encrypting data on RXT, which is the only VTL designed to optionally be taken off-site.

?Spectra Logic is a leader in removable media storage and encryption, so adding security to their VTL is a great feature addition,? said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. ?Blending VTL, a portable RAID array, and encryption provides the highest protection for data in transit available today.? Read More


Computerworld Names Spectra Logic User in the "Best Practices in Storage" Awards

 R. C. Willey Home Furnishings Recognized by IDG’s Computerworld for Excellence in Storage

BOULDER, Colo.–Nov. 15, 2006 – Spectra Logic, storage provider for R.C. Willey Home Furnishings, today announced that its user has been selected by Computerworld as a finalist of its “Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program.

The award identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of storage IT solutions and approaches. Honorees were announced Nov. 2 the Gala Evening at Storage Networking World (SNW) at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla. SNW is co-owned  by IDG’s Computerworld, the “Voice of IT Management,” and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Read More