A Decade in Data Storage: Looking Back at a Few of the Most Consequential Industry Developments

The pace of technological innovation has continued to accelerate in the last decade, and in the data storage industry it has been no different.  In the 24 years that I’ve been in this industry I’ve witnessed it firsthand. As CTO at Spectra Logic, keeping my finger on the pulse of market trends and technology advancements has been key to accelerating Spectra’s solution roadmap and executing on the company’s technology strategy. Of the many technology advancements and industry developments that have marked the decade, a few must be noted due to their disproportionate impact on the future of data storage. Read More


4 Reasons Why The HPC Community Chooses TFinity

High performance computing (HPC) environments continually test the limits of technology and require peak performance from equipment—including storage. Spectra Logic builds some of the largest storage systems in the world. Spectra’s TFinity® ExaScale Tape Library, deployed in many HPC environments across the globe, is under continuous improvement to deliver the highest possible value for HPC customers. When it comes to storing data in HPC environments, organizations choose to work with Spectra because of our company culture and technology advancements. Developments like the TeraPack®, Time-Based Access Ordering System (TAOS) and TFinity Zoning provide unsurpassed performance, reliability, and scalability.  Spectra’s data storage solutions help push the boundaries of operational objectives. Read More


Supercomputing News from ISC HPC 2018

Supercomputing News from ISC HPC Frankfurt ImageISC High Performance (ISC) 2018 took place earlier this week in beautiful Frankfurt, Germany. One of my favorites, the event brought together an impressive 3,500 attendees, 450 speakers and 150 exhibits. Addressing supercomputing, networking and storage, the conference showcased expert speakers, tutorials, workshops, and exhibits targeted at the global HPC community. Between customer meetings, conference sessions, and catching up with industry peers, we gathered our favorite moments and reflections on the show below.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how to integrate cloud technologies with HPC were overarching themes for the event, and these topics were addressed in many sessions. Conference keynote speaker Dr. Maria Girone, CERN openlab CTO, was an absolute favorite of the week. Dr. Girone discussed the unique needs and future challenges of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and data center. Because of the wide breadth of variables they measure – conditions in the LHC range from millions of times hotter than the sun to almost absolute zero – they collect 1 PB of data per second that has to be filtered and then reconstructed in real time during LHC experiments. Over the next decade, CERN estimates that it will increase compute capacity demand by 50 to 100 times as they prepare to build the next particle accelerator, the “High-Luminosity” Large Hadron Collider. Read More


@StarrFiles: 2016 Storage Predictions

By: Matt Starr

2015 was a big year for Spectra Logic. We announced multiple new products, including Verde DPE and ArcticBlue, to support several upcoming changes in the data storage industry. Here are a few of my top storage predictions for 2016…

  • New Challenges with Disk Storage Emerge
    1. Data is continuously growing, inspiring the need for high capacity storage solutions. Disk storage solution capacities are not growing quickly enough to keep up with the expansion of data. This will be an interesting time for the major data holders.
    2. Main pain point for storage professionals in 2016: Learning to deal with SMR drives if they plan to stay with rotating disk technology
  • Vertical shift: The Video Surveillance and Bioinformatics markets will take off
    1. Video Surveillance – Probably the most volatile market – will soon be a very large archive market.
    2. Bioinformatics- Every genomics site requires or WILL require an affordable, long-term archive.
    3. HPC – Will continue to grow – Moving from 10’s of PBs to 100’s of PB’s, into the exascale world
    4. M&E – Similar to HPC, but somewhat slower growth. Nowadays, a much higher volume of broadcasting streams (cable, Hulu, etc.) are available to viewers than there were in the past. Advertising dollars, however, have remained roughly the same. That said, the M&E industry is now learning how to “run a leaner shop.”
  • Object storage becomes a standard, NOT just an option
    1. Organizations will shift from “if” they will move to object storage, to “when” they will move to object storage.
    2. File systems will still have a place in the datacenter, but the bulk of data will move to object storage due to its control, expansion and searchabiliy features.
    3. Object storage becomes like “valet parking for data”. Customer’s don’t care where the data is physically parked they just want it safe and ready to be retrieved easily and quickly when needed it.
  • Emerging Technologies to Watch
    1. Flash/converged technologies continue to be popular
    2. Hybrid cloud becomes increasingly popular
    3. Erasure Coding becomes more mainstream and shifts from a feature role to more of a requirement
    4. New MVRAM technologies that surpass current products will hit the market
    5. Wider adoption of cloud/restful protocols for moving massive sets of data

Within the past month, I’ve come across several prediction pieces from industry professionals, sharing great insights into what 2016 will bring for data storage. Check out a few of them here:

Top 7 Data Storage and Active Archive Predictions for 2016 Read More