OMRF backs up HPC data from their onsite Isilon primary storage to the Spectra NAS located offsite in a secure data center about 20 miles south. Backups are preserved based on data usage, with files that have not been touched in more than 90 days being deleted from the system. The Spectra NAS Solution easily handles the size of these files, providing instant replication and seamless restores, all which are critical to supporting the organization’s research.
As OMRF was deploying the Spectra solution, a secondary opportunity arose. The institute was implementing a new security system with Genetec, and needed additional storage to act as a landing zone for the captured camera footage. In an effort to bridge the gap between administration and research, IT introduced this concurrent workflow to the Spectra architecture, effectively using the Spectra NAS technology in a joint venture for science, backup and administrative functions.