BlackPearl Software Updates Enable Intelligent Object Management

Spectra Logic has released a new version of its BlackPearl software, version 5.0. The update, which was announced in a recent press release, introduces several major new enhancements, including object versioning and staging, chunk aggregation, and a host of intelligent object management attributes. The feature-rich software is a key component of Spectra’s BlackPearl® Converged Storage System, a purpose-built storage platform that integrates directly with ”data mover” software applications to simplify workflows, and seamlessly manages large volumes of content to a variety of storage targets, including disk, tape and public cloud. The latest software advancements provide modern data centers with lower storage costs, time advantages, and improved capacity and data integrity. read more


The New Enterprise Drive: A Deeper Look into Spectra’s TAOS Feature for LTO Tape Libraries

Spectra Logic expands LTO’s functionality with its Time-based Access Ordering System (TAOS)

When Spectra announced new enhancements for tape storage systems earlier this month, it became clear to anyone paying attention that tape technology is not a thing of the past. Between the Tape Storage Council’s 2018 tape technology memo and recent articles on how tape is changing the game, tape storage systems have generated a lot of buzz. With decades of tape expertise, Spectra continues to release features that leverage tape technology to advance modern workflows. The latest example of this is TAOS or Time-Based Access Order System for LTO drives. read more


Spectra Logic Wraps Up Annual Fiscal Year Sales Kickoff Meeting

Spectra Logic held its new fiscal year Sales Kickoff meeting last week at its Boulder, Colorado headquarters. With more than 300 Spectra associates in attendance, the three-day event engaged team members from all over the world and enabled Spectra management to share our corporate vision for the company’s future.

Team members watch a presentation at the Spectra Logic events center

“Working closely with sales is crucial to the success of our marketing initiatives and enables Spectra to achieve its overarching company objectives to satisfy our customers,” said Spectra Vice President of Corporate Marketing Betsy Doughty. “Holding a Kickoff meeting allows the entire organization to come together to intentionally launch the next 12 months. Team members leave empowered with a renewed sense of commitment.” read more


New Tape Enhancements Boost Performance of Spectra Tape Libraries

Spectra Logic announced a number of updates to its enterprise tape library platform in a press release issued today. Designed for environments that must preserve large data sets securely and economically for the long term, Spectra’s enterprise tape libraries now offer improved performance, increased uptime and dramatically lower costs. Customers in government, scientific research, high performance computing, media and entertainment and public cloud environments will experience advanced user access, retrieval, management, and preservation of data with the new features. read more


Trends in Video Surveillance: Managing Retention Rates and Cybercrime

Marketing Program Manager, Spectra Logic

Video surveillance data storage trends

Over the last few years, the video surveillance industry has seen a boom in the amount of video content being generated. As lengthening retention rates, increasing camera intelligence, greater adoption of analytics, and more content aggregation escalate video storage needs and burden existing systems, many organizations are realizing that the amount of managed digital assets will continue to grow. This means that storage strategies for video content can quickly take up a major part of their budgets. 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. read more

Storage Technologies and the Future of Digital Data

Spectra Logic published its third annual Digital Data Storage Outlook today. The report casts an eye on the future regarding the storage, management and preservation of the world’s treasury of digital information, helping data users navigate budget and infrastructure challenges for years to come.

As a leader in providing a full range of data storage solutions, including disk, tape and hybrid cloud storage, Spectra constantly surveys customer needs across the global landscape to design and deliver technology that helps organizations collect, manage, access and protect their valuable data. Spectra was an early innovator in robotics, automation, and interfaces. From bringing Winchester disks and SCSI tape to minicomputers, to manufacturing the world’s largest tape library and private cloud object storage, the company takes a technology and media-agnostic view of storage. read more


The Rise of Ransomware and its Impact on Digital Preservation

Our digital world is growing at an astounding pace. While society’s collective knowledge and understanding depends on the ongoing aggregation, analysis, and distribution of vast amounts of data, the preservation of these digital assets is at constant risk from cyber-attacks that evolve and threaten it. Recent reports total the number of new malware in 2016 alone at 127 million specimen, with other sources currently registering over 250,000 new malicious programs every day for 2018. While the growth in new types of the vast majority of malware is no longer expected to significantly increase year-over-year, most predict a sharp rise in ransomware. read more


Is a Tape Environment Compatible with the GDPR?

General data protection regulation or GDPR and protecting your data imageWhat is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a newly implemented regulation concerned with the collection, handling, storage, protection and deletion of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). While reforms were agreed upon in December 2015, organizations were not expected to be compliant until May 25, 2018. The main points of the ruling are:

  • Organizations must protect data assets containing the personal information of EU residents.
  • Organizations must maintain the ability to delete such data and are required to do so upon the request of the individual

Organizations that do not manage and protect personal data appropriately face serious fines under the new regulation. This considerable penalty is why this regulation is getting so much attention, not only in Europe, but across the world. read more


VeeamOn 2018 and the Hyper-Available Future

Tape Technology Remains a Viable Veeam Backup Target

I had the pleasure of attending my first VeeamOn event this week. Veeam’s annual conference provides both end users and partners with insightful information on new initiatives. Set in Chicago, this year’s event facilitates conversation on a broader level by bringing these audiences together in one location. From the moment I landed, I had a feeling that the event was going to blow me away. With 2,200 in attendance, it didn’t fail to impress. read more