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


Spectra Logic Hosts Large Tape Users Group

Last week, Spectra Logic brought together close to 20 users from the large tape community for hands-on product demonstrations, in-depth technology discussions and classic mile-high networking. Many of these users have historically gathered for the annual Large Tape User’s Group Conference in Colorado.

The event enabled the attendees to hear how others are solving data storage challenges and obtain a first-hand look at the future of storage. This year’s topic, “Scaling the Performance Wall,” focused on the need for overall performance when implementing storage solutions for massive data environments. read more


Sixth Annual WILD Summit Inspires Women at Spectra Logic

Breakthrough. This was the theme of the 2018 Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Summit that took place on Thursday, April 26, at the Colorado Westin Westminster. The event was designed to inspire through stories of real women, accomplishing real things, in our world. The conference was attended by over 900 mostly women business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs, and students.

Break through what, you might ask? Norms, ceilings, molds – anything and everything getting in the way of women moving ahead and into leadership positions in their life and work. Speakers and panelists opened up about their own personal and professional breakthroughs. The morning panel with Katica Roy, CEO and co-founder of Denver-based Pipeline Equity, was a highlight for Jenny Mahoney, business intelligence director at Spectra Logic. “I was very happy to hear Katica comment on what I consider the ‘missing link’ in most efforts around gender equity: support of men in traditionally female roles,” says Mahoney. Pipeline leverages artificial intelligence to help businesses operationalize gender equity and drive economic gains. Katica shared data points and insights validating the positive correlation between gender equity and revenue performance and dispelling the myth that women leave work because of motherhood. read more


View of Modern Data Migration

Is the data or digital content you’re writing, creating, or capturing going to last longer than the media it’s written on? The majority of every organization that works with such information or content will answer, “Yes.”

That means the information will have to be moved from the original technology it’s stored on to a newer technology – welcome to ‘data migration’. The life of disk drives in production is roughly three to four years. LTO tape cartridges have a shelf life of 30 years, but requires a tape drive capable of reading the tape media 30 years later. As data and digital content become ever more important in our modern society, so does the need for a modernized approach to data and content migration. read more


The Role of Multi-Tier Storage in High Performance Computing Environments

Marketing Program Manager, Spectra Logic

Multi-tier storage for High Performance Computing HPC Banner

Our society is currently undergoing an explosion in digital data that shows no sign of slowing down. The volume of data created each day has increased immensely and will continue to grow exponentially over time, especially in high performance computing research environments. Where should organizations store their data and what is the best way to manage it? Sure, short-term fixes are appealing due to their easy implementation, but often worsen long-term storage challenges associated with performance, scalability and cost. It is essential to consider future needs when examining storage options. read more


A Look at the Latest Developments in Tape Technology

Betsy DoughtyBy Betsy Doughty, Spectra Vice President of Corporate Marketing

The Tape Storage Council , of which Spectra is a founding member, released their annual memo, “Tape Raises the Bar for Higher Capacity, Reliability, and Security” this week. It highlights what is new in the world of tape and what these advancements mean for the greater data storage market. The Tape Storage Council is a collaborative industry group dedicated to promoting current tape industry trends, usages and technology innovations. read more


Maximum Flexibility in a Stackable Configuration

For nearly 40 years, Spectra Logic has been on the forefront of innovation in tape storage. Today, Spectra continues the trend of offering products that address the need for affordable storage in industries with exponential data growth with the announcement of the Spectra® Stack Tape Library.

The Spectra Stack strikes the balance between flexibility, scalabilty, and affordability in a way that makes it perfect for organizations that don’t just view data storage as an obligation, but see it as a duty to preserving information that contributes to the success of their businesses and markets. read more


Massive Data Management without Friction – Komprise and Spectra Solutions

Krishna Subramanian
COO, Komprise

We all know the story – data growth is exploding, but IT budgets are staying flat. Customers realize that storing and managing all data on primary storage is not sustainable – especially since the amount of data managed is typically 300%+ of the amount created (for 1TB of data stored, it is 3TB to 6TB managed – 1TB source, 1TB mirror/disaster recovery and 1 to 3TB backup copies).

Since 80%+ of this data is cold/inactive, by moving the cold data and its management to a cost-efficient secondary storage such as Spectra’s BlackPearl® Converged Storage System, businesses can typically save 70%+ on storage costs.
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