SPECTRA BLOG


New on The Spectra Current: The Past and Future of Data with Fred Moore

Spectra Logic’s new podcast series, The Spectra Current, features in-depth discussions by Spectra executives and other IT industry experts as they dive deep into the latest in data storage, data management and security. Conversations center around data center experiences, business methodologies, corporate culture, industry insights and lighthearted talk on successes, failures and personal and professional recommendations.

Have you ever considered how much energy it takes to mine a bitcoin? What does the energy consumption for the entire IT sector look like as a whole?

How has the storage industry been affected by the shift to hyperscale data centers? Read More


IT Thought Leadership with a Twist: Blending Expertise and Unique Stories on the Next Episode of The Spectra Current


By Betsy Doughty
VP, Corporate Marketing, Spectra Logic

Have you tuned into The Spectra Current yet? It’s our new podcast that features conversations with IT industry experts, thought leaders, customers and Spectra Logic executives who review the latest trends in data storage, data management, emerging technologies, cybersecurity and digital transformation at large… but with a twist.

One of the most transformative tools I have used in my career and as a manager is the CliftonStrengths assessment. It allows you to get clarity on what you naturally do best so you can lean into those strengths to maximize your performance and bring out the best in others. One of my strengths is Individualization. From CliftonStrengths: people exceptionally high in the individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. I love learning about people, hearing their stories, and bringing their strengths to light. Read More


The Tape Technology Update You Don’t Want to Miss: Unleash the Power of LTO-9 with Spectra

This week, availability of the next generation of LTO technology was announced – the LTO Ultrium format generation 9. Offering a 50% increase in capacity from the previous LTO generation, coupled with tape’s air gap protection against ransomware, unsurpassed reliability and lowest cost per terabyte, LTO-9 is well positioned to help organizations meet growing data demands. While LTO tape media has increased in capacity on a regular cadence since its first generation, LTO-9 enables a single tape cartridge to store 18TB of native data.

Full-height LTO-9 drives are almost two times faster than current hard disk drives, delivering uncompressed transfer speeds of up to 400 MB/second. Additionally, new features have been introduced with each generation, such as WORM, LTFS and hardware encryption. In fact, the new LTO-9 release is a catalyst to boost the performance and capacities of all Spectra tape libraries. Spectra Logic will integrate the ninth generation of LTO tape technology into its entire family of libraries to provide the lowest cost-per-gigabyte available to store massive amounts of date – all with proven enterprise-level reliability. For a closer look into the technology specifications of the new LTO-9, and how the technology boosts capacity and performance to enhance the storage and protection of data sets that are exponentially growing, click here. Read More


Recent Spectra Technology Partnerships and Integrations: Taking Your Storage and Data Management to the Next Level

Partner cooperation is a high priority at Spectra Logic. The relationships Spectra Logic maintains with our Technology Partners allow us to deliver cooperative data storage and data management solutions that protect storage investments against obsolescence by lowering costs and reducing risk. Spectra has made significant investments in our technology partnerships, working with partner companies to develop solutions that address specific market needs and certifying our products with all major vendors to ensure that our customers can easily and efficiently protect their data in heterogeneous environments. Read More


Are You Prepared for a Ransomware Attack?

Every organization is worried about it. And they should be. Ransomware attacks have increased by 62 percent globally since 2019.* Some cyber experts say It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ your organization will be attacked. In fact, Norton claims that cybercriminals will steal an estimated 33 billion records in 2023. Are you prepared?

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malware that infects computers and networks, encrypting data and locking its usage until a ransom is paid to unlock it.  Ransomware encrypts files fast – real fast. A VPN can’t stop viruses and ransomware can spread easily and swiftly through a network. To make matters worse, threat actors are becoming more sophisticated and demanding heftier sums to unlock encrypted data.  According to Harvard Business Review, the amount companies paid to hackers grew by 300 percent in 2020 — with ransomware demand amounts getting increasingly larger. Read More


The Spectra Current: Line Up of Industry Experts Share Personal Stories, Experiences and Insights

The Spectra Current is Spectra Logic’s new podcast series featuring conversations with IT industry experts, thought leaders, customers and Spectra Logic executives who review the latest trends in data storage, data management, emerging technologies, cybersecurity and digital transformation at large. Conversations center around data center experiences, business methodologies, corporate culture, industry insights and lighthearted banter on successes, failures and personal and professional recommendations. Spectra announced this week the launch of the podcast, hosted by Betsy Doughty, Spectra’s vice president of corporate marketing, and its first available episode. Read More


Webinar Q&A: Strategies for Managing the Growth of Machine-Generated Data in Life Sciences

Welcome to Spectra’s webinar Q&A roundup. In this blog series we will pick relevant questions from our recent webinars and publish the responses here. 

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Spectra Logic recently hosted a virtual presentation on how to apply data preservation strategies to the explosive growth of data in the Life Sciences industry with Spectra CTO Matt Starr. During the webinar, Matt reviewed how other industries, such as the media and entertainment industry, are tackling the challenges of preserving voluminous data sets that reside on costly primary storage. The following questions and answers recap highlights covered in the recent webinar. Read More


Durham University’s DiRAC Memory Intensive Service Stores Irreplaceable Research Data of the Universe on Two Spectra T950 Tape Libraries

Have you ever thought about what it would take to collect, analyze and store all the data generated from cosmological simulations of the entire evolution of the universe or the deep modeling of the fundamental structure of matter? These simulations require huge amounts of memory and RAM and the DiRAC Memory Intensive Service, an HPC facility hosted by Durham University, is a key part of the computing infrastructure that provides researchers with the ability to understand and share knowledge about physics and the universe.

DiRAC (Distributed Research Utilizing Advanced Computing) is the integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology, and nuclear physics. It is a key part of the infrastructure supporting the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Frontier Science Program.  Read More


ColorTime: Storing and Delivering Petabytes of Content with the Help of StorCycle Storage Lifecycle Management Software

The best lessons are learned through experience, which is why Spectra Logic is always thrilled to share a new customer case study publicly. Spectra case studies highlight how organizations solve pressing IT and data storage challenges with the deployment of new technology, allowing existing customers and prospects alike to discover insights and practical solutions from a wide array of companies and industries.

Our most recent case study highlights ColorTime, a Hollywood-based post-production studio that specializes in creative and digital media services for television, from content creation to management and distribution. ColorTime handles large amounts of data on a regular basis, processing millions and millions of small files as part of their busy media workflow. The post-production studio ingests raw camera footage to be color corrected and edited, and also scans original film as high-resolution digital intermediate files to be stored. Read More


What You Missed from VeeamOn 2021: Get the Spectra Scoop

Spectra Logic is very excited to have been a sponsor and participant at this year’s VeeamOn 2021, held May 25 and 26. “Accelerate Your Data Protection Strategy” was this year’s theme where Veeam encouraged attendees to “Get future-ready and gain your professional edge with hours of on-demand technical and visionary learning from the brightest minds in IT.” All of this on-demand content is available now at the VeeamOn 2021 website.

Our Spectra virtual booth hosted nearly 1,200 visitors from around the globe. Spectra booth visitors were able to watch our new Veeam joint solution video and download documents, including our Veeam joint solution brief, a customer case study, and brochures for our Spectra Stack and Black Pearl NAS solutions. The live chat option connected attendees with Spectra Logic’s Regional Vice President of Sales Chris Shannon. Read More