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Tape Storage Council Issues 2019 Report on Trends and Innovations in Tape Storage Technology

The Tape Storage Council (TSC), a collaborative industry group of which Spectra is a founding member, released their annual memo, “Tape Takes Aim on Unprecedented Data Growth” this November. The report highlights current trends, usages and technology innovations occurring within the tape storage industry and what these developments mean for the overall data storage market.

Tape Has the Greatest Potential to Address Soaring Capacity Demand

The chief idea in TSC’s newly released memo is that tape’s sustained expansion in its offerings and reach uniquely position tape technology to address key storage-intensive challenges, including cloud storage, High Performance Computing (HPC), the expanding number of hyperscale data centers, storage requirement growth in entertainment, surveillance, and the rapid emergence of the IoT and edge computing. Having been fueled by more than a decade of significant technological development, tape’s steady technology improvements continue to give tape the lowest cost, highest capacity, fastest data transfer rates, and most reliable storage medium available, with the reliability of tape three orders of magnitude better than the best HDDs. Read More


Spectra Logic at Supercomputing 2019: Storage Technology in Large Scale Environments

Spectra executives meet customers and partners in the booth.

Spectra Logic last week exhibited at one of its largest industry trade shows of the year: Supercomputing 2019 (SC19). An international event dedicated to showcasing work in high performance computing (HPC), networking, data storage and analysis, this year’s event was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

The week was memorable for Spectra for a number of reasons. On Tuesday afternoon, Senior Director of Hardware Engineering Matt Ninesling gave a presentation at the DDN Storage booth theater, sharing shifts in the tape drive market and trends in data center infrastructure and data migration. Tuesday evening was marked by Spectra’s participation in a Supercomputing Birds of a Feather session titled “Looking Ahead to Tape Technology’s Role in HPC – Future Advancements, Challenges, and Roadmap”. For the Birds of a Feather session, Spectra CTO Matt Starr was joined on stage by Versity’s Bruce Gilpin, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Dave Bonnie and IBM’s Ed Childers and Jim Gerry. They discussed data growth trends in large scale environments, tape technology, performance and accessibility, and cloud storage. Read More


Three Key Ways to Increase Data Protection with Storage Management Software

Organizations desire an easy way to move inactive data off of the expensive Primary Tier of storage to lower-cost long-term storage, including cloud, disk, and tape. Software that provides this type of data movement capability is referred to as Storage Management Software. Yet, a storage management software solution which is capable of offloading data to lower cost storage should not be limited to simply moving files from one storage location to another. Modern Storage Management Software should also be capable of securely storing the data for long periods of time or forever, ensuring that migrated data is safe and protected and allowing users to make copies of any data file for disaster recovery (DR) purposes. Read More

Data Reduction in Primary Storage: How to Improve Performance and Lower Costs with StorCycle

More than 80 percent of data is being stored on the wrong tier of storage, costing organizations millions of dollars a year. The cost benefit of managing data to different storage targets based on usage is generally well accepted in the data storage industry, and modern storage management software can be used to reduce the overall cost of storing data by up to 70 percent. However, organizations can be hesitant to put their data on these lower-cost storage locations because it may be difficult to identify and move the inactive data. Read More


The Simple Truth About Storage Tiering: Stop Wasting Money on Costly Data Management

Tiered storage is generally accepted as the prime methodology to reduce data storage costs and improve storage efficiency. Its objective is to minimize storage costs by storing data on a range of different storage media that balance performance, functionality and capacity needs.

Traditionally, data storage has been defined by the technology leveraged to protect data using a hierarchical pyramid structure, with the top of the pyramid designated for SSD to store ‘hot’ data, SATA HDDs used to store ‘warm’ data and tape used for the base of the pyramid to archive ‘cold’ data. Read More


Spectra Logic Grows Worldwide Presence with New Partners

The Spectra Logic Channel Program boasts over 800 worldwide channel partners. Spectra’s attention to these partnerships and dedicated business relationships have helped drive the success of its solutions in markets across the globe. The company’s channel activities, strategy and growth have been recognized for their excellence by prestigious industry awards multiple years in a row.

Spectra Logic understands the channel’s essential role in helping customers build modern data storage infrastructures and Spectra continues to forge new strategic relations that expand its technology partnerships, distribution and value added reseller (VAR) opportunities worldwide. Read More


Five Major Obstacles to Optimal Data Management

Data-driven organizations have large amounts of digital assets that are critical to their businesses and are growing exponentially. That’s because organizations are finding new ways to use data they collect to further their goals. In 2018 alone, 97.2 percent of organizations reportedly invested in big data and artificial intelligence.

Why is it then that many still stress over the growth of data? Given that data is now widely accepted as the single greatest asset of any given organization, it seems that data growth should be a point of anticipation. The main reasons for contention seem to be the cost of storage solutions, hardware footprint and the management of the physical storage itself. So how can organizations leverage data management to maximize efficiencies, create further value and bring down storage costs? And what barriers stand in their way today? Read More


From Identification to Migration, Protection and Access: Spectra StorCycle

As the expansion of data continues to accelerate, organizations face an ever-increasing need to find affordable, creative solutions to the problem of long-term data retention and protection. Most IT administrators are caught between a rock and a hard place. They are running out of space on their expensive, high performing storage systems, but simply don’t have the budget to increase the size of those systems to accommodate the extreme performance required by today’s business applications, as well as for the economical long-term data preservation. Read More


Tape in the Modern Data Center – Join the eBook Series Webinar by Storage Switzerland

In the new era in which data reigns supreme, many IT professional are convinced that tape storage is no longer a necessity in modern infrastructures. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that applications for tape libraries have never been more abundant as tape technology has advanced and established a relevant position in current data centers. Instead of going away, tape is marching forward, delivering much lower costs, improved energy savings, increased security, and decades-long shelf life, to name but a few benefits. Read More


HSM vs. Storage Management Software – Key Differences to Consider

Words matter… so do acronyms. We’ve seen a new category of storage management software developed which is being referred to as, you guessed it, “Storage Management Software.” Some have questioned whether this is something new or if it is just another offering of HSM (Hierarchical Storage Management). There are differences between the two categories. This isn’t just about product positioning or marketing; it’s about what certain products do or don’t do and whether or not they are a fit for your data center or a specific need. Both solution types are designed to keep frequently accessed data on the fastest storage (usually the most expensive and least dense) while moving inactive data to slower storage (usually much less expensive and significantly more dense). How the solutions accomplish this is very different. Read More