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. 


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

New StorCycle Features Help Organizations Meet Cloud Mandates and Enhance Data Protection

With new cloud mandates and mounting ransomware attacks, it’s more critical than ever for organizations to get visibility into their data and manage that data for its lifetime. Spectra has been around for over 40 years, and all of our solutions and features are driven by customer demand. Spectra StorCycle is a Storage Lifecycle Management software solution that helps organizations understand their data, allowing users to migrate that data to the right tier of storage, protect it from ransomware, preserve it for the long term and easily access that data when they need it. The newest release of the award-winning software enhances the solution’s inherent benefits by expanding the software’s capabilities with tiering and protection of cloud data, increased protection against ransomware attacks, and improved metadata searchability and accessibility. Read More

Considering Tape for Backup and Archive: Five Key Points

Tape technology has proven to be the cost leader in backup and archive for years and that is not changing anytime soon. With significant capacity advancements with every new tape generation, the cost per gigabyte of tape storage continues to decrease with each new technology upgrade, meaning even rapidly growing environments where data growth often outpaces budgets can harness the advantages of tape for backup and archive. Here are some major reasons why you should consider implementing tape technology in your data storage environment for backup and archive:

  1. Cheaper than Cloud

How does tape technology compare to some of the cloud-based archiving options on the market today? The reality is that all on-premise storage is more affordable than cloud storage for long-term use. Cloud’s greatest cost advantage is that it is billed monthly as an operational expense, which translates into a very low cost of acquisition when compared to the greater upfront investment required to purchase tape hardware. The key to a comprehensive cost analysis is to evaluate the total solution, how long data needs to be kept and how much data will be stored over time. When data capacity is high and moderate retention periods are in place, the cost of cloud quickly adds up. It’s not the storing of data per se that is expensive on the cloud, but rather the cost to move it and access it (egress charges). Get a full TCO comparison of tape and cloud in this white paper. Read More

Data Resiliency: What You Need to Know

The term “data resiliency” refers to data’s ability to “spring back” in situations where it is compromised. Data resiliency relates to digitally preserving organizational assets in the event of a natural disaster or data center corruption by means of redundant components and data availability. It is essentially an organization’s ability to avoid unexpected disruptions to data workflows.

The idea is that, in the event that data in a specific location becomes corrupted or is inaccessible, availability is improved when multiple copies of data are stored in multiple locations. Users and applications are still able to access data so long as they are directed to a secondary location where the same data is not compromised. Ultimately, to ensure data resiliency, organizations must protect data in a number of different locations. When data from one location fails, a redundant copy of data seamlessly takes over, allowing users and applications to continue undisrupted operations. Read More

2021 Data Storage Outlook Report Insight: Storage Technologies and Advancements

A 2018 IDC report, commissioned by Seagate Technology, predicts that the Global Datasphere will grow to 175 zettabytes (ZB) of digital data by 2025. While this report took a top-down appraisal of the creation of all digital content, the “stored” digital universe is therefore a smaller subset of the entire digital universe as projected. There is a small likelihood of a constrained supply of storage to meet the needs of the digital universe through 2031 – much of this data will never be stored, will be retained for only a brief time, or will be compressed for longer retention.

Here are some of the expected technical advances in storage technologies Spectra discussed in its sixth annual 2021 Data Storage Outlook report: Read More

2021 Data Storage Outlook Report Insight: A New Model for Data Storage

This year’s annual Data Storage Outlook report from Spectra Logic (our sixth) explores how the world manages, accesses, uses and preserves its ever-growing data repositories. It also covers the strategies designed to protect the data being created now and for generations to come. While predicting the future is riskier than ever due to the pandemic and its impact on the world’s economy, planning ahead will continue to be crucial for organizations looking to pivot fast and innovate anew in the face of technology challenges.

The next storage architecture: the two-tier paradigm

The traditional file-based storage interface is well suited to in-progress work but breaks down at web scale. Object storage, on the other hand, is built for scale. Rather than attempting to force all storage into a single model, increasing scale, level of collaboration and diversity of workflows are driving users toward a new model for data storage – a sensible combination of both. Read More

Spectra Logic’s Data Storage Outlook 2021 Report Encourages Organizations to Plan Ahead, Pivot Fast and Innovate Anew

Report gives a comprehensive look into future of several data storage technologies, including flash, magnetic disk, tape, hybrid cloud, persistent memory and optical

Dedicated solely to storage innovation for more than 40 years, Spectra Logic closely collaborates with customers and partners worldwide to develop and provide data storage and data management solutions that solve the problem of digital preservation for organizations dealing with exponential data growth. Spectra’s uncompromising product and customer focus allows it to maintain a keen pulse on the industry and a discerning awareness of the global market. Read More