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Evaluator Group Testing of Spectra Logic StorCycle

by Randy Kerns
Senior Strategist & Analyst, Evaluator Group

Due to many factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, professionals in Information Technology have been focused on optimizing their environments and reducing expenses. Recent strategic projects with our IT clients have provided new insights into the current needs and methods for achieving maximum efficiency. One approach is the process of identifying inactive or project-based data that resides on primary storage and moving it to less costly secondary storage such as object storage, NAS systems, cloud storage, or tape. Cost savings were not only from reducing the need to purchase additional primary storage resulting from the recovery of capacity freed up by moving the inactive data but also in the cost for data protection of unchanging data. Read More

Spectra Tape Libraries Support U.S. Federal Agencies Lending Supercomputing Resources in the Fight Against COVID-19

At the end of March, the White House announced the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is a private-public effort to bring together federal government, industry, and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources with the goal of significantly advancing the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus.

According to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), one of several U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories in this partnership, the sophisticated computing systems available through this consortium could help scientists develop answers to complex scientific questions about COVID-19 in hours or days versus weeks or months. Read More

The SpectraLIVE Buzz: Here’s What You Missed

Earlier this month, Spectra Logic held its first SpectraLIVE Virtual Conference. The conference is part of a new program to provide Spectra customers and visitors with numerous opportunities to connect, engage, learn and interact with Spectra leadership and product managers virtually. The event enabled attendees to hear about the latest market trends, learn about Spectra solutions, watch product demonstrations, ask questions and share feedback.

After kicking off the live virtual event with an introduction to the company and its mission, Spectra experts dove into a hardware overview of Spectra tape systems, network-attached storage (NAS) and object storage solutions, covering new features and functionality as well as roadmaps. These sessions were followed by a panel discussion on the benefits of hybrid cloud storage using both on-premise and off-premise cloud solutions to protect data. “Spectra in the Cloud” offered key insights into the best ways to ‘control’ the cloud to maximize effectiveness. The morning also involved an overview of Spectra’s latest storage lifecycle management software, StorCycle, including upcoming releases, a live demonstration of the software, and a discussion on customer use cases in a number of vertical markets. Read More

New Remote Installation Program Helps Spectra Customers Deploy and Configure Equipment Remotely During Coronavirus Outbreak

Last week Spectra Logic announced a new Remote Installation Program to help customers maintain business continuity during the coronavirus outbreak. The new program partners Spectra engineers with customers to remotely guide them through the standard processes to safely and successfully install and operate their new Spectra solutions. For customers who are restricted from having outside personnel step onsite, Spectra’s new Remote Installation Program provides peace of mind by enabling them to receive remote assistance with installation, set-up, testing and service. Read More

How Data-Driven Organizations Boost Efficiencies and Improve Performance

If ever there was a time for organizations to become more effective and efficient, that time is now.  With the economic impact of COVID-19, organizations are looking to reduce expenditures while continuing to advance their operations. For organizations that are reliant on data to further their business efforts, there is no way to stem the flow of that data and its ongoing growth. Despite these challenges, many organizations continue to store all of their active and inactive data on an expensive primary storage system. And, when the system capacity fills up, they spend a large chunk of their IT budget buying another node of primary storage. Then another. Read More

An Inside Look at Spectra Logic’s Culture of Innovation: Angelbeat Interview with Chris Shannon

Ron Gerber, CEO of Angelbeat, recently interviewed Spectra’s Chris Shannon on the evolution of Spectra Logic, its storage offerings and its intelligent storage lifecycle management software, StorCycle, which helps organizations deal with data growth and budget constraints by migrating less active data from primary storage to a more affordable Perpetual Tier.

Ron and Chris kicked off the interview by discussing Spectra’s company culture, what it means to be a customer-driven company in the data storage industry and the unique perspective Spectra brings to the market as an innovative “40-year startup”. Read More

The Evolving Role of Tape Technology in a Data-Driven World

These are unprecedented times. And there has never been a more important time than now for IT professionals to depend on trusted vendors, partners, suppliers and technology for ways to maintain business continuity and digital preservation. For more than 40 years, Spectra has been helping its customers solve their most pressing data storage and data management challenges. A key part of this strategy has been our dedication to the advancement of the industry’s most cost-effective, reliable and established choice for archiving and preserving massive amounts of data – tape technology. Read More

Spectra Confirms its Software Strategy with StorCycle

In an article recently posted to the FST Blog, Philippe Nicolas, consultant and lead analyst with Coldago, describes Spectra’s new storage lifecycle management software, StorCycle®. Nicolas defines StorCycle as a sophisticated and modern software that generates economy for primary storage backup and reduces cost of Primary Tier as volume is optimized. He notes that Spectra promotes a two-tier model with a first tier being the Primary Tier for production data and the second tier named the Perpetual Tier with various devices and entities between tape libraries, NAS, object storage and even cloud storage with an S3 API protocol exposed. Read More

Put SpectraLIVE Virtual Conference on Your Calendar for May 12, 2020

Introducing SpectraLIVE: Spectra Logic’s Virtual Conference and Meeting Program to Help Your Business Continuity

With all tradeshows and group meetings canceled around the globe, Spectra introduced a new virtual conference and meeting program called SpectraLIVE to provide our customers and visitors with numerous opportunities to connect, engage, learn and interact with Spectra leadership and product managers virtually.

Our first SpectraLIVE Virtual Conference will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST. This event will enable attendees to hear about the latest market trends, learn about Spectra solutions, ask questions, share feedback, watch product demonstrations, and meet with Spectra executives. Spectra will be recording this for our SpectraLIVE library, so visitors can attend one or all presentations live or on-demand at their convenience. Read More

How Does StorCycle Impact Backup and Archiving?

Backup and Archive – what is the difference? In essence, backups provide organizations with business continuity.  A backup creates a secondary copy of a data set to protect against data loss and provides the ability to restore a system quickly to a previous state. Backups typically increase the need for storage capacity by creating multiple copies of Primary Tier data. Designed for quick recovery, backups are a way to protect active data that is stored on the primary storage system. In contrast, archiving involves moving data to a lower cost repository rather than copying. Archive is meant to keep data for the long-term and accessible for future reference – for instance, a company may archive completed projects, inactive and aging data, or data that is required to be stored for a certain period of time due to regulations. Archives protect data by making multiple copies of the migrated data, often on multiple storage mediums, and in multiple storage locations. Read More