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Webinar Q&A: Managing Data throughout its Lifecycle

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


Spectra recently hosted a panel discussion on Data Storage Trends based on its fifth annual Digital Data Storage Outlook Report. During the webinar we talked about persistent memory, magnetic disk, tape, storage lifecycle management and where storage architectures are heading. The following questions and answers recap webinar highlights covered in the recent webinar. Read More

Webinar Q&A: Storage Technologies and Trends Anticipated to Make an Impact on Our Future

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


Spectra recently hosted a panel discussion webinar on Data Storage Trends based on its fifth annual Digital Data Storage Outlook Report. During the webinar we talked about persistent memory, magnetic disk, tape, information lifecycle management and where storage architectures are heading. Read More

StorCycle’s New Data Storage Savings Calculator – How to Take It for a Spin

Every now and then, a software release rolls out that includes a new feature so exciting that the feature itself has to be called out on its own. That’s the case for StorCycle’s new data storage savings calculator, which is part of StorCycle 3.1, the latest release of Spectra’s storage lifecycle management software. So, what makes this feature so compelling?

Well, for one thing, the new data storage savings calculator enables end users to gain insight into their organization’s data, including less frequently accessed data that tends to hide out on expensive primary storage. From there, the feature calculates the potential cost savings an IT professional would realize if they moved much of their organization’s less active data off of expensive primary storage to more suitable and less costly storage targets for long-term data access and protection. In a nutshell, the StorCycle data storage savings calculator helps IT professionals make smarter decisions by providing them with both data and cost-saving insights so they can better manage their IT infrastructures and budgets. Read More

Digital Data Storage Outlook 2020 Report Available

Fresh Insights into Trends and Technologies for Data Capture, Access, Management and Preservation

As a trusted leader in developing and providing data storage and data management solutions that solve the problem of digital preservation for organizations dealing with exponential data growth, Spectra Logic has a keen pulse on the industry. Over 40 years of close collaboration with customers and partners worldwide has allowed the company to not only maintain a discerning awareness of the global market, but also position itself as an early innovator in robotics, automation, and interfaces.

To that end, Spectra Logic announced last week the publication of its fifth annual Digital Data Storage Outlook. The report covers the strategies and technologies that are anticipated to make impacts on our future as organizations navigate the budgetary and infrastructure challenges of capturing, sharing and preserving data, especially during these unusual times. According to the report, anticipating future technologies, applications, use cases and costs will be key to manufacturers, developers and users looking to meet today’s data storage and data management challenges, as well as vital in driving the technological leaps that will be required by the generations to come. Read More

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.

From pre-sales planning through implementation, the new program helps customers get their new Spectra equipment up and running quickly when onsite assistance is not permitted. The BlackPearl® family of solutions as well as the T380, T680, T950 (single-frame) and Spectra® Stack Tape Libraries are all included in this program. The Remote Installation Program also provides expanded virtual training to assist customers with operation of any of their Spectra Solutions so that organizations can keep their employees and data safe while maintaining business efficiencies. 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