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CYAssets for Media and Entertainment

By Hossein ZiaShakeri, SVP of Strategic Marketing and Business Development

You may have noticed a number of recent announcements and articles on how media and entertainment customers who have selected Spectra Logic as the preferred vendor for data asset management.    Jon Toigo recently stated in an article about two of Spectra Logic’s broadcast customers NASCAR and the Discovery Channel, that tape continues to be the preferred home for nearly 70 percent of the world’s data — especially in the core of the digital revolution: video.   Media and entertainment is not a new area of focus for Spectra Logic but we are seeing growth here. Outside of the technical benefits of our high-density tape libraries, we understand the industry’s digital archive issues and work closely with our customers to deliver the support necessary to provide archival solutions that offer high capacity and room for growth.   Spectra Logic also announced recently that the Tennis Channel selected a Spectra T950 robotic tape library to store many hours of video footage. Dean Hadaegh, CTO and senior VP of technical operations for the Tennis Channel was recently quoted in a Broadcast Engineering article as saying that they chose Spectra Logic tape libraries for the reliability and ease in adding slots and drives as necessary. "The Spectra Logic automated tape library, with its multiple high-speed drives, has proven invaluable in meeting our backup time constraints," Hadaegh said. "The T950 system’s ability to be logically partitioned and handle multiple media formats is also an important factor. Besides cost savings related to the type of media, tape allows us the ability to easily off-site media for disaster recovery purposes."   In addition to solving the company’s backup and archive requirements, the scalable archive will be put to good use during the Tennis Channel’s live coverage of the upcoming U.S. Open tournament.   We are proud to be a preferred digital assets archive provider for these companies and a host of others including Scripps Networks, Foxtel, CBS, Showtime, Cox Television, Entertainment Tonight, MTV, National Geographic, AC Neilsen UK etc. More information on how we address the media and entertainment business can be found here.    

Top 10 Reasons to Encrypt Your Data

From the field office out of Nederland, CO, home of the Frozen Dead Guy Days (look it up) here are the Top 10 Reasons to Encrypt Your Data.

10) It’s not nearly as hard as you think to encrypt your data.  In fact, it can be effortless.

9) No need to give the ambulance chasing attorneys more work to chase.

8) Be a leader, not a follower (II).  One-third of firms don’t know if they’ll encrypt their tapes and 50% don’t know where they would store them.  (Thales Survey) Read More


Bandwidth of a Station Wagon

On March 12, 2007, Sun’s CEO told an audience it was faster to send a petabyte of data from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a slow boat than by wire.  People find that statement incomprehensible.  Many vendors of disk and de-duplication solutions rely upon this lack of knowledge and seldom bother to talk to customers about the recovery portion of backup and recovery.

As long as a major disaster is averted, no one gets hurt.  However, betting the data center farm you’ll never have to exercise a large scale recovery is generally not prudent.  It’s like playing lotto in reverse.  If you hit the “winning” ticket you’ll pay dearly.  Read More


Webinar – Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

We have created a new webinar that all IT folks should watch. "Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity" discusses the benefits of a comprehensive DRBC plan. You’ll also learn why a blended tape and disk solution is a key component of a sound disaster recovery strategy and how those technologies together can help minimize downtime from disruptive events.

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Meet the Blog Contributors

Here are the contributors to the Backup and Recover Blog.

Craig Bungay – Sales Manager

Craig Bungay is Spectra Logic’s sales manager for the UK and Ireland.

Bob Cone – Product Specialist

Bob Cone has worked in the storage industry for 25 years. In his current position as product specialist with Spectra Logic, he focuses on data security and power use in data centers.

Kevin Dudak – Senior Product Manager

Kevin has been in playing with magic spark boxes since the mid 90’s. After Aiming High in the US Air Force, he transitioned into civilian life in 1999, managing to avoid the Y2K fun. In the last 10 years, he has held several positions with different storage manufactures, both software and hardware, specializing in architecture, product management and whatever no one else would do. He has degrees from the University of New Mexico in both Economics and the ever popular University Studies. Hoping to one day be the Jay Leno of Storage, Kevin spends much of his time playing with and breaking cars. He is also looking for his first ex-wife. Read More