2010: The Stars Align, and What’s Ahead in 2011

Published September 13, 2010 by Spectra Logic

Spectra Logic was recently honored with an innovative product award for our TFinity tape library. As I stood up to accept our award — the 4th product award this year for the TFinity — it struck me just what a year it has been. Going into fiscal 2010, we knew we were very well positioned against our competitors. We were set to release the TFinity,  we were leading in tape technology innovations due to steadfast R&D investments, and our archive and backup solutions were continuing to gain traction and market share. But fiscal 2010 turned out better than even I had imagined as the stars perfectly aligned for Spectra Logic.   Read More

Product Reliability: What is the Holy Grail?

Published September 10, 2010 by Spectra Logic

I hate when things break.  Not only is it often costly, but it is always time consuming and frustrating.  So, product reliability is very important to me and I suspect most people feel the same way.    Read More

Federal Buying Season Year-End Tips for Buying Storage

Published September 3, 2010 by Spectra Logic

It’s that time of the year again. Federal IT administrators are sorting through fall-out funds, small business set asides and overall budgets in a mad race to refresh their data centers with new equipment—all by September 30. Here are a few tips to consider as your year end approaches.
1. Stock up. With extra budget in arms length, it’s a great time to replenish your supply of tapes and drives. It’s a great idea to be prepared in the case of a drive failure or media corruption. Spectra Logic Federal reserves tapes and drives during this time specifically to meet federal buying season needs.
2. Get faster and store more with LTO-5. LTO-5 drives and media are available, and we’ve seen high adoption rates and easy, smooth integration in the field. LTO-3 users can now enjoy a 3.75x increase in tape capacity and a 1.75x increase in throughput on LTO-5; and LTO-4 customers can almost double their tape capacity while enjoying blazing transfer rates up to 1TB/hour compressed to/from tape, all by migrating to LTO-5.
3. Revisit your disaster recovery plan. At the end of a calendar year, we set a New Year’s Resolution. In that spirit, the end of Federal buying season is a good time to revisit, test and revise your DR plan. Planning and preparation is the best advocate to support your continuity of operations (COOP) initiatives.
4. Add Spectra to your wish list. Spectra Logic is classified as a small business, and twenty percent of our overall corporate revenue is generated by Federal customers in more than 200 agencies. Our backup and archive products are manufactured in the USA. We have been listed in the top 10 percent of revenue generators on GSA contract #47QTCA20D0064 for three consecutive years, and were recently granted a 5-year contract extension (see our recent press release). In addition to GSA, Spectra Logic is also listed several other federal purchasing contracts, including SEWP, NetCents and ITES-2H, among others.
Spectra knows the challenges that Federal IT administrators face and is here to work with you to create the best backup and archiving plan to meet your agency’s unique needs.  Further questions? Contact me directly at markwe@spectralogic.com.  Read More

Spectra Develops the Latin American Market

Published August 19, 2010 by Spectra Logic

Beginning in FY10 (July 2009) Spectra began its foray into the Latin American market, which includes Mexico, Central America, and South America. Prior to this, Spectra had a few clients only in Mexico, most notably Mexico's major oil exploration and processing company. Read More

Green storage and TFinity

Published August 13, 2010 by Spectra Logic

I recently had the honour of getting on stage at the Storage Awards 2010 to collect the gong for Green Storage Product of the Year, awarded to the TFinity. The award win wasn’t the first for Spectra Logic over the last few months, but I’m not here to crow about our success (well, maybe just a little). Read More

Channel Bling: a Year in Review

Published August 5, 2010 by Spectra Logic

Spectra just closed out our best fiscal year in the company’s history and launched into Fiscal Year 2011 in July! We owe this in large part to our channel partners, an ever growing set of storage integrators dedicated to the Spectra brand. And of course to the channel marketing team, a team that continues to impress with their dedication and creativity in working with our partners. Obviously I’m not afraid to brag, so here goes. In the past year the channel marketing team added well over a dozen new programs, we won a 5-Star Partner Program award from Everything Channel, and were recognized across the board in marketing and technical leadership awards. Read More

Primary Disk Deduplication’s Impact on Backup

Published July 21, 2010 by Spectra Logic

George Crump posed an interesting question when he asked if primary storage deduplication will kill archive and backup.  It is a great question, and one we should explore.  If you don’t want to read my ramblings, my short answer is no.  Read More

Crying Wolf Over Data Breaches: How Active Archive Environments Can Help

Published June 9, 2010 by Spectra Logic

The high importance of data protection is top of mind these days – specifically in light of some high profile cases of data loss in the UK. News of some potentially impending legislation this side of the pond has again drawn attention to the issue of how companies look after customer data. Read More

More Storage Space, Please

Published May 7, 2010 by Spectra Logic

I am amazed at how easy it is for people to consume all of their available storage space—and how quickly we can do it.  Just looking at my own storage situation, it is remarkable how much “stuff” I have to store; a snow blower, coolers, lots of car parts, bike parts, camping gear and who knows what else.   My old storage shed was recently hit by a tree, so I had to replace it this month.  I purchased the biggest one allowed by city zoning regulations, and already…. I realize I should have gone bigger.  Read More

The Active Archive Concept: why Tape?

Published May 5, 2010 by Spectra Logic

The Active Archive Alliance formation was just announced last week. I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you how the concept originated, evolved and solidified, and why Spectra Logic is participating as a founding member. Read More