Privately thriving

Spectra Logic recently announced yet another profitable year—for a third consecutive year— with significant growth in verticals that include media and entertainment, high-performance computing, and the federal government sector. We attribute our success to a number of factors including:

  • Solid demand for large and mid-range data protection solutions;
  • Our strong position in key vertical markets including high-performance computing (HPC), media and entertainment and the federal sector;
  • Innovative, market-leading feature sets;
  • Channel expansion;
  • Significant repeat business from existing customers; and
  • Growth of our Enterprise customer base.   
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    Dedupe and tape elope

    "Deduplication has made tape irrelevant" … "Tape Sucks" … “I’m amazed how fast everyone is abandoning tape.”

       The deduplication industry in particular, has been extremely vocal about how it is killing off tape. Fighting the conventional wisdom, Spectra Logic is running full speed ahead as a tape company with solid deduplication offerings. As I sit in a hotel room in Phoenix after another day full of meetings with customers and partners, pondering where to have dinner in Scottsdale, I find it interesting that most people I talk to these days find our deduplication with a true tie to tape a "fresh" approach. Read More

    Searching for the Holy Grail: Pain-Free Backups

    It is pretty interesting being the "disk guy" at what is thought of as a tape library company.   There is always an opportunity to educate both internally and externally, and that can be fun.  The unfortunate fact is, disk has become way too confusing.  Every vendor has some new spin on disk, with new terms, philosophies and technology, all in the search for the holy grail: pain-free backups.   In the process of trying to solve all this pain, the vendor community may have just created confusion. 

    For example, I just had a Systems Engineer in my office talking about sizing deduplication arrays.  A customer thought of deduplication as a type of compression.  It is easy to understand why, after all, most deduplication marketing materials stress deduplication ratios.  If you don’t think about it every day, it isn’t easy to see that the first backup might get 2:1, the 90th backup might get 500:1 and the system average is 20:1.  Now mix in replication, snapshots, iSCSI, NAS, Fibre Channel, Backup Software, compliance, DR, e-discovery…..  The list seems to be growing.   The classic backup pains still exist, and as much as I wish there were, there isn’t a “silver bullet” product that solves all the problems.  Of course, deduplication is the hot topic in backup and archive these days. It can be a very powerful tool when used correctly, but the noise that end user organizations must wade through to understand dedupe can be overwhelming.  Does it really need to be this hard?  I would hope not, and when I work with sales and customers, I am trying to make sure it isn’t.  But a lot of the damage has been done.   In the end, we need to solve the backup problems different organizations have.  As the disk guy, it would be great if they were all solved with disk, but tape and software will also be a large part of the landscape. What are your thoughts on the topic?   Follow me at www.Twitter.com/3pedal  

    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)

    7) Be a leader, not a follower (I).  Only 52% of firms report encrypting all sensitive data and personally identifiable information.  (Security Destruction Business Magazine, April 2009) 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.

    Watch DRBC Webinar

    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