SPECTRA BLOG


Top five observations from IBC 2009 in Amsterdam

Published September 23, 2009 by Spectra Logic

Spectra Logic recently returned from IBC2009, where we announced a major customer win: Discovery Communications. Here are the observations we made at the event: Read More


Ms. Meade E.A. Deftly Strikes Again

Published September 16, 2009 by Spectra Logic

Dear Ms. Meade:
My tapes are defective. My supplier says that tapes are just like that and she can’t do anything about it. Read More


Painless Backup is Not an Oxymoron

Published September 8, 2009 by Spectra Logic

Painless backup is not an oxymoron. Spectra Logic has been continuously inventing features and design that promote painless data protection. These innovations have accompanied the steady improvement in tape technology—drives and media—over the last decade, during which technological advances have improved tape reliability by more than 700%. “Advances in the coating of tape film, read-after-write data verification and powerful error correction codes provide confidence in the integrity of data stored on tape. These robust tape cartridges are coupled with drive technology that features simpler tape paths and servo tracking systems to promote error-free tape handling.”1 Read More


Ask Ms. Meade E. Ahmogle, Duchess of Data Backup

Published September 4, 2009 by Spectra Logic

Dear Ms. Meade:

I can’t believe you are still pushing tape. It’s so old school. Disk is totally the only way to go. Read More


He shoots, he scores?

Published September 3, 2009 by Spectra Logic

A few days ago, while sifting through the mundane, I ran across a blog from a CEO making a derogatory comment about tape and thought I’d post some food for thought. Read More


The Holidays Come Early for the Federal Government

Published September 1, 2009 by Spectra Logic

It’s Christmas all year round at Spectra Logic.

Federal spending is predicted to reach $3.02 trillion in 2009, so most every vendor is scrambling to get as much as they can. The real smart vendors, like Spectra Logic, dedicate resources to federal the entire year….  Trust me, if you are just jumping on that bandwagon folks call buying season, Elvis has left the building. Read More


Privately thriving

Published August 28, 2009 by Spectra Logic

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: Read More


Dedupe and tape elope

Published August 25, 2009 by Spectra Logic

"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.   Don’t get me wrong, deduplication by itself is great, and many companies have been able to go tapeless with it. Given the right combination of data, retention, compliance concerns and several other variables, it is possible to have a great data protection infrastructure without tape. Unfortunately, the real world does not often line up that way. That is why I think Spectra’s unique tie to tape with nTier, just announced this morning, is so important. The reality is that some organizations will never be able to get rid of tape. (I don’t care what type of data you are storing or archiving, disk is not a good place to keep static data for 7 years.)   Other organizations at a minimum need tape “here and there”. I will leave it up to my partners in crime to preach the benefits of tape, but rest assured, I am the disk guy— who happens to still believe in tape.    This brings me back to the nTier, and its tie to tape. Most organizations are still using tape for their long term backup and archive storage. Instead of disrupting that, nTier with deduplication fits right in. Now, an organization with multiple remote sites can deploy smaller appliances at each remote site, replicate to the main location, and have long term tape copies created at the central site without any administrator interaction at all. It just does not make sense to ignore the predominate media for backup.    That is how automated data protection should be!  

See today’s press release on the market’s first dedupe solution with remote replication and a true tie to tape. Read More


Searching for the Holy Grail: Pain-Free Backups

Published August 21, 2009 by Spectra Logic

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.  Read More


CYAssets for Media and Entertainment

Published August 14, 2009 by Spectra Logic

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

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