CERN Deploys a Spectra TFinity ExaScale Tape Library for Massive Data Storage

Spectra Logic is delighted to share the time-lapse video of the installation of the Spectra® TFinity® ExaScale Tape Library in the CERN Data Centre. Magnetic tapes are used as the main long-term data storage medium at CERN. The tapes are stored in tape libraries, where they are retrieved by robotic arms. Their TFinity library is leveraging the open format LTO (Linear Tape-Open) tape technology, has 15,000 physical cartridge slots and can accommodate 48 tape drives in total.

Time-lapse video of the installation of the Spectra Logic TFinity tape library in the CERN Data Centre.

About CERN

Physicists and engineers at CERN (from the French for European Council for Nuclear Research: Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – fundamental particles. Their goal is to advance the boundaries of human knowledge by delving into the smallest building blocks of our universe. To gain insight into how subatomic particles interact, CERN employs purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors to boost beams of particles to high energies, observe the beams as they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets and record the results of these collisions. CERN operates the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. Read More

Spectra Customers Share Use Cases and Discuss Data Storage Implementations at the SpectraLIVE Customer Edition Virtual Conference

This year a lot has changed in how most of us do business. For end users in numerous vertical markets, making decisions related to managing, accessing and preserving vital data has become more important than ever.  Peer stories can resonate deeply, offering colleagues the reasoning behind a technology strategy or the real-world benefits of an implementation. With most trade shows canceled and countries and organizations restricting employee travel, Spectra Logic is providing multiple virtual opportunities to connect, engage and educate its community.

To that end, Spectra is offering a new virtual conference that will give IT professionals an opportunity to hear directly from Spectra customers. The SpectraLIVE Customer Edition virtual event features a variety of Spectra Logic customers across several vertical markets discussing a range of data storage scenarios: from exascale archive and massive data sets in national laboratories to multi-user research storage; from media and entertainment production environments to digital preservation and management for long-term media collections. Presenters will discuss their IT infrastructures, workflows and implementations – providing invaluable first-hand stories of how they solved complex data storage obstacles. Read More

Unleash the Power of LTO-9 with Spectra

This month, the LTO Consortium announced the specifications of the next generation of LTO technology, the LTO Ultrium format generation 9. While LTO tape media has increased in capacity on a regular cadence since its first generation, LTO-9 offers a 50% increase in capacity from the previous generation – enabling a single LTO-9 cartridge to store 18TB of native data. Extending to generation 12, a new roadmap has been released which aims to double capacity in each generation moving forward, providing a long future for tape users.

With the expanded capacity of LTO-9, Spectra just announced that the Spectra TFinity® ExaScale Tape Library will now be the industry’s first tape library to store one exabyte (one million terabytes) of uncompressed data in a single system, advancing the boundaries of tape technology. As the world’s largest storage system, the Spectra TFinity stores and protects data for such renowned organizations as Lawrence Livermore National LaboratorySTFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and more. Read More

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