Spectra Logic Benefits, Perks and Culture

By: Jeff Biley

For as long as we’ve been in business, Spectra Logic has been a company dedicated to promoting corporate culture and pride among its employees. Our people are what we value most, which is why we offer them excellent perks, benefits and company activities. It is our goal to make Spectra Logic an enjoyable place to work for all of our associates.

Spectra strives to provide its employees with new, convenient services, to make their lives easier while here at work. Today, we offer subsidized meals, supplied by A Spice of Life Catering, on-site massages, on-site haircuts, and daily fitness classes (boot camp, yoga, etc.) with a certified personal trainer. Recently we have introduced some new perks which include at work pick-up/drop-off dry cleaning and laundry services, and monthly visits from local food trucks. read more

Gaining Insight Into the Future of Digital Data

With nearly 40 years in data storage, Spectra Logic has an established reputation as experts in deep storage. We provide both robotics for storage media and front-end interfaces to access data stored on conventional disk, Shingled Media Recording (SMR) disk, helium-enhanced disk, and tape. Understanding future costs, technologies, and applications is vital to today’s planning. As both a manufacturer and integrator, Spectra Logic pays close attention to trends in data storage performance, cost, and availability. read more

Analyst Product Review: Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Ecosystem

By: Steven Easter

Integrating a tape library into a data center environment is generally a challenge. A variety of software/middle-ware products exist to help make the process easier, but are expensive and do so with a huge financial penalty. Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, in many cases, provides a great alternative. BlackPearl functions as a private cloud, hybrid storage platform, and with the release of v3 (the third edition of BlackPearl’s software), it is now more flexible than previous versions. BlackPearl now supports genetically diverse storage including: several digital tape drive types, power-down SATA (SMR) HDDs, and online SAS HDDs. The two types of disk storage and LTO-7 format are new additions for the v3 release, and a policy engine and access control lists have also been added with the new update. read more

Introducing 2U Verde DP

By: Ray Heineman

Spectra Logic recently announced a new addition to its Verde product line – 2U Verde DP.

Back in August 2015, Spectra launched its Verde DPE 4U, offering capacity in 200TB increments for as low as $0.09/GB. Soon after however, we decided to develop a 2U version as well for our customers that wanted to start smaller. At 96TB of raw capacity and a list price of $14,000 USD, 2U Verde DP provides users with flexible system connectivity, double or triple parity data integrity, and enterprise class system management. read more

@StarrFiles: 2016 Storage Predictions

By: Matt Starr

2015 was a big year for Spectra Logic. We announced multiple new products, including Verde DPE and ArcticBlue, to support several upcoming changes in the data storage industry. Here are a few of my top storage predictions for 2016…

  • New Challenges with Disk Storage Emerge
    1. Data is continuously growing, inspiring the need for high capacity storage solutions. Disk storage solution capacities are not growing quickly enough to keep up with the expansion of data. This will be an interesting time for the major data holders.
    2. Main pain point for storage professionals in 2016: Learning to deal with SMR drives if they plan to stay with rotating disk technology
  • Vertical shift: The Video Surveillance and Bioinformatics markets will take off
    1. Video Surveillance – Probably the most volatile market – will soon be a very large archive market.
    2. Bioinformatics- Every genomics site requires or WILL require an affordable, long-term archive.
    3. HPC – Will continue to grow – Moving from 10’s of PBs to 100’s of PB’s, into the exascale world
    4. M&E – Similar to HPC, but somewhat slower growth. Nowadays, a much higher volume of broadcasting streams (cable, Hulu, etc.) are available to viewers than there were in the past. Advertising dollars, however, have remained roughly the same. That said, the M&E industry is now learning how to “run a leaner shop.”
  • Object storage becomes a standard, NOT just an option
    1. Organizations will shift from “if” they will move to object storage, to “when” they will move to object storage.
    2. File systems will still have a place in the datacenter, but the bulk of data will move to object storage due to its control, expansion and searchabiliy features.
    3. Object storage becomes like “valet parking for data”. Customer’s don’t care where the data is physically parked they just want it safe and ready to be retrieved easily and quickly when needed it.
  • Emerging Technologies to Watch
    1. Flash/converged technologies continue to be popular
    2. Hybrid cloud becomes increasingly popular
    3. Erasure Coding becomes more mainstream and shifts from a feature role to more of a requirement
    4. New MVRAM technologies that surpass current products will hit the market
    5. Wider adoption of cloud/restful protocols for moving massive sets of data

Within the past month, I’ve come across several prediction pieces from industry professionals, sharing great insights into what 2016 will bring for data storage. Check out a few of them here:

What do you see in the marketplace? What is your vision for Data Center trends in 2016? Contact me on Twitter @StarrFiles using #StoragePredictions2016. read more

You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry, Santa Claus is Coming… to Spectra!

By: Jeff Biley

Last Wednesday evening, Spectra Logic was paid a special visit by two very important guests, travelling all the way to Colorado from the North Pole… Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus! The pair came to deliver gifts to all the good boys and girls, and to attend Spectra’s annual holiday company party, hosted at its headquarters in Boulder, CO.

Santa 1

This year’s event, which was arranged by the Spectra Booster Club (SBC), was a huge success! The company event center was packed with Spectra associates and their families, enjoying hors d’oeuvres, libations, and most of all, each other’s company. Included in the evening festivities was a photo booth, two caricaturists drawing portraits, children’s crafts and cookie decorating, an a capella choir group delivering live performances, and of course, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. read more

Supercomputing 2015: 6 Products to See This Year at Spectra’s Booth

By: Betsy Doughty

Supercomputing 2015 is coming up next week in Austin, TX, and Spectra Logic couldn’t be more excited to attend! Monday, November 16th through Thursday, November 19th, Spectra will be exhibiting at Booth #1909. Spectra’s solutions provide HPC customers with cost-effective storage that meets all their performance, growth, and environmental needs. This year, we will be showcasing an exciting collection of deep storage technology, including our:

  • Spectra TFinity: TFinity’s advantages reach far beyond the necessary high performance and high capacity requirements of data-intensive storage. Come and see our custom graphics on Spectra’s 5-frame TFinity; A great way to personalize your data center!
  • High Performance Transporter: Delivering up to 6x the performance, plus multi-media support in the world’s largest tape library, you won’t want to miss Spectra’s new High Performance Transporter.
  • ArcticBlue: A breakthrough in nearline disk storage, ArcticBlue leverages the company’s BlackPearl hybrid storage architecture and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disk media, creating an object storage based disk platform with maximum longevity, efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway: Designed to meet the demands of today’s modern active archives, Spectra BlackPearl enables users to archive assets on affordable, scalable deep storage. It delivers the benefits of public cloud storage to your own data center.
  • Verde: Spectra Verde, the fourth generation of the Verde disk line, is affordable secondary storage with simple installation, an intuitive user interface for effortless management, and architecture that assures the highest level of data integrity.
  • Spectra T200: Spectra’s T200 tape library accommodates the storage requirements of organizations in every stage of their growth lifecycle. When your storage requires more slots than your library’s current capacity, there’s no need to buy an entire new library. Spectra’s T200 is designed for seamless scalability.

Walking around the exhibit floor, you will also be able to find Spectra products in several of our technology partner booths, including Cray (#1833), DDN (#663), Globus (#383), and SGI (#1033). read more

Introducing: ArcticBlue Deep Storage Disk – A Breakthrough in Nearline Storage

By: David Feller

Spectra Logic recently announced an entirely new product line and we are speeding towards the release of this exciting new offering – ArcticBlue Deep Storage Disk. This is something truly new that bridges the gap between disk performance and tape cost and longevity.


Spectra has been in the digital tape business for more than 36 years. We have refined both large and small libraries and led the industry in low cost, reliable, deep storage of data with literally tens of thousands of tape drives under support and a rapidly growing customer base in every major market segment. A few years ago we announced our entry into the disk world with Spectra Verde. Back in August, Spectra launched Verde DPE, a NAS-based product that brings costs as low as $.09/GB to bulk storage file based applications using a new Shingled Magnetic Recording technology. read more

Another Successful Spectra Summit!

By: Betsy Doughty

Last week in Boulder, Colorado, Spectra Logic hosted its well-known press, analyst and blogger event – formally recognized as Spectra Summit. This year’s event was held at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of Boulder, CO, just footsteps away from the Pearl Street Mall. The event was a success with more than 35 press/analysts/bloggers and four customers/partners in attendance.

Black Summit Logo

The event officially kicked off on the evening of Monday, October 12th with a welcome reception held at the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center. Here, our guests were able to mingle with Spectra Logic employees and executives, as well as with each other, while enjoying cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and the captivating art displayed within the gallery. read more

Spectra Logic BlackPearl Developer Summit

On Tuesday, October 20th at 9:00 AM MST, Spectra Logic will host its first ever BlackPearl Developer Summit, a virtual conference for current and potential BlackPearl client developers to come together and learn about Spectra’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, and the BlackPearl client development process.


During the two-hour virtual conference, attendees will receive product updates direct from Spectra’s CEO, Nathan Thompson, and from BlackPearl product manager, Steven Easter, who will explain in detail how these new features will improve the client development process for customers and developers alike. read more