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Tape in the Modern Data Center – Join the eBook Series Webinar by Storage Switzerland

In the new era in which data reigns supreme, many IT professional are convinced that tape storage is no longer a necessity in modern infrastructures. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that applications for tape libraries have never been more abundant as tape technology has advanced and established a relevant position in current data centers. Instead of going away, tape is marching forward, delivering much lower costs, improved energy savings, increased security, and decades-long shelf life, to name but a few benefits.

Spectra is pleased to join forces with Fujifilm and Iron Mountain on a new, five-chapter eBook series with Storage Switzerland, “Reintroducing Tape to the Modern Data Center”. In the series, respected industry analyst George Crump debunks common myths about tape’s reliability, access and operations, explains tape’s role in the modern infrastructure, and compares the performance of tape and disk in backup architectures. Additional chapters discuss the numerous advantages tape technology has to offer. Read More

HSM vs. Storage Management Software – Key Differences to Consider

Words matter… so do acronyms. We’ve seen a new category of storage management software developed which is being referred to as, you guessed it, “Storage Management Software.” Some have questioned whether this is something new or if it is just another offering of HSM (Hierarchical Storage Management). There are differences between the two categories. This isn’t just about product positioning or marketing; it’s about what certain products do or don’t do and whether or not they are a fit for your data center or a specific need. Both solution types are designed to keep frequently accessed data on the fastest storage (usually the most expensive and least dense) while moving inactive data to slower storage (usually much less expensive and significantly more dense). How the solutions accomplish this is very different. Read More

Introducing StorCycle®: The Modern Answer to the Problem of How to Manage and Protect Expanding Data Sets

Today marks a significant milestone in Spectra Logic’s history. That’s because we are announcing StorCycle, a new storage lifecycle management software that will enable customers to identify, migrate, protect and access their large amounts of data – easily, economically and safely – for as long as they need to do so.

Working closely with our thousands of customers and channel partners, we realized that there was an imminent problem with storing expanding repositories of data on expensive primary storage. With Spectra’s 40-year history of solving customer’s data storage problems, we decided to design, engineer and deliver a new storage lifecycle management software solution: Spectra StorCycle. Read More

Spectra Storage Crisis Lifeline is in Place to Support Customers Through 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The months of June through November, commonly known as the Atlantic hurricane season, historically mark the time of the year when the greatest amount of tropical cyclones appear in the Northern Hemisphere’s Atlantic basin – bringing a host of dangerous weather to the United States’ eastern coast. Affected areas include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. While preseason reports predicted a near-normal season, NOAA forecasters tracking oceanic and atmospheric patterns indicate that circumstances are now more likely to manifest above-normal hurricane activity. Two named storms have formed so far this year and the peak months of the hurricane season are now underway. Bi-weekly forecasts are also available through Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project here. Read More

40 Years of Spectra Logic: A Look Back at Spectra’s Most Memorable Moments

This month marked our 40th anniversary at Spectra Logic. Last week, we shared a wonderful video featuring Spectra customers, partners, friends and family congratulating us on our four decades of business success. Anniversaries are a time to celebrate where we come from and how we’ve changed. Check out some of our most memorable moments captured over the last four decades.

Above, Spectra CEO, Nathan Thompson, who has led the company from its inception in 1979 to the present, works hard to start his own business as a student at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Taken in 1986, the photo depicts Spectra’s first corporate headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, when the company was called Western Automation. Read More

Celebrating 40 Years of Business Success and Technology Innovation

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Spectra Logic, and we could not be more proud.

To honor Spectra’s 40 years of business success and technology innovation, Colorado Governor Jared Polis proclaimed August 1, 2019 as SPECTRA LOGIC DAY in the State of Colorado. Spectra’s CEO made the official announcement to Spectra’s worldwide employee base in a company meeting that same day. Click here to view the proclamation.

To further celebrate Spectra’s four decades of operation, led by its original founder and current CEO, Nathan Thompson, Spectra employees organized a surprise broadcasting of the below video, which features Spectra customers, partners, friends and family congratulating Nathan and team on this monumental accomplishment. Read More

University IT Departments Worldwide Leverage Spectra Solutions to Meet Campus Users’ Needs

Higher education institutions, like most modern organizations, wrestle with managing and storing their growing amounts of data. In addition to student data, which includes information about assignments, activities and performance, universities also manage data from a multitude of campus users. Research centers, academic libraries and even on-campus production studios often deploy their own data storage solutions to increase efficiencies within their organizations and bolster their ability to successfully serve students and the community. As data becomes an even more critical part of daily operations at these institutions, leading universities often centralize their data management and storage systems to promote standardization, improve access and encourage cost savings. In fact, schools with multiple IT environments that consolidate data operations and align resources with critical needs within the university system tend to benefit from reduced overhead costs, greater scalability and enhanced flexibility in their workflows. Read More

Spectra Logic Collaborates with Premier U.S. Research and Development Laboratory on Open-Source Application Now Available on GitHub

Spectra Logic firmly believes that collaboration and partnership are a great source of opportunity and improvement in business. In fact, Spectra’s business development team works closely with customers and ecosystem and channel partners alike to plan, develop and deliver the company’s solutions. Spectra is considered a trusted-advisor to many of the world’s key data storage users and has become a true partner to its customers – accommodating requests spanning from new code creation to feature enhancements.

In that vein, Spectra has published several open-source software projects in public repositories to share code with the data storage community. The company’s platform of choice to make such developments available is GitHub, a web-based hosting service used by over 36 million developers worldwide and more than 2.1 million businesses and organizations. For example, software like Spectra’s Eon Browser, a free open-source interface to move files between local storage and the Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System, has been placed in a publicly accessible repository on GitHub so anyone can download it, see the source code, and submit suggested enhancements. As it currently stands, Spectra has contributed over 37 repositories to GitHub, all of which are licensed to permit modifications and redistribution of its source code. Read More

2019 Take Your Dog to Work Day at Spectra Logic

Spectra employees in Boulder celebrated the 21st annual ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ by bringing their furry friends into the office on Friday, June 21. The event, first established in 1999, was created by Pet Sitters International to encourage businesses to allow dogs in the workplace for one day each year to celebrate the great buddies that dogs make and promote adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. Take Your Dog to Work Day is always celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day. Media coverage and web traffic indicate growing support of and participation in the event across the U.S. and abroad. Read More

A New Approach to Storage for Media and Entertainment: The Two-Tier Model

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Part three of three – Perpetual Object Storage Systems

In the previous two blogs in this series, we discussed the two-tier paradigm in content storage systems, and dove deep into the first tier known as project/production. In this blog, we’ll explore the perpetual tier. As mentioned earlier, the first tier (project/production) is file-based. The second tier, or perpetual tier, is object-based, and is designed to be a landing zone where digital assets persist over time. The perpetual tier stores raw content with any associated managed assets that require sharing across a team so the content is always available for future work, including editing, color grading, music scoring, visual effects, etc. As newer versions of assets are created, prior versions are kept on the perpetual tier for safekeeping. Read More