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Spectra Logic Announces the World’s Largest Data Storage Machine

Capable of Protecting More than 2,000 Petabytes (2EB) of Digital Assets

Integrated with IBM® TS1160 tape technology, Spectra Expands Tape Offerings with Industry’s Most Advanced Tape Drive and Media

BOULDER, Colo. – Nov. 7, 2018 – Spectra Logic, a leader in delivering innovative and economical data storage solutions for the modern data center, announced the industry’s most advanced tape technology, the IBM® TS1160, for use in Spectra’s enterprise-class tape libraries. Spectra’s TFinity ExaScale, T950, T950v and T380 Tape Libraries will support the new tape drive and media. When fully populated with the TS1160 tape drives and media, a TFinity ExaScale will store and allow access to more than 2 exabytes (2,000 petabytes) of data, making Spectra’s TFinity ExaScale Tape Library the largest single data storage machine in the world. Read More


ACCRE at Vanderbilt University Deploys Spectra Logic Storage Solutions

HPC lab installs Spectra to increase data storage capacity and protection for university researchers

BOULDER, Colo. – Oct. 24, 2018 – Spectra Logic announced today that the Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education (ACCRE) at Vanderbilt University has deployed a Spectra® T950 Tape Library and Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System to store and archive research data. ACCRE is the foremost resource for the high-performance computing (HPC) requirements of the various research projects across the Vanderbilt community. The ACCRE cluster is used for research in a wide variety of fields, including genetics research, particle physics and astronomy. Read More


Spectra Logic and Zmanda Deliver Integrated Enterprise Data Backup and Restore Solution

Amanda Enterprise Software Integrates with Spectra’s NAS and Tape Storage Solutions for Scalable and Secure Data Protection

BOULDER, Colo. – Oct. 17, 2018 – Spectra Logic today announced that the Amanda Enterprise Software platform from Zmanda is now certified to run with Spectra NAS and tape library solutions. The joint solution delivers a flexible, easy-to-use data management and storage platform that addresses difficult data backup and restore challenges facing many organizations today. Users with expanding data repositories benefit from the combination of Zmanda’s powerful backup software and Spectra’s extensive range of disk and tape storage products to protect their valuable data — quickly, safely and economically. Read More


British Film Institute Preserves UK Film History with Spectra Logic Solution for Digital Archiving and Long-Term Storage

Non-Proprietary and Genetically Diverse Solution Protects National Cultural Assets and Provides Easy Public Access to Archives

Amsterdam and BOULDER, Colo. – 17 Sept. 2018  Spectra Logic today announced that the British Film Institute (BFI), the lead organisation for film in the UK, commissioned OvationData to deploy two Spectra® T950 Tape Libraries and two Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage Systems for long-term digital preservation of the UK’s film history, as part of its Unlocking Film Heritage digitisation project. The solution will enable the BFI to protect and preserve its valuable digital assets for decades to come, and make its archives easily accessible to filmmakers, researchers and the general public. Read More


Spectra Logic Announces 2018 Fall Trade Show Schedule

Spectra highlights modern data storage solutions at 12 industry events globally

BOULDER, Colo. – Aug. 30, 2018 – Spectra Logic today announced its fall trade show schedule for 2018, which includes participation in 12 industry events around the world between September and December.  Among these events are IBC 2018 in Amsterdam (Sept.14-18), NAB in New York (Oct. 17-18) and SC 2018 in Dallas (Nov. 12-15). Spectra plans to engage with customers, partners and industry professionals, showcasing its broad range of modern data storage solutions. In addition, Spectra will be participating in several speaking opportunities this season. Read More


Spectra Logic Announces Enhancements to Tape Library Offerings

Tape developments advance user access, retrieval, management and preservation of data for modern data centers

BOULDER, Colo. – July 16, 2018 – Spectra Logic, a leader in delivering innovative and economical data storage solutions for the modern data center, today announced several updates to its enterprise tape libraries. The enhancements benefit customers in government, scientific research, high performance computing, media and entertainment, and public cloud environments who must preserve massive amounts of data long term.

Perfect for capturing and safeguarding large data sets, Spectra’s family of enterprise tape libraries now offers the following enhancements designed to improve performance, increase uptime and dramatically lower storage costs. Read More


Spectra Logic Publishes “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2018”

Spectra Logic Publishes “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2018”

Annual data storage report helps industry anticipate trends, tiers and technologies of the future

BOULDER, Colo. – June 25, 2018 – Spectra Logic today announced the publication of “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2018,”the company’s third annual data storage industry report. The report provides insights into the trends, technology and pricing shaping the data storage industry today and into the future.

Storage industry experts have forecasted that the digital universe could grow to more than 160 zettabytes (ZB) of data by 2025 (IDC)*. In the “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2018” report, Spectra predicts that much of this data may never be stored or will be retained for only a brief time. The report explores the vital role of digital data in our society, and helps data users navigate the budget and infrastructure challenges of capturing, sharing and preserving data for years to come.

“We are living in an era of keep everything, delete nothing,” said Spectra Logic CEO Nathan Thompson.  “While digital information is clicked, viewed and shared, not everything is protected and preserved for the long term. As the volume of data expands, considerable storage innovation is needed to meet capacity, performance and budgetary requirements. Our report examines today’s technologies, as well as predicts future advancements and availability,” he added. Read More


Spectra Announces New BlackPearl Enhancements and Certified Clients to Modernize M&E Workflows and Storage

Updates to Spectra’s Storage Portfolio Deliver Capacity, Cost and Time Advantages for Storing and Managing Media Content

NAB2018 and BOULDER, Colo. – April 9, 2018 – Spectra Logic today announced several new enhancements to its popular BlackPearl® Converged Storage System, a purpose-built storage platform that delivers feature-rich software for a modernized approach to storage. BlackPearl integrates directly with asset management applications to simplify workflows, seamlessly managing large volumes of content to a variety of storage tier options, including disk, tape and public cloud. Spectra’s BlackPearl ecosystem continues to expand with more certified clients, including Arcitecta’s Mediaflux®; Komprise’s data management software; StrongBox’s StrongLink®; and VSN’s VSNExplorer®. Spectra continues its strong partnership with Avid by integrating Avid’s MediaCentral® platform.

Spectra’s BlackPearl 5.0 software enhancements include:

  • Intelligent Object Management
    • Self-Healing – Allows files to self-heal all copies across all media if a problem is detected
    • Tape Consolidation – Provides automatic consolidation of data on fragmented tapes, reclaiming deleted tape storage capacity
    • Media Migration – Allows data to be migrated from one storage type to another quickly and transparently, which ensures data integrity while reducing costs

    S3 Object Versioning – Allows multiple versions of the same file to be uploaded and saved on BlackPearl, ensuring customers do not lose data
    Data Staging – Allows pre-staging of data from tape to disk, reducing wait times to use assets while taking advantage of tape’s cost savings
    Intelligent Chunk Aggregation – Reduces tape mounts and improves tape throughput performance by identifying and grouping files together when writing to or reading from tape

    “Media companies that create and own a vast amount of content need modern storage infrastructures to support this expanding growth,” said Matt Starr, CTO of Spectra. “Spectra’s storage solutions are helping production organizations, broadcast networks, studios, sports teams, universities and other content curators find new ways to store, manage, monetize and preserve their valuable media assets for future business use.”

    “We chose a Spectra Logic solution for our media and entertainment workflow because it is easy to use, expandable and meets our performance requirements,” said Rob Dunn, Technical Services Manager, Preferred Media. “Spectra’s exceptional products, including BlackPearl, enable us to meet our storage, archive and disaster recovery initiatives. Their solutions are offered at a compelling price point and include features that are not found with competing IP-based archive systems.”

    New 12TB Disk Drive Boosts Capacity
    In addition to the BlackPearl software feature enhancements, Spectra recently added 12 terabyte (TB) Enterprise disk drives to its disk product offerings including Spectra’s ArcticBlue® Disk Solution. Delivering online long-term disk storage for the price of tape, ArcticBlue, powered by BlackPearl, provides organizations with object-based disk storage that scales in capacity and performance with a very low total cost of ownership (TCO). The 12TB drive extends storage capacities to more than 10 petabytes (PB) in a single system.

    Spectra Stack Tape Library for M&E Environments
    For media and entertainment professionals, the ability to create, share, store, retrieve and preserve digital content is vital to their success. The recently announced Spectra® Stack Tape Library fits seamlessly into M&E environments, economically safeguarding content and providing access to those assets when needed, even years or decades later. Leveraging Spectra’s BlackPearl Converged Storage System, this unique solution from Spectra is one of the most scalable, secure and affordable storage systems available for M&E assets.

    Visit Spectra at NAB
    NAB visitors are invited to stop by Spectra Booth #SL12416 in the South Hall, Lower Level, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, between April 9 and 12. Spectra will highlight its full suite of content storage solutions for M&E.

    Resources:
    Spectra and Arcitecta Joint Solution Brief
    Spectra and Avid Joint Solution Brief
    Spectra and Komprise Joint Solution Brief
    Spectra and StrongBox Joint Solution Brief
    Spectra and VSN Joint Solution Brief

    Spectra, Spectra Logic, BlackPearl and ArcticBlue are registered trademarks of Spectra Logic Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Avid, the Avid logo, and MediaCentral are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. Read More


Spectra BlackPearl Integrates with Avid MediaCentral, Delivering a Modern End-to-End Solution for Media and Entertainment

Multi-Tier Storage Solution Simplifies Workflows Without Costly, Complex Middleware

BOULDER, Colo. – April 6, 2018 – Spectra Logic today announced that its BlackPearl® Converged Storage System integrates seamlessly with Avid® MediaCentral®, the industry’s most open and efficient platform designed for media. The powerful joint solution enables users on the MediaCentral platform to manage, track and store their assets on a high-capacity system that eliminates complexities and simplifies workflows. From content ingest to distribution, media and entertainment professionals can access, manipulate and preserve high-value digital assets effortlessly and affordably, leveraging the full suite of Avid’s tools and solutions, and Spectra’s BlackPearl system.

Avid’s MediaCentral accelerates every part of the workflow, reliably integrating newsrooms, sports, post-production and live-production into a single scalable user experience. Spectra’s BlackPearl provides organizations with complete control of their data via multi-tiered storage to disk, tape and/or public cloud. The joint offering reduces the need for costly third-party data movers and eliminates legacy proprietary formats, providing users with full control of their assets. Adapting readily to evolving media workflows, the integration between Spectra and Avid solutions improves production and cost efficiencies while letting teams access, share and store media assets quickly and securely.

“Users look to Avid and Spectra to help them optimize standards-based workflows, allowing them to edit, produce and preserve their valuable content in a timely and protected manner,” said Alan Hoff, vice president, market solutions for Avid. “Our tight collaboration with Spectra through the Avid Alliance Partner Program allows us to provide users with a simple, fast and cost-effective end-to-end solution to manage and safeguard their creative assets.”

“BlackPearl has gained tremendous traction in the media and entertainment industry because of its ability to adapt to a wide-range of workflows,” said Matt Starr, Spectra CTO. “This scalable, flexible and economical joint solution eliminates traditional licensing and automates the entire workflow to meet the needs of today’s evolving market.”

Visit Spectra at the Partner Pavilion at Avid Connect in the Wynn Las Vegas on April 6-8, 2018. Immediately following Avid Connect, join us at the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show on April 9-12, 2018, in Booth SL12416, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Read more about the joint Spectra and Avid solution here.

Spectra and Spectra Logic are registered trademarks of Spectra Logic Corporation. All other
trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Avid, the Avid logo, and MediaCentral are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries


Spectra Logic Announces Spring 2018 Industry Events

Exhibiting at Events in Media and Entertainment, High Performance Computing,
Video Surveillance, and More

BOULDER, Colo. – April 5, 2018 – Spectra Logic today announced participation in seven industry events worldwide between April and June. These important tradeshows include Avid Connect (April 6-8), NAB Show (April 9-12), ISC West (April 11-13), GlobusWorld (April 25-26), HPE Discover (June 19-21), ISC Germany (June 25-27), and Broadcast Asia (June 26-28). Spectra Logic executives will share expertise with existing and prospective customers, partners, and professionals, and showcase Spectra’s suite of data storage solutions – including the new Spectra® Stack, a highly scalable, modular and affordable tape library that launched this spring.

Upcoming Spectra Events:

Avid Connect 2018 – April 6-8
– Las Vegas, NV – Wynn Las Vegas
– Kiosk with 2U BlackPearl

NAB Show 2018 – April 9-12
– Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Convention Center – Booth# SL12416
– Products in partner booths:
– Avid – Booth# SU801
– Archiware GmbH – Booth# SL15416

ISC West 2018 – April 11– 13
– Las Vegas, NV – Sands Expo – Booth# 20131
GlobusWorld 2018 – April 25-26
– Chicago, IL – Hotel Allegro

HPE Discover – June 19-21
– Las Vegas, NV – Sands Expo

ISC Germany – June 25-27
– Frankfurt, Germany – Messe Frankfurt- Booth# K-417

Broadcast Asia – June 26-28
– Singapore – Suntec – Booth# 4Q2-08

“These events not only offer us a unique chance to connect with customers and partners, but also to take the pulse of the industries that are crucial to our business,” said Betsy Doughty, vice president of corporate marketing, at Spectra Logic. “Spectra’s hybrid storage ecosystem is relevant to many vertical markets, including Media and Entertainment, High Performance Computing and Video Surveillance, to name a few. By understanding what makes these markets tick, we create solutions that predict the evolving needs of our customers.”

For a full list of events and tradeshows Spectra Logic plans to attend, visit the events page on Spectra’s corporate website. Spectra Logic will promote the events via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram. Watch the hashtag #SpectraShows this spring and throughout the rest of the year, for an opportunity to track Spectra Logic’s live tradeshow activity and announcements.

Spectra and Spectra Logic are registered trademarks of Spectra Logic Corporation. All other
trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.