Spectra HPC Solutions

Your high performance environment continually tests the limits of technology and requires peak performance from all of your equipment—including your storage. Spectra’s data storage solutions help you push the boundaries of your operational objectives, giving you cost-effective storage that meets all of your performance, growth, and environmental needs. Spectra Logic builds some of the world’s largest storage systems.

“The incorporation of Spectra Logic’s active archive solution provides a platform for storage growth. It allows us to keep our primary data online and accessible to users, while also increasing the reliability of our stored data across physical sites.”
Allan Williams, Associate Director NCI


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Extremely Scalable
Spectra tape libraries are designed for intelligent expansion to accommodate massively growing data sets. A TFinity® ExaScale, for example, can scale to 1.5EB in a single 44-frame library and up to 12EB in its 352-frame complex. Spectra tape libraries can meet your evolving needs and give you cost-effective storage during every stage of your growth.

Intensely Dense Storage
When data center real estate counts, Spectra Logic libraries offer unsurpassed storage density and minimal footprint through a unique and highly efficient design. Based on Spectra’s TeraPack architecture, Spectra tape libraries provide up to 50% improvement in data center floor space utilization. Increase your storage capacity in as little as 9 (TS Tape Technology) or 10 (LTO Technology) increments, the most granular and flexible in the industry. This dramatic, industry-leading storage density not only saves you data center space but also fits co-located and standardized data center designs.

Highly Energy Efficient
Save money with intelligent and power-efficient storage. Tape is the most cost-effective media for storing massive amounts of data, and Spectra tape libraries also consume the least amount of power when compared to competing libraries.

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The Spectra TFinity® ExaScale Tape Library

Why it’s the ideal high performance computing archive target:

Bulk Loading: Less Media Handling
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All TFinity ExaScale tape libraries support BulkTAP end units as an optional hardware feature. Each BulkTAP allows 14 TeraPacks to be imported or exported in a single user operation. The TFinity ExaScale will additionally support the use of up to two BulkTAPS simultaneously for decreased loading-to-working time for organizations who eject/load large amounts of media from their library.

Tri-Media: Three Different Tape Technologies in the Same Library
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The TFinity ExaScale has the unique ability to support multiple media and drive technologies in a single tape library: LTO tape technology, IBM’s TS11XX tape technology, and Oracle’s T10000 tape drives and media. This feature enables customers to migrate between different media technologies within the same library, and eliminates vendor lock-in. Only Spectra offers support for all three major tape technologies, and supports Object Storage with LTFS, making your archives non-proprietary.

High Performance Transporter

The High Performance Transporter (HPT) in the TFinity ExaScale was redesigned from the ground up to provide increased performance, enhanced reliability and superior media handling of all three tape media formats. Spectra’s HPT accomplishes this and more with reduced cycle/tape mount time, providing better performance, and increased mean time between failures, translating into better reliability. Each TFinity ExaScale tape library contains two HPTs for dual operations.

Secure XML Interface

Spectra Logic libraries support a secure XML command interface for control, configuration, and reporting. This XML interface enables customers to develop and deploy their own interfaces for the library configuration, status, inventory reporting, and diagnostics.

Performance Improvements
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In order to achieve ultimate process efficiency, mounts per hour and cycle times in an HPC environment must be as fast as possible. Spectra R&D ensures that all its tape libraries, particularly the TFinity ExaScale, realize maximum speeds.

High Performance Computing Tiered Storage Support
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The Spectra Logic TFinity ExaScale tape library is engineered to support demanding HPC storage environments. With native support for HPSS, SGI DMF, and Versity Storage Manager, and extensive integrations through Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl object gateway, the TFinity ExaScale can meet the storage needs of any HPC environment.

Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System

Spectra BlackPearl Converged Storage System solves the problem of costly and complex approaches to digital preservation by combining NAS and S3-based interfaces with multiple storage targets into a simple and affordable solution. Designed for numerous concurrent workflows, BlackPearl reduces the need for expensive third-party data movers by integrating Spectra S3 with a range of certified clients and simple file movers.


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