T380 Right way to scale

Start with as few as 50 LTO slots (45 Enterprise slots), you can and scale up to 380 LTO slots (342 Enterprise slots) in a single T380 library. Built around Spectra’s capacity on demand features and superior scalability the T380 is the perfect solution for today’s changing storage landscape.

Flexible Growth & Performance that Meets Changing Needs
Adding capacity to your T380 is simple with Capacity on Demand (CoD). Start with as few as 50 slots, and as your business expands add more capacity in increments of 10 tape slots, up to 380 slots. Spectra makes it easy by shipping every library fully populated, allowing you to add slots with a simple software key, significantly reducing the time needed to upgrade your library.

The Spectra T380 utilizes a custom, 10-tape TeraPack® media container (9 enterprise slots) for input/output operations. The TeraPack container provides a more efficient way to import tape media into the library, is a vehicle for transporting 60TB of LTO data (90TB of TS1150) to drives, and offers a clean, secure and stackable case for staging and storing media outside of the library. Using TeraPack containers reduces handling time by 87.5%.

Adding tape drives and increasing performance is simple with easy-to-configure slide-in drives. This flexible scalability in capacity and performance protects your investment and ensures that your Spectra tape library is upgradable with the latest in technological advances.

Investment Protection
Designed with your growth in mind, the T380 tape library has been developed to preserve your initial investment in storage by providing a solution that addresses both your short-term and long-term storage needs. When your storage requires more slots than your library’s current capacity, there’s no need to buy a whole new library. By investing in a Spectra tape library all you need to change is your outgrown frame.

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What is TranScale®

Spectra uses TranScale in our Enterprise libraries by interchanging the expensive components between the T200, T380 and T680 libraries. As you grow, you continue to use your original tape drives, power supplies, TeraPacks and media in your new library. The frame is the only major component that changes when you are ready to upgrade to a larger tape library. TranScale provides a cost-effective lifetime investment in storage, allowing you to scale your hardware and software to make your capacity upgrades quick, seamless and affordable.

TranScale also goes beyond transferring the components in your existing tape library. You even have the same serial number/asset tag for the library that you’ve always had. Upgrading is also EASY and FAST—you can switch between models in less than half a day. The TranScale® architecture eliminates the need for realignment, host/server reconfiguration, serial number changes, world-wide name changes and switch rezoning.

LTO Tape Technology Grows with You

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The T380 leverages LTO (Linear Tape Open), the only open format tape technology available. You can rest easy knowing that each generation of LTO is backward compatible – with a vigorous roadmap extending to LTO-10 and beyond, so you have peace of mind that your tape technology format is here to stay.

Today’s LTO-8 provides up to 30TB of compressed capacity on each data cartridge (12TB native). With data transfer rates up to 750MB/s compressed, you’ll notice that your jobs will be completed in short order.


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