Spectra StorCycle Storage Lifecycle Management Software

Rethink Storage – with StorCycle® Storage LifeCycle Management

StorCycle is a software solution that helps organizations understand their data. The software allows you to migrate that data to the right tier of storage. It helps you preserve your data for long-term storage, ransomware preparedness, or just preserving it for its future value and use. And finally, it allows users easy access to that data when they need it.

Spectra has been around over 40 years, we have customers all over the world in many verticals and of many sizes. All of our solutions and features were driven by customer demand. We hear you loud and clear – your challenges are exponential data growth, cost of storage increasing, migrating your data, and backups taking too long. For your users, challenges are not knowing how much data you have, where your data is, and not being able to find it when you need it. And there are new challenges with cloud mandates and ransomware attacks.
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StorCycle Can Help

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How Can Storage Lifecycle Management Software
Help Your Organization?

Do you need help managing the unrelenting repositories of data produced by your organization? Storage Lifecycle Management (SLM) allows IT administrators and authorized users to control when data moves, what storage target it moves to, and how long it exists – whether days, months, years or forever. Learn how to automate seamlessly the storing, accessing and preserving of your data – from creation to expiration or preservation.

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New StorCycle Features Enhance User Benefits

StorCycle advances storage lifecycle management with several new features.

S3 Source Storage – In addition to StorCycle’s support for cloud storage targets, the software now allows users to migrate or copy S3 cloud data to a BlackPearl® object storage device.

Data Encryption – Data encryption is now available for data migrated by StorCycle. Previously, data encryption was provided in StorCycle via the encryption capabilities of the storage targets themselves. Now, StorCycle can also encrypt the data as it is moved or copied to a storage target. This integrated feature provides users with an easy method to protect all migrated data.

Single HTML Links for Jobs – This feature allows for a single HTML file link to be left for an entire job/project, rather than for each migrated file, making it easier to access and restore data. With this feature, the structure remains clean and organized on the source.

A new RESTful API feature allows users to take advantage of StorCycle’s core functionality, including scanning, migrating, and restoring data to build integrations and applications that leverage storage lifecycle management capabilities. The exposed API helps users who wish to integrate StorCycle into wider workflows.

StorCycle supports cloud, including Microsoft® Azure®, both the standard (hot/cool) and archive tiers as well as Amazon S3 standard and archive tiers, and allows users to tier data to Glacier and Deep Archive from standard tiers after a migration. The popular Scheduled Delete feature enables users to configure automatic deletions of data migrated/stored after it has been retained on a storage target for a preset period of time.

Download the White Paper Reduce Storage
Costs by Up to 70% with StorCycle

Often organizations store all data, active and inactive, on an expensive Primary Tier of storage intended for active data. But upwards of 80 percent of data is typically inactive, and therefore, being stored on the wrong tier, costing millions of dollars a year. Learn more about how to reduce storage costs by up to 70% by downloading the white paper.

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Perpetual Storage Tier

A new modern storage model for managing and storing data is underway. The new model consists of two tiers – a Primary Tier and a Perpetual Tier. Data migrated via the StorCycle software is moved from the Primary Tier to the Perpetual Tier. The Primary Tier holds all active data and is most commonly comprised of flash, NVMe, other solid-state technologies and high-performance disk drives in order to achieve the performance required for workflows associated with highly active data. The Perpetual Tier is dedicated to inactive data and is designed to keep multiple copies of data on multiple storage mediums including cloud, NAS, object storage disk and tape. The Perpetual Tier is used for secondary storage, distribution, backup, archive, and disaster recovery. Organizations can configure the more economical Perpetual Tier to be as responsive as their workflows demand – creating a responsive copy on NAS and a DR copy on cloud or tape.

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Modern Storage Model including cold data tiering

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StorCycle software provides two basic methods of migrating data – Project Archive and Auto Migrate. The Project Archive method is for completed data sets that will change minimally, if at all, but cannot be deleted, such as machine-generated data, completed experiment output, videos, etc. When a project is completed and is no longer in the edit or creation phase, StorCycle can migrate it from the Primary Tier to the Perpetual Tier via the project archive function. The Auto Migrate method identifies inactive files based on age, size and file type. User defined policies can then move those files to the Perpetual Tier. StorCycle’s ability to easily and automatically migrate data off of Primary Tier to the Perpetual Tier is invaluable – essentially extending production storage to provide limitless capacity at a fraction of the cost.

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Cyberattack, ransomware, natural disaster or simple human error – any of these can destroy an organization’s most valuable asset – its data – in an instant. StorCycle software protects data through end-to-end checksums; encryption on all storage targets; and with the ability to store multiple copies on multiple storage mediums, enabling genetic diversity of storage mediums. StorCycle has the ability to store data on tape for offsite or vaulted storage, creating an impenetrable air gap that guarantees data security. StorCycle is fully Active Directory-compliant. File permission will remain intact regardless of where data is stored. When data has reached the end of its lifecycle, it can be scheduled to be deleted, ending the lifecycle of that data.

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StorCycle’s unique ability to use HTML Links and Symbolic Links assures quick and easy access to data even after it has been migrated. StorCycle will migrate the file from primary storage leaving a link behind for user OR application access. The best of all worlds. IT administrators are able to free up valuable primary storage space while users can continue to access their data seamlessly. StorCycle can also be used to make copies of primary storage, leaving the original data in place. The user-friendly StorCycle web interface also includes a robust search tool to easily find and retrieve files. Access data the way you want!

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Try out the StorCycle Configurator
to Discover How Much You Can Save

The StorCycle configurator is an easy-to-use tool to highlight the flexibility and options available with Spectra StorCycle Storage Lifecycle Management Software. It provides estimates on costs and potential configurations available. Try out the calculator to help you determine the best solution for your requirements.

  • Limitless Capacity
  • Increased Performance
  • Reduce Total Cost of Storage
  • Reduce Cost for Backup Licenses

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Read the Lab Report on StorCycle by a Third-Party Analyst Firm

The Evaluator Group conducted an independent test of Spectra’s StorCycle in their product test laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. The tests validated StorCycle features, including scanning, migrating, and retrieving data. These tests conclude that StorCycle is an effective tool for solving the challenges of storage lifecycle management.

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