Spectra Stack

Spectra’s stackable automated tape library, modern storage for today’s data center



Built with maximum flexibility at its core, the Spectra Stack Tape Library from Spectra Logic will meet your backup, archive and perpetual storage requirements. Designed to be easily installed, expanded and managed, the Spectra Stack is rated at a 100% duty cycle – meaning it is one of the only stackable libraries built to perform in a 24/7 environment. Spectra Stack starts as a 6U library with 1 to 6 LTO tape drives and 10 to 80 LTO tape slots. Each module of the Spectra Stack holds an additional 10 to 80 tape slots and 1 to 6 tape drives. Scalable from 10 to 560 tape slots and 1 to 42 tape drives, users can store more than 10PB (25PB compressed*) of data in a fully expanded Spectra Stack library. This extreme flexibility provides affordability and expandability without compromise.

Understanding LTO-9 Tape Technology

Scalability: Capacity on Demand is a Reality

From 180TB to over 10PB (450TB to over 25PB compressed*) in a standard 19-inch rack

Easily expand your Spectra Stack library by adding slots and drives. Start with as few as 10 slots and a single LTO tape drive. Add up to 80 slots and 6 drives in a single module. Slots are added in increments of 10, allowing users to add only what they need, when they need it. Purchase what you need today and not what you will need tomorrow, which means capacity on demand is a reality. Adding an expansion module allows up to 80 additional slots and up to 6 additional drives, making it effortless to grow to 7 modules in a single rack. Upgrading to meet data growth needs is EASY and FAST — expansion units are out-of-the-box and configured in under 30 minutes.

An Affordable Solution that is Scalable:

Tape provides the best ROI of any storage solution

Data is critical to business, but long-term storage is often cost prohibitive. Tape is known for its affordability – and the density, reliability and cost effectiveness of LTO tape media has made it an industry leader in this arena. The perfect solution for addressing exponential data growth and storage challenges, Spectra Stack’s utilization of LTO tape technology assures a solution designed for dependability and cost effectiveness – delivering the most affordable cost per GB in the industry.

Part of a Modern Storage Architecture:

BlackPearl Enabled - Ready to Integrate with Object Storage Tape

In addition to being the perfect solution for traditional storage, Spectra Stack is also BlackPearl-enabled, meaning it can easily become part of an object storage solution. One of the only object storage tape solutions on the market, the combination of Spectra Stack and BlackPearl assures that this solution will continue to grow with business demands. It’s the perfect offload of Tier 1 storage as well as being a backup or offload for cloud environments. And the LTFS tape format ensures that data is easily interchangeable with other systems — eliminating vendor lock in.

Easy Integration so You Don’t Have to
Worry if Your Library Will Play Nice.

Compatibility is essential when deploying new tape technology. The Spectra Stack supports all industry-standard operating systems and major backup applications. Users can run up to 20 applications at the same time with partitioning.

Modernize your Storage with MigrationPassSM from Spectra Logic

Both Spectra and the Spectra Stack library make any migration plan seamless. Tape is designed for long-term data storage, but too often users are required to sacrifice their existing investment in tape drives when they move to a new tape library. Spectra Stack’s MigrationPass eliminates the need to make that costly decision. MigrationPass starts with the unique ability to migrate your existing tape drives into the Spectra Stack library. It also includes a program to help you migrate to later LTO generations as they are released. This unprecedented offering protects user investment while providing a truly open approach to working with a technology designed for multi-generation use.

Maintaining access to existing applications is fairly straightforward when migrating from one tape library to another, but what happens when you need to migrate from the data application itself? How is the metadata transferred? How are competing applications maintained in the same system simultaneously? How do I migrate data to the newest tape technology? Spectra’s Professional Services team supports thousands of users with these issues on a regular basis. Let our experts guide you through the process.

Supporting You is Our Number One Priority

In addition to offering standard, onsite support options, Spectra Stack is easy to maintain. Spectra allows users to make immediate repairs guided by instructions on the front panel. Regardless of the service approach you select, our award-winning SpectraGuard® support organization stands behind you.

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