Spectra Logic: Deep Storage Experts

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“Spectra Logic modern storage solutions enabling media and entertainment organisations to store, find, restore and ultimately, ensure access to their valuable content quickly and reliably in the future.”

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Tape storage has existed for almost 50 years and was declared “dead” about 30 years ago when disk storage was the leading technology. As an archiving and backup tool, tape is still prominent in the market with 100 percent of Fortune 100 companies still using a tape library. Tape technology continues to advance, with faster speeds, higher capacities, greater efficiencies and quicker retrieval times, all while outlasting the competition.” – There is not just room, but a vital role to play for both cloud and tape in your data life-cycle. With the retention life of data increasing, many organisations are trying to determine the best long-term storage strategy for the future. To do this, organisations must analyse the reliability, security and speed of data storage solutions, including both cloud and tape storage. This white paper considers how a hybrid archive solution, consisting of both cloud and tape, may be deployed in the event of a cloud mandate, and how data growth and future costs can impact a storage solution selection. LEARN MORE

Spectra News:

Spectra Announce StorCycle
A Solution as Revolutionary as your Data

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StorCycle Storage Management Software is a new solution that automatically identifies and moves inactive data or completed projects from primary storage to a lower cost storage tier, reducing overall storage expenses by up to 70%.

More than 80 percent of data is being stored on the wrong tier of storage, costing organisations millions of dollars a year. IT professionals intuitively know they are not storing their data efficiently because they have never been given the correct tools to do so… until now. Spectra Logic’s StorCycle storage management software is the answer to deploying a modern storage lifecycle management workflow. StorCycle reduces the overall cost of storing data by up to 70 percent.

Spectra’s StorCycle is an easy, affordable and efficient solution built specifically to identify inactive data that consumes expensive primary storage capacity. It then migrates identified data to a more affordable protected tier of storage called the Perpetual Storage Tier, while leaving the data fully accessible to users. The Perpetual Storage Tier holds inactive data, which is tracked, protected and is available at a future time if needed. This tier is also used for data distribution, backup, archive, disaster recovery and more.



As broadcasters produce high definition programming and digital content, the need for efficient, file-based workflow is essential to be productive and competitive. A key aspect in the age of digital content is the ability to effectively manage and protect archives. Easy to use and designed for maximum efficiency, Spectra Logic digital storage solutions offer industry leading density and can expand to meet current and future needs.

Post Production

As content formats reach higher resolution, post production workflows for film and television programs are experiencing a significant increase in requirements for digital storage. No matter the facility size, every post house has the same requirement—the need to quickly access assets, regardless of size, format or location. Spectra’s archive solutions offer cost-effective, scale-able and highly accessible archives for non-linear editing, CGI and other storage-intensive post-production processes. Our storage management efficiencies help maintain constant availability to assets while realising substantial time and financial savings.

Sports Organisations

With fewer resources and tighter budgets to store and manage an endlessly growing repository of content, it is essential to archive and protect an organisation’s legacy. As franchises in many sports build stronger brand presence and unlock new revenue streams, a crucial part of efficient operations is having reliable access to assets when they are needed. Spectra archive solutions help protect and archive content ensuring it is available and accessible without the costs and complexities associated with traditional archives.

Digital Preservation

Preserving an organisation’s history indefinitely is paramount and data tape offers the most optimal storage media to protect assets for long term archive usage. Optimised for archiving and protecting content for the long-term, Spectra digital storage solutions offer the archive reliability, durability and portability required by institutions seeking long-term, digital preservation storage platforms. Spectra deep storage solutions provide the scale-ability necessary to meet long-term growth requirements and along with hardware redundancy and customer replaceable parts to ensure assets are available 100% of the time.

Houses of Worship

As digital video becomes an integral part of houses of worship expanding their outreach, so too does the need to reliably archive content. Preserving and protecting content allows houses of worship to deliver their message to followers for years and generations to come, while enabling the re-use of existing, timeless footage in new productions. Spectra’s highly scale-able solutions enable these religious organisations to seamlessly grow their archive at cost-effective, accessible price points.

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Spectra TFinity ExaScale Tape Library

The World’s Highest Capacity Tape Library
With unsurpassed storage density packaged in the smallest footprint of any enterprise library on the market, the Spectra® TFinity® ExaScale offers industry-leading scalability with the speed necessary to meet requirements of the most demanding environments. From 50 to 40,680 TS1160 slots, you can store over 813.6PB (2.03EB compressed) of data with IBM® TS1160 tape technology. With up to 144 drives you can transfer data up to 207.4TB/hr. (466.6TB/hr. compressed) using TS1160 tape technology.

Deployed by some of the most recognized organizations in the world, the Spectra TFinity ExaScale provides maximum flexibility by allowing you to select the tape technology that is the perfect fit for your business. In addition to LTO tape technology, the Spectra TFinity Exascale is also compatible with IBM® TS11X0 enterprise tape technology and Oracle® T10000x enterprise tape technology, enabling all three in the same library. Current Spectra customers can upgrade to the new ExaScale and enjoy its cutting-edge innovations.

Spectra T950

The Spectra® T950 Tape Library leads the field in innovation, flexibility, performance and functionality, from its super high storage capacity to its proactive media management. Designed to meet the stringent requirements of the enterprise for data integrity, data security and high reliability, the T950 library reduces staff involvement and scales easily in capacity and throughput.From 50 to 10,020 LTO slots, you can store over 120PB (300PB compressed) of data. With up to 120 drives you can transfer data up to 155TB/hr. (302TB/hr. compressed) using LTO-8 tape technology.

The Spectra T950 provides maximum flexibility by allowing you to populate your library with LTO tape technology or IBM® TS11XX Enterprise Tape Technology, enabling you to choose the technology that is perfect for your business.

Spectra T950v

Value Storage without Compromise Based on the Spectra® T950 Tape Library, Spectra’s workhorse for medium capacity library applications, the T950v is a redesign focused on increased value through significant cost reduction. By removing add-ons originally designed for high performance computing and multi-hundred petabyte data centers, the Spectra T950v Tape Library is an ideal fit for General IT and mid-level Media and Entertainment markets. We’ve also added new features such as support for lower cost, half height drives which can save customers tens of thousands of dollars per installation. The T950v provides all the same enterprise grade features, reliability and capacity but with a new entry level price point. The full 8 frame T950v can store up to 120PB of data or content (300PB compressed) and when fully populated with 120 tape drives, offers an impressive transfer rate of up to 155TB/hr (324TB/hr compressed) using LTO-8 tape technology.

The Spectra T950v provides maximum flexibility by allowing you to populate your library with LTO tape technology or IBM® TS11XX Enterprise Tape Technology, enabling you to choose the technology that is perfect for your business.

Spectra T680

Spectra T380
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Spectra T680

Maximum Flexibility, Superior Longevity, and Tremendous Efficiency. With the exceptionally high-performance Spectra® T680 Tape Library, you will meet your backup, archive, and deep storage requirements. Designed to be easy to use and manage, it won’t let you down in the most demanding environments. Scalable from 50 to 670 LTO slots, you can store 8.6PB (20.4PB compressed) of data. With up to 12 LTO drives you can transfer data up to 15.5TB/hr. (30.2TB/hr. compressed) using LTO-8 tape technology.

Spectra T380

The Spectra T380 Tape Library provides maximum flexibility by supporting LTO tape technology and IBM® TS11X0 Tape technology, enabling you to select the tape technology that is the perfect fit for your business. Scalable from 50 to 380 LTO slots, you can store over 4.5PB (11.4PB compressed*) of data in a single library. Scale to 12 LTO drives with the ability to transfer data up to 15.5TB/hr. (32.4TB/hr. compressed) using LTO-8 tape technology.

Spectra® Stack

Built with maximum flexibility at its core, the all-new 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 6.7PB (16.7PB compressed*) of data in a fully expanded Spectra Stack library. This extreme flexibility provides affordability and expandability without compromise.

Case Study:

Brooks Lab Workflow

Brooks Lab is a theoretical chemistry lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biophysics Program at the University of Michigan

“For over seven years, the lab has relied solely on Spectra Logic enterprise tape and disk solutions to record and archive critical research data… The Spectra T680 tape library provides a number of features and tools to ensure an effortless management experience. The Verde NAS Solution enables expandable raw storage capacity, which is important for Brooks Lab since their binary data doesn’t compress well.” Full Case Study

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Spectra BlackPearl Converged Storage System

Simply and affordably preserves your data forever

Spectra® BlackPearl® Converged Storage System solves the problem of costly and complex approaches to digital preservation by combining multiple standard interfaces and storage targets into a simple and affordable solution designed for diverse workflows.

Why BlackPearl?

Why BlackPearl

Storing data is a challenge. Storing data affordably, while providing more protection than ever before in an increasingly data-protection-sensitive climate, may be an organisation’s single greatest obstacle. See how the Spectra BlackPearl is helping to pave the way.

Storage Targets

BlackPearl Storage Targets

BlackPearl Converged Storage System unlocks multiple storage targets including spin-down disk, deep storage tape, and even public cloud. Through BlackPearl’s advanced data policy management software, data can be stored on any storage target and policies can be applied to determine how many copies will be made on each storage target and how long the data will reside.

BlackPearl Client Partners

Spectra Logic BlackPearl Certified Partner

“Broad Application Support” is a key component of the Spectra story and it is no different for BlackPearl. BlackPearl Certified Partner isn’t simply a statement of ‘compatibility’, but a commitment to tight integration with certified configurations and supporting documentation. Below are just a couple of the technical briefs available from two of Spectra’s earliest partners, detailing powerful, scale-able and reliable solutions to content management and retention.

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