Spectra Logic Celebrates Ten Years of Profitability

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Today Spectra Logic announced its tenth consecutive year of profitability at the close of calendar year 2016. Spectra Logic’s success is rooted in investing in industry-leading research and development to build and improve its archive solutions, creating tailored solutions for key verticals that incorporate software and hardware to solve customer workflow and management issues, and focusing on digital preservation that protects customer data forever, while minimizing impact on business processes.

Spectra Logic prospers through its assured stance that all roads lead to tape, as tape libraries are the ideal choice for deep storage environments,” said Fred Moore, president, Horison Strategies. “Tape-based solutions will continue to be the prime platform for storage and archive of large data sets—particularly in high-performance computing and cloud provider environments. No other vendor except for Spectra has the level of commitment or breadth of entry-level to enterprise-class tape library offerings.”

Tape’s technological advancements strengthened greatly in 2016, with enhancements in capacity, roadmap, density and data integrity. Spectra solutions saw many improvements, including:

  • Spectra enterprise tape libraries are 160 percent faster and at least 400 percent more reliable, are performing with 100 percent uptime, and use less power than previous models. Tape drive roadmaps are now doubling in capacity every two years, providing the most cost-effective data storage solution available with up to 10 times more storage capacity for the cost of equivalent disk systems.
  • The Spectra TFinity ExaScale Tape Library with the world’s highest capacity was introduced and is the only tape library system to support all three tape drive technologies. Today, the TFinity ExaScale, Spectra T950 and Spectra T380 Tape Libraries are all compatible with LTO, IBM TS1140 and TS1150, and Oracle’s StorageTek T10000x Tape Technology.

The Spectra BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, an S3 gateway to tape solutions, bridges modern object storage with the cost effectiveness, longevity and portability of tape.

In 2016, Spectra Logic introduced nine new products or major integrations, and 12 patents were issued to the company.

As digital data sets grow at an astounding pace, and require longer retention periods, businesses continue to deploy tape broadly. Simultaneously, organizations in every market are demanding on-premise, long-term storage and archive. Spectra Logic again recorded significant increases in bookings year-over-year across its key vertical industries, including government, HPC, media and entertainment, video surveillance and public cloud infrastructure.

“The storage industry is in the midst of a growth period in scale-out storage adoption and object storage implementation. Meanwhile, customers are also seeking exceptional archive solutions for long-term digital preservation and data protection,” said Nathan Thompson, Spectra Logic’s CEO. “Spectra is responding to these market needs with a vertical market solution approach coupled with continuous product innovation to ensure the delivery of scalable solutions that satisfy customer requirements,” Thompson added.

BlackPearl Enhancements

In 2016, the Spectra BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway continued to thrive at the center of Spectra’s Hybrid Storage Ecosystem strategy. BlackPearl deployments combined with Spectra Tape Library and ArcticBlue® solutions expanded in multiple markets globally. Spectra extended its BlackPearl family with both its entry-level BlackPearl V Series and the high performance BlackPearl P Series models. Additionally, Spectra announced several feature enhancements to BlackPearl, now a converged storage platform, including multi-site replication, Advanced Bucket Management (policy-based multi-copy), public cloud storage with Amazon Web Services and others as well as adding a front-end NAS storage option.

Spectra also expanded its BlackPearl client compatibility certification matrix with direct integration to AVID Interplay MAM, CatDV, Cyberduck, eMAM, Imagen, Marquis and Vizrt for the Media and Entertainment market. Spectra increased traction into the HPC market with CEPH, Globus/GridFTP, GPFS and Lustre integrations. Today, 150 BlackPearl clients are in various states of development by Spectra Logic and its partners.

Spectra built several extensions to the software development tool kit, and Spectra’s BlackPearl Eon Browser, formerly known as the BlackPearl Deep Storage Browser. The Eon Browser allows users to graphically move files and groups of files to and from BlackPearl and from Windows, Linux and Mac environments.

Spectra Verde NAS Solution Enhancements

Designed for a variety of workloads for as low as 7.5c per GB, a single Verde solution now supports three different disk drive types, including 4TB, 8TB and 12TB enterprise drives; 8TB archive drives; and high-performance, flash-based SSD drives. Additional Verde enhancements include Komprise certification as a Tier 1 offload solution, and our Verde Network File Interface (NFI) provides a connection directly to BlackPearl.

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