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Radio Free Looks at why the Tape Storage Market is falling on Hard Times

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team asks the question: Is the Cloud Killing the Tape Market? The issue came up this week that Spectra Logic is laying off 9 percent of its workforce. “The technology has had its ups and downs over the years, and things look positive for it once again as cloud providers have adopted it as a cost-effective way to handle the growing amount of data being generated, TechTarget, a marketing firm, reported.”

LTO-8 Type M Tape Boosts Storage Capacity from Spectra Logic

Spectra Logic announced today that Spectra Certified LTO-8 Type M media along with LTO-8 drives and all supported media are now available for order. An industry first offering, LTO-8 Type M media provides a 50 percent increase in capacity from 6TB to 9TB using new LTO-7 media.

Spectra Logic Launches LTO-8 Pre-Purchase Program

“LTO-8 tape technology doubles the capacity of LTO-7 to an astonishing 30 TB compressed (12TB native) per cartridge, and improves performance by 20 percent, up to 360Mbps. The additional capacity equates to fewer tape cartridges required to store the same amount of data while the performance boost translates into the need for fewer tape drives to do the same amount of work. In addition, the new LTO-8 drives are backward compatible with LTO-7 tape media, allowing users to read/write any LTO-7 media.”

Podcast: Spectra Logic Report looks at the State of Data Storage

Today Spectra Logic their annual review of the data storage industry. The report provides insight for storage and media manufacturers, application developers and enterprise storage customers into the trends, pricing and technology shaping the data storage industry, and projects future storage needs and the technologies with the best chance of satisfying them. “The world’s repository of data is growing more rapidly than we could have imagined. At the same time, organizations are more reliant than ever on digital assets, and must protect and preserve access to this data forever,” said Spectra Logic CEO Nathan Thompson. “This is a unique time for the data storage industry, and we are proud to take a leadership role in helping the industry anticipate the trends, tiers and technologies of the future.”

Hammer PLC to Distribute Spectra Logic Storage in Europe

Today UK-based Hammer PLC announced that it will be a distributer of Spectra Logic storage technology in Europe. “This is an excellent opportunity to increase our high-performance computing offering to our partners and customers,” said Jason Beeson, Hammer’s Commercial Director. “By adding Spectra Logic’s bespoke data workflow storage solutions we can reach a whole new genre of highly data-dependent users who are seeking a complete data workflow, from input and day-to-day use right through to deep storage and archiving.”

Spectra Logic Celebrates Ten Years of Profitability

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 Rolls Out World’s Largest Capacity Tape Library

Today Spectra Logic announced the Spectra TFinity ExaScale Edition, the world’s largest and most richly-featured tape storage system. “Since 2008, Spectra Logic has worked with engineers in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in California’s Silicon Valley, first deploying a Spectra tape library with 22 petabytes of capacity. According to NASA, the Spectra tape library’s capacity has grown to approximately one half an Exabyte of archival storage today. After extensive testing over the past year, NASA recently deployed a Spectra TFinity ExaScale Edition in their 24×7 production HPC environment.”

FujiFilm Qualifies Next-Gen LTO-7 Cartridge

Last week at SC15, Fujifilm announced that its next-generation LTO Ultrium 7 data cartridge has been qualified by the LTO technology provider companies for commercial production and is available immediately. FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium 7 has a compressed storage capacity of 15.0TB with a transfer rate of 750MB/sec assuming 2.5:1 compression ratio. This capacity achievement represents a 2.4X increase over the current LTO-6 generation.

Spectra Logic to Offer LTO-7 Technology

Today Spectra Logic announced it is now taking orders for Spectra tape libraries configured with Linear Tape-Open Generation 7 (LTO-7) technology. The combination of LTO-7, the industry-standard for tape technology, and Spectra tape libraries will result in the best storage density available per dollar.

Spectra Logic Steps up with Deep Storage Technologies at SC14

“Recently, we released our BlackPearl appliance, which is an S3 gateway to tape. It’s a really easy way to get data into a deep storage archive. Kind of interesting to take this cloud-based technology, put it into appliance and actually build a private cloud for HPC.”