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Spectra Logic Report: Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019

Today Spectra Logic announced the publication of “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019,” the company’s fourth annual report on the data storage industry. “This report provides a high-level snapshot of the trends that will influence technological advancements in the data storage industry, and the workflows that will impact the way the world uses and preserves its digital information for the long term.”

Spectra Swarm Brings Ethernet Connectivity to LTO Tape Libraries

Today Spectra Logic announced enhancements to its family of tape libraries that help end users simplify and enhance their workflows. With the introduction of Spectra Swarm ethernet connectivity, the company makes tape connectivity easier and adds a modern interface to LTO tape libraries by leveraging all of the same infrastructure and networking capabilities as the rest of the equipment in a modern data center. Spectra Swarm is tested and qualified to work with Spectra LTO tape libraries — Spectra Stack through Spectra T950.

Time-Lapse Video: Installation of Spectra Logic Tape Robot at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

In this video, engineers install a Spectra Logic tape library at STFC’s Scientific Data Centre at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. The new Spectra TFinity Tape Library has an initial capacity of 65PB. “This system will provide for the predicted data-growth from existing groups over the next decade, and an active archive for JASMIN users and the IRIS science communities. It brings SCD’s total tape storage capacity within the RAL Scientific Data Centre to 240PB.”

TACC to power HSM Archives with Quantum Corp Tape Libraries

Today Quantum Corp. announced the Texas Advanced Computing Center has selected Quantum StorNext as their archive file system, with a Quantum Scalar i6000 tape library providing dedicated Hierarchical Storage Management. “Our ability to archive data is vital to TACC’s success, and the combination of StorNext as our archive file system managing Quantum hybrid storage, Scalar tape and our DDN primary disk will enable us to meet our commitments to the talented researchers who depend on TACC now and in the future,” said Tommy Minyard, Director of Advanced Computing at TACC.

Moving Mountains of Data at NERSC

Researchers at NERSC face the daunting task of moving 43 years worth of archival data across the network to new tape libraries, a whopping 120 Petabytes! “Even with all of this in place, it will still take about two years to move 43 years’ worth of NERSC data. Several factors contribute to this lengthy copy operation, including the extreme amount of data to be moved and the need to balance user access to the archive.”

How Quantum Corp. Wrangles Big Data for HPC, Ai, and Autonomous Cars

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Jason Coari from Quantum Corp. describes how the company wrangles Big Data for HPC, Ai, and Autonomous Cars. “Scientists and analysts today need intelligent data management throughout the entire research workflow, from ingest to HPC processing to archive. With multi-tier storage from Quantum, teams can better harness their data and transform the world.”

NSF Awards Instrumentation Grant for Research Data Archiving at University of Oklahoma

Today the NSF announced that a University of Oklahoma team led by Henry Neeman is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant. The $967,755 award will be used for a new academic research data storage instrument—a massive tape archive known as the OU and Regional Research Store, which will serve as a national model for affordable, large-scale, multi-institutional storage.

Spectra Logic Enhances Tape Library Offerings

Today Spectra Logic announced a set of updates to its enterprise tape libraries. The enhancements benefit customers in government, scientific research, high performance computing, media and entertainment, and public cloud environments who must preserve massive amounts of data long term. “In today’s world, organizations that extract more value from their data gain a competitive edge,” said Nathan Thompson, CEO of Spectra Logic. “Advancements in tape library functionality benefit organizations with large-scale computing platforms, enabling them to use, retain and, in some cases, retrieve enormous amounts of data quickly, securely and affordably for the long term.”

Spectra Logic rolls out New Tape Library Offerings

Today Spectra Logic announced a pair of new tape library products. These products include the all-new Spectra Stack, a highly scalable, modular and affordable tape library that allows users to start with a single tape drive and 10 tape slots, growing incrementally as their data needs increase, and the new Spectra T950v Tape Library, an affordable, entry-level model of the popular high-end Spectra T950 Tape Library family.

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.”