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October 26, 2015

Spectra Logic targets cold storage with ArcticBlue

News: Company uses its 2015 Deep Storage Summit to launch Nearline Disk storage.

By Ellie Burns

Announced at the company’s Deep Storage 2015 Summit, Spectra Logic has launched ArcticBlue, touted by the company as a breakthrough in Nearline Disk.

Designed for data centre and private cloud managers looking to integrate a long-life nearline disk solution with online performance, ArcticBlue is an object storage based disk platform.

Sitting behind the company’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, ArcticBlue leverages BlackPearl’s new Advanced Bucket Management (ABM) feature, which automatically creates one or more copies on both ArcticBlue disk systems and Spectra Logic tape libraries.

This, the company claim, creates a deep storage solution that provides true genetic diversity and digital preservation of data.

"Digital tape has always led the way on cost, efficiency and longevity, and BlackPearl supplements a tape system by simplifying the interface and eliminating the barriers of software complexity," said Matt Starr, chief technology officer, Spectra Logic.

"ArcticBlue revolutionizes the entire system by adding a low cost, direct access online tier that can be used in conjunction with or instead of tape. It’s a product that reflects Spectra Logic’s 36 years of deep storage expertise."

ArcticBlue will begin shipping in December 2015. Pricing for a 48-drive ArcticBlue disk system begins at $49,920. A full-rack configuration delivers 6.1PB raw capacity, before compression of data.

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