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November 9, 2009

Spectra launches new enterprise tape library

Includes integrated data encryption, library virtualisation and partitioning, and library management software

By CBR Staff Writer

Spectra Logic has launched a new enterprise tape library, which it claims to meet archive and backup requirements while saving customers up to 30% on initial capital investments and 15 to 20% on annual recurring operational expenses.

The company claims that the T-Finity library offers multiple, redundant robots, scaling to more than 45 petabytes (PBs) in a single library and to more than 180 petabytes in a single, unified library complex. It is targeted for use in data-intensive environments such as large enterprise IT, federal, high performance computing (HPC) and media/entertainment.

T-Finity library supports LTO open tape technology and IBM System Storage TS1130 tape drives and extends tape reliability through lifecycle management and design efficiencies, the company said.

According to Spectra Logic, the T-Finity delivers enterprise tape library advancements based on a modern design that saves cost. It has almost 200 % more capacity and slots in a single library and scales to more than 30,000 slots in a single library and 120,000 slots in a single library complex. It  delivers up to 99.99% availability through dual robotics, redundant control and communication paths, and multiple redundant components that increase uptime and support high exchange rate workloads.

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Spectra’s Lifecycle Management includes proactive library, tape drive and media lifecycle management and reporting to ensure high availability and data integrity; and the ScanTape functionality verifies the health of tapes before writing data to them, the company said.

The T-Finity features include, integrated data encryption; library virtualisation and partitioning; and hardware, media and library management software. It uses BlueScale software to simplify administration, configuration, hot upgrades, security and local and remote reporting, Spectra said.

Nathan Thompson, CEO and founder of Spectra Logic, said: “The T-Finity library enables customers to consolidate multiple legacy libraries, reduce initial capital investments, control ongoing operational expense, and ensure investment protection with scalability to meet long-term data growth requirements.”

Spectra T-Finity tape library is currently in beta and will be available in limited quantities starting in December 2009. List pricing for the Spectra T-Finity, including two LTO4 fibre channel drives, two robots, encryption, Spectra library lifecycle management and BlueScale management software, begins at $218,500.

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