November 01, 2011
Suite of robust performance, reliability and data integrity advancements added across entire line of T-Series tape storage
BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 1 — Spectra Logic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, today unveiled five new products and advancements that reset the bar in defining exascale storage. As the computing industry has continually evolved over recent years in moving from petascale to exascale computing, demands on storage platforms have evolved dramatically. Today, Spectra Logic is introducing a suite of advancements that meet the complete feature set, capacity and performance needs of the new market of exascale storage. Spectra Logic is introducing the world's highest capacity storage system as well as performance, reliability and data integrity advancements across its complete line of T-Series tape libraries. Spectra's new exascale storage capabilities are designed to help organizations safely store and manage massive amounts of data, and are leading a paradigm shift in expectations and requirements for Big Data and Cloud storage.
"The 'Big Data' trend is driving technology requirements in applications ranging from enterprise datacenters to academic supercomputing labs," said Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research. "The next generation of exascale data will require capabilities that not only provide sufficient capacity, but also deliver the speed, reliability, and data integrity features to match the needs of these environments."
According to IDC, in 2011 the amount of information created and replicated will surpass 1,800 exabytes, growing by a factor of 9 in just five years.1 Data creation in the world today is exponential but disk drive capacity growth is linear. Organizations are seeking exascale storage, which is defined as a storage system that is contiguously accessible and scalable to more than an exabyte of capacity. New data storage strategies built on highly scalable tape-based storage systems are necessary to offer the paradigm shift needed to meet these burgeoning data storage needs.
T-Finity ExaScale Storage Powered by BlueScale 12
Spectra Logic is introducing the world's highest capacity storage system, a high capacity T-Finity enterprise tape library capable of storing more than 3.6 exabytes of data. Powered by Spectra's BlueScale 12 software management, the Spectra T-Finity provides the highest capacity single library and the highest capacity library complex. A single T-Finity library will now expand to 40 frames for a capacity of up to 50,000 tape cartridges. In a library complex, up to eight libraries can be clustered using Spectra's skyway technology for a capacity of up to 400,000 tape cartridges. The Spectra T-Finity with TeraPack media storage is optimally designed for support of Redundant Arrays of Independent Tapes (RAIT) and provides enhanced performance, reliability and data integrity capabilities. With support for LTO and IBM TS1140 technology tape drives, the exascale-capacity T-Finity offers customers the flexibility to choose the right media type and capacity options to best meet their Big Data storage needs. Tape media options and corresponding native and compressed capacities are shown in the table below.
|Library (40 Frames)||
Complex (8 Libraries)
|LTO5||75 PB||150 PB*||601 PB||1.2 EB*|
|LTO6||160 PB||401 PB**||1.3 EB||3.2 EB**|
|TS1140||152 PB||457 PB***||1.2 EB||3.6 EB***|
Capacities based upon industry standard 1,000 TB per PB.
* 2:1 compression on LTO5
** 2.5:1 compression on LTO6
*** 3:1 compression on TS1140 tape drive technology
Spectra Logic's latest unified management software, BlueScale 12, provides enhanced performance, management, and integration capabilities. With faster barcode scanning and motion code enhancements, BlueScale 12 delivers 35 to 60 percent faster robotic performance across Spectra's enterprise and mid-range tape libraries, plus 15 to 20 times faster library 'power on' times. In addition, BlueScale 12 provides support for CarbideCleanmedia, faster and improved GUI and SSL web certificates and delivers the industry's first XML-based Open Library API to enable customers' development groups to directly interface with the system for easy, full integration with their customized software management platforms.
BlueScale 12 is now available on all Spectra T-Series tape libraries providing a common user interface across Spectra's entire range of tape libraries from the entry-level T50e, distributed level T120, mid- range T200, T380 and T680, and enterprise scale T950 and T-Finity libraries.
Performance, Reliability and Data Integrity Enhancements
In conjunction with its exascale-capacity T-Finity and BlueScale 12 announcements, Spectra Logic also unveiled four significant exascale tape storage and archiving advancements. The advancements address storage requirements that are critical for exascale data storage – from the smallest, most minute elements to larger-scale capabilities, and include:
"HPSS RAIT architecture significantly improves data reliability in high performance, big data environments," said Jason Alt, senior software engineer, National Center for Supercomputing Applications. "The innovation of RAIT enables customers to recover from a media failure without having to invest in full duplicate copies of all the data tapes."
"As today's announcements exemplify, Spectra Logic has harnessed 32 years of innovation in electronics, robotics, data storage and software to expand the capacity and capabilities of our T-Series tape libraries to meet the needs of Big Data storage environments," said Matt Starr, chief technology officer, Spectra Logic. "We have addressed the unique challenges of exascale data storage – from ensuring the integrity of each bit of data on the media to delivering the highest capacity storage system on the market. Today's announcements demonstrate Spectra Logic's committed to innovation leadership and to delivering storage excellence for Big Data environments."
Spectra Logic's executives are hosting a free Webinar to cover the details of its new products and enhancements on Wednesday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m. MDT. Register here.
For more information about Spectra Logic Corporation, click here.
1IDC's 2011 Digital Universe Study, sponsored by EMC, June 2011
Source: Spectra Logic Corp.
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