Spectra Logic Enhances Backup

Spectra Logic releases new BlueScale features for backup and archive reliability

November 20, 2008

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Spectra Logic, the data storage innovator, is developing the next revision of the BlueScale management software, the common interface across its T-series tape libraries and nTier backup and archive disk appliances. BlueScale 10.5 offers new features that simplify data storage and boost backup reliability in enterprise and HPC environments.

BlueScale retains all of its existing features, including Spectra BlueScale Encryption with key management, EnergyAudit power monitor, Media Lifecycle Management and AutoSupport. BlueScale 10.5 adds these new functionalities:

BlueScale 10.5 features enable open storage options to ease operations in custom and HPC environments:

Auto Drive Cleaning is now integrated in the library for customers with archive or backup solutions that do not include drive cleaning functionality. BlueScale is compatible with major and custom backup and archive packages including Amanda, Backula, Disk Extender, DIVArchive, DMF, HPSS, MassStore, NetBackup, Sympana, TSM and Spectra Logic continues to open its storage offerings so customers may choose preferences and integrate them seamlessly.

Command Line Interface (CLI) gives direct library control and reporting to users with custom backup requirements, a commonality in HPC and broadcast industries during backup and archive processes. CLI increases the number of accessibility options available to the library user, such as Web, XML and SSL.BlueScale 10.5 promotes proactive problem identification, reporting and support:

Spectra Vision is an internal Web camera that improves library uptime and remote diagnostic capabilities. Storage administrators and SpectraGuard Support can now visually monitor internal library operations in real time from any where in the world.

Hardware Health Monitor (HHM) expands on Spectra’s continued investment in tape reliability. HHM tracks component thresholds and proactively notifies administrators of possible threats before failures can occur. HHM users can expect the same notifications inherent in RAID array reporting, but translated into tape. HHM is the hardware counterpart to Spectra’s Media Lifecycle Management tape health tool. With HHM, tape users can now expect the same reliability from tape libraries that they expect from disk arrays.

“Spectra Logic’s goal is to identify solutions and to develop features that our customers’ environments demand,” said Molly Rector, Spectra Logic’s VP of product management. “BlueScale 10.5 was designed with HPC and enterprise customer pain points in mind.”

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