Spectra Logic Demos NetApp, Avid Implementations

Spectra Logic (Booth SL11816) is demonstrating the proof-of-concept integration of its BlackPearl deep-storage gateway with NetApp StorageGRID Webscale and, at Avid Connect 2015 (Caesars Palace), is unveiling an integration that allows long-term data storage and easy accessibility at extremely low cost, with a new direct-to-tape archive option.

Designed to meet the demands of today’s modern storage challenges, the Spectra Logic-NetApp joint solution provides seamless content management across sites, tiers, and clouds. It enables customers to use massively scalable object storage for media content while archiving to BlackPearl to achieve optimal cost and performance.

Using StorageGRID Webscale’s S3 endpoint connector, NetApp will be able to add BlackPearl as an archive location for files stored in StorageGRID as objects.

“BlackPearl deep-storage technology is a potential game-changer in the storage industry by changing the economics of deep storage,” says Spectra Logic CTO Matt Starr. “NetApp and Spectra both have a history of creative technological advancements and thought leadership, and we look forward to continuing to grow this relationship in the future.”

Spectra Logic BlackPearl enables users to archive assets through affordable deep storage, addressing exponential data growth and long-term archive requirements. The storage gateway writes data to tape using an open-standard LTFS, ensuring content integrity and availability.

BlackPearl deep-storage gateway works with NetApp StorageGRID Webscale to eliminate complexities and offer multisite collaboration and long-term content archive. This is accomplished through the sophisticated StorageGRID Webscale policy engine that provides automated data placement across storage tiers. StorageGRID Webscale stores content according to user-defined policies to BlackPearl, which enables object storage directly to tape, providing private-cloud infrastructure at an affordable price.

Along with BlackPearl, StorageGRID Webscale also supports disk and flash on-premises as well as S3-compatible cloud storage, enabling customers to choose optimal storage locations based on cost, performance, durability, and availability requirements.

“Organizations are looking for flexibility when it comes to storing content across on-premises and public cloud. NetApp StorageGRID Webscale is a scalable and flexible data-management solution that supports a variety of storage tiers,” says NetApp Senior Manager, Hybrid Cloud Solutions, Ingo Fuchs. “Integration with BlackPearl will provide our customers additional on-premises solutions.”

Spectra Logic-Avid Integration
BlackPearl sits in front of deep-storage tape-library technology, which allows users to scale at a low cost. BlackPearl and Avid (Booth SU902) Interplay PAM deliver simple HTTP commands that move data anywhere within a network and deliver additional features for bulk-data movement to increase workflow efficiency. Together, they offer on-premises or global access to content, affording the benefits of a public cloud within the user’s own environment.

For media and entertainment organizations to stay competitive, streamlined workflow and affordable digital archiving is essential and must easily integrate into standard workflows. The new integration is designed to address these points for postproduction, sports organizations, digital archiving, and more. BlackPearl and Interplay PAM allow archives to be directly available to production, further simplifying the workflow for time and cost reduction.

“Spectra Logic has a long history of understanding the storage challenges faced by the media and entertainment industry,” says Spectra Logic CTO Matt Starr. “Coupled with Avid’s best-in-class production-management solutions, we have created a streamlined, efficient, and affordable workflow for media and entertainment clients that evolved from deep expertise.”

With Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl, Interplay PAM users have an end-to-end workflow solution, from data ingest to deep storage. The new solution is fully integrated into the Avid archive environment so customers can quickly and easily manage, archive, find, and restore large numbers of valuable media assets.

The new solution is rolled out in tandem with Spectra Logic’s collaboration as a valued Avid Connectivity Partner. Spectra Logic expertise has been validated by Avid and Spectra products have proven to adhere to the Avid Connectivity Toolkit standards.

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