Data Centre ICT Storage Product of the Year
Of the many technology advancements and industry developments that have marked the last year, tape technology has had a disproportionate impact on the future of data storage. From a scalability, reliability and affordability standpoint, tape is the prevailing data storage technology. Even most of the cloud storage providers know that tape has to be a part of the ecosystem from a cost and reliability standpoint. Not to mention, tape provides the data centre with the invaluable benefit of an air gap to thwart ransomware attacks, providing an offline copy of data for superior data protection.
The world’s largest data storage machine storing up to two-and-a-half exabytes of data in a single library, the Spectra® TFinity® ExaScale tape library offers industry-leading scalability with the speed necessary to meet the needs of the most demanding environments. The TFinity breaks through the data technology market due to key differentials, including a patented TeraPack design and unique tape handling technology that produces unsurpassed storage density in the smallest footprint of any enterprise library on the market; Data Integrity Verification and Media Lifecycle Management features that respectively confirm readability of data written to tape and track and monitor data points for each piece of Spectra Certified Media in the library to proactively identify media health issues; and high-speed dual robots that deliver unmatched performance and maximum data availability with the kind of fault-tolerance that uniquely challenging 24x7 environments require – all wrapped up in a frame that features customer-inspired artistic panels that bring the library and the data center to life, another industry-first from Spectra Logic.
In addition to being the only tape library in the world to support all three enterprise tape technologies (LTO, IBM® TS11X0 and Oracle® T10000x) in the same library, the TFinity ExaScale continually ushers cutting-edge innovations to the market. Recent advancement include Time-Based Access Ordering System, which shortens data recall times and reduces wear on tapes and drives by intelligently reordering recalls from LTO tape, never before available for LTO-based systems; Zoning, which allocates a library territory for each robot in the dual-robot TFinity to achieve greater performance without partitions; TeraPack Affinity, which significantly optimizes performance via intelligent move queues and bulk drive loading; Spectra Swarm, which enables cost savings by adding Ethernet connectivity to LTO tape libraries; and dual High Performance Transporters, which are robotic pickers that provide superior reliability, performance and flexibility to the industry’s fastest tape library.
Providing a number of disruptive technological breakthroughs that help users who have immense data storage needs harness the full value of their data, the Spectra TFinity ExaScale Tape Library is chosen by organizations worldwide. Notable recent implementations include Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, now home to the world’s largest Spectra TFinity ExaScale system which is capable of storing 294 petabytes of uncompressed data, providing more efficient and physically denser data storage to support Sierra – the world’s second fastest supercomputer. Additionally, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, which replaced six 10-year-old systems with a single Spectra TFinity Tape Library capable of holding over 150 petabytes of data to serve applications run on the Summit supercomputer, reducing the physical footprint of its data storage architecture by 85 percent. Finally, the STFC’s Scientific Data Centre at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) recently installed two Spectra TFinity tape libraries to protect over 300PB with both LTO and IBM® TS tape technology, increasing its capacity for storing and managing the vast and ever-growing amounts of data from the JASMIN Facility, the UK's leading environmental science supercomputer and environment and climate data facility, and IRIS, which coordinates the exploitation of data in astronomy, particle physics, and from national facilities such as ISIS Neutron Source, Diamond Light Source and the Central Laser Facility.