Spectra Logic Unveils Flagship T-Finity Tape System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-11 Print this article Print

T-Finity has multiple redundant robots and can scale to more than 45 petabytes in a single library and to more than 180 petabytes in a single, unified complex, CTO Mollie Rector told eWEEK.

Spectra Logic, which makes high-end, robotic tape storage systems for television stations, high-performance computing systems and other data-intensive environments, Nov. 11 unveiled a new flagship system: the T-Finity Library.

T-Finity has multiple redundant robots and can scale to more than 45 petabytes in a single library and to more than 180 petabytes in a single, unified complex, CMO Mollie Rector told eWEEK.

"Scalability and 'five nines' of availability are two of the most important features T-Finity offers," Rector said.

"T-Finity can scale to more than 30,000 [cartridge] slots in a single library and 120,000 slots in a library complex. It scales capacity by adding frames non-disruptively [thanks to multiple robots] that require no library downtime."

T-Finity's built-in features-which Rector said come at no extra cost-include integrated data encryption; library virtualization and partitioning; and hardware, media and library management software.

The new tape system is compatible with all major archive and backup software applications, including BakBone NetVault, CA ArcServe, BrightStor, CommVault Sympana, IBM HPSS and TSM, Legato DiskExtender and Networker, Quantum StorNext, Symantec Backup Exec and NetBackup, Syncsort Backup Express, and XenData.
"Spectra Logic's new T-Finity tape library addresses the demanding storage and productivity requirements of HPC and enterprise markets," IDC Research Vice President of Technical Computing Steve Conway said. "It supplies multiple redundant components and unique features, while requiring only a single management interface, thus raising the bar on management simplicity within data-intensive environments."

The Spectra T-Finity tape library, currently in beta, will be available in limited quantities starting in December 2009, Rector said.

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.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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