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Spectra announces BlueScale first

Spectra Logic has announced its first storage appliance to be managed with the company’s BlueScale interface, which has long been used by the company’s T-Series tape customers.

The D500 integrates a customised RAID-protected disk array, a powerful server, NAS head and integrated network interface. Storage managers can use the Spectra D500 as an NFS/CIFS disk-based cache for near-line data storage before archiving to tape.

The D500 is a 3U-sized unit configurable with two, four and eight terabytes of raw storage space. Separate mirrored operating system disks ensure raw storage is dedicated to data backup and archive, while also providing redundancy and high availability of the operating system. Users can run any backup application to store data to the D500 and optionally to tape.

Matt Starr, chief technology officer for Spectra Logic, said: “The D500 disk appliance lets administrators take advantage of disk for backup, with a streamlined path for data movement to tape. We designed the D500 to be managed with the same powerful BlueScale interface that our tape customers have appreciated for years, and the D500 simply drops into existing networks to offload backup and archival tasks, while also integrating tightly with our tape libraries.”

The Spectra D500 is compatible with Backup Exec, Net Backup, CommVault and a variety of hierarchical storage management packages including IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager. The D500 will work with Microsoft DPM 2006 for near-continuous data protection of Windows servers.


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