Research institutions can now easily create a private storage cloud for less than $100/TB/year

Austin, Texas. – November 16, 2015 – Spectra Logic and Globus today, at Supercomputing 2015 in Austin, Texas, unveiled a new partnership that incorporates Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl hybrid storage ecosystem and the Globus research data management service. The cost-effective, joint solution provides Globus users with a turnkey private storage cloud, using a familiar web interface across online, nearline, and offline storage systems.

“By partnering with Spectra Logic, Globus now makes it easy for campus computing centers and other non-profit research computing facilities to offer their users an affordable storage solution that is easy to deploy and manage,” said Steve Tuecke, Globus co-inventor. “Spectra is an ideal partner due to its deep storage expertise in HPC environments. Spectra’s BlackPearl product ecosystem, including their family of tape libraries and ArcticBlue disk products, will offer our customers an easy-to-deploy model, fast access to deep storage, and seamless scalability at a very attractive cost per terabyte.”

The solution is delivered using a recently released BlackPearl client for Globus Connect Server, the software that enables practically any storage system to be accessed via the Globus service. Spectra Logic’s newly enhanced BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway sits in front of deep storage tape and nearline disk archives of all sizes, which allows users to scale at a remarkably low cost. BlackPearl combined with Globus delivers simple, robust storage that is easily integrated with campus security infrastructure to enable streamlined data flows within and among research institutions. The solution offers both on-premise and global access to content, affording all the benefits of public cloud, within the user’s own environment.

“The joint integration allows for high performance computing and research organizations to stay connected to their archive with simplified file sharing, fast file transfer and data publication, enabled through Globus and BlackPearl,” Matt Starr, chief technology officer, Spectra Logic, said. “By providing Globus users with an easy-to-use and affordable archive, BlackPearl can now be integrated seamlessly into the Globus user community.”

Learn more about the Spectra Logic-Globus solution at Supercomputing 2015, through November 19th, 2015. Visit Globus at booth #383, and visit Spectra at booth #1909. Follow Spectra Logic’s live activity at the show on Twitter, via the hashtags #Spectra and #SC15, #HPCMatters, #HPCTransforms.

About Globus
Globus is software-as-a-service for research data management, used by hundreds of research institutions and high-performance computing facilities worldwide. The service enables secure, reliable file transfer, sharing, and data publication for managing data throughout the research lifecycle. Globus is an initiative of the University of Chicago, and is supported in part by funding from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Sloan Foundation. Visit www.globus.org.

About Spectra® BlackPearl™ Deep Storage Gateway
Designed to meet the demands of today’s modern active archives, Spectra BlackPearl enables users to archive assets on affordable, scalable deep storage. BlackPearl writes data to tiers of storage including tape using open standard (LTFS), assuring content’s integrity and availability. Desired content is directly recalled through intelligent, self-describing objects. BlackPearl seamlessly integrates an archive into workflows and is fully integrated into Globus Connect communities allowing for direct search and recall of assets.

About Spectra Logic Corporation
Spectra Logic develops deep storage solutions that solve the problem of long- term storage for business and technology professionals dealing with exponential data growth. Dedicated solely to storage innovation for more than 35 years, Spectra Logic’s uncompromising product and customer focus is proven by the largest information users in multiple vertical markets globally. Spectra enables affordable, multi-decade data storage and access by creating new methods of managing information in all forms of deep storage—including archive, backup, cold storage, cloud and private cloud. Visit www.SpectraLogic.com.

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