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Spectra Logic Expands BlackPearl Family With Two Products


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BlackPearl P Series triples throughput to tiered deep storage while, BlackPearl V Series delivers solution in 2U

  • Published Date:
    September 14, 2016
  • Author:
    Darryl Riddlespurger
  • Category:
    Spectra Logic

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The BlackPearl family accommodates smaller organisations, such as post-production houses, through large organisations requiring superior performance to handle complex, growing data sets, such as multi-site networks.

BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway has been meeting the needs of customers in data-intensive environments experiencing exponential growth since its introduction in 2013. BlackPearl provides a direct interface from any workflow into an active archive, providing access to nearline storage, tape and cloud, while reducing costs.

The BlackPearl V Series serves as the entry-level option, with the ability to store 300 million objects and transfer data at up to 300MB/s sustained to disk or tape. With a small 2U form factor, the V Series combined with a T50e tape library could store up to 750TB (*) in a 6U space.

For larger environments, the BlackPearl P Series meets the needs of customers with large archives that have higher throughput requirements. Designed for performance, the P Series can store a billion or more objects, transfer up to 3,000MB/s sustained to disk or tape, and manage twenty or more LTO-7 tape drives paving the way for future generations of LTO and TS tape drives.

"BlackPearl has been a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for organisations moving massive amounts of data to tape, and more recently, to disk and public cloud," said Matt Starr, CTO, Spectra Logic. "With the addition of the V Series and P Series versions, we are extending the benefits of BlackPearl to every organisation, where data is critical to operations. This lets our customers find the right match for their unique workflow and confidently store and scale their data for pennies per gigabyte."

The expansion of the BlackPearl family follows other recently announced enhancements to BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, including an integration with the Cyberduck open source client software tool and direct DR copy replicated to Amazon public cloud, including Glacier. With the addition of the two versions, BlackPearl continues to be a deep storage solution on the market.

BlackPearl family is available and includes three products:
BlackPearl V Series - 200-300MB/s to disk or tape sustained
BlackPearl S Series - 600-800MB/s to disk or tape sustained
BlackPearl P Series - 2,000-3,000MB/s to disk or tape sustained
(*) Calculations using 6TB raw for LTO-7 and 2.5:1 compression

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