Spectra Logic debuts Lustre archive campaign storage offering; adds Ceph integration to BlackPearl storage gateway

Storage vendor Spectra Logic announced Tuesday a new archive solution for Lustre file systems deployed in high-performance computing (HPC), education and government supercomputers, and data centers.

The offering includes includes embedded hierarchical storage management (HSM) software by Campaign Storage, works with Spectra’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, Intel’s Lustre file system, and an industry-standard policy manager. It offers seamless Lustre Archive functionality with a high-performance archive search and HSM management tool allowing nearly unlimited scalability, performance, monitoring and flexibility.

Spectra Logic develops storage offerings that solve the problem of long-term storage for business and technology professionals dealing with exponential data growth. Its 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.

Spectra’s Lustre Archive Campaign Storage Solution include nearly unlimited capacity, scalability and parallel performance; nearly instantaneous archive search and management; advanced levels of monitoring, control, verification and protection; and flexibility across multiple sources, targets and file systems.

Spectra Logic also announced that the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) has developed an integration between its Ceph clustered file system storage environment and the Spectra BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway. The new integration is designed for both backup and archive, reducing backup windows and allowing users to store data for a seemingly indefinite period of time. LIBR will be offering the code to any BlackPearl user by the end of this year, free of charge, through GitHub.

The LIBR opened May 2009 and currently houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinical research staff who apply neuroimaging, genetic, pharmacological and neuropsychological tools to investigate the biology of neuropsychiatric disorders.

The Institute’s creation was supported by The William K. Warren Foundation for the purpose of conducting studies aimed at developing more effective treatments or prevention strategies for these disorders. The studies are led by scientists from diverse backgrounds, including physics, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, developmental neuroscience, computer science and genetics.

LIBR began using Spectra Logic’s deep storage products two years ago when they selected a Spectra T950 Tape Library with a Spectra BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway to cost-effectively manage significant data growth.

LIBR is an initial Spectra customer to create its own open source BlackPearl code to share with the developer community.

The organization needed a way to back up data that was compatible with its pre-existing Ceph environment. This inspired LIBR’s IT department to create the Ceph client which allows LIBR to write all of the organization’s data to BlackPearl and LTO tape.

Spectra Logic’s Developer Program enables users to create Spectra S3 applications to move data to tape and disk archive, using the Spectra BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway. The BlackPearl hardware sits in front of Spectra’s tape libraries and disk archive systems, and allows users to move data using simple HTTP commands. The HTTP command set is called Spectra S3 and is an extension of the S3 storage interface popularized by Amazon.

“Spectra Logic’s Developer Program makes it easy for customers and partners to build their own applications and clients to move data to Spectra’s deep storage appliances, greatly reducing the cost and complexity of storing data in long-term archives,” said Brian Grainger, CSO, Spectra Logic. “By creating a Ceph integration for BlackPearl, LIBR freed up significant time and resources, which could be focused instead on research efforts.”

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