Spectra Logic Takes Home Top Honors at Storage Magazine Quality Awards

Spectra Logic earned top honors in two categories at the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards, winning for enterprise and midrange tape libraries. This marks the fourth time the company has won first place in the Quality Awards, with end-users giving Spectra Logic’s tape libraries a clean sweep of the highest scores in all six categories – including product quality, features, reliability, technical support, sales force competence, and repeat purchase appeal.

Spectra Logic outranked competing midrange and enterprise tape library solutions from IBM, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and Quantum. End-user respondents gave Spectra Logic the highest scores recorded to date in the Quality Award survey of tape libraries, and the company’s overall score bested its nearest competitor in the enterprise category by nearly a full point.
“What a library can – and can’t – do is the bottom line, and modern tape libraries are far from the one-trick ponies of yesteryear. Here again, Spectra Logic led a very strong group of product lines to some of the best scores yet in the product features category,” says Rich Castagna, editorial director for the Storage media Group for Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com.

In response to the survey question, “Would you buy this tape library again?” 95% of enterprise respondents said they would make a repeat purchase with Spectra Logic.

“We are honored to be recognized by Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com as the pinnacle of quality for enterprise and midrange tape libraries,” said Nathan Thompson, CEO, Spectra Logic. “The end user experience is always our top priority, and was the impetus for launching Spectra Logic’s Tape Without Pain initiative three years ago. The program identified obstacles in using tape storage – including the critical need to reduce time spent managing and monitoring tape libraries and to perform tape data integrity validation proactively rather than waiting until data is retrieved. This initiative propelled Spectra Logic’s tape library innovations and drove dramatic improvements across the industry in tape library technologies and end user experiences of tape in the data center.”

In conjunction with the Tape Without Pain initiative, Spectra Logic implemented new features within the T-series tape library hardware design, the BlueScale management software and the SpectraGuard Customer Support offerings. As a result the libraries proactively identify when components are approaching utilization thresholds, and parts can be replaced before failure can occur. In addition, Spectra Logic’s Media Lifecycle Management comes standard with all T-Series libraries to ensure complete data integrity and verification when data is written to tape and for years into the future while stored on tape.

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