Case Study: University of Georgia Selects Spectra Converged Storage System to Protect Digital Assets

University of Georgia has deployed a Spectra BlackPearl Converged Storage System, Spectra ArcticBlue Disk Solution and two Spectra T50e Tape Libraries to archive and protect its digital library collections. Leveraging BlackPearl’s hybrid storage architecture, the university is able to write content to both tape and disk, creating a genetically diverse archive strategy for long-term preservation.

The University of Georgia, ranked among the best research institutions in the country, is home to the nation’s third largest media archives, the Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, part of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. To preserve these collections, the university searched for an efficient and affordable digital archive solution that would protect their data indefinitely. The university was also looking to implement a new storage solution for administrative backups that offered excellent performance and ease of use.

“Spectra Logic helped the university implement a disaster recovery strategy to ensure their priceless library collections were preserved forever,” says Brian Grainger, Chief Sales Officer, Spectra Logic. “Utilizing Spectra’s hybrid storage architecture, the university is able to store assets on multiple storage mediums, both on and offsite, providing uncompromised reliability and longevity.”

The university selected a combination of Spectra Logic data storage solutions to address their vast archiving needs, including a BlackPearl Converged Storage System, ArcticBlue Disk Solution and two T50e Tape Libraries. Using Spectra’s S3 client developer tools, the university created its own custom BlackPearl Application Program Interface (API), allowing them to issue unique commands to their BlackPearl appliance. BlackPearl is used to generate two copies of data, one of which is written to a T50e located offsite, and the other to ArcticBlue.

Utilizing a mixture of storage mediums across different locations allows the university to shelter its data from potential danger, and enables fast data access with a reliable, efficient and cost-effective system. Their onsite T50e is used for administrative backups, which are performed incrementally each day and in full each week.

Read Spectra Logic’s University of Georgia customer case study here.

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