SpectraLogic has announced the largest tape library in the world, the TFinity ExaScale Edition, with an exabyte of capacity in a single footprint storage system using current media technology.
It is also the industry’s first tri-mode library, with support for LTO, IBM TS1150 and Oracle T10000 A, B, C and D format tape drives.
The library uses Spectra’s High Performance Transporter fast robotics to get cartridges to and from drives faster.
This tape temple features:
- Faster TeraPorter* with 2x speed increase to 160ips to move tape drive packs (9 or 10-slot TeraPack) into and out of the library
- Up to 14 Terapacks can be imported/exported in a single operation
- Dual Robot operations
- Parallel AC power input – no input power phasing requirements for N+1 power redundancy
- SlotIQ – uses empty space nearest tape drives to speed performance
- MediaIQ – sorts and optimises cartridge move commands based on robot’s location
- Cold Storage – groups can now vault infrequently accessed tapes inside the library so they become “invisible” to the application, reducing costs and allowing easy retrieval
TFinity ExaScale Edition
- Optional custom skins for personalisation
- Spectra’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway enabled
- Highest cartridge exchange performance roadmap of any tape library system
- Most floor space efficient footprint of any tape library
- UP to 44 frames from previous 40-frame limit
NASA has deployed a Spectra TFinity ExaScale Edition in its production HPC environment. The organisation has more than 500PB of data stored in Spectra libraries.
High Performance Transporter
* The TeraPorter is a vertical arm inside the library. It’s used to position the robot picker at a cartridge slot chamber or drive.