Spectra BlackPearl Integrates with Avid MediaCentral

Spectra Logic announced several new enhancements to its BlackPearl Converged Storage System designed to simplify workflows and manage large volumes of content to a variety of storage tier options. It has also tied a stronger knot with Avid’s asset management system.

Spectra’s BlackPearl 5.0 software enhancements include: 

  • Self-Healing – Allows files to self-heal all copies across all media if a problem is detected.
  • Tape Consolidation – Provides automatic consolidation of data on fragmented tapes, reclaiming deleted tape storage capacity.
  • Media Migration – Allows data to be migrated from one storage type to another quickly and transparently, which ensures data integrity while reducing costs.
  • S3 Object Versioning – Allows multiple versions of the same file to be uploaded and saved on BlackPearl, ensuring customers do not lose data.
  • Data Staging – Allows pre-staging of data from tape to disk, reducing wait times to use assets while taking advantage of tape’s cost savings.

“Media companies that create and own a vast amount of content need modern storage infrastructures to support this expanding growth,” said Matt Starr, CTO of Spectra. “Our storage solutions are helping production organisations, broadcast networks, studios, sports teams, universities and other content curators find new ways to store, manage, monetise and preserve their valuable media assets for future business use.”

In addition, Spectra has added 12 terabyte (TB) Enterprise disk drives to its disk products including ArcticBlue. “For online long-term disk storage for the price of tape, ArcticBlue, provides object-based disk storage that scales in capacity and performance with a very low total cost of ownership. The 12TB drive extends storage capacities to more than 10 petabytes in a single system.

The joint solution with Avid enables users on the MediaCentral platform to manage, track and store their assets on a the BlackPearl system.  Spectra says BlackPearl provides organizations with complete control of their data via multi-tiered storage to disk, tape and/or cloud.  “The joint offer reduces the need for costly third-party data movers and eliminates legacy proprietary formats, providing users with full control of their assets,” the pair said.

MAM clients already linked with the product include Arcitecta’s Mediaflux; Komprise’s data management software; StrongBox’s StrongLink; and VSN’s VSNExplorer. 

“Users look to Avid and Spectra to help them optimize standards-based workflows, allowing them to edit, produce and preserve their valuable content in a timely and protected manner,” said Alan Hoff, vp, market solutions for Avid. “Our tight collaboration with Spectra through the Avid Alliance Partner Program allows us to provide users with a simple, fast and cost-effective end-to-end solution to manage and safeguard their creative assets.”

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