Pixit Media Integrates IBM Spectrum Scale With Spectra Logic BlackPearl

Automatic data tiering to Spectra Logic tape libraries is said to lowers storage costs and provides a single view of data across flash, disk, tape and cloud.

Pixit Media used the Spectra S3 API to build its certified Spectra S3 client for PixStor and IBM Spectrum Scale to address the challenges of transparent migration and recall of data between file systems and tape in order to free up valuable Tier 1 storage. BlackPearl clients use the Spectra S3 protocol, an extension of the commonly used S3 cloud storage interface.

PixStor Ngenea HSM provides a single ingest point that manages the flow of content to each tier of storage from IBM Spectrum Scale into the BlackPearl Converged Storage System. The solution provides means for users to migrate, search for and restore their assets, regardless of the storage tier it resides on, as well as make decisions based on storage requirements and budget through its provision of usage analytics.

It is provided in either an appliance or software-delivered format and connects to both existing Spectrum Scale and BlackPearl deployments.

“By integrating PixStor Ngenea HSM with BlackPearl Spectrum Scale users are provided with an extremely cost-effective tier of storage within their existing file system namespace, without requiring users or administrators to manually copy or manage data,” explains Matt Starr chief technology officer

, Spectra Logic. “Users continue to access data in the same way they always have, with automated migration and recall of data occurring in the background between Spectrum Scale and BlackPearl. Data movement from Flash all the way through to Public Cloud and back again becomes a simple, online operation.”

He adds, “Spectra Logic BlackPearl acts as an object storage gateway to deep storage. It enables the use of RESTful interfaces to manage large amounts of data on multiple storage domains including online and nearline disk, LTFS tape, as well as public cloud. BlackPearl and PixStor Ngenea HSM deliver a simple solution that provides users the ability to easily move data to various storage tiers, including the lowest-cost storage tiers for greatest savings.”

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