Spectra Logic has introduced archive and backup servers as a new product category designed to meet customer needs for data archive and backup.

Spectra nTier is the first product line available in the new archive and backup server product category, says Martinus Pretorius, Spectra Logic product manager at Workgroup. "nTier offers purpose-built archive hardware,
a file system interface, unified backup and archive management applications and the ability to logically search, categorise and retrieve archived information."
nTier is designed with SATA disks and integrates with Spectra Logic's tape and RXT mobile disk lines using a single management interface, BlueScale.
nTier hardware integrates disk and tape, as well as archive and backup software applications through a single management interface. nTier hardware offers high storage density, RAID 6 data protection of SATA disk drives, power monitoring for proactive energy savings and the ability to incrementally add storage in the field as needs evolve.
"nTier hardware is also modularly designed to offer investment protection for future archive and backup needs," says Pretorius. "Network interfaces, disk drives, processors and motherboards are all designed to be modularly upgraded, enabling customers to take advantage of new technologies as they become available."
Storage managers can now deploy a single product to manage a broad set of applications, such as:
* Network Attached Storage;
* Disk-based backup;
* Master/media server;
* Tiered storage services;
* Data classification;
* Email archive;
* Data deduplication;
* Replication;
* Snapshot; and
* Spectra Encryption.
"Other products on the market today are not built specifically for the flexibility needs of both backup and archive," says Pretorius. "Only the nTier product line enables data to move to the backup and archive environment and stay there."
He says that nTier eliminates the need to move data across the network between various applications and media servers and all archive and backup functions can be done through nTier.
"This integration of storage applications running on purpose-built hardware with an integrated application server, focussed power savings, high storage density, long-term upgradeability and integration with the tape library make nTier the right solution for archive and backup needs."