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BlackPearl: S3 Gateway to Deep Storage

Absolute lowest cost way to store data

With BlackPearl’s simple RESTful DS3 interface and embedded tape management software, organizations will confidently store all of their data forever at costs as low as pennies per Gigabyte.

To meet the demands of extreme data growth and long-term retention, the Spectra BlackPearl™ Deep Storage Gateway enables users to easily store massive data forever at virtually no cost. Designed for organizations where data is a significant part of their operations, BlackPearl allows data to move seamlessly into mass tape storage in a way not previously possible.

BlackPearl enables users to deploy a tier of deep storage that is cost effective, easy to manage and scalable to Exabytes of data. With BlackPearl’s simple RESTful DS3 interface and embedded tape management software, organizations will confidently store all of their data forever at costs as low as pennies per Gigabyte.

Spectra Logic BlackPearl and DS3 Deep Storage

BlackPearl Rollout at the Spectra Summit

The lowest cost storage available
BlackPearl takes advantage of tape’s low cost, economically scaling to Exabyte capacities. It also promotes reductions in OPEX related expenditure by leveraging Spectra tape library environmental benefits of high-density footprints and low power consumption.

Minimal software costs
Integrating BlackPearl requires minimal software acquisition costs to attach deep storage into your environment by leveraging software clients based upon RESTful interfaces. Users can develop their own clients for the DS3 interface or access a library of existing software clients available through the Spectra Software Developer program.

Reduce time spent managing long-term storage
Deep storage is the ultimate resting place for all data, and with BlackPearl there is no need to continually move data to another storage platform. BlackPearl minimizes the time spent moving data, allowing users to target objects for deep storage. With BlackPearl, users do not need any previous experience with tape library systems. BlackPearl handles how data is written to tape and also the tape library inventory, robotic commands and other aspects of how the library stores the data.

Simple approach to interface and manage tape
By leveraging the DS3 interface, BlackPearl unlocks tape’s true calling. BlackPearl takes user defined buckets, caches the buckets on high speed SSD storage and determines the best method to write it to tape for greatest system performance. To ensure perpetuity and ease of access for your data, the BlackPearl system writes data on tape in the open LTFS format to ensure you will always have access to it.

Ensures data security, reliability and integrity
Spectra tape libraries provide a powerful set of tools that allow for data integrity verification and notifications of media, drive, library status and health. BlackPearl also offers extended data security through Spectra’s AES 256-encryption offerings.

Deep Storage Interface modernizes the use of tape
The first RESTful interface to tape, DS3 provides BlackPearl and client interaction via REST, allowing you to move large data sets easily to and from deep storage. The user only moves data through the client while BlackPearl handles all interaction with the tape library.

Specifications

Dimensions Power Consumption
Height 4U; 7″ (178mm) AC Input 100-140v,12-8A,50-60Hz 180-240V,8-6A,50-60Hz
Width 17.2″ (437mm)
Depth 27.5″ (600mm) Max Operating Watts 1000 1280
Weight 104 lbs (47.2kg)
Connectivity
Host 1x Dual Port 10 GigE HBA
Tape Dual Port 8Gb FibreChannel (LC) HBA orQuadPort SAS HD (SFF-8644) HBA
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