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SC15: Performance Storage Solutions For Supercomputing

Joseph F. Kovar

Spectra Logic ArcticBlue

ArcticBlue, Boulder, Colo.-based Spectra Logic’s new nearline disk storage system, targets high-performance computing object storage requirements. ArcticBlue utilizes new Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disk drives for improved storage density, and can power down individual disk bands when not in use to cut power costs and extend disk shelf life to over seven years.

ArcticBlue sits behind Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, providing an S3 object storage interface. It leverages BlackPearl’s newest feature, Advanced Bucket Management (ABM), to create one or more copies on both the ArcticBlue disk array and Spectra Logic tape libraries for extended tape retention. ArcticBlue starts at about 10 cents per GB, with up to 6.1 petabytes of capacity in a single rack.

 
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