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Data backup news briefs: Spectra Logic releases new BlueScale features for backup

The lastest backup news this week: Spectra Logic releases new BlueScale features; SGI standardizes on Spectra Logic tapes; Fujifilm unveils new data center services; and more.

The following is a compilation of the latest data backup news.

Spectra Logic releases new BlueScale features for backup 

Spectra Logic is developing the next revision of the BlueScale management software, the common interface across its T-series tape libraries and nTier backup and archive disk appliances. BlueScale 10.5 offers new features that aim to simplify data storage and boost backup reliability in enterprise and high-performance computing environments.

BlueScale 10.5 now has Auto Drive Cleaning, Command Line Interface (CLI), Spectra Vision (an internal Web camera that improves library uptime and remote diagnostic capabilities) and Hardware Health Monitor, which tracks component thresholds and proactively notifies administrators of possible threats before failures can occur.

Silicon Graphics standardizes on Spectra Logic tape libraries 

Spectra Logic and Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) announced Silicon Graphics will resell Spectra Logic's entire T-series library line from the SMB-sized T50e to the enterprise T950, which expands to eight frames and accommodates more than 10,000 slots and more than 16 PB of storage archival capacity. All Spectra Logic libraries come standard with the BlueScale interface, which enables options such as AES-256 bit encryption; real-time power monitoring; remote management for multiple libraries; and Media Lifecycle Management health monitoring software.

Fujifilm unveils new data center services 

Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A. Inc. announced a range of new and established data center services. New services include Tape Environment Analysis, a detailed analysis and recommendation of current backup environments, including an audit report on the health of each individual tape; Archive Verification Service, a policy-based approach to verify system capability to read archived tape media over the course of its effective life; and On-site Tape Verification Service and Analysis, an audit report of media to verify each tape is readable and recoverable.

Carbonite announces online backup partnership With LaCie

Carbonite Inc., an online backup provider, announced it has signed a partnership agreement with LaCie, a manufacturer of computer peripherals, to power LaCie One Year Online Backup.

LaCie One Year Online Backup will launch this month, and will be available worldwide to PC users who purchase a LaCie consumer external hard drive; a version for Mac users will be released at a later date. Available for free for the first year, LaCie One Year Online Backup will offer unlimited backup of photos, music, financial records and other irreplaceable files. After the one-year subscription that is included with purchase, users will be able to continue backing up their LaCie hard drive for $99.95 per year.

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