Feature spotlights

Graphical user interface

Reduce complexity with an icon-based view of the data on tape, using the operating system file manager.

IBM Spectrum Scale and ESS integration

Gain scalable, enterprise-class management and faster I/O and transactional performance with IBM Spectrum Scale and ESS integration.

Creation of operational storage tiers

Reduce storage expense for data that does not need the access performance of primary disk.

Policy-based migration

Expand archive capacity without impacting data availability.

Flexible data sharing

Access file data from any operating system so you can easily share data across platforms.

Easy data access

Access data without a database, without the need for proprietary software. You can also access data any time, anywhere from a single Global Namespace.

Data storage efficiencies

Change the economics of storage with a layer of intelligent software that creates an efficient data footprint that dynamically stores all data at the optimal cost, helping maximize performance and ensuring security.

Application interface utilization

Utilize a basic read and write interface to the tape cartridge for applications without any additional operating system enhancements such as plug-ins or service packs.

LTFS format

Eliminate the need for an external database for access to files or creation of files. The LTFS format enables the exchange of files more easily between users working in different operating systems, using different software and in different locations.

Simple access

Access and manage all data in standalone tape environments as simply as if it were on disk with IBM Spectrum Archive single drive edition.

Easy data access

Enable easy-as-disk access to single or multiple cartridges in a tape library with IBM Spectrum Archive library edition.

Improve efficiency

Improve efficiency and reduce costs for long-term, tiered storage with IBM Spectrum Archive enterprise edition.

Customer case studies

EVRY's seismic data repository


How customers use it

  • NAS Cloud storage


    Storing data on high performance disk is expensive.


    Spectrum Archive EE along with Spectrum Scale allows automatic tiering of data to the lowest cost media for long term storage - tape. Access to data remains as simple as if it were on disk.

  • Large file storage

    Large file storage


    Large files that are rarely edited create storage sprawl.


    Spectrum Archive with Spectrum Scale and tape can significantly reduce the size and cost of storage infrastructure will maintaining easy access to files.

  • Large scale data exchange

    Large scale data exchange


    Research data must be kept and accessible from anywhere.


    Spectrum Archive with Spectrum Scale and tape can create a significantly less expensive infrastructure while maintaining access to data from anywhere at any time.

Technical details

Software requirements

Red Hat Enterprise Linux; or

SUSE Enterprise Linux Server

IBM Spectrum Scale

    Hardware requirements

    IBM Spectrum Archive

    • Tape systems: IBM LTO Ultrium 8, 7, 6 or 5 tape drives*
    • Tape media: LTO Ultrium 8, 7, 6 and 5, LTO Type M and 3592 JC, JB, JD, JK and JL
    • Supported operating systems: Linux, Apple OS X, Microsoft Windows
    • IBM TS1160, IBM TS1155, IBM TS1150 or IBM TS1140 tape drives
    • IBM Spectrum Archive now supports Power LE and IBM Spectrum Scale 5.0
    • * Device should be at latest firmware level

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