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What IBM Spectrum Archive can do for your business

IBM Spectrum Archive™, a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage™ family, gives you direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in tape drives and libraries, including the latest LTO 9 tape technology, by incorporating the Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) format standard for reading, writing and exchanging descriptive metadata on formatted tape cartridges. Spectrum Archive eliminates the need for additional tape management and software to access data. Spectrum Archive offers three software solutions for managing your digital files with the LTFS format: Single Drive Edition, Library Edition and Enterprise Edition.


Efficiency for your tape automation infrastructure

Access and manage files on tape as easily as if they were on hard disk, drag and drop files to and from tape without requiring device-specific software and share file data across platforms.

Fast access to data

Display directories and files without the need for proprietary backup software.

Simple file portability

Easily exchange tapes between different operating systems and software.

Lower costs

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

Gain high availability

Expand capacity without impacting data availability.

Optimize tape resources

Reduce restore times and enable optimal utilization of tape resources.

Customer experiences with IBM Spectrum Archive

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Amsterdam, UMC, location VUmc

Enabling research with scalable, cost-effective storage for data & AI with IBM Spectrum Archive, Spectrum Scale and IBM TS4500 Tape Library.

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Fries Film Archief

Protecting cinematic heritage with a scalable, cost-effective digital film archive with IBM Spectrum Archive LE and IBM TS4300 Tape Library.

Key features of IBM Spectrum Archive

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.

Tiering storage for data lakes

Create operational storage tiers to reduce storage expense for data that does not need the access performance of primary storage.

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.

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

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

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