Access Cloud Services, Automate Data Placement, Streamline Universal Data Sharing

Data management software accelerates performance for standard S3 and on-premises glacier-like storage and improves ransomware resilience by delivering support for AWS Object Lock.



The 44th IT Press Tour had the opportunity to meet with David Feller, VP Product Management & Solutions Engineering, Matt Star, CTO, Matt Ninesling, Director of Hardware Engineering, and Betsy Doughty, VP Corporate Marketing at Spectra Logic.


Spectra helps organizations manage, migrate, store, and preserve their data to further their organizational missions. They provide a portfolio of attacked-hardened storage management and storage for the multi-cloud world:

  • Distributed multi-cloud data management software – Spectra Vail.

  • Storage lifecycle management software – Spectra StorCycle.

  • Multi-purpose hybrid storage platform – Spectra BlackPearl.

  • And, long-term storage and secure digital preservation -- Spectra TapeSolutions.


Today, in response to the concerns they have heard from CTOs, Spectra announced several enhancements to Spectra Vail. They have enriched Vail’s ability to combine any storage into a single global namespace. It delivers universal access and placement of data across multi-site and multi-cloud storage no matter where the data resides. Vail centralizes data management across on-premises and multi-cloud architectures, simplifying the access, sharing, usage, and protection of data.

Delivering policy-based data orchestration, Vail streamlines workflows and reduces overall costs and complexities for organizations that want to leverage the power of the cloud. With Vail and Vail-enabled BlackPearl S3, organizations can take full advantage of cloud services -- no matter where data is created or located, whether in the cloud or on-premises.

New Vail Enhancements Provide:

  • The industry’s only fully qualified on-premises glacier-like solution that enables any software with an S3 interface to have direct access to local tape or nearline object storage with the use of S3 glacier-like commands that mimic AWS.

  • Simple S3 disk and S3 glacier tape to modernize data protection and backup applications.

  • Flexible implementation of either a global cloud-based object database for universal access or a local on-premises object database for optimized performance.

  • Support for AWS Object Lock using on-premises storage targets to protect data against ransomware and malicious activity.

  • Direct integration of any cloud services, including artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), with on-premises data using intelligent object synchronization.

  • Scheduled and instant data placement and orchestration using lifecycle rules and staging interfaces

  • Global object placement and visibility to optimize the performance, economics, and location of data

According to David,

“Today’s data-driven organizations are generating, sharing, and protecting petabytes of data both locally and in the cloud to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Vail elegantly manages data globally, providing universal access and data placement while offering a seamless connection to multiple sites and clouds. Organizations can focus on the value and usage of data while still meeting corporate cloud-first directives and lowering total cost of ownership.”

Benefits of Vail Software:

  • Unifies on-premises and cloud storage into a single global namespace.

  • Automates data placement to the tier of storage that matches the value of the data.

  • Provides global search and access to data, no matter where the data resides.

  • Eliminates vendor lock-in by facilitating the movement of data across different cloud providers.

  • Unlocks access to any cloud service from any provider using a single standard S3 interface.

  • Eliminates data sovereignty concerns by placing data within the required cloud region.