IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition integrates the reliable and economical tape storage with the convenience of file server, and reduces the total cost of ownership up to 90% by moving cold data to tape. Its policy-based data migration from disk to tape will automate the information lifecycle management while providing the transparent access to the archived data as if all the data exist on disk. Powered by Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, it records the information in self-describing, open standard tape format which is suitable for the long-term data retention and/or for the data transfer between two locations.

    It supports:

  • Integration of tape-based archival tier with IBM Spectrum Scale, under the single namespace
  • File migration from disk to tape pool, grouped by file heat, by project, or by other policy criteria
  • Ingestion of archival data through NFS, SMB and Object interface
  • Can be configured as the extension of existing Spectrum Scale cluster or IBM Elastic Storage Server, or as the dedicated archival server

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Takeshi Ishimoto
IBM Systems, Tokyo Software & Systems Development Laboratory.

Mr. Ishimoto is the lead developer of Linear Tape File System (LTFS) and IBM Spectrum Archive products since 2009, and he is in charge of designing the software architecture, usability, and performance of Spectrum Archive software. He joined IBM in 1987 after his graduation with Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo. He has been in the storage software development since 1999, and had worked on various IBM’s storage subsystem, including DS8000, TS7700, XIV, and SONAS.

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Ed Childers
IBM Systems, DRI Tucson.

Ed is a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM’s Storage Systems Development lab in Tucson, Arizona where he is the Development Manager responsible for IBM’s tape drive and LTFS development.

Ed has a BSME from Univ of Texas and a MSME from Univ of Arizona. He has over 30 years of experience in computer storage technologies starting with floppy disks in the late 70’s, thru HDD and optical storage, to his current responsibilities in magnetic tape storage. He joined the tape development team in 1995 and was a member of IBM’s team creating the open LTO format in the late 90’s. Most recently, Ed was member of the team creating LTFS and introducing as an open standard in the storage industry.

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Khanh Ngo
IBM Systems, IBM Tucson Development Lab. Khanh Ngo is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in Tucson, Arizona serving as the Tape Storage Test Architect. He sets test strategies, designs tests, and tests solutions for the tape drive, tape library, and IBM Spectrum Archive product lines. He joined IBM in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Later, he received a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. He is also an IBM Master Inventor and on his IBM 5th patent plateau. Because of his work with various IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition (EE) customers across multiple industries, Khanh is often sought out for his expertise to lead, execute, and successfully complete proof of concepts and custom engineering solutions to integrate IBM Spectrum Archive EE into customers production environments.

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Nils Haustein
Executive IT Specialist, EMEA Storage Competence Center @ IBM Germany.Nils joined IBM in 1994 after successfully completing the work for a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technical University Chemnitz. As storage engineer he has worked in various technical positions at IBM in manufacturing, support, technical pre-sales and professional services. One of Nils’ key focus areas is digital archiving and preservation where he has developed solutions and co-authored the book “Storage Networks explained” (“Speichernetze”). As a leading master inventor at IBM he filed more than 160 patents and coaches other inventors at IBM.

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