IBM® Spectrum Archive™ is a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage™ software portfolio designed to address data storage inefficiencies by changing the economics of storage with a layer of intelligent software. This software creates an efficient “data footprint” that dynamically stores every bit of data at the optimal cost, helping maximize performance and ensuring security for cloud and analytics workloads. The Spectrum Archive family which features IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) technology, provides direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries using Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 7, 6 or 5 tape cartridges, as well as IBM 3592 tape cartridges in libraries with IBM TS1150 or IBM TS1140 tape drives. It eliminates the need for additional tape management and software to access data.
Spectrum Archive is a significant step in moving tape storage away from its reputation as complex and difficult to use. Unlike disk storage, tape has previously required device-specific software to read, write and manage data stored on its cartridges in libraries. But Spectrum Archive sets a new standard for ease of use and portability for open-systems tape storage. Users can run any application designed for disk files against tape data without concern for the fact that the data is physically stored on tape.