IBM Spectrum Archive

Allows users and applications direct access to files and directories stored on tape


IBM Spectrum Archive™, a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage™ family, enables direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries 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.

IBM Spectrum Archive editions

IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition

Access and manage all data in standalone tape environments as simply as if it were on disk

IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition

Enable easy-as-disk access to single or multiple cartridges in a tape library

IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition

Improve efficiency and reduce costs for long-term, tiered storage

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