In Perfect Harmony: Dalet Flex and Spectra BlackPearl

Integration between Dalet and Spectra Logic is nothing new, but Spectra Logic’s latest offering, Spectra BlackPearl® brings new opportunities to expand the #DaletEcosystem with a complete solution for archive and asset management in a cloud-based environment.

By Jonathan Coutts-Zawadzki | 09/02/21

For more than 40 years, Spectra Logic has built a reputation for reliable data storage technology, including LTO (Linear Tape Open) tape libraries, for content archive. Today, many customers — particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic — are now also actively looking into cloud solutions such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform for secure and easy archiving, as well as a method to easily share assets in a global environment. These customers are data-intensive businesses such as high-performance computing companies, genomics, research sites, and media and entertainment studios.

Potential issues with traditional HSM (hierarchical storage management) are around scalability and searchability of assets. As there is now a demand for remote production, the advantages for object-based storage, something that Dalet Flex does and does extremely well, is in how it can scale and easily make assets searchable as well as shareable across the cloud as object-based storage running on a web-based system.

Dalet Flex and Spectra BlackPearl work together to bring a fully integrated solution tested and certified to meet a media-rich organization’s remote production needs. With the capabilities of both platforms across production and asset management, Dalet Flex and Spectra BlackPearl support integrated workflows, promoting greater efficiencies, where each platform’s benefits are passed on to end users. Both companies aim to better connect users to content no matter where they are located.

Our integrations are tested, certified, and designed to make the most of monetizing and securely archiving assets. This collaboration instills confidence in our clients to trust both Dalet and Spectra Logic as a joint solution provider.

Dalet FlexMAM tools enable users to manually archive and restore content from the Spectra BlackPearl archive

One success story for Dalet Flex and BlackPearl is with media production powerhouse Fox Sports Australia, using the Dalet ecosystem to manage their original content, assets, and archived footage, some of these assets over a decade old. The workflows Dalet Flex and Spectra BlackPearl deployed easily incorporate rich metadata in order to make ten years of assets both accessible and securely stored in a hybrid cloud environment. Success cases like this one are part of a larger developmental roadmap between Dalet and Spectra Logic for future workflows and integrations.

For more details on the technology ecosystem created by Dalet Flex and Spectra BlackPearl, watch our recent episode of Dalet Media Talks below, featuring myself, Jonathan Coutts-Zawadzki and Spectra Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Alliances, Hossein ZiaShakeri.

Dalet MediaTalks – Spectra Logic: From Content Creation to Asset Preservation

The latest integration between Dalet and Spectra Logic leverages the new BlackPearl RioBroker® data mover that speeds file transfers and streamlines production and archive workflows. Its accessible API makes integrations with platforms like Dalet Flex simple and economic. The two platforms bring many enterprise-level capabilities to clients, providing a complete solution for archive and asset management in a cloud-based environment.

At Dalet we are always open to working with leading technology partners and strengthening the Dalet ecosystem with efficient solutions for clients everywhere. Partnerships like this do more than build on our already reliable platforms but offer you more efficient, more secure opportunities to manage your media and take your content strategy to the next level. To learn more about the integration between Dalet Flex and Spectra BlackPearl, take a look at our joint solution brief or contact us directly to discuss your requirements.

Featured in: Archiving | Dalet Ecosystem | Dalet Flex | Media Asset Management | Remote Work |

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By Jonathan Coutts-Zawadzki

Jonathan Coutts-Zawadzki, Dalet's Head Of Knowledge Management, joined Dalet Technologies in 2006 in the development office as a QA Specialist, documentation expert and trainer. After moving to Dalet France, he became the lead trainer for many projects such as BBC Arabic and NBC Washington, to name a few. He then joined the Dalet Washington office in 2010 as the Project Manager of Dalet’s largest multilingual site, Voice of America. In 2012, Jonathan led Dalet Sales in South Asia as Country Manager of India, based in Delhi. After establishing the Dalet India office, Jonathan has recently taken on the role of Head Of Knowledge Management, working closely with the Sales and Pre-Sales teams to establish a good understanding of customer's needs and workflows.

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