LTO Program Announces Generation 7 Specifications

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today the LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (HP, IBM, and Quantum) announced new specifications for the LTO Ultrium format generation 7 or LTO-7. The new specifications more than double the capacity per tape cartridge bring the capacity to 15TB (when compressed) up from 6.25TB of the previous generation. And the new specifications have even faster transfer speeds up to 750MB/s or 2.7TB/hour/drive, up from 400MB/s or 1.4TB/hour/drive of the previous generation.

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Ensuring the Future of Data Archiving

Post by Henry Newman (thank you)

The word “archive” has been thrown around for years and means lots of things to lots of different people. Hardware vendors offer various archive platforms, including tape, disk and optical, and some claim NAND flash will be used for archive eventually too. I could talk about the advantages and disadvantages of various hardware mediums for archive, but when the rubber meets the road, it is the software that is going to ensure that your data can be accessed after it is archived.

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Let’s pop the hood on an HP StoreEver LTO-6 Tape Drive

Post by Mark Fleischhauer (thank you)

Whether it’s a classic car, a racecar or your everyday passenger vehicle, you always want to know what’s under the hood. You want to know its top speed, its fuel economy, or perhaps information about its advanced safety features. Just like our new modern cars, the HP StoreEver LTO tape drive has continued to make technological advancements with greater speed, better efficiency, more capacity, and advanced features to address growing user demands with big data that needs agility, performance and capacity.

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The Whys and Wherefores of Magnetic Media

Great video by jpkiwigeek (thank you) on the (geek) history of Storage. Thanks to Stephen Foskett for the hint.

IBM Ultrium 6 2.5 TB Data Cartridge models 550, 650, 570, and 670 nearly double the capacity of previous generation IBM LTO Ultrium cartridges

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The IBM Ultrium 6 2.5 TB Data Cartridge allows flexibility in the specification and ordering of prelabeled and bulk packaged data cartridges for the IBM LTO™ Ultrium family of products. Shipping with or without jewel cases can also be specified when prelabeled cartridges are ordered.

The Ultrium tape format is the implementation of the Linear Tape-Open™ ( LTO ) technology that is designed to provide high capacity and performance with exceptional reliability in either a stand-alone or an automated environment. It uses a single-reel cartridge and is ideally suited for large volume backup, restore, and archive applications.

New models of the 3589 are available to be ordered with the IBM Ultrium 6 2.5 TB Data Cartridge . The Ultrium 6 2.5 TB format, based on LTO technology, provides a tape cartridge capacity up to 2.5 TB native physical capacity (6.25 TB with 2.5:1 compression). These cartridges can be used in IBM Ultrium 6 Tape Drives , the sixth generation LTO Ultrium Tape Drive in the IBM System Storage® LTO Ultrium family of products. You can choose from the following models:

  • Model 550 – IBM Ultrium 6 2.5 TB Data Cartridge, labeled with starting volume serial information and optionally packed in individual jewel cases
  • Model 650 – IBM Ultrium 6 2.5 TB Data Cartridge, packed in individual jewel cases with two non-attached blank labels
  • Model 570 – IBM Ultrium 6 2.5 TB Data Cartridge, labeled with starting volume serial information and optionally packed in jewel cases, are designed to provide WORM storage on a 2.5 TB capacity cartridge
  • Model 670 – IBM Ultrium 6 2.5 TB Data Cartridge, packed in jewel cases with two non-attached blank labels, are also designed to provide WORM storage on a 2.5 TB capacity cartridge

RFID labeled Ultrium 6 media is available as optional feature codes.

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