LTO-6 Capacity at a Glance
» LTO-6 media offers up
to 2.5 terabytes per cartridge native (up to 6.25 terabytes compressed)
» Capable of storing up to 400HD movies
LTO-6 media provides low cost/GB at just 1.3 cents/GB
» LTO technology is ideal for long-term
Storage companies are keeping up with these increasing rates.
In fact, innovation is driving the cost per storing a byte of data down, which
leads to more data being stored.
Innovation isn’t limited to sheer raw capacity being
increased. In fact, when you’re looking at retaining data, you need to consider
the many different ways to look at storage capacity.
Advancements in data compression also are part of the picture.
Depending on the type of data, compression can help to drive capacity. Video and
music files do not compress due to the random nature of the data. But for other
types of data, you can take advantage of the LTO technology’s 2:1 compression
capabilities (2.5:1 compression for LTO-6 drives). The LTO compression algorithm
is completely ‘lossless’ and it will compress data by default only if the data
can be successfully compressed. For example, the “native” capacity of an LTO-6
tape is 2.5 Terabytes, but it achieves 6 Terabytes with compression.
That’s a big advantage when you compare LTO tape with other
technologies. SSD typically provides less than 1 Terabyte of native capacity.
That’s expensive when you consider cost per gigabyte. Hard disk drives today can
offer up to 3 Terabytes of native storage, but it’s still more expensive when
you consider cost and the need to raid your systems for data protection
purposes. At just 1.3 cents/gigabyte, LTO tape provides the lowest cost per
Estimates Suggest that Over 95% of Data is Never
Accessed After 90 Days