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Licensing Specs for LTO-6 Available in August, 2012

Native Capacity 2.5TB/Compressed 6.25TB and Transfer Rates 160MB/s Native and 400MB/s Compressed

The vast amount of data being handled and protected by storage managers and media professionals increases each and every day, driving the need for cost-effective, reliable and compatible solutions that retain and protect data. To address this, storage managers are turning to tape as a way to address their storage needs.

As a result, the LTO Program Provider Companies, HP, IBM and Quantum announced that LTO technology has been helping to protect critical data assets for 12 years.

More than 4 million LTO drives have been shipped since the beginning of the program. Another milestone is expected to be met by the end of this quarter as more than 200 million LTO cartridges will have been shipped to organizations big and small since the format's inception. This translates into more than 80,000PB (uncompressed) of storage capacity worldwide.

The amount of data that is stored on tape media continues to increase dramatically, and the need for compatible, cost effective tape backup and archive solutions remains an important part of the IT infrastructure.

Licensing specifications for the LTO Ultrium Generation 6 tape drive mechanisms and media are planned to be available in August, 2012. The specifications are expected to call for supporting a tape cartridge storage capacity of up to 6.25TB compressed, more than double the compressed capacity of the previous generation, and tape drive data transfer rates of up to 400MB/s compressed (Assumes 2.5:1 compression achieved with larger compression history buffer available beginning with LTO Ultrium Generation 6 drives.)

The LTO Ultrium Generation 6 format is designed to continue to provide core functionality to enable broader use of the technology in a range of solutions. The format includes partitioning functionality, enabling users to present a tape-based file system with the use of LTFS. When combined with hardware-based encryption and WORM functionality, LTO Ultrium Generation format 6 products are designed to deliver a range of safe, secure and portable data storage options for backup and archive.

The LTO Program continues to drive innovation in the tape storage industry with significant enhancements to LTO performance attributes while continuing to provide backwards compatibility and interchange standards. Each new generation of LTO tape has offered customers substantial increases in capacity and throughput as well as new capabilities opening the doors for new applications and use-cases.

Since the introduction of the partitioning feature in the LTO Ultrium Generation 5 format and the public availability of LTFS software, tape is easier to use and a component not only for backup but also for long-term data retention.

Native Figures Without Compression

 Gen  Capacity  Transfer Rate
 LTO-5  1.7TB  140MB/s
 LTO-6  2.5TB  160MB/s
 Growth   67%    15%


    Figures With Compression

 Gen  Capacity  Transfer Rate
 LTO-5    3TB  250MB/s
 LTO-6  6.25TB  400MB/s
 Growth  108%    60%

 

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