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LTO Generation 6 Tape Storage Adoption Outpaces Previous Generation

Big Data Applications in Healthcare, Energy, Media & Entertainment, and more, help push shipments of high capacity, environmentally friendly, LTO tape over the 225 million mark!

The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), HP, IBM and Quantum, announced today that the adoption rate of LTO Generation 6 tape cartridges is faster than that of the prior generation.

The upward trend in shipments comes as more storage managers, content developers and information technology professionals turn to LTO technology for a safe, reliable and cost-effective storage solution amid the rapidly-growing amount of data and content that is being generated in the digital era. According to Coughlin Associates, the required digital storage capacity used in the entertainment industry alone is expected to increase by more than 500 percent by 2018.

Big Data is affecting every organization, regardless of size. However, its impact is even greater in such industries as healthcare, energy exploration and broadcast productions. The massive data volumes generated, shared and stored in industries like these require even greater reliability, security, and accessibility. The LTO Program has been on the forefront of providing technology that offers a cost effective method for protecting, archiving and easily retrieving large amounts of data to help organizations mitigate risk, enhance resiliency, and improve productivity.

LTO technology also continues to lead the tape data storage industry as it surpasses new milestones. According to a recent study by IDC, more than 4.4 million LTO drives have been shipped since the beginning of the program (through year-end 2012). Another milestone was reached as the 225 millionth LTO cartridge was shipped, according to Santa Clara Consulting Group. The aggregate capacity of these cartridges represents the potential of more than 90,000 petabytes of data protected and retained using LTO technology.

Despite the increased uptake in the newest generation of LTO tape, the previous LTO Generation 5, introduced three years ago, remains popular as drive shipments maintained double-digit growth over the prior year.

LTO technology continues to be, by far, the strongest performer in the tape industry. With the recent introduction of LTO-6 technology, we anticipate this trend to continue .

LTO-6 products have been available since fourth quarter last year and support a tape cartridge storage capacity of up to 6.25TB, which is more than twice the compressed capacity over the previous generation. LTO-6 drives and tapes also feature data transfer rates of up to 400MB per second, translating to more than 1.4 terabytes of compressed data per hour. As with previous generations, LTO-6 drives provide backward compatibility with the ability to read and write LTO Generation 5 cartridges and read LTO Generation 4 cartridges, helping to preserve media investments and ease of implementation.

IIn addition, the LTO Ultrium Generation 6 format includes a partitioning functionality, first introduced in LTO Generation 5 technology, enabling users to present a tape-based file system with the use of the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). With continued support for hardware-based encryption and WORM (Write-Once, Read-Many) functionality, LTO Ultrium generation 6 tape technology is designed to provide an optimal balance of performance, capacity, compatibility and cost control and to support a broad range of safe, secure and portable data storage options for backup and archive that are easy to use and address a vast majority of storage needs.

While new applications for the use of data continue to be introduced at a rapid pace, LTO technology is the one constant when it comes to a cost-effective, reliable and compatible solution to retain and protect this data./span>
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