Linear Tape File System - LTFS a new era for LTO-5
Allows the use of standard file operations on LTO-5
Is your data protection and archive constrained by the ability to easily
access, update and share files stored on tape? The latest HP StorageWorks LTO -5
Ultrium 3000 and 3280 Tape Drives are now available with the Linear Tape File
System (or LTFS) for open standard LTO Ultrium tape drives.
HP LTFS makes tape self-describing, file-based, and easy-to-use and provides
users with the ability to use standard file operations on tape media for
accessing, managing and sharing files with an interface that behaves just like a
hard disk. In addition, LTFS provides the ability to share data across
platforms, as you would with a USB drive or memory stick. Simply load a tape
into the drive, mount it into the file system, and it becomes visible as a disk.
Simpler and more affordable for volume data exchange and
long term archival
By upgrading to HP StorageWorks
LTO-5 Tape Drives many application areas are
already able to cut storage space; reduce energy and lower operational costs.
Now with the addition of the HP LTFS feature, they can also benefit from faster
access to files in archive, and from greater data mobility by simplifying the
sharing of larger files:
HP LTFS: designed to enhance file system management on
- Media industry video archive
- CAD/CAM files used in design and drawing content for manufacturing,
- Hi-resolution images such as Medical X-Rays or other Health industry
- Surveillance video
- Information archival for e-discovery purposes
In addition to the wide range of benefits that HP LTO-5 Tape drives have
to offer, HP LTO-5 with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) functionality also
How to implement LTFS with HP LTO-5 Tape Drives
- Faster access to data:
When a tape is mounted, the
files and directories stored on it can appear on the desktop in the same
way as a disk directory listing.
- Simple drag and drop:
LTFS increases ease of use,
simply drag and drop files to and from the tape.
- Compatibility across your environment:Tape media
written using the LTFS is self-describing so that data recovery from
tape is independent of any hardware or software platforms.
- Increased data mobility: Easily share content to
increase data mobility; tapes written with the HP LTFS can be exchanged
more easily between users working in different operating systems, using
different software and in different locations.
- A single storage media standard: Unify
organization-wide file sharing with HP LTO-5. Tapes can move across
libraries and vendors with the ease of video-cassettes, while files on
tape can be accessed using straight-forward drag-and-drop.
The HP LTFS technology requires a drive firmware level that supports dual
partitioning and a software download that contains the “run-time” executable
(Linux & MacOS) that writes files in LTFS format on an LTO-5 tape.