LTO Celebrates 10 Years Anniversary
3.5 million drives and 150 million cartridges shipped
The Linear Tape-Open (LTO) program and its technology provider companies,
HP, IBM and Quantum, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of LTO tape drive
availability. Since 2000, LTO products have changed the storage industry by
providing a tape technology that is a core component of data storage best
practices with more than 3.5 million drives shipped worldwide, according to
a recent study by IDC.
Additionally, there have been over 150 million cartridge shipments, according
to Santa Clara Consulting Group, helping to establish the LTO Ultrium format as
a dependable and reliable data protection technology.
Ultrium format has become the data protection tape technology of choice because
it delivers a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format," said Sanjay
Tripathi, Director and Business Line Executive, IBM Data Protection and Archive
Systems. "The formula for success has many attributes including multiple
sources of drives and media, innovation with WORM tape, encryption, and a new
file system, and a roadmap with a vision for future technology needs with high
capacity and high performance at an attractive investment."
HP, IBM and Seagate (whose participation was acquired by Quantum) set out to
develop an 'open format' technology so that users would have multiple sources of
compatible tape products and media. Each company provided expert knowledge of
customer needs and complementary intellectual property that allowed for delivery
of a best-of-breed tape technology and a strong foundation for data interchange.
The result was the Linear Tape-Open format. Other companies have since
participated in this tape industry opportunity through the open licensing
"The LTO program is a tremendous success story," said
Robert Amatruda, research director for data protection and recovery at IDC. "LTO
products have been a core part of storage solutions for the past decade and
continue to be at the forefront of the tape storage industry."
continues to be a key component of backup and archive storage infrastructures.
It is used to address multiple layers of protection, including the retention of
offsite and offline copies of data to avoid the impact of intentional or
accidental data corruption that can occur with on-line copies. Additionally, the
latest LTO tape drive products provide native AES 256-bit encryption to help
protect data at rest and while tape cartridges are in transit.
program recently released the 5th generation of the LTO Ultrium format, which
offers 1.5TB of native capacity and up to 140 MB/sec native transfer rates, and
now provides an innovative partitioning feature that can enable new tape uses.
This partitioning feature includes a new file system called Linear Tape File
System (LTFS) that allows access to data on LTO tapes in a manner similar to
that of a removable hard disk drive and offers directory tree access to tape
files. LTO 5 tape provides a simple and convenient way to store, access and
protect short and long term data, video and audio files. The LTO Ultrium format
delivers a powerful, scalable and adaptable open tape format exemplified in LTO
5 technology.The LTO program also announced earlier this year that it
had extended its product roadmap through generation 8 allowing for compressed
cartridge capacities of up to 8 TB for generation 6, 16 TB for generation 7 and
32 TB for generation 8.