LTO Program announces
availability of Ultrium format generation 6 technology Licenses.
LTO-6 Roadmap for growth and scalability
The Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs) – HP,
IBM and Quantum – today announced the availability of licenses for the LTO
Ultrium Generation 6 format. Keep in mind this is just the licensing of the
Technology to manufacturers of LTO Ultrium products, and not an announcement of
the availability, which would probably lean towards the 4th qaurter of 2011.
Plans for specifications for the Generation 6 tape cartridge include capacity
of up to 8 TB*, almost triple the capacity over the previous generation, and
tape drive data transfer rates of up to 525 MB per second*. Also included are
features from previous generations of the LTO Ultrium format, such as encryption
to help protect data in transition, Write Once Read Many (WORM) support to help
address data security and compliance needs, as well as the dual partitioning
feature, introduced in Generation 5, which when utilized by the Linear Tape File
System specification can help provide faster data access and improve data
“LTO technology’s latest advancement was developed with the understanding
that tape-based archiving continues to be a critical component of clients’
overall storage strategy,” said Chris Powers, directorof Nearline Solutions,HP.
“LTO Generation 6 enables vendors to deliver storage solutions with performance
benefits as well as increased data capacity.”
Plans for LTO Ultrium 6 drive specifications include backwards-compatible
read-and-write capability with LTO Ultrium 5 cartridges, and
backwards-compatible read capabilities with LTO Ultrium 4 cartridges, helping to
protect investments and ease implementation.
* Assuming a
2.5:1 compression with use of a larger compression engine history buffer