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9,000 miles. 19 countries. 9 days. 1 amazing HP cartridge.

HP Tape 9000 mile test to the cape town One amazing cartridge


One of the key benefits of HP tape is that you can move and protect data offsite. That’s why HP tests its media for shock and vibration, even though this is more than industry standards require. But when it comes to demonstrating the superiority of HP LTO Ultrium media, HP likes to go the extra mile, 9,000 extra miles to be precise. The VW Touareg that drove from the Czech Republic to Cape Agulhas on the tip of Africa journeyed through deserts, over mountains and across rivers. All with a HP LTO-6 cartridge fixed to its roof using nothing more than waterproof tape. And at the end of the trip, the tape still worked flawlessly. So whether your data originates on an oil rig, a film set or just down the road, you can be certain it will reach its destination safely when it’s stored by HP

The ultimate tape drive needs the ultimate tape

As always, the test needed a direct link to the real world conditions that could be experienced by HP tape cartridges. One of the key benefits of HP StoreEver tape is that it allows you to move and protect data offsite. But whether your data originates on an oilrig, a film set or in a state-of-the-art data center, it needs to arrive safely. This is why HP tests its LTO data cartridges for shock and vibration beyond the ordinary requirements of the industry standard. And how better to measure shock resistance than to attach an HP LTO-6 data cartridge to the roof of a VW Touareg, hurtling across Europe and Africa in a race against time, battling through all terrains and conditions on its record-breaking mission? No special padding was used to protect the cartridge from the rigours of the journey other than to wrap it in waterproof tape purchased from a household DIY store. Otherwise, the HP cartridge travelled in its own original shrink wrap. The same DIY tape was also used to secure the cartridge to the roof of the car. This was to ensure that the data cartridge would feel every bump and jolt and be exposed to the same changes in external temperature and humidity as the vehicle. With altitudes ranging from sea level to heights in excess of 9,000 feet, the cartridge experienced an enormous range of temperatures and humidity, a real-world version of environmental interchange tests deployed in HP's laboratories. At times, humidity levels reached 90%, and temperatures switched from below 10°C to above 40°C, all within a matter of days.

At the end of the trip, which was 21 days, 19 countries and 9,000 miles later, the HP LTO-6 cartridge still worked flawlessly when it came back for testing at HP's media laboratory in Bristol. No deterioration of error rate, capacity or transfer speed was observed.



HP LTO-5 Ultrium Data Cartridge 1.5 TB / 3.0 TB LTO Ultrium-5 Tape Part# C7975A HP LTO-6 Ultrium Tape Media 2.5TB/6.25TB Capacity Hewlett Packard LTO6 Data Cartridge Part# C7976A



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