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Record of 114PB of LTO Tape Capacity (Compressed) Shipped in 2019

The LTO Program technology provider companies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation and Quantum released their annual tape media shipment report, detailing Y/Y shipments.

The report showed a record 114,079PB of total tape capacity (compressed) shipped in 2019.

Total capacity by CQ (exabytes compressed) program life through Q4 CY19*compressed


LTO Shipments Capacity Chart 2019


“As the datasphere continues to grow at astronomical rates and cybersecurity defense becomes a priority for organizations of all sizes, LTO tape technology remains a leading solution in addressing modern-day storage needs,” said Sam Werner, VP, storage offering management, IBM. “LTO technology’s inherent air-gap along with its low cost of ownership make tape technology one of the most secure and most cost-effective storage options for enterprises that require reliable long-term archival storage to manage the surge in data gen.

“ LTO-8 technology, available, offers up to 30TB* of compressed capacity, with transfer speeds of up to 360MB/s native, 750MB/s compressed. When you compare native data rates LTO-8 tape is faster than the latest gens of HDDs with transfer rates of 210MB/s.

Additionally, LTO tape technology offers an inherent air-gap, to thwarting increasingly ransomware and malware threats that may corrupt live, backup, and archive data simultaneously.

“Ransomware is more rampant than ever and a significant challenge for protecting data, especially as employees continue to work remotely amid the current pandemic,” said Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. “Air gapping with tape technology should be a serious consideration for any company looking at best practices to ensure their company’s data and their customers’ privacy.”

LTO tape’s features make it a component of storage infrastructure. It offers secure and reliable long-term archival storage for data after it is no longer accessed frequently at a cost substantially lower than flash disk or cloud when considering factors such as power, cooling and retrieval.

Please contact your BackupWorks Account rep at 866 801 2944 for all your LTO tape storage needs.

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