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Sony and Fujifilm Pass LTO-9 Format Interchange Compliance Testing

They are the only two manufacturers of these tape media.


The Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation and Quantum LTO Holdings, LLC, announced that Fujifilm Corporation and Sony Corporation have completed interchange testing and achieved LTO Ultrium gen 9 format compliance.

The completion of this testing permits these companies to use the LTO Ultrium gen 9 format trademarks on LTO technology products.

“LTO technology continues to pave the way for data protection and BC protecting vs. the growing threat of ransomware,” said Sam Werner, VP, storage product management, IBM. “Building on more than two decades of data protection and storage innovation, LTO-9 offers end users more energy-efficient storage capacity than previous gens. It delivers a powerful, scalable and adaptable open-tape storage format that can provide industries around the globe secured and protected data vs. storage cyber threats.“

These qualities are more important today as ransomware attacks have increased by 15% per year. The total cost of these attacks could exceed $6 trillion in 2021 alone.  LTO tape products are designed to allow for an easy backup and fast recovery of data that can then be taken offline and physically unavailable from virus and other malicious attacks that can affect business operations and increase risk for loss of data.

“Storage best practices call for having a copy of data offline to ensure that infected files aren’t able to corrupt the system,” said Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst, ESG. “LTO products have an important role in data protection and are a critical component in ensuring that your system can be restored in the event of an attack.“

The LTO Program enhances quality and confidence for storage managers by ensuring that all licensees pass a series of verification tests involving data interchangeability requirements prior to licensure for use of the LTO Ultrium trademarks. Additionally, annual tests of LTO technology products are performed by the TPCs to confirm that all manufacturers adhere to the Ultrium format specs. This means that buyers of tape drives and data cartridges, that include the LTO Ultrium format trademark logo, know that these products are Ultrium format-compliant when reviewing backup and archiving solutions.

Announced in September 2020, LTO-9 specs are designed to support increased tape cartridge storage capacity of up to 45TB when compressed. LTO-9 drives will provide backward read and write compatibility with LTO-8 cartridges, as well as many previously introduced features, including multi-layer security support via hardware-based encryption, WORM functionality and support for LTFS.


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