IT - Tape

In New LTO Roadmap, LTO-9 To Feature 45 TB Capacity
SearchDataBackup, September 24th, 2020
Long-term archiving and offline data protection are two key uses for LTO-9, the latest generation of tapes from the LTO Program. The roadmap extends to LTO-12

"LTO-9 will hit the market by early next year with a compressed capacity of 45 TB per tape.

The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), IBM and Quantum -- released the specifications this month, along with a new roadmap that adjusts capacities of future generations. The LTO-9 capacity marks a 50% increase over LTO-8, less than the intended doubling of capacity on the previous roadmap..."


A recently released standard for linear tape - open-LTO-9 - sets the scene for faster drives with more capacity, but are they a must-have?

"With the recent release of the linear tape-open 9 (LTO-9) standard, tape drives with increased capacity and speed should be available soon, but that doesn't mean users of tape drives should rush to buy them.

Here are some of the pros and cons to weigh when considering whether an upgrade is in order.

Tape drives are a very reliable way to write data to storage, and are very good at holding onto data for multiple decades. They make an excellent medium for long-term storage and for shipping large amounts of data across long distances (a FedEx truck has unlimited bandwidth)..."


The ninth generation of LTO technology surpasses the per-cartridge capacity of LTO-8 by 50 percent to 18TB native, and advances full height LTO-9 drive performance by 15 percent to 400 MB/s native

"Spectra Logic, provider of data storage and data management solutions, again has advanced the boundaries of tape technology with today's news that the Spectra TFinity ExaScale Tape Library will now store an industry-first exabyte (one million terabytes) of uncompressed data in a single 45-frame system leveraging LTO-9 tape technology. As the world's largest storage system, the Spectra TFinity Tape Library is considered a de facto standard in data-driven computing environments, providing unsurpassed storage density, scalability, reliability and affordability in the smallest footprint of any enterprise-class tape library..."

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