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How to Buy Dell LTO 6 Data Tape
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LTO stands for Linear Tape-Open, which is the name of the tape storage technology developed by IBM, Hewlett-Packard (HP), and Seagate, three major players in the data storage industry. The three companies developed the joint tape initiative back in 1997, with the first Dell LTO format specifications, license availability, and technology roadmap being made available in 1998.
The term ‘open’ in Dell LTO stands for ‘open format,’ meaning, users can use the Dell LTO tape to access different storage media products, as long as they are compatible.
The number six (6) behind the term Dell LTO signifies that it is the sixth generation. Dell LTO Generation 6, or just Dell LTO-6, became available in 2012, offering a maximum native storage capacity of 2.5 TB and maximum compressed capacity of 6.25 TB, up from 1.5 TB and 3 TB, respectively, offered by Dell LTO Generation 5 (Dell LTO-5).
Dell LTO-6 offers a native data transfer rate of 160 MBps, and the compressed data rate was up to 400 MBps.
Dell LTO-6 is not the latest Dell LTO tape generation available at the moment, with Dell LTO-7 (6 TB native, 15 TB compressed storage, Dell LTO-8 (12 TB native, 30 TB compressed storage,) and Dell LTO-9 (18 TB native, 45 TB compressed storage) became available in 2015, 2017, and 2021, respectively.
However, Dell LTO-6 remains a popular choice now in 2022 due its great cost-per-gigabyte value.
Most tape manufacturing companies quote the lifespan of Dell LTO tapes (not necessarily Dell LTO-6 tapes) at about 30 years.
However, it’s important to consider that the lifespan of an Dell LTO tape is extremely sensitive to storage conditions. This 30-year life expectancy is made by assuming you are using ideal storage conditions as follow:
Even the slightest deviation of these conditions (i.e., 5-degree Fahrenheit increase or decrease in temperature) can significantly lower the lifespan of the Dell LTO-6 storage.
We can also measure a Dell LTO-6 tape lifespan in the number of ‘passes.’
The term ‘passes’ here refers to the number of times the storage tape can ‘pass’ over the heads before it deteriorates.
The Dell LTO-6 requires 136 end-to-end passes to fill the tape, with 20,000 end-to-end passes expected tape durability. This means that the Dell LTO-6 tape is safe to use for 20,000 complete reads before it deteriorates.
Again, this number depends on whether the Dell LTO-6 tape is stored in ideal conditions. Even a small amount of dust trapped in the tape drive can drastically reduce the number of safe uses.
The Dell LTO-6 data tape has a 2.5 TB native cartridge capacity. It has a 2.5:1 data compression rate, allowing up to 6.25 TB of compressed data capacity. Dell LTO-6 offers more than double the capacity (with compression) and a 40% performance boost than its previous generation Dell LTO-5 drives.
This exceptional data storage capacity helps reduce the number of cartridges required to store data, as well as the amount of space, labor, and additional equipment.
With so many different manufacturers and brands offering Dell LTO-6 storage tapes, the price of a Dell LTO-6 tape can vary between different brands. However, there are Dell LTO-6 tapes costing as low as below $22 per tape.
Yes, while Dell LTO-6 is not the latest Dell LTO tape generation available at the moment, Dell LTO-6 remains a popular choice now in 2022 due to its great cost-per-gigabyte value.
Dell LTO-7 (6 TB native, 15 TB compressed storage, Dell LTO-8 (12 TB native, 30 TB compressed storage,) and Dell LTO-9 (18 TB native, 45 TB compressed storage) became available in 2015, 2017, and 2021, respectively, making them newer options than the Dell LTO-6 tape.
However, the Dell LTO-6 tapes offer better overall value and cost-efficiency in most storage tape needs.
Dell LTO-6 tapes, along with other generations of Dell LTO tapes, are actually the most reliable storage solution available, with extremely low bit error rates (BER).
BER is a prediction of faulty bits—in percentage—per total number of written bits. To put things into context, Dell LTO-6’s BER is 100 times higher than Flash SSD, 1,000 times more reliable than Fiber Channel & SAS HDD, and 10,000 times more reliable than standard SATA HDDs.
This means, for a Dell LTO-6 tape, there would be 1 error event in every 200,000 Dell LTO-6 cartridges, compared to 1 error event in every 20 enterprise-grade 6 TB SATA HDDs.
In fact, the odds of getting an uncorrectable error in a Dell LTO-6 tape is much lower than winning a multi-million dollar lottery.
Not only is a Dell LTO-6 tape reliable, but it is also very durable with an average life expectancy of over 30 years (provided ideal storage conditions.) Compare this to the average lifetime expectancy of standard HDDs of around 3-5 years.