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How to Buy IBM 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 IBM LTO format specifications, license availability, and technology roadmap being made available in 1998.
The term ‘open’ in IBM LTO stands for ‘open format,’ meaning, users can use the IBM LTO tape to access different storage media products, as long as they are compatible.
The number six (6) behind the term IBM LTO signifies that it is the sixth generation. IBM LTO Generation 6, or just IBM 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 IBM LTO Generation 5 (LTO-5).
IBM LTO-6 offers a native data transfer rate of 160 MBps, and the compressed data rate was up to 400 MBps.
IBM LTO-6 is not the latest IBM LTO tape generation available at the moment, with IBM LTO-7 (6 TB native, 15 TB compressed storage, IBM LTO-8 (12 TB native, 30 TB compressed storage,) and IBM LTO-9 (18 TB native, 45 TB compressed storage) became available in 2015, 2017, and 2021, respectively.
However, IBM LTO-6 remains a popular choice now in 2022 due its great cost-per-gigabyte value.
Most tape manufacturing companies quote the lifespan of IBM LTO tapes (not necessarily IBM LTO-6 tapes) at about 30 years.
However, it’s important to consider that the lifespan of an IBM 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 IBM LTO-6 storage.
We can also measure an IBM 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 IBM 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 IBM LTO-6 tape is safe to use for 20,000 complete reads before it deteriorates.
Again, this number depends on whether the 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 IBM 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. IBM LTO-6 offers more than double the capacity (with compression) and a 40% performance boost than its previous generation IBM 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 IBM LTO-6 storage tapes, the price of an IBM LTO-6 tape can vary between different brands. However, there are IBM LTO-6 tapes costing as low as below $22 per tape.
Yes, while IBM LTO-6 is not the latest IBM LTO tape generation available at the moment, IBM LTO-6 remains a popular choice now in 2022 due to its great cost-per-gigabyte value.
IBM LTO-7 (6 TB native, 15 TB compressed storage, IBM LTO-8 (12 TB native, 30 TB compressed storage,) and IBM LTO-9 (18 TB native, 45 TB compressed storage) became available in 2015, 2017, and 2021, respectively, making them newer options than the IBM LTO-6 tape.
However, the IBM LTO-6 tapes offer better overall value and cost-efficiency in most storage tape needs.
IBM LTO-6 tapes, along with other generations of IBM 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, IBM 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 an IBM LTO-6 tape, there would be 1 error event in every 200,000 IBM 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 an IBM LTO-6 tape is much lower than winning a multi-million dollar lottery.
Not only is an IBM 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.