We were excited to learn of a new development within the LTO Program Technology Provider Companies — which is made up of HP, IBM, and Quantum. They have just announced that the LTO tape roadmap has been extended through the 10th generation.
This means that the current generation 6 is just the beginning of amazing tape developments. The LTO consortium has set the new generation guidelines at 62.5 TB for LTO-9 and 120 TB for LTO-10.
According to Joel Tax of the Santa Clara Research Group, “The production of six generations of drives and a well defined term road map are key elements for the success of LTO.” In other words, tape is far from being dead. The truth is that tape will most likely play a much larger role in longterm storage.
Beyond being able to hold massive amounts of data LTO-9 and LTO-10 will feature amazing transfer rates. It has been estimated that LTO-9 will include a compressed rate of 1,770 and the LTO-10 will offer a blazing 2,750 MB/second.
“With the extension of the roadmap, organizations can expect advancements in capacity and efficiency at lower costs,” said Chris Powers of HP.
This means that for organizations looking to scale out their data storage infrastructures, tape will allow for them to cut costs and spur on much higher levels of efficiency.
Where convenience is concerned, both LTO-9 and LTO-10 will include:
- Read-and-write backwards compatibility.
- Write Once Read Many (WORM)
- Encryption and Partitioning
- Linear Tape File System (LTFS)
Each of these features makes tape easier to use and more convenient than ever.
If you’re currently on the market for LTO tape or considering it, LTO-6 offers a compressed capacity up to 6.25TB and a transfer rate of up to 400MB/S. Also, its Linear Tape File System helps make it one of the best long-term solutions on the planet.
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And yes, we definitely believe that LTO tape happens to be one of the best and most cost-effective longterm solutions on the market.
Congrats to the LTO consortium for this amazing news!