Posts tagged "lto"

LTO-8 Rising

With so many pre-announcements of LTO-8 tape technologies and products crossing the transom, some of the actual LTO-8 standard specifications appeared to be getting lost in the shuffle.  Here, from the Linear Tape Open Program team directly, is the state of the LTO-8 technology and community.

What are the “final” LTO 8 specs?

·         Final specs are as follows: 


o   The new LTO generation 8 specifications are designed to double the tape cartridge capacity from the previous LTO generation 7, with customers now being able to store up to 30TB per cartridge when compressed, 12 TB native


o   The latest LTO generation 8 specifications are intended to be backwards read and write compatible with LTO generation 7 cartridges.


o   Full-height transfer rate (native) up to 360 MBps 


o   Half-height transfer rate (native) up to 300 MBps


o   Please feel free to reference the official release


What color will the cartridge be?

  • Color will be determined by manufacturer 

What companies are still involved in manufacturing tape solutions?  I am interviewing Quantum now, and have spoken to IBM and Spectra Logic.  Am I missing any system manufacturers?

  • HPE, IBM and Quantum are the three Technology Provider Companies, or TPCs, and all three provide tape solutions.
  • The companies listed below are current LTO Format Specification Participants that have delivered LTO compatible products and components. Companies listed with an asterisk are compliance verified manufacturers that have passed the compliance verification requirements to sell LTO Ultrium branded tape drives and cartridges.
  • Atmel
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise*
  • IBM*
  • Imation
  • Maxell
  • Mountain Engineering
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Quantum*
  • Sony*
  • Spectra Logic
  • TDK
  • Teijin Dupont Film
  • Toray Industries

 Is it true that only IBM is making drives?  

  • All three TPCs contribute to the technology and IP behind the format and design of the drives.
  • Drives are systems made from many different components, and these components come from multiple sources.
  • Synergies in the market have consolidated resources and for LTO-8 it is IBM that puts those components together, the other TPCs and LTO providers test and integrate these drives into their systems and develop value-add features to create competitive solutions that keep the market open to competition.

What about media:  anyone manufacturing cartridges besides Fujifilm and Sony?

  • For LTO-8, Fujifilm and Sony are the media manufacturers. Both have relationships with the TPCs and LTO providers to manufacture branded media, so there is also an open market for media where customers have a wide choice of media brands.




Tape and Clouds? New Besties in the Storage Realm

With data growth measured in the tens of zettabytes, the combined capacities of disk and flash storage will be insufficient to store all the bits.  That's where tape comes in, with its long runway of capacity growth milestones on the horizon.  

Even the cloudies, who are among the first to encounter the data deluge, get the need for tape.  IBM told us some stories about tape in the cloud when we went to Tucson, AZ recently to hear about their LTO-8 tape drive announcement.



Thanks to Colleen Sanchez, Lee Jesionowski, Tony Pearson and Ed Childers for their time and their insights.


Security May Be a Big Driver of Tape Adoption Says IBM

During our recent visit to IBM Executive Briefing Center in Tucson, AZ, we had a chance to chat with IBM big brains about the future of tape technology and drivers of the current tape renaissance.  Here's what they said about the role of security concerns in tape adoption.



Thanks to IBM for having DMI out for the briefing, and especially to Calline Sanchez, Tony Pearson, Lee Jesionowski and Ed Childers.

IBM Announces LTO-8 Tape Drive

At IBM's invitation, the Data Management Institute traveled to the Executive Briefing Center in Tucson, AZ a couple of weeks ago to shoot a video blog with IBM smart folks, Calline Sanchez, Lee Jesionowski, Tony Pearson and Ed Childers.  The subject was tape and we were receiving a preview of Big Blue's forthcoming announcement of supporting technology for LTO Ultrium tape Generation 8.

While LTO-8 is not yet available, that hasn't stopped IBM from getting ready with a new drive and support for the new standard in its Spectrum Archive software and various storage enclosures.  Here is the full interview:



Thanks to IBM for having us out for this advanced briefing.