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Tales Of The Tape: 6 LTO-7 Technology Strategies

The coming refresh of tape automation solutions featuring the new LTO-7 tape technology will bring lower-cost archiving of data to enterprise data centers. Here’s what six vendors have in store.

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LTO-7 Arrives

The imminent arrival of the new LTO-7 tape format, details of which were released in September, is proof that tape has yet to breathe its last, despite multiple reports to the contrary.

The LTO-7 format offers a raw capacity of 6 TB per cartridge, which is about 2.4 times the capacity of LTO-6 cartridges. With compression, maximum capacity rises to up to 15 TB per cartridge, or double that of LTO-6. LTO-7 tape drives feature data-transfer rates of up to 750 MBps compressed, or more than 2.7 TBs per hour, per drive.

There's more. The LTO Consortium, which includes Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Quantum, previously released road maps calling for compressed capacities of 62.5 TB for LTO-9 and 120 TB for LTO-10, with transfer rates expected to reach up to 1,770 MBps for LTO-9 and 2,750 MBps for LTO-10.

Several vendors already have unveiled tape automation systems for LTO-7, with shipments expected to commence before year-end. Here’s some of what's in store for the lowest-cost archiving technology.

LTO-7 photo courtesy of Spectra Logic.

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