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 user 2007-09-10 at 10:07:00 am Views: 33
  • #18716

    More Than 2,000,000 LTO Ultrium Format Tape Drives and 80,000,000 Cartridges Shipped
    Format Continues Strong Upward Trajectory with Marketplace Acceptance, Green Advantages and Potential TCO Benefits for Users
    VALLEY, Calif.–HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation, the three
    technology provider companies for the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program,
    today announced that the LTO Ultrium format has achieved yet another
    milestone that signifies the substantial market acceptance of the
    benefits that the tape format brings to the data center. Based on
    current data, the program has seen more than two million LTO Ultrium
    tape drives shipped worldwide since products based on the format first
    became commercially available in September 2000. In addition, LTO
    Ultrium format cartridge shipments have now surpassed a total of 80
    million units since September 2000, an increase of over 30 million
    cartridges since the LTO Program’s last milestone announcement in
    September 2006.

    “LTO tape products have been strongly embraced
    by business and government as an essential component of their backup
    and archiving infrastructure,” said Cindy Grossman, Vice President,
    Tape and Archive Systems, IBM. “The unique combination of performance,
    reliability, data protection, attractive total cost of ownership and
    low energy consumption has helped LTO technology continue to be a
    strategic choice of customers seeking to effectively address backup,
    archive, compliance and data security objectives.”

    generation 4 tape products are designed to deliver the backup and
    archiving features needed by today’s storage administrators, including
    high capacity, blazing performance and data protection features. With
    low energy consumption, LTO tape products also provide organizations
    with a green alternative for the data center. Studies have shown that
    tape-based backup and archiving solutions can deliver substantial TCO
    benefits compared to comparable disk-only backup approaches.1

    considerable momentum of the LTO format shows strong and continuing
    acceptance of each LTO generation, and there’s no doubt that the
    release of generation 4 solutions will keep the LTO format moving
    forward,” said Sal Capizzi, vice president and senior analyst, Ideas
    International, Inc. “As we look at the hierarchy of storage managed by
    IT professionals, tape has a solid role in the data center for the
    foreseeable future, delivering needed backup and archive functions as
    well as cost savings in hybrid disk and tape backup systems. Tape
    brings exceptionally strong price/performance benefits while protecting
    data in a very cost-efficient manner, and the added data security
    provided by the native tape drive encryption capability of LTO-4
    further increases the attractiveness of this format.”

    LTO format
    generation 4 brings numerous advantages over the preceding generation,
    doubling physical storage capacity by delivering up to 1.6TB (assuming
    2:1 compression) per cartridge. Transfer rates are also improved to
    allow generation 4 to reach speeds up to 240MB per second from up to
    160MB per second in generation 3 (assuming a 2:1 compression).

    with LTO format generation 3, the new generation format also continues
    to offer WORM (Write-Once, Read-Many) functionality that provides
    cost-effective means for storing data in a non-rewriteable format to
    help address compliance needs. For additional security, LTO format
    generation 4 supports 256 Bit AES-GCM encryption capabilities at the
    tape drive level that are designed to enable the writing of encrypted
    data to the LTO Ultrium tape cartridge, helping to protect information
    on the tapes during storage and transportation.

    LTO format
    generation 4 provides for drives with backwards-compatible
    read-and-write capability to store and retrieve data with the LTO
    format generation 3 cartridges, and backward read capabilities with
    generation 2 cartridges, to help protect the investment customers have
    made in LTO products.