|By Business Wire
|April 3, 2014 11:00 AM EDT
The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), HP, IBM and
Quantum, announced today that LTO generation 6 tape has reached a
cost-per-gigabyte of 1.3 cents based on the current market price of tape
“LTO technology continues to be the most cost-effective way to store
significant amounts of data for the long term,” said Eric Bassier,
Senior Director, Product Group, Quantum Corporation. “It’s dependable,
compatible, portable, and easy to access with LTFS. When you factor in
total cost of ownership – acquisition cost as well as power, cooling,
and management costs – LTO tape continues to be the best storage medium
for archiving and long term retention of valuable data.”
When all factors are taken into account, LTO tape storage technology
continues to be the most cost-effective solution for data storage
managers worldwide. In “A
Comparative TCO Study: VTLs and Physical Tape” by the Enterprise
Strategy Group, results showed that even a data dedupe virtual tape
library was two to four times more costly than an LTO tape solution. The
Clipper Group also found that the average disk-based solution costs 26
times the total cost of ownership for an average LTO tape-based solution
Revisiting the Search for Long-Term Storage.”
“LTO solutions provide some very compelling cost advantages over
disk-based solutions,” according to David Reine, senior analyst with The
Clipper Group. “When you look at the total cost of ownership over a long
retention period, including storage space, energy use and equipment,
tape clearly is the most cost-effective archiving solution.”
As data storage managers consider factors such as equipment, media,
maintenance, energy costs and floor space, LTO tape addresses those
needs specifically, offering the most energy-efficient and
cost-effective method for storing data.
LTO-6 specifications support tape cartridge storage compressed capacity
of up to 6.25TB**, more than twice the compressed capacity over the
previous generation, and tape drive data transfer rates of up to 400MB**
per second for over 1.4 terabytes of storage performance an hour per
drive. As with previous generations, LTO-6 drives will provide backward
compatibility with the ability to read and write LTO generation 5
cartridges and read LTO generation 4 cartridges, helping to preserve
media investments and ease implementation.
The LTO Program will be presenting and demonstrating LTO technology to a
broad range of data managers at NAB in Las Vegas, Nevada, SNIA Data
Conference in Santa Clara, California, IBC in Amsterdam, ASIS in
Atlanta, Georgia, and Supercomputing in New Orleans, Louisiana. Find
conference dates and information at www.lto.org.
Learn more about LTO technology, LTFS, exciting user stories and a
variety of compelling storage white papers at www.lto.org/trustlto.
How to License LTO Ultrium Technology
The LTO Program has historically offered several different license
packages – from enhanced packages that provide the specifications and
licenses to manufacture LTO Ultrium products, to basic packages
providing LTO format specifications.
Buyers seeking LTO Ultrium format-compliant products should look for the
LTO Ultrium format compliance verification trademarks - Linear
Tape-Open, LTO, the LTO logo, Ultrium, and the Ultrium logo - on both
tape drives and data cartridges. These trademarks are owned by HP, IBM
and Quantum and are licensed to manufacturers only for use in connection
with tape drives and data cartridges that have passed compliance
verification tests for such LTO products. Storage and media
manufacturers interested in licensing LTO formats may obtain information
by contacting the LTO Program at www.lto.org/contact/index.html.
About Linear Tape-Open (LTO)
The LTO Ultrium format is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape
format developed and continuously enhanced by technology providers HP,
IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation (and their predecessors) to help
address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to
enterprise-class server environments. This ultra-high capacity
generation of tape storage products is designed to deliver outstanding
performance, capacity and reliability combining the advantages of linear
multi-channel, bi-directional formats with enhancements in servo
technology, data compression, track layout, and error correction.
The LTO Ultrium format has a well-defined roadmap for growth and
scalability. The roadmap only represents intentions and goals and is
subject to change or withdrawal without notice. There is no guarantee
that these goals will be achieved. Format compliance verification is
vital to meet the free-interchange objectives that are at the core of
the LTO Program. Ultrium tape mechanism and tape cartridge interchange
specifications are available on a licensed basis. For additional
information on the LTO Program, visit www.lto.org/trustlto
and the LTO Program Web site at www.lto.org.
*Assuming LTO-6 cartridge price of $80 based on a pricing survey of
more than two dozen websites offering LTO-6 cartridges and assuming
2.5:1 compressed capacity of a single cartridge. Actual prices may vary.
Survey is available at www.lto.org.
** Assuming a 2.5:1 compression achieved with larger compression
history buffer available beginning with LTO generation 6 drives.
Note: Linear Tape-Open, LTO, the LTO logo, Ultrium, and the
Ultrium logo are trademarks of HP, IBM and Quantum in the US and other
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