LTO 8 tapes have an uncompressed storage capacity of 12TB and a compressed capacity of up to 30TB. LTO 8 tapes more than double the capacity of LTO 7 tape. Additionally, LTO-8 tape drive technology increased the tape head channel count from 16 to 32. This increase will provide a higher data transfer rate, resulting in a reduction of approximately 50% of the time to read or write a full tape.
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Linear Tape File System (LTFS) allows you to use an LTO 5, LTO 6 or higher generation LTO drive as if it were an external hard drive or USB drive. This provides users with traditional advantages of tape (reliability, longevity, portability and low cost) with a familiar interface providing users faster and easier direct access to files on data tape. LTFS is an open standard developed by IBM that is cross-platform compatible (Windows, Mac, Linux). You can save your data or project to tape, send it to a co-worker, customer, editor and, as long as they have the hardware and LTFS software, they can read it.
In addition to LTFS Single Drive Edition, IBM has also developed LTFS Storage Manager, LTFS Library Edition and LTFS Enterprise Edition versions.