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LTO Ultrium 8 Tapes

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.

Shortage of LTO Ultrium 8 Tapes
There is currently a shortage of LTO 8 tape media. The shortage is due to a patent infringement lawsuit between Fujifilm and Sony.   It is unclear when this will be resolved but current predictions are that the shortage will remain until late 2018.   Fujifilm and Sony currently manufacture LTO 8 tapes for all brands (IBM, Quantum, HPE and of course Sony and Fuji).

What can I use in lieu of LTO 8 tapes?
  • LTO-7 tape media can be used in LTO 8 tape drives and has an uncompressed storage capacity of 6TB and a compressed capacity of up to 15TB.
  • Also, new, unused LTO 7 tape can be formatted as “M8” tape.  LTO-7 "Type M media" is a new LTO-7 tape format with an "M8" label - when initialized it can hold up to 9TB native capacity. Representing the lowest cost per TB option available for use with LTO-8 drives.

Features and Benefits of LTO 8 Ultrium Tape

  • Higher Storage Capacity - 12TB native and up to 30TB Compressed
  • Better Performance - Expect data transfer rates of up to 900 MB/sec compressed and 360 MB/sec uncompressed.
  • Future Compatibility - LTO 8 tapes will be able to be read by and written to by LTO 9 tape drives and be able to be read by LTO 10 drives.
  • Type M Media Support - LTO 8 Drives will be able to format new, unused LTO 7 tapes as Type M-8 media. This will allow the use of LTO 7 tapes in the LTO 8 Drive and increase the normal capacity of an LTO 7 tape by 50%, up to 22.5TB.
  • Backward Compatible - LTO 8 drives can Read and Write to LTO 7 Tapes (note LTO 8 Drives cannot read or write to LTO 6 Tapes
  • We will be offering LTO 8 Tapes manufactured by IBM, HPE, Sony, Quantum and FujiFilm.
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Quantum LTO 8 Tape with Barium Ferrite (BaFe) MR-L8MQN-01
Quantum LTO 8 Tape with Barium Ferrite (BaFe) MR-L8MQN-01
Made By: Quantum
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Quantum LTO 8 Tape with Custom Barcode Label (BaFe) MR-L8MQN-01-BC
Quantum LTO 8 Tape with Custom Barcode Label (BaFe) MR-L8MQN-01-BC
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HPE LTO 8 Tape with Barium Ferrite (BaFe) Q2078A
HPE LTO 8 Tape with Barium Ferrite (BaFe) Q2078A
Made By: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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IBM LTO 8 Tape with Barium Ferrite (BaFe) 01PL041
IBM LTO 8 Tape with Barium Ferrite (BaFe) 01PL041
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$165.00/tape

 
 

HPE LTO 8 Tape with Custom Barcode Label (BaFe) Q2078A-BC
HPE LTO 8 Tape with Custom Barcode Label (BaFe) Q2078A-BC
Made By: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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IBM LTO 8 Tape (BaFe) with Custom Barcode Label (01PL041-BC)
IBM LTO 8 Tape (BaFe) with Custom Barcode Label (01PL041-BC)
Made By: IBM
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$165.60/tape

 
 

Quantum LTO 8 Tape Library Pack - 20 Quantum LTO8 Tapes (BaFe) MR-L8MQN-20
Quantum LTO 8 Tape Library Pack - 20 Quantum LTO8 Tapes (BaFe) MR-L8MQN-20
Made By: Quantum
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Understanding LTFS

Linear Tape File System (LTFS) allows you to use an LTO 5 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.

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