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 LTO 8 tapes are currently unavailable. 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 the third quarter of 2019.
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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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.