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 the second quarter of 2019. Fujifilm and Sony currently manufacture LTO 8 tapes for all brands (IBM, Quantum, HPE and of course Sony and Fuji).
Features and Benefits of LTO 8 Ultrium Tape
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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.