LTO Ultrium-6® Technology Protects and Retains Data


LTO-6 drives are designed with backwards-compatible read-and-write capability with LTO-5 cartridges, and backward read capabilities with LTO-4 cartridges, protecting investments and ease implementation.


The LTO-5 and LTO-6 specifications enable a new dual partitioning feature which provides faster data access and improved data management.


Linear Tape File System (LTFS) gives LTO-5 and LTO-6 users the ability to use tape in a fashion like disk or other removable storage media for outstanding management and usability. The tape contents appear in the OS browser directory and support simple "drag and drop" operations.


Up to 6.25TB (assuming 2.5:1 compression) can help reduce storage costs. One LTO-6 cartridge can hold the data of more than three LTO-4 cartridges.


Tape drive-based 256-bit AES encryption helps protect sensitive information.


LTO Ultrium-6 technology has up to 400 MB/s data transfer rates (assuming 2.5:1 compression) to improve efficiency which is over 1.4TB per hour of blazing backup performance per drive.

The Tape Advantage

Off-Line Tape Storage: The Ultimate Safety Net

What if you were providing services to thousands of bloggers and all of their data got wiped out. This could happen, especially if the backup plan involved one disk drive replicating its data to another drive. A system error could erase the data on one drive leading the other drive to erase the backup data as well. A big disaster if there was no offline data to restore from.

In another scenario - what if you were an organization with two servers backing each other up - and hackers were able to take out both of the site's servers, rendering all information culled from years of hard work useless. Again, if there was no offline data to provide recovery it would be disastrous.

Evolving Storage Needs

IT storage managers are expected to manage and protect data with constrained resources while dealing with increased expectations, tighter budgets, increased regulations and heightened security concerns. Businesses are also increasingly focused on total cost of ownership and rising energy costs.

  • Data is at risk and must be protected - myriad of potential data destructors: system error, theft, hackers, viruses, sabotage and natural disaster
  • Data is growing exponentially - some say by 50% or more each year
  • Business environment is constantly changing - increasing budget challenges and customer demands
  • Need to store more data for longer periods - information is key to an organization's success

Survive a Hurricane

Companies can actually survive disasters by setting up procedures that can cost less than the resulting costs of large-scale data loss.

For example, a large transportation company that stood in the way of Hurricane Gaston had their data center destroyed when a blocked city drain flooded their building. The good news was that they made a tape backup of their data the night before and had it stored remotely. They’ve since implemented an even more robust procedure, which provides for no production system interruption and multiple tiers of data protection including LTO tape technology.

Tape and Disk Together

Tape works well with disk solutions to address different needs. Disk can help with fast backup and retrieval for high performance application needs. However, according to a University of California-Santa Cruz three month study, more than 90 percent of disk stored data was typically never accessed again, and another 6.5 percent was only accessed once. This data could be stored on cost-effective tape.

Tape is well-suited for this type of data, as it is a less expensive and less energy-consuming storage medium. Once data becomes infrequently accessed it should be moved to tape.

Best Practices For Easier Protection

A data protection plan must incorporate a copy of critical data that is stored offline and offsite. Offline data can protect from system errors, hackers and viruses. The data should also be offsite. That way, in the event of a site-wide disaster, the offsite copy of data can be used to recover. These are part of backup and data protection best practices.

  • Data is growing exponentially - some say by 50% or more each year.
  • Business environment is constantly changing increasing budget challenges and customer demands.
  • Need to store more data for longer periods information is key to an organization's success.
  • Data is at risk and must be protected - myriad of potential data destructors: system error, theft, hackers, viruses, sabotage and natural disaster.

Multiple Degrees of Protection

Provides at least three copies of data in different locations, with one out of region for recovery in the event of a region-wide disaster. In these situations, tape is a cost-effective and straight forward solution.

Technology Diversification

It is important to have copies on different forms of media to avoid a media or system process disaster. In this case, a mixture of disk and tape - perhaps in a D2D2T environment.

System Isolation

Provides at least one copy of data offline to avoid intentional or unintentional corruption that can occur with online storage.

Protect Access to Data

Increase protection from data loss due to erroneous overwrite via WORM or from unauthorized access via encryption is essential for data at rest and in transit.

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LTFS Whitepaper

A research paper by MTMP that shows how media and entertainment and other organizations can use LTO technology and LTFS to store content in the workflow and archive.
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LTO Technology and LTFS Use Cases

These companies use LTO tape and LTFS to reduce storage costs and make archiving precious content easier.
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LTO Ultrium-6 Specs

Learn the details of the new and exciting LTO Ultrium generation 6 in this press release.
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Revisiting the Search for Long-Term Storage – A TCO Analysis of Tape and Disk, Tape Delivers Significant TCO Advantage over Disk

The Clipper Group examines what to do now to prepare for the ensuing decades of continuing data growth, technology change, and increasing long-term preservation requirements. For long-term archiving of digital data:

  • The average disk-based solution costs 26 times the average tape-based solution.
  • The cost of energy alone for the average disk-based solution exceeds the entire
    TCO for the average tape-based solution.

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A Comparative TCO Study: VTLs and Physical Tape

This ESG study by Mark Peters evaluated a common industry-standard disk VTL deduplication system (with 15:1 reduction ratio) versus a tape library with LTO-5, drives with full nightly backups, over a five-year period. The scenarios included replicated systems and offsite tape vaults. In all circumstances, the TCO for VTL with deduplication ranged from about 2 to 4 times more expensive than the LTO-5 tape library TCO. The paper shares recent ESG research and lots more.
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The Evolving Role of Disk and Tape in the Data Center

Learn about best practices in backup and archive for today's energy and cost conscious data center including performance, data protection and TCO.
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Tape Fallacies Exposed – the Future of Tape is Still Bright

Tape is not going away anytime soon. Tape shines in areas such as off-line, off-site data protection, tape has dramatic cost and green advantages over disk, and tape is more than acceptable from a manageability and usability perspective. Will the critics never learn?
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