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Licensing

To better serve the needs of customers in a tape storage market that can seem complicated and confusing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Quantum (the Technology Provider Companies or TPCs) have developed Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Technology and the Ultrium tape format specifications.

To answer industry calls for open tape format specifications, the technology providing companies – IBM, HP and Quantum – make licenses available to enable others to provide Ultrium tape mechanism and tape cartridge products.

Each license package contains one or all of the following types of documents:

  • Format Specification Documentation: Provides the technical information about the format necessary to develop mechanisms and cartridges that interchange between products of the same format.
  • License Documentation: Provides additional technical information about tolerance interdependencies and interchange verification testing, and also presents a conceptual overview of the design.
  • The Trademark Style Guide: Describes the use of the Ultrium trademarks and logos.

Types of Packages:

Ultrium Tape Mechanism License Package

Contains the interchange specifications for the tape mechanism and tape cartridge, supplemental information about the format, a limited license to the necessary tape mechanism TPC IP and trademarks, and the Trademark Style Guide.

Ultrium Tape Cartridge Enhanced License Package

Contains the interchange specifications for the tape cartridge, supplemental information about the format, a limited license to the necessary tape cartridge TPC IP and trademarks, and the Trademark Style Guide.

Ultrium Tape Cartridge Trademark Package License

Contains the interchange specifications for the tape cartridge, supplemental information about the format, and the Trademark Style Guide.

Ultrium Specification Document

Contains the interchange specifications for tape mechanism and tape cartridge.

Licensing Process

A potential licensee should first contact the LTO Program via the Licensing Administrator and request a license and additional information if needed. The licensing administrator will then send a confidential disclosure agreement that the potential licensee will sign and return. The licensing administrator will then send the appropriate licensing agreements to the potential licensee. Guide to Package…

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Licensee Login

The contents of the materials accessible from this page are for members (licensees) only. Visit the Licensing Process page to find out how to become a licensee. By entering this section, you agree to keep all enclosed information confidential. If you have any questions about your responsibilities in the handling of this confidential information, please contact the LTO…

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