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Ultrium Format


The Ultrium format is the high-capacity, single-reel implementation of LTO Technology. It is ideally suited for backup, restore and archive applications and provides excellent performance and capacity in both stand-alone and automated environments.

The Ultrium format is the preferred format when capacity and high streaming data rates are the key storage consideration. With clear and straightforward technology roadmaps and industry support worldwide, the LTO Ultrium format benefits users by offering multiple sources of product and media, as well as compatibility between products from different vendors.

The LTO Ultrium format, beginning with generation 5, includes a new partitioning functionality, enabling capabilities with the use of the Linear Tape File System that can enhance file control and space management, and make tape easier to use than ever before, addressing the growing needs of marketplace segments such as Rich Media.

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The Ultrium format is designed with an eight-generation roadmap that provides up to 32 TB per cartridge capacity (assuming a 2.5:1 compression) in Generation 8 with compressed transfer rate of up to 1180 MB per second (assuming a 2.5:1 compression).

Benefits of Using Ultrium Format:

  • High Capacity for Improved Total Cost of Ownership
  • High Data Transfer Rates for Enhanced Productivity
  • Multi-Generation Roadmap for Assistance with Storage Requirements
  • Wide Range of Applications for Cross Enterprise Support
  • Offline Data Protection
  • Enhanced file management (introduced with the LTO generation 5 format)



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