The amount of data and content being produced is growing in leaps and bounds. With high capacity and reliability, LTO tape can provide years of protection at a much lower cost than other storage solutions. With Linear Tape File System (LTFS), it’s easier to view, archive and share your files than ever before. And because tape is an offline medium, you can protect your critical business data behind an air gap and keep it out of the reach of cybercriminals.


Maximum protection against Cyberattack

By making LTO technology your last line of defence against cyber attack, you create an air gap that ransomware and other malicious viruses cannot cross. And in the event of a major IT breach, recovering your data from LTO technology will be faster than streaming data back from the public cloud.

Additionally, LTO technology offers hardware-based, AES-256 data encryption (LTO-4 drives and newer), providing powerful drive-level algorithm that doesn’t affect compression, performance and capacity during backup. For more information, refer to the LTO Encryption technology page.

Write Once Read Many (WORM)
LTO technology also provides for a write-once, read many option (LTO-3 tapes and newer) that stores data in a non-rewritable format which helps you address compliance regulations, such as SEC Rule 17a-4(f) and HIPAA.

Low cost

According to analysts, ESG[1], the expected ten-year Total Cost of Ownership for an LTO-8 data retention solution is 86% lower than that of an all-disk solution and 66% lower than that of an all-cloud storage solution, making LTO-8 the most economical choice for long-term data retention.

Ten year expected Total Cost of Ownership

High capacity, high density

With exponential data growth anticipated, tape offers a much more robust and scalable solution for archiving massive quantities of infrequently accessed, but still essential, data. 

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Addressing your storage needs

Extreme performance

Despite common misperceptions that backing up to tape is slower than disk, tape delivers some of the best performance possible when comparing raw speed. LTO-9 drive transfer rate is up to 400 MB/sec native, 1000 MB/sec compressed with full height drives, which means it’s faster than a typical 7,200 RPM (160 MB/sec) HDD for streaming data.

Ease of access with LTFS

First introduced with LTO5 technology in 2010 and later adopted by SNIA in 2013,TheLinear Tape File System (LTFS) is an open software specification that brings drag and drop simplicity to tape backup and archivingLTFS is independent of any hardware or software platforms, which means that recovery from disaster is faster and simpler than ever before.

Reliable and dependable 

Tape is one of the most durable storage solutions available and can safely protect your data for up to thirty years. LTO technology also boasts a powerful error correction algorithm, with an error rate of 1 in 10^19, which is four orders of magnitude better than disk.  In layman’s terms, this means that it would take 130 tape drives writing data continually for one year to encounter an error that could not be fixed by LTO error correction technology


LTO specifications are an open format designed for interoperability between different vendors’ equipment. Investment protection is assured through backwards compatibility while Linear Tape File System (LFTS) provides simple data access and management allowing for easy file sharing. 

Green Storage

With energy consumption of stored data growing exponentially year-over-year, many organizations are looking for technologies to reduce the carbon footprint.

Simply converting 33% of disk storage to tape could save about 200 million megawatt hours per year because HDD systems use 70 times more energy than tape.3


Beyond archiving and backup, there are many other applications where data needs to be transferred from where it has been generated to another location. Traditional HDD is far less durable for routine transportation, while solid-state drives (SSDs) are expensive. Although the cloud removes some of these concerns, transferring large amounts of data can clog bandwidth, exposes your files to security concerns and take a long time. For portability, think of LTO technology as “low-cost high bandwidth in a box.” It’s easy to use, completely removable and easily transportable. Transferring an entire data center is as simple as packing up a box full of LTO cartridges and shipping them wherever they need to go.