By the end of the decade, ‘cold’ or inactive data could represent the majority of Enterprise data stored1. But how best to preserve and protect this valuable data for years, even decades, while reducing storage costs, addressing environmental, social and governance goals and strengthening cybersecurity? The answer is with LTO tape technology. With current LTO-9 tape systems, you can securely store over 25 Petabytes* of data in a single data center rack, at a fraction of the cost and power of disk-based storage2. So bring your archives down to size with innovative and sustainable LTO technology. Big data has never felt so small.
Delivering Scalability and Growth for Generations
LTO technology is currently in its 9th generation with a twenty year history of providing secure, reliable storage for Enterprises and organisations across the world. LTO-9 specifications support tape cartridge storage compressed capacity of up to 45 TB 3, and tape drive data transfer rates of up to 1000MB 3 per second for 3.6 terabytes of storage performance per hour and per drive. New generations have been introduced regularly with higher capacity and transfer rates along with new features to further protect your data and content. LTO specifications for backward compatibility up to generation seven of the technology is to write back one generation and read back two generations. The later 8th and 9th generations of LTO Ultrium tape drives are able to write back and read back one generation.
SEE HOW LTO TAPE CAN HELP BUSINESSES ACHIEVE THEIR SUSTAINABILITY GOALS
Many organizations are already cost conscious and cybersecurity aware when it comes to storing data, but now they are adding sustainability objectives to the equation as well. LTO tape technology is secure, long term, low cost data storage that can help you “green” your data center. Learn more about sustainability initiatives and how LTO tape technology can help at the LTO program sustainability page.
Security from ransomware
Flexible expansion capability
- Tape remains the lowest cost storage media on a $/GB basis
- With a tape air gap, you make your data more secure against ransomware threats
- Tape can store data more reliably and for longer periods due to having a far better uncorrected bit error rate (UBER) than Enterprise SATA disk – 10-20 versus 10-15
- Tape technology has more room to grow in areal density and therefore capacity, and has a well-defined roadmap reaching 14 generations and 1,440 TB (compressed) per cartridge.
2 Source: Data Economics, LTO-9 Technology Optimizing Data Value, Solutions North, May 2023.
3 Assuming a 2.5:1 compression achieved with larger compression history buffer available beginning with LTO generation 6 drives.
4 Assumes 5% recall and retrieval from Cloud per month, and 5-year HDD refresh cycle.
5 The Long Road Ahead to Ransomware Preparedness’, Enterprise Strategy Group, March 2022.
6 Coveware Quarterly Ransomware Blog, April 2023.
*Compression: 2.5:1 assuming typical midrange library