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. And with LTFS, it’s easier to view, archive and share your files than ever before.


LTO-8 tape technology delivers high storage capacity, blazing fast transfer rates, easy-to-use functionality and steadfast reliability. Find key facts here, and additional information below. Learn more »

CostLow Cost

While cost per gigabyte for both tape and disk continue to shrink, tape maintains its advantage over disk when the overall total cost of ownership – energy, floor space and equipment – is taken into account. The cost of an LTO tape translates to less than a penny per gigabyte, which is much less expensive than any comparable disk solution.*

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CapacityHigh Capacity

The latest generation of LTO technology provides up to 30 Terabytes* of compressed storage per cassette, which is larger than most competing technologies and twice the compressed capacity of the previous generation.

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Secure, Offline Storage

LTO-8 technology delivers powerful tape drive-based 256-bit AES encryption to protect sensitive information.

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CompatibilityOpen Standard

LTO technology is an “open” format, meaning that many different competing companies are producing LTO drives and LTO cartridges that are compatible with each other. Each generation is also compatible with its previous generation, so you know that you’ll be able to make the most of your investment as technology needs change.

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PerformanceUltra-Fast Streaming Performance

The latest generation of LTO drives can maintain a compressed data transfer rate of up to 750 MB/second, which means that it can handle some of the most demanding applications.

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Tape is one of the most reliable solutions available. In fact, LTO technology delivers a better bit error rate than disk, so you can have the confidence that your data is there when you need it.

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Tapes are robust and far less fragile than a hard drive, so they can be easily – and inexpensively – transported. And with LTFS, you can store (or archive) large files across many different hardware and software platforms.

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Tape technology, being largely inert, produced almost zero CO2 over the same time as disk.

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Easy Access via LTFS

The Linear Tape File System (LTFS) works in conjunction with LTO tape technology for ease of use and portability for open systems tape storage. With the operating system’s graphical file manager and directory tree, utilizing data on an LTO Ultrium tape cartridge is as easy as dragging and dropping the file.

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*Assuming LTO-7 cartridge price of $115.55 based on a pricing survey of more than two dozen websites offering LTO-7 cartridges and assuming 2.5:1 compressed capacity of a single cartridge. Actual prices may vary. Survey is available at