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LTO 5 Makers Bring High Speed Tape to Market

by on April 8, 2010

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The promise of greater tape capacities and faster transfer rates came a step closer to fulfillment as two companies announced that they are ready to start shipping tape cartridges that meet the LTO 5 standard.

Both Imation, of Oakdale, Minn. and Fujifilm Recording Media USA, of Valhalla, N.Y. aired their intentions after successfully completing compliance testing of their LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape cartridges.

“With a native capacity of 1.5 terabytes and three terabytes of compressed storage, data transfer rates of up to 280 MB/second compressed, data encryption, and new partitioning functionality to enhance file control and space management, the LTO 5 format offers significant improvements over prior LTO tape generations,” Subodh Kulkarni, chief technology officer and senior vice president of Imation’s global commercial business, said in a statement.

At 1.5 terabytes and 140 MB/second, the native capacity and transfer speed for the Fuji cartridge appears to be lower than the Imation offering. Nevertheless, the company remained optimistic about its offering.

“The advances that we have made to our technology will go a long way toward meeting the rapidly increasing demands that our customers have for long term file storage and data management,”” Fujifilm Sales and Marketing Senior Vice President Peter Faulhaber noted in a statement. “The escalating volume of data coupled with the rising concerns over security and need for rapid retrieval lead us to believe that this next generation technology will be very well received in the marketplace.”

Users of older LTO systems will be happy to know that the new tape format offered by the companies is read-write backward compatible with LTO Ultrium 4 and read backward compatible with LTO Ultrium 3.

“Magnetic tape remains the most cost-efficient way for businesses to address storage and compliance requirements, whether for long-term data archive or regular backup of active data, given tape’s energy savings and cost-per-gigabyte advantages over other methods,” Imation’s Kulkarni asserted.

2 Comments
  1. Someone Who Knows permalink

    Ummm….do you know ANYTHING about tape? Imation quotes the transfer speed for compressed data, Fuji quotes the same speed for native (uncompressed) data. Since the general assumption is that compression is 2:1, the speeds are really the SAME. Fuji’s tape is not ‘slower’ as you seem to be saying.
    And of course transfer rate is a function of the DRIVE as much as the tape cartridge….

  2. Hey,
    Of course, you’re correct. Thanks for correcting the erroneous conclusion that the Imation LTO5 offering is faster than Fujifilm’s product. Both cartridges support 1.5TB native storage and 3TB compressed storage, as well as transfer speeds of 140 MB/second for native storage and 280 MB/second for compressed storage.
    And thanks for taking a look at our blog.

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