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LTO Roadmap

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 reliability in both stand-alone and automated environments.

The Ultrium format is the preferred format when capacity rather than fast access is the key storage consideration. An Ultrium format generation 3 cartridge has a capacity of up to 800 GB (2:1 compression) and up to 400 GB native, while the Ultrium format generation 2 has a capacity of up to 400 GB (2:1 compression) and up to 200 GB native. Capacity for LTO Ultrium generation 1 format cartridges reaches up to 200 GB (2:1 compression) and up to 100 GB native.

Benefits of Using Ultrium Format:

High Capacity

  •  The Ultrium format generation 3 allows for 800GB capacity (2:1 compression) in a single compact cartridge. As with previous generations, the cartridge is smaller than existing single-reel tape cartridges
  • Ultrium format Generation 2 allows for 400GB capacity (2:1 compression) in a single compact cartridge. Like Generation 1, the cartridge is smaller than existing single-reel tape cartridges
  • Ultrium format Generation 1 allows for 200GB capacity (2:1 compression) in a single compact cartridge. The cartridge is smaller than existing single-reel tape cartridges.

High Data Transfer Range

  •  Ultrium format generation 3 provides data transfer rates of 80 ­ 160 MB/second (2:1 compression) for the third generation of the 8-channel version
  • Ultrium format Generation 2 provides for data transfer rates of 40-80 MB/ second (2:1 compression) for the second generation of the 8-channel version
  • Ultrium format Generation 1 provides for data transfer rates of 20-40 MB/ second (2:1 compression) for the first generation of the 8-channel version

Roadmap — The Ultrium format is designed with a six-generation roadmap that provides up to 6.4 TB per cartridge capacity (assuming a 2:1 compression) in Generation 6 with compressed transfer rate of up to 540 MB per second (assuming a 2:1 compression).

Wide Range of Applications — The Ultrium format is best suited for high-capacity backup, restore and archive operations.

Instant Access to Usage Data — Via LTO CM (cartridge memory), an embedded electronics and interface module that can store and retrieve a cartridge's historical usage and other information.