LTO Program

Booth SL11508 Linear Tape Open Ultrium is a high-capacity, single-reel tape storage solution developed and continually enhanced by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Quantum and promoted by the LTO Program. The powerful, scalable and adaptable tape format is an open format and is in its seventh generation.

LTO-7 specifications support tape cartridge storage compressed capacity of up to 15 TB, more than twice the compressed capacity over the previous generation, and tape drive data transfer rates of up to 750 MBps for more than 2.7 terabytes of data an hour per drive. New generations have been introduced regularly with higher capacity and transfer rates along with new features to further protect data and content. LTO specifications provide backwards-compatibility to read/write with previous generations. Current-generation LTO drives are able to read tapes from two generations prior and are able to write to tapes from the prior generation.