The IBM TS2900 Tape Autoloader now supports half-height SAS LTO 7 drives.

LTO Generation 7 hardware will be backward write compatible with LTO Ultrium 6 data cartridges and backward read compatible with LTO Ultrium 5 data cartridges.

The IBM TS2900 Tape Autoloader now supports half-height SAS LTO 7 drives.

An Ultrium drive can write data to a cartridge in its own generation and to a cartridge from the immediate prior generation in the prior generation format. An Ultrium drive cannot make any use of a cartridge from a more recent generation.

The current generation of lto7 technology – LTO generation 6 – supports tape cartridge storage compressed capacity of up to 6.25TB* and tape drive data transfer rates of up to 400MB* per second for over 1.4 terabytes of storage performance an hour per drive.

The Fujifilm LTO Ultrium 7 data cartridge offers a super high native/compressed storage capacity of 6.0/15.0TB, transfer rates up to 300/750MB per second. The IBM TS3500 tape library now supports the TS1060 Ultrium 7 drives ($27,923).

With an uncompressed storage capacity of 6TB and a compressed capacity of up to 15TB, LTO 7 tapes will have more than double the capacity of LTO 6 tape.

The release will also include new LTO 7 ordering information for our customers.

LTO generation 7 will continue to include features that were introduced in previous generations, including a partitioning functionality that allows users to present a tape-based file system with the use of LTFS. The new specifications are available now for licensing by storage mechanism and media manufacturers. As with the previous generation, lto 7 Ultrium 7 hardware will incorporate the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Linear Tape File System (LTFS) dual partitioning functionality.

TS2270 Model H7S incorporates the LTO Ultrium 7 Half-High SAS Tape Drive. In September 2015, EDP will premiere Linear Tape Open, Generation 7 compatible-technology. It involves having the magnetic particles of both the same average size (about 7.7 nanometers) and lined up in the same direction.

LTO generation 7 provides continued support for hardware-based encryption and WORM (Write-Once, Read-Many) functionality.

Fujifilm LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges offer more space to record specific cartridge information, with the introduction of a lto 6 Cartridge Memory (IC chip).

All this data storage capacity may be overkill for some IBM i shops, which generally aren’t going to use LTO 7 for long-term storage of unstructured data, such as video or still images.

The IBM 7226 Model 1U3 Multi-Media Enclosure now supports half-height SAS LTO 7 drives ($3,400) and half-height Fibre Channel LTO 7 drives ($3,600). The IBM TS3200 tape library leverages the latest generation of LTO technology to help cost-effectively handle growing storage requirements.

The higher capacity and performance of LTO Gen 7 provides the ability to cost effectively store very large amounts of archive, big data, video, and other information.

An Ultrium micro p2 drive can read data from a cartridge in its own generation and the two prior generations. Recently the so called “LTO” Technology Provider Companies HP, IBM and Quantum announced the LTO Ultrium format generation 7. LTO is a system that has gone through many changes, in security, ease of use and increase in data storage.

Future Compatibility – LTO 7 tapes will be able to be read by and written to by LTO 8 tape drives and be able to be read by LTO 9 drives.

Last month, IBM released specifications that its Ultrium 7 tape cartridges will have a physical capacity of up to 15 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression, up to 6 TB native capacity.

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