With the all the recent news about LTO-8 and a new media called LTO-7 Type M media, this blog series is intended to break down the details surrounding this new tape technology and provide some clarity to users looking to learn more. From drives to media, there are some significant changes from previous LTO generations, making LTO-8 and LTO-7 Type M the technology of the future.
LTO-8: What You Need to Know
What is LTO-8?
LTO-8 is the latest tape drive and media technology enabling:
- Double the capacity of LTO-7 – now 12TB native per tape and up to 30TB compressed (2.5x compression assumed)
- 20% higher throughput per drive – up to 360MB/s native and up to 750 MB/s compressed data. (Half Height drives will be at 300MB/s)
- Backward read/write compatibility to LTO-7
- New to LTO-8, a special LTO-7 Type M media is also available at 9TB native, providing users an intermediate option.
What about the tradition of reading/writing back one generation and reading back two?