Bring Greater Density to Your Spectra Tape Library with LTO-9.

Regardless of size, most organizations face the same data management challenges – how to efficiently and cost-effectively protect and manage evergrowing data repositories. Spectra® Tape libraries with LTO-9 technology offer innovative storage solutions for small businesses up to the largest enterprises.

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Store More than an Exabyte of Data (Native) in a Single Library for Long-Term Retention

Continuing its tradition of developing the world’s most innovative tape libraries, Spectra Logic’s flagship TFinity® ExaScale® Tape Library, now stores an unprecedented exabyte of uncompressed data with LTO-9, making it the world’s largest storage system. In addition, each of the company’s libraries now stores more than a six petabytes of data with the integration of LTO-9 technology, including the company’s popular Spectra Stack Tape Library, which will hold over 10 petabytes of uncompressed data in a single standard rack with LTO-9. Offering secure, scalable and reliable data protection, Spectra’s family of tape libraries delivers economical and flexible data storage with the highest capacities available in a single footprint.

LTO-9 Boosts Capacity and Performance

New LTO-9 tape technology surpasses the per-cartridge capacity of LTO-8 by 50 percent to 45TB compressed (18TB native) and advances full-height LTO-9 drive performance up to 1000 MB/s compressed (400 MB/s native).* A single LTO-9 tape drive can write up to 3.6 TB/h.

LTO-9 Highlights

  • Delivers the only open tape format available, providing the first and only cooperative development effort in the industry
  • Provides the lowest cost per gigabyte data storage available
  • Provides high reliability with proven enterprise-level technology and quality assurance
  • Offers Linear Tape File System (LTFS) functionality, enabling the same drag-and-drop capability as a hard disk drive
  • TMR head technology – delivers superior capacity, performance and dependability

LTO-9 Enhanced with Spectra Certified Media

LTO-9 Certified Tape Media

The introduction of LTO-9 drives and media with its improved performance and capacity over LTO-8 is a solid and substantial advancement in storage technology. Spectra enhances its tape media by including Spectra’s Media Lifecycle Management (MLM), Data Integrity Verification (DIV), and CarbideClean® features that produce Spectra Certified Media with a Spectra-backed lifetime guarantee. LTO-9 drives are backward-compatible with LTO-8 media, allowing for full read/write capability.

Spectra MigrationPassSM Service:

An innovative way to preserve drive and media investment

Both Spectra and the Spectra® Stack Tape Library make any migration plan seamless. Tape is designed for long-term data storage, but too often users are required to sacrifice their existing investment in tape drives when they move to a new tape library. Spectra Stack’s MigrationPass eliminates the need to make that costly decision. MigrationPass starts with the unique ability to migrate existing tape drives into the Spectra Stack library. It also includes a program to help migrate to newer LTO generations as they are released. This unprecedented offering protects user investment while providing a truly open approach to working with a technology designed for multi-generation use.

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MigrationPass with Spectra BlackPearl®:

Time consuming and expensive tape migration is a thing of the past
Traditionally organizations could skip a generation of LTO drives and migrate data forward, but recent changes in LTO technology allow users to read/write data back just one generation. With BlackPearl, organizations can migrate data from any generation (LTO-5 or newer) seamlessly to the latest LTO-9 tape technology with a background migration. In addition, BlackPearl can import any tapes written in LTFS format into its environment and begin to use and migrate this data to the newest generation, creating an innovative way to reduce the complexity sometimes associated with tape migrations.

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LTO: The Industry Standard for Tape Technology

LTO tape technology is the only open standards, nonproprietary tape technology. Interchangeability of tape media and drives is guaranteed from all LTO manufacturers to allow freedom of choice for end users. With LTO tape technology you will experience the lowest cost, most energy efficient tape technology with ongoing advancements driven by high volume and competition.

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LTO-9 Capacities and Spectra Tape Libraries

  Spectra Stack T380 T680 T950/T950v 8-frame TFinity ExaScale 45-frame
Maximum Number of Drives 21 Full-Height Drives 12 Up to 120 (8-frame) Up to 144 in a 45-frame
Max Throughput LTO-9 FH*
(TB/hr native/compressed)
30.24 TB / 75.6 TB 17.28 TB / 43.2 TB 172.8 TB / 432 TB 207.36 TB / 518.4 TB
Maximum Media/Slot Count 560 380 680** 10,020 (8-frame) 56,400 (45-frame)
Max Capacity LTO-9
(native/compressed)
10.08 PB / 25.2 PB 6.8 PB / 17.1 PB 12 PB / 30.1 PB 180.3 PB / 450.9 PB 1.01 EB / 2.53 EB

* FH = Full-Height Drive ** – LTO-9 compressed capacity calculated at 2.5:1 ratio.
*To fully maximize the library, 10 slots utilize the EE port as a storage chamber.

Spectra LTO-9 Tape Drive Specs

Capacity: Up to 45TB compressed 2.5:1 (18TB native)
Data transfer rate: Up to 1,000 MB/s compressed (400 MB/s native)
Data compression: Streaming Lossless Data Compression (SLDC)
Data cartridge: LTO-9 (rewritable) LTO-9 (WORM)
Cleaning cartridge: LTO Universal Cleaning Cartridge (UCC)
Backwards Compatibility: Read/write LTO-8 media
Encryption: AES 256-GCM (256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard).
LTO-9 reads/writes LTO-8 encrypted media.
Drive Head Type: Tunneling Magnetoresistive (TMR)
Reliability
Mean time between failures (MTBF):
250,000 hours at 100 percent duty cycle.
Mean swaps between failures (MSBF):
100,000 tape load/unload cycles.
Operating Environment
Operating temperature: 10° to 40° C (50° to 104° F)
Relative humidity: 20% to 80% (non-condensing)


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