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Tandberg Data Debuts Their New LTO 6 Family

The new lineup of Tandberg Data LTO 6 tape autoloaders and libraries provide increased capacity, performance and functionality for small and medium-sized businesses looking to better manage data growth and reduce storage costs.

Tandberg lto 6 tape

Like most other businesses using LTO backup tape technology, most of PMI’s customers are still working with LTO 5 technology and digesting all the good things that LTFS technology brought to the 5th generation. (And in some cases, they are still using LTO 4′s.) There is nothing wrong with using older tape generations. They are still supported and they are more cost-effective than ever, but I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the 6th generation, also known as LTO 6 , is officially upon us.

Today, Tandberg Data, debuted their new LTO 6 tape drives and backup tapes. As you might imagine, LTO 6 offers small and medium-sized business users increased capacity, performance and functionality, allowing them to better manage data growth and reduce storage costs.

Specifically, LTO 6 offers twice the cartridge capacity as the previous generation, which in this case means up to 6.25TB of compressed cartridge capacity and speeds of up to 1.4TB per hour. With LTO 6, some of Tandberg’s autoloaders and tape libraries offer businesses an incredible amount of cost-effective storage: the Tandberg Data StorageLoader® is offering up to 50TB, the StorageLibrary™ T24 up to 150TB and the StorageLibrary™ T40+ up to 250TB of compressed storage.

Here’s a few other, non-manufacturer specific facts about the new LTO 6 tapes:

  • The new LTO 6 tape products are backwards write/read compatible for one generation (LTO 5)

  • They are backwards read compatible for two generations (LTO 5 & LTO 4)

  • All LTO 6 tape products will support 256-bit AES hardware encryption for regulatory compliance.

  • LTO 6 tape drives will support LTFS (Linear Tape File System) technology with up to two partitions on a single data cartridge, allowing users to store different file types in different locations on each tape to reduce access times.

The Tandberg Data LTO 6 tape drive is available with a SAS or FC interface and is offered in standalone or automation configurations.

“LTO tape technology is the most cost-effective way to protect the deluge of digital data generated daily by most businesses,” said Graham Paterson, senior vice president at Tandberg Data. “When storing data on a Tandberg Data LTO 6 tape drive or tape automation product, small and medium-sized businesses will reap significant cost benefits due to the high capacity, small footprint and low power and cooling requirements.”

LTO 6 Tape Automation Saves Time and Money

The Tandberg Data StorageLoader and StorageLibrary Series with LTO 6 allow customers to shorten backup windows, simplify storage management, advance data protection, improve compliance and significantly reduce storage costs through active archiving. The Tandberg Data StorageLoader is a compact tape autoloader offering eight slots and up to 50TB of compressed storage. The Tandberg Data StorageLibrary T24 is a compact tape library offering 12 or 24 slots and up to 150TB of compressed storage.

The Tandberg Data StorageLibrary T40+ is a scalable tape library offering 24 or 40 slots and up to 250TB of compressed storage. The StorageLibrary T40+ Pass-Thru feature enables up to five StorageLibrary T40+ units to be stacked together, increasing the number of slots from 40 to 77, 114, 151 or 188 slots, to provide businesses with capacity-on-demand and performance-on-demand. You can add additional drives and capacity when required, allowing StorageLibrary T40+ capacity to be increased up to 1.2PB and performance up to 28.8TB per hour.

Tandberg Data LTO 6 tape drives and tape automation products are fully compatible with all major operating systems and backup software.

Pricing and Availability

PMI is a Tandberg Data Storage Partner

All Tandberg Data LTO 6 tapes and drives will be available through PMI starting in December. If you would like more information about any Tandberg data storage products, I can get you in touch with our Tandberg storage experts. Please send me an email or leave a comment below.


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