The Ideal Data Storage Solution
LTO Ultrium data tape format is the ideal data storage solution. LTO is produced by some of the most respected names in the industry including: HP, Fuji, IBM, Quantum, and Sony. It is referred to as an “open format”, allowing multiple vendor products to work in unison. Originally, LTO Ultrium was developed as a stand-in for DLT and with a similar design. LTO delivers a wide range of system applications where capacity, transfer rates, and reliability are critical. This supreme data tape technology is defined by a road map securing reliability well into the future.
The standard form-factor of Linear Tape Open (LTO) technology is known as Ultrium. The earliest form could hold 100 GB of data in a single cartridge. A latest version released can hold 12 TB in a cartridge of the same size. LTO Ultrium is commonly used with small and large computer systems, mainly for backup.
How Do I Sell LTO Tape?
We are looking to purchase new and used LTO tape and tape storage. We are currently looking for HP LTO 3 and all brands of LTO 4, LTO 5, LTO 6, LTO 7 and LTO Ultrium Tapes. We Buy Used Tape offers complete chain-of-custody and secure data eradication in compliance with government and industry regulations. Maintaining data security is our number one priority in the data destruction process. We are currently buying a variety of Fuji, HP, IBM, Quantum, Sony, TDK, Maxell, Imation, LTO Ultrium, and C7973A tapes. Turn your surplus LTO tapes into cash or credit towards new data center supplies.
- Submit your list of LTO tapes (include: brand, part numbers, quantities, and condition)
- Our IT supply experts will audit your list of equipment and make you an offer
- We pay for shipping! (including: labels, transportation, and all security requirements)
- Upon receipt at our secured facility, your equipment is held under 24-hour surveillance.
- You receive a check along with complete chain of custody and certificate of data destruction.
Benefits of LTO Tape
LTO technology features a write-once, read-many (WORM) capability to ensure that your data isn’t overwritten and also help address compliance regulations.
LTO Program WORM implementation is designed to provide users a very cost-effective means of storing data in a non-rewriteable format to address compliance regulations.
With the growing importance of regulatory compliance — including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and SEC Rule 17-a-4(f) — there is a need for a cost-effective storage medium that can preserve corporate data in a non-rewriteable, non-erasable and unalterable format.
LTO WORM (Write Once, Read Many) helps address these business compliance and regulatory requirements. It features robust algorithms using the Cartridge Memory (CM), in conjunction with low level encoding that is mastered on the tape media at the time of manufacture, and is designed to prevent tampering. It also appends data at the end of a WORM cartridge, which allows users to take full advantage of the high capacity tape media.
LTO technology features strong encryption capabilities to enhance security and privacy during storage and transport of LTO tape cartridges.
It seems like every day that a company experiences a breach in security and exposes confidential or private information. That’s why recent generation LTO tape drives features one of the strongest encryption capabilities available to help protect the most sensitive data stored on tape cartridges.
LTO tape drive encryption is specified in all LTO generations since LTO-4. It features a 256-symmetric key AES-GCM algorithm that is implemented at the drive level, which enables compression before encryption to maximize tape capacities and deliver high performance during backup.
With a growing number of laws and regulations, financial penalties, and public notification costs, a security breach can be costly for corporations.
Data managers are called upon to develop effective security for sensitive data and are turning to tape encryption.
Recent generations of LTO technology include a partitioning feature, which help to enhance file control and space management via LTFS.
Starting with Generation 5, LTO technology specifications include a partitioning feature that allows for a new standard in ease-of-use and portability: LTFS.
Partitioning allows for a portion of the tape to be reserved for indexing, which tells the drive precisely where in the tape a file is stored. The second partition holds the actual file. With Linear Tape File System, the indexing information is first read by the drive and presented in a simple, easy-to-use format that allows for “drag and drop” capabilities – just like using a thumb drive.
Tapes held offline have less risk of data loss due to accidental or intentional error. Data tapes can also be stored at secured off-site facilities to ensure protection of critical data in the event of a catastrophe.
The latest generation of LTO technology (LTO-8 and LTO-7 Type M) offers maximum capacity and output. The LTO-8 model offers 12TB of storage native, 30TB of storage compressed and transfer rates up to 472 MB/s.
Regardless of vendor, LTO tapes and drives have the ability to be substituted for one another. The LTO 7 Type M format is very unique in the way it allows for forward and backward compatibility. LTO 7M is actually an LTO-7 tape cartridge with a special bar code label on it. The label tells the LTO-8 tape drive to format the LTO-7 media as a Type M cartridge.
Tape is one of the most proven storage technologies available. Durability and dependability are the key advantages that tape has over other storage media. Unlike storage media such hard drives or SSDs, tape has a much longer life expectancy reaching up to 30 years, whereas hard drives can become obsolete after 5 years. Tape is also less prone to risks than modern drive storage. Physical problems such as broken or damaged hard disks, or software failures can lead to loss of data. On the other hand, data on magnetic tapes can be read decades after it was saved.