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LTO-9: Long-Term Tape Solutions

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A Strategic Choice for a Transforming World

The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses of all types and sizes to do more with less, and that trend is unlikely to reverse itself anytime soon. At the same time, cyber threats, environmental concerns, a need to carefully steward customer data and a firm entrenchment in the age of the zettabyte leaves businesses looking for a strategic answer to data storage. Modern tape is that answer.

Higher capacity, up to 18TB of data natively and up to 45TB when compressed

Creates an air gap for cyber security between data and networks

Low energy consumption and CO2 emissions compared with other storage options

Lowest total cost of ownership of any storage solution

Impressive 400MB/s performance (1,000MB/s compressed) for 9th generation LTO options

Easy to scale

Stop Throwing More Disk at Your Data Challenges

As data needs grow, it's easy to throw more disk space at your storage challenges. But it's time to work smarter — and more cost-effectively — by choosing modern tape storage.

Not all data needs to be within immediate reach.

Around 80% of data is cold. You may need to keep it for compliance or other business purposes, but it's not required for daily processes.

LTO-9 tape costs less than SSD, HDD or other types of storage.

For enterprises, the cost of data ownership over 10 years with tape is hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars less than the costs associated with economy disk or cloud storage.

Fast data transfers.

LTO-9 supports data transfer rates of 400MB/s (1,000MB/s native/compressed) to ensure fast backups and data movement.

LTO-9 holds more than its predecessors.

LTO generation 8 tape cartridges hold 12TB of data (or 30TB compressed). LTO-9 cartridges increase storage capacities even more, letting you archive 1.5X as much data (up to 18TB of native data and up to 45TB when compressed) on a single cartridge to drive more efficient back-up processes and reduce storage floor space.

Better for the environment.

When compared to HDD storage solutions, tape generates 95% less in carbon emissions over a decade. Using modern tape storage options for even just some of your data is an eco-friendly process which can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

As Data Grows, Tape Capacity Grows With It

Why Microsoft Azure Is Choosing Tape

Microsoft Azure is choosing tape for archival storage because tape saves money, supports scalability and reduces power consumption. And those gaps between tape and other forms of data storage continue to grow in tape's favor.

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High Storage Capacity

Lowest Total Cost of Ownership

Air Gap Security Between your Data

How Fujifilm stops Ransomware

Tape storage offers an air gap solution — that means there's no connection to the network and your archives are portable and stored offline. Communications are turned off unless data needs to be accessed, which means ransomware hackers can't gain access to your data to hold it hostage.

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How Fujifilm helps tier your data

All data isn't equal. You need some data readily available to support business processes. But there's no need to keep cold archival type data in your systems, gumming up the works. Tape storage helps you categorize data by need and archive cold data in a more intelligent, secure and cost-effective way.

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Frequently Asked

As of September 2021, the most recent version of LTO available is LTO-9. This version supports up to 45TB compressed data on each tape cartridge with a 2.5:1 compression.

LTO-9 will be available starting on September 7th 2021.

In ideal storage conditions, LTO tape can last 30 years or more.

How many times you can reuse LTO tape depends on a variety of factors. That includes how often you're reusing them, where and how you're storing them, and the state of the equipment you use with your tapes. However, in many cases, LTO tapes can be used hundreds of times.

You should replace LTO tapes anytime you notice a potential issue or disrepair with the tape. You may also want to replace tapes after around 250 uses even if they appear in good working order and have been stored and managed in ideal conditions.