LTO Ultrium tape format reaches landmark with 50m tapes shipped

HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation, the three technology provider companies for the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Programme, today announced that the LTO Ultrium format has achieved not one, but two major milestones.

The programme has seen more than 1.5 million LTO Ultrium tape drives shipped worldwide since products based on the format first became commercially available in September 2000.

In addition, LTO Ultrium tape cartridge shipments have passed the 50 million mark since commercial availability, achieving a second milestone for the format. The milestones demonstrate the strong adoption of the LTO format by business and government that have embraced the performance, scalability and compatibility that Ultrium delivers.

The new LTO tape drive and cartridge milestones follow recently released news on the strong shipments of Write Once, Read Many (WORM) LTO Ultrium 3 tape cartridges, and plans to feature encryption capabilities in generation 4 by enabling the writing of encrypted data to the LTO Ultrium tape cartridge.

In addition, LTO-4, whose launched is expected in 2007, is set to have double the capacity (up to 800GB compressed storage) of current LTO-3 generation as well as an improved transfer rate.