LTO Technology Program Reaches Significant Milestones in 2004.
-- Over 900,000 drive shipments -- LTO Ultrium Generation 3 and LTO WORM Specifications now available -- Updated LTO Ultrium Roadmap through Generation 6
For the LTO (Linear Tape Open) A family of open magnetic tape standards developed by HP, IBM and Quantum (formerly the Certance subsidiary of Seagate) that are licensed to third-party vendors. LTO cartridges contain a memory that stores historical usage data. Ultrium format, 2004 was one of the most notable years since Certance (now part of Quantum), HP and IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) - the three technology provider companies (TPCs) for the LTO (Linear Tape-Open) Program - released the first LTO format specification in 1998.
In 2004, the LTO Program released specifications for both the LTO Ultrium format generation 3 and LTO Write Once, Read Many (WORM) technology. Additionally, the LTO Program announced an updated technology roadmap The context of product management
The existence of product managers in the product software industry indicates that software is becoming more and more commercialized as a standard product. for the LTO Ultrium format through generation 5 and 6.
Since September 2000, when LTO based products became commercially available, over 30 million tape cartridges See cartridge. and nearly 900,000 tape drives have shipped.
"The LTO Program established ambitious objectives in 2004 in releasing the LTO Ultrium 3 format, the LTO WORM specifications, and an updated LTO Ultrium roadmap through to generation 6," said Bob Wilson Bob Wilson is the name of:
LTO Ultrium format generation 3
The LTO Ultrium format generation 3 doubles physical storage capacity over generation 2, increasing to 800 GB from 400 GB (assuming a 2:1 compression). Transfer rates in generation 3 improve to up to 160 MB per second (MB/s) from 80 MB/s in generation 2 (assuming a 2:1 compression). The LTO Ultrium format generation 3 drives also offer backwards-compatible read-and-write capability with the Ultrium format generation 2 cartridges and backward read capability with generation 1 cartridges, helping to protect the investment customers have made in LTO technology.
The LTO Ultrium format generation 3 specification includes the ability for WORM enabled and non-WORM enabled drives to co-exist. The LTO Program implementation is designed to provide users with a very cost effective means of storing data in a non-rewriteable format.
Robust algorithms using the Cartridge Memory (CM), in conjunction with low level encoding See encode. that is mastered on the tape media at the time of manufacture, are designed to prevent tampering tampering The adulteration of a thing. See Drug tampering. . In addition, appending data at the end of a WORM cartridge which was previously written to is supported, thus allowing customers to take full advantage of the high capacity tape media.
Updated LTO Ultrium Roadmap
LTO Ultrium Generation 5
The LTO Ultrium format generation 5 is planned to double physical storage capacity over generation 4, increasing to 3.2 TB compressed (assuming a 2:1 compression). Transfer rates in generation 5 are planned to improve up to 360 MB per second (MB/s) (assuming a 2:1 compression).
LTO Ultrium Generation 6
The LTO Ultrium format generation 6 is planned to double physical storage capacity over generation 5, increasing to 6.4 TB (assuming a 2:1 compression). Transfer rates in generation 6 are planned to improve up to 540 MB/s (assuming a 2:1 compression).
The complete roadmap can be found at http://www.ultrium.com/newsite/html/format_roadmap.html.
How to License LTO Ultrium Technology
The LTO program offers several different license packages - from enhanced packages that provide the specifications and licenses to manufacture Ultrium products, to basic packages, providing Ultrium format specifications and guidelines for interchangeability in·ter·change·a·ble
That can be interchanged: interchangeable items of clothing; interchangeable automotive parts.
Buyers seeking Ultrium format-compliant products should look for the Ultrium format compliance verification trademarks on both tape drives and data cartridges (1) A cartridge used to hold computer data. See cartridge.
(2) (Data Cartridge) A 5.25" QIC-style magnetic tape technology that originally used the DC-6000 model designation. Tandberg Data (www.tandberg. . Storage and media manufacturers interested in licensing LTO technology may obtain information by contacting the Law Offices of Ladas & Parry at (323) 934-2300, or by e-mail at LTO_INFO@ladasparry.com.
About Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Technology
LTO technology is a powerful, scaleable, adaptable open tape format created by technology providers Certance (now part of Quantum), HP, and IBM Corporation to help meet the growing demands of data protection in the midrange midrange Epidemiology The halfway point or midpoint in a set of observations; for most data, MR is calculated as the sum of the smallest observation and the largest observation, divided by 2; for age data, one is added to the numerator; a midrange is usually to enterprise-class server environments. This ultra-high capacity generation of tape storage products is designed to deliver outstanding performance, capacity and reliability combining the advantages of linear multi-channel, bi-directional formats with enhancements in servo An electromechanical device that uses feedback to provide precise starts and stops for such functions as the motors on a tape drive or the moving of an access arm on a disk. technology, data compression data compression
Process of reducing the amount of data needed for storage or transmission of a given piece of information (text, graphics, video, sound, etc.), typically by use of encoding techniques. , track layout, and error correction.
The LTO Ultrium format has a well-defined roadmap for growth and scalability. The roadmap represents intentions and goals only. There is no guarantee that these goals will be achieved. Independent compliance verification is vital to meet the free-interchange objectives that are at the core of the LTO Program. Ultrium tape mechanism and tape cartridge interchange specifications are available on a licensee basis. For additional information on LTO technology, visit the LTO Program Web site at www.ultrium.com.
Note: Linear Tape-Open, LTO, the LTO logo, Ultrium, and the Ultrium logo are trademarks of Certance (now part of Quantum), HP and IBM in the US and other countries.