Spectra Logic Ships LTO-5 Drives and Media in T-Series Tape Libraries

Spectra Logic is shipping LTO-5 drives and Spectra-certified LTO-5 media cartridges in its T-Series tape libraries. The increased capacity and throughput rates of LTO-5 combines with the small footprint and low power requirements of Spectra Logic’s tape libraries for storage density and energy efficiency.

LTO-5 media cartridges have a native capacity of 1.5 TB (3 TB with 2:1 compression), and LTO-5 drives have a native transfer rate of up to 140 MBps (280 MBps in compressed mode). The media capacity of LTO-5 is almost twice that of LTO-4’s native 800 GB.

Spectra Logic’s tape libraries with LTO-5 drives and media offer other benefits as well:

  • Backward compatibility to LTO-3 permits seamless access to archive and backup data on tape and smooth integration of new, higher-performance interface standards.
  • Spectra’s Media Lifecycle Management (MLM) offers tape-media and data-integrity verification to ensure data integrity.
  • Low power and cooling requirements minimize data-center power consumption to meet budgetary and compliance needs. LTO-5 offers a 40% reduction in idle power consumption compared with LTO-4 technology.
  • BlueScale encryption with key management standard edition is included for free with all LTO libraries. Data encryption in T-Series offers fast, reliable, and affordable encryption that minimizes the risk of data loss and subsequent legal and publicity implications.
  • A committed technology roadmap for new capacity and throughput extends through LTO-8, ensuring that archive and backup data will be securely stored to meet long-term–storage requirements.

“Organizations today are dealing with the convergence of unrelenting data growth, demanding archive requirements surrounding data accessibility and retrieval, as well as space, power and budget constraints,” says Molly Rector, VP of marketing and product management for Spectra Logic. “Spectra Logic’s high-density, energy-efficient tape libraries with LTO-5 technology are an ideal solution for addressing these challenges and provide superior density, capacity, and performance.”

Spectra’s T-Series tape libraries are available for purchase with LTO-5 drives and media. The drives comprise a dual-port, native 8-Gb Fibre Channel interface compatible with existing 2- and 4-Gb Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters. They are fully compatible with Spectra’s BlueScale encryption with key management, the supplier’s MLM, drive-level AES 256-bit encryption key generation, and WORM capabilities. Pricing for a T50e with one half-height LTO-5 drive and 10 LTO-5 media slots begins at $10,500.

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