Spectra Logic Announces Spectra Certified LTO-8 Type M Media, LTO-8 Drives Are Now Available

Spectra Logic has announced that its Spectra Certified LTO-8 Type M media along with LTO-8 drives and all supported media are now available for order. An industry first offering, LTO-8 Type M media provides a 50% increase in capacity from 6TB to 9TB using new LTO-7 media. Customers who normally wait for the latest generation of LTO tape to be cost effective before upgrading can now immediately realize cost savings by simply adding LTO-8 drives and Spectra Certified LTO-8 Type M media to a Spectra library.

Once an LTO-7 cartridge has been converted to LTO-8 Type M media, it can store up to 22.5TB (assumes 2.5:1 compression ratio) of compressed data per cartridge, providing users with additional capacity at a price point comparable to LTO-7 media. Ideal for data-intensive industries such as media and entertainment, video surveillance, scientific research, healthcare, financial and government organizations, LTO tape technology continues to be the lowest cost per gigabyte data storage technology on the market.

Both LTO-8 drives and LTO-8 Type M media are expected to ship in November. LTO-8 drives are compatible with LTO-8 media at 12TB capacity, LTO-8 Type M media at 9TB capacity and LTO-7 media at 6TB capacity. Spectra Logic’s entire tape library family – from the Spectra T50e Tape Library for small businesses to the Spectra TFinity ExaScale Tape Library for large enterprises – is fully tested and compatible with LTO-8 drives and media.

“Capitalizing on this unprecedented industry offering, Spectra further demonstrates our dedication to customers who rely on tape technology as the most affordable, reliable and simple way to digitally preserve data forever,” says Nathan Thompson, CEO of Spectra Logic. “The ability to increase capacity of LTO-7 media by 50 percent with a simple drive upgrade reduces new media acquisition costs and will likely drive LTO-8 adoption faster than any previous generation of LTO technology.”

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