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LTO Ultrium 8 Tapes

NEW LTO 8 tapes have an uncompressed storage capacity of 12TB and a compressed capacity of up to 30TB. LTO 8 tapes more than double the capacity of LTO 7 tape. Additionally, LTO-8 tape drive technology increased the tape head channel count from 16 to 32. This increase will provide a higher data transfer rate, resulting in a reduction of approximately 50% of the time to read or write a full tape.

Shortage of LTO Ultrium 8 Tapes
There is currently a shortage of LTO 8 tape media. The shortage is due to a patent infringement lawsuit between Fujifilm and Sony. It is unclear when this will be resolved but current predictions are that the shortage will remain until late 2018. Fujifilm and Sony currently manufacture LTO 8 tapes for all brands (IBM, Quantum, HPE and of course Sony and Fuji).

What can I use in lieu of LTO 8 tapes?
  • LTO 7 Tape can be used in LTO 8 tape drives and has an uncompressed storage capacity of 6TB and a compressed capacity of up to 15TB.
  • Also, new, unused LTO 7 tape can be formatted as “M8” tape. LTO-7 "Type M media" is a new LTO-7 tape format with an "M8" label - when initialized it can hold up to 9TB native capacity. Representing the lowest cost per TB option available for use with LTO-8 drives.

Features and Benefits of LTO 8 Ultrium Tape

  • Higher Storage Capacity - 12TB native and up to 30TB Compressed
  • Better Performance - Expect data transfer rates of up to 900 MB/sec compressed and 360 MB/sec uncompressed.
  • Future Compatibility - LTO 8 tapes will be able to be read by and written to by LTO 9 tape drives and be able to be read by LTO 10 drives.
  • Type M Media Support - LTO 8 Drives will be able to format new, unused LTO 7 tapes as Type M-8 media. This will allow the use of LTO 7 tapes in the LTO 8 Drive and increase the normal capacity of an LTO 7 tape by 50%, up to 22.5TB.
  • Backward Compatible - LTO 8 drives can Read and Write to LTO 7 Tapes (note LTO 8 Drives cannot read or write to LTO 6 Tapes
  • We will be offering LTO 8 Tapes manufactured by IBM, HPE, Sony, Quantum and FujiFilm.

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Quantum LTO 8 Tape MR-L8MQN-01
Quantum LTO 8 Tape
Our price: $209.99

Buy Quantum LTO 8 Tapes Data Cartridge MR-L8MQN-01. Quantum LTO Ultrium 8 Tape has a capacity of 12TB native with up to 30TB with 2.5:1 compression.
HP LTO 8 Tape Q2078A. HPE LTO8 Ultrium Tape Data Cartridges
HPE LTO 8 Tape
Our price: $209.99

Buy HP LTO 8 Tapes Data Cartridge . Quantum LTO Ultrium 8 Tape has a capacity of 12TB native with up to 30TB with 2.5:1 compression.
IBM LTO 8 Tape Cartridges 38L7302
IBM LTO 8 Tape
Our price: $219.99

Buy IBM LTO 8 Tapes Data Cartridge . IBM LTO Ultrium 8 Tape has a capacity of 12TB native with up to 30TB with 2.5:1 compression.
HP LTO 8 LIBRARY 20 PACK Q2078AH. HPE LTO8 Ultrium Tape Data Cartridges
HPE LTO 8 LIBRARY 20 PACK
Our price: $3,980.00

Buy HP LTO 8 Library pack Tapes Data Cartridge . Quantum LTO Ultrium 8 Tape has a capacity of 12TB native with up to 30TB with 2.5:1 compression.