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
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.