LTO Roadmap: LTO-6 and Beyond

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With the upcoming release of LTO-6 and the commitment of the LTO consortium to an extended roadmap, tape's future looks brighter than ever. The file system interface, LTFS, is carried from LTO-5 into LTO-6, providing a directory structure on tape that permits application-independent access to data on tape. The increases in capacity and throughput are significant, as well. LTO-6 tape storage is the sixth generation of the Linear Tape Open Consortium's technology, scheduled for release in 2012. The tape cartridge is announced, storing 2.5 TB of data (native/no compression), and with compression of 2.5:1, stores as much as 6.25 TB. The LTO consortium announcement stated that the transfer rate is up to 160 MB/s native. The open LTO technology has a roadmap that extends another two generations, up through LTO-8.

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