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Combination of LTO-9 in Scalar tape libraries extends leadership in offline storage efficiency, meets customer’s data security and capacity demands

Bengaluru, NFAPost: Quantum Corp, a global leader in unstructured data and video solutions, today announced that LTO Ultrium format generation 9 technology will be available in its Scalar i6 and Scalar i6000 tape libraries, and StorNext AEL archive systems beginning in December 2020. 

By combining the high capacity of LTO-9 tape technology with Quantum Scalar tape libraries, customers can have the most secure and advanced tape automation solutions available today to cope with the massive growth of unstructured data.

The new LTO generation 9 delivers 18 TB of native capacity per cartridge (up to 45TB with a typical compression of 2.5:1), extending tape’s value for low-cost, highly efficient storage.

Quantum Scalar tape

The combination of LTO-9 tape with Quantum Scalar tape libraries creates a new standard for addressing customer’s data security and capacity demands. By leveraging the Active Vault feature and multi-factor authentication (MFA) available in Scalar tape libraries, organizations are protected against ransomware attacks and other security risks by creating an offline, true “air-gap”.

Horison Information Strategies president Fred Moore said modern tape is nothing like tape of the past.

“The arrival of many rich tape technology improvements such as LTO-9 sets the stage for tape to be the most cost-effective storage solution for the enormous high capacity and archival challenges that lie ahead,” noted Horison Information Strategies president Fred Moore

Horison Information Strategies president Fred Moore said tape momentum should increase as data growth continues on an explosive path across many new applications and workloads, and in most of the largest hyperscale data centers.

Quantum Secondary Storage Vice President and General Manager Bruno Hald said it’s important to recognise how Quantum tape libraries build on the value of the LTO-9 standard to lead the market for preserving and protecting data.

“LTO-9’s capacity, density and performance complement Scalar tape library capabilities to archive data securely and reliably, with minimal management. This combination equips our customers to manage the deluge of unstructured data being generated by video, hi-resolution images, scientific research and other sources,” said Quantum Secondary Storage Vice President and General Manager Bruno Hald.

Quantum technology

Quantum will begin taking orders for LTO-9 technology in September and currently offers the LTO-9 pre-purchase program. LTO-9 will be available with Scalar i3, Scalar i500, SuperLoader 3 and stand-alone drives beginning in the first quarter of 2021.

Quantum technology and services help customers capture, create, and share digital content—and preserve and protect it for decades. With solutions built for every stage of the data lifecycle, Quantum’s platforms provide the fastest performance for high-resolution video, images, and industrial IoT. 

That’s why the world’s leading entertainment companies, sports franchises, researchers, government agencies, enterprises, and cloud providers are making the world happier, safer, and smarter on Quantum.  Quantum is listed on Nasdaq (QMCO) and was added to the Russell 2000® Index on June 26, 2020.

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