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Say goodbye to LTO tapes? Not so soon!

The LTO program was introduced in 1998 to launch a new tape format and was a success as it killed DLT that dominated largely the market at this time. It was principally based on IBM Ultrium technology. But its purpose was also (mainly?) for the founders to accumulate royalties. An interesting discussion could happen between them and Hitachi Maxell on the subject for future generation of LTO media.

 

More than that, Hitachi Maxell will have to get the approval of the LTO Program for his new tape. Officially LTO is an "open format" developed jointly by HP, IBM and Seagate (now replaced by Quantum). "Open" only means users have multiple sources of drives (now 2) and tape (5 including Maxell).

 

What is more, LTO5 format offer the great capacity - 3,2 TB compressed capacity.