Quantum Makes LTO-9 Tape Drives Available for Scalar Tape Libraries

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SAN JOSE — Sept. 9, 2020 — Quantum Corp. (NASDAQ: QMCO), 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. 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 gainst ransomware attacks and other security risks by creating an offline, true “air-gap”.

“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 Fred Moore, president, Horison Information Strategies. “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.”

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

For additional information on the LTO Program: www.lto.org

About Quantum

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. For more information visit www.quantum.com.

source: Quantum


  1. Are they changing:
    1) the linear data density (Gb/inch ie. slower data rate for same distance)?
    2) # of tracks (depends on track width & spacing)? and/or
    3) length of tape (length is also limited by tape thickness)?
    Compared to previous LTO9 spec. How does the new spec compare to LTO8 specs?