FUJIFILM 30TB LTO Ultrium8 Data Cartridge (LTO-8)

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FUJIFILM has launched the LTO Ultrium8 Data Cartridge (LTO-8). The LTO-8 will allow for backup and archive of large-capacity data.

The amount of data generated worldwide has exponentially increased in recent years with the increased demand for higher resolution RAW video. “Cold-data,” which is the term used for data that was generated a long time ago and rarely accessed, is estimated to account for more than 80% of all data. As the utilization of accumulated data, including cold data, rapidly increases, so does the need for reliable and cost effective long term storage of such data for future use. LTO provides secure and long term storage of massive data at a low cost.

The FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium8 Data Cartridge comes in a storage capacity of 30TB (12TB for non-compressed data), which is twice the capacity of the previous generation LTO-7 tapes. It is capable of transferring data at 750MB/sec. (360MB/sec. for non-compressed).

Why is magnetic tape used for backup?

FUFIFILM 30TB LTO Ultrium8 Data Cartridge (LTO-8)

Magnetic tapes have been used among major data centers and research organizations for many years as magnetic tapes not only offer large storage capacity, low cost, and long-term storage performance, but also create “air gap” data protection, physically isolated from the network, which minimise the risk of data damage or loss caused by cyber attacks.

In the future, magnetic tapes are expected to be used in cutting edge research fields where generate a large amount of data, such as AI / IoT-based smart manufacturing.

Key features

  • Capacity (at 2.5x compression) – 12TB (30TB)
  • Maximum transfer rate (at 2.5x compression) – 360MB/sec (750MB/sec.)
  • Number of tracks – 6,656 (32 track heads in the serpentine format)
  • Cartridge memory – 130,816Bits (16,352byte); internal EEPROM with electromagnetic induction antenna
  • Tape width – 12.65mm
  • Tape thickness – 5.6μm
  • Tape length – 960m


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FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium 7 6TB Data Cartridge Tape

I haven’t been able to find any information about pricing for the new FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium8 Data Cartridges, but as a reference a 6TB FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium 7 6TB Data Cartridge Tape sells for $67 USD.

Initial Investment in LTO can be expensive

mLogic mTape LTO-8 Thunderbolt 3 Archiving Drive
mLogic mTape LTO-8 Thunderbolt 3 Archiving Drive

Despite the price of LTO tapes being quite cheap you still need to factor in the cost of an LTO drive. LTO drives can cost anywhere from $3,00-5,000 USD.

You also need to use LTO archiving software such as myLTO or PreRoll Post from Imagine Software. This is licensed software that you have to pay a yearly subscription fee to use.

Do any of our readers use LTO as a backup solution? Let us know in the comments section below.

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