Quantum to Add LTO-7 Drives to Expansive Tiered Storage Portfolio

Published on 16 September 2015 Enterprise IT, Quantum, Storage

Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced plans to make LTO Ultrium format generation 7 technology available in its Scalar® and StorNext® AEL tape libraries. The latest generation of LTO tape offers a low-cost, highly energy-efficient, long-term storage solution for companies struggling to manage the massive growth of unstructured data and maximize the value of their digital content.

The new LTO generation 7 specifications more than double the tape cartridge capacity from the previous generation to as much as 15TB* per cartridge, providing more cost-effective, long-term retention of data. In addition, with tape drive data transfer rates of up to 750MB* per second, or more than 2.7TB of data an hour per drive, LTO-7 systems will enable large files to be transferred more quickly.

Quantum will leverage these and other LTO-7 technology enhancements in its solutions portfolio to deliver even greater business value across markets and use cases, including:

Media and entertainment: Through Quantum's StorNext scale-out storage platform, broadcasters, postproduction facilities, sports teams and other content owners will be able to retain and remonetize more of their video data, most notably the increasing volumes of 4K video.

Video surveillance: Law enforcement agencies, retail outlets, port authorities and others challenged by the adoption of new higher-resolution cameras and the need to retain data longer for compliance and analysis purposes will be able to leverage LTO-7 tape as part of a tiered storage approach to make video surveillance storage affordable and accessible.

Data center archives: With LTO-7 technology, IT professionals dealing with the surge in unstructured data will benefit from the ability to move more data off primary storage to a robust archive, resulting in improved, lower-cost operations.

Long-term data retention: LTO-7 technology will provide organizations with the most economical option for retaining data to meet compliance and regulatory requirements.