By Dave Simpson
– Joining HP, IBM and Quantum, Tandberg Data is shipping a full line of systems based on LTO-5 tape technology, ranging from entry-level autoloaders to 40-slot libraries.
The entry-level StorageLoader has eight tape cartridge slots for up to 24TB of capacity, assuming 2:1 data compression. Pricing for the 1U autoloader starts at $5,200, with 1.5TB (native) LTO-5 tape cartridges priced at $120 (MSRP). LTO-5 tape drives have a native transfer rate of 140MBps.
The StorageLibrary T24 library has 24 slots and up to 72TB of compressed capacity. Pricing starts at $6,195.
The StorageLibrary T40+ has 24 to 40 tape cartridge slots and up to 120TB of compressed capacity. Pricing starts at $8,595. Via a Pass-Thru feature, users can stack as many as four StorageLibrary T40+ systems for up to 151 slots, 453TB of compressed capacity and throughput of 16TB per hour.
As do all LTO-5 implementations, Tandberg's lineup includes write once, read many (WORM) technology and hardware-based 256-bit encryption. Tandberg's drives/media are also FIPS level-2 certified.
LTO-5 is backward write compatible with LTO-4, and is read compatible with LTO-4 and LTO-3.
Although the overall tape market continues to decline (see "Tape market down 25%"), the LTO format is holding its own. Last year, LTO drives accounted for more than 83.3% of total tape drive revenues (or $524.3 million), according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, and in the first quarter of 2010 LTO accounted for 80.6% of cartridge unit shipments (or $171.7 million in revenues).
The Santa Clara Consulting Group predicts that sales of LTO tape drives will grow at a CAGR of 2.47% from 2009 to 2014.