LTO (Linear Tape-Open) Comparison Charts.

Looking to implement a tape backup system?
Time for an upgrade to your existing tape archive solution?

Sometimes it’s easier just to get a visual of what each one can do.
Check out the charts below and when you’re ready to get started or have further questions, give us a call:

Specifications for current and future LTO generations

SpecsLTO-1LTO-2LTO-3LTO-4LTO-5LTO-6LTO-7LTO-8LTO-9LTO-10LTO-11LTO-12
Capacity (native) 100 GB 200 GB 400 GB 800 GB 1.5 TB 2.5 TB 6.4 TB 12.8 TB 26.08 TB 48 TB 96 TB 192 TB
Capacity (compressed) 200 GB 400 GB 800 GB 1.6 TB 3 TB 6.25 TB 16 TB 32 TB 65.2 TB 120 TB 240 TB 480 TB
Compression 2:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 2:1 2.5:1 2.5:1 2.5:1 2.5:1 (?) 2.5:1 (?) 2.5:1 (?) 2.5:1 (?)
Raw Transfer Rate 20 MB/s 40 MB/s 80 MB/s 120 MB/s 140 MB/s 160 MB/s 315 MB/s 360 MB/s 708 MB/s ** 1100 MB/s ** - ** - **
Encryption - - - 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit (?) 256-bit (?) 256-bit (?) 256-bit (?)
Compliance - - WORM* WORM* WORM* WORM* WORM* WORM* WORM* WORM* WORM* WORM*
Partitions One One One One Max Two Max Two Max Two Max Two Max Two (?) Max Two (?) Max Two (?) Max Two (?)
Raw Transfer Rate (Expected). See note below. 360** 432** 518.4** 622.08** 746.5**


* WORM: Write Once Read ManyProtection so data cannot not be modified once written to tape, but still offers unlimited reading of data.
** Note: Our expected transfer speeds based on a 20% increase from previous LTO generation


Current LTO Capacities


Current and Future LTO Capacities


Current LTO Transfer Rates


Current and Future LTO Transfer Rates


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