Feeds

LTO bids to regain its pace

WORM and a spec for LTO-4 due this year

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Storage Expo With the first LTO-3 drives now appearing, the LTO Consortium says it will add WORM capabilities "soon" and has confirmed its plans for another three generations of the Ultrium tape format.

In a direct snub to Quantum's DLTice technology, which is already available and allows normal media to be WORMed and reused, LTO's upcoming WORM format will use a specially coloured and non-reusable cartridge.

"WORM is about keeping something safe, so to push on reuse is to miss the point," says David Rogers, tape products marketing manager at LTO provider HP.

"Plus, WORM is probably going to be kept for seven years and there's really not going to be a lot of value by then in reusing media. You could burn or degauss it, but not reuse it."

LTO-4 will offer both double the capacity and double the data transfer speed of LTO-3, says Bruce Master, IBM's senior tape programme manager and representative to LTO. He adds that there is no plan to copy Quantum in going for higher capacity at the expense of extra speed.

"We think a doubling of capacity is on the mark," he says. "Speed may not need to double because there are other bottlenecks in the data path, but it still needs to be robust."

He says that LTO still expects to average two years between generations, which puts LTO-4 in 2006. The specs for LTO-5 and 6 willl be out by the end of this year, keeping the same cartridge and data format but using new tape materials, he adds.

LTO has no formal 'value' range alongside Ultrium, as Quantum has with its DLT-S and DLT-V families. The official line is that it doesn't need to, because of the economies of scale it already gets from out-selling DLT.

In practice, Rogers acknowledges that it is happening by default, with HP and Certance introducing cost-reduced models, based on the generation behind the current one and often in half-height format. ®

Reg coverage from Storage Expo '04

IT under threat, says Veritas
Europe's SAN avoidance strategy
Removable disks back from the dead
The risks of remote backup
Exabyte cuts its media costs

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES
Or helium filling either, according to reports
European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive
Rules 'interfering' measure to be 'invalid'
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan
All routes should transit America, apparently
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.