HP LTO-6 - Storing Data In Latest Technology

Technology continues to advance each day in order to make our lives better and bring solutions to our day to day problems. Data-backing technology has not been left behind and there are many options available to ensure your data is effectively and securely backed up. If you are looking for a product that can back up large amounts of data in the most efficient way, the HP LTO-6 products will give you exactly what you are looking for.

About The LTO Technology

Linear Tape - Open is a tape storage technology with an open storage format that allows many sources of products meant for storage to be compatible with each other. The LTO technology was initially developed by International Business Machines (IBM), Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Seagate Technology. The continuous development and promotion of the technology is now the responsibility of IBM, HP, and Quantum.

LTO-6 Technology

LTO-6 refers to the sixth generation of LTO that was introduced in 2012. Its storage capacity is 2.5 terabytes (TB) maximum when the data is uncompressed, and when compressed, the storage capacity of the data is 6.25 TB. The compression ratio for data in the sixth generation of LTO is 2.5:1, an increase from the previous generations that had a compression ratio of 2:1.

With LTO 6 technology, the transfer rate of the data that is uncompressed is 160MB/s, while the transfer rate of the compressed data is 400 MB/s. HP LTO-6 supports features like write-once, read-many (WORM), data encryption that is hardware based and partitioning to allow the linear tape file system (LTFS).

Benefits Of LTO

LTO technology is an offline method of backup that ensures your data is protected from virus attacks, hackers, and even sabotage. It is also a method that is easy to use since loading, unloading and storing the media is quite simple. This backup technology makes it possible to easily remove the medium and store it at an offsite location. This means your data will be safe in case of any kind of disaster occurring including fire, system and human error.

Data Protection

There are several things you can do to ensure that you reap the maximum benefits from your data backup system. One of the recommended practices is to keep a number of copies of the backup data - normally three copies if the information is very critical. These copies should then be kept in different locations, and at least a copy should be stored offsite. If you use disk system to store your data, then you can use the tape system to backup the data so that the two systems effectively complement each other. Your data can be kept safe through data encryption and using the write-once, read-many (WORM) system to ensure your data is not overwritten or altered.


The lifetime durability of the HP LTO - 6 tapes is a million passes, with each pass being the number of times the tape changes direction. On average, a backup can have well over one thousand passes. The tapes are made from a magnetic material known as Barrium Ferrite (BaFe) which is more reliable and has a higher capacity than the previous materials that were in use.

Backing up your data need not be a complicated process. Please visit us to learn more about HP LTO-6 and how you can access these products.

This article was published on 13 Nov 2015 and has been viewed 603 times
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