HPE LTO-3 400/800GB : Prelabelled LTO 20 Pack (C7973AN/C7973AL)
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- HP/HPE LTO Ultrium Gen 3
- Factory Labelled . Sold in packs of 20
HPE LTO Ultrium Tapes are available from LTO-1 to LTO-8 formats, in Non Labelled and Pre-Labelled formats.
Exhaustively tested, HPE LTO Ultrium cartridges meet all your demands for maximum reliability when restoring data, offering high storage density, ease of management and scalable storage and backup performance. Covering eight generations of capacity - LTO-1 (200 GB), LTO-2 (400 GB), LTO-3 (800 GB), LTO-4 (1.6 TB), LTO-5 (3 TB), LTO-6 (6.25 TB), LTO-7 (15 TB) and LTO-8 (30 TB) and with transfer speeds of up to 2.7 TB/hr for LTO-8, there is a platform for every need and budget. From LTO-3 onwards, LTO Ultrium WORM cartridges enable the creation of compliant, permanent and tamper-proof archives. From LTO-4 onwards, secure AES-256 encryption provides even higher levels of data security and compliance with the most stringent industry regulations to prevent unauthorized data access. From LTO-5 onwards, HPE LTO Ultrium Linear Tape File System makes using tape as easy, flexible, portable and intuitive as using other removable and shareable media, such as a USB drive.
Highest Capacity and Performance of any Comparable Tape Technology
HPE LTO-8 Ultrium can write or read data at a blistering 2.7 TB/hour, storing, encrypting and protecting up to 30 TB on a single cartridge, making it ideal for large-scale, 24 x 7, mission-critical IT environments (assumes 2.5:1 compression).
An 85% increase in the number of tracks and a 8% increase in bit density has permitted an increase in capacity from 15 TB for LTO-7 to 30 TB to LTO-8: from 3,584 tracks for LTO-6 to 6,656 tracks for 8th generation HPE LTO-8 Ultrium 30 TB cartridges (assuming 2.5:1 compression).
HPE LTO Ultrium cartridge memory chip delivers faster access time and enhanced media monitoring.
First time restore ensured with fewer media failures and disrupted backups, regardless of duty cycle or environmental conditions.
Tape is more reliable than Enterprise SATA disk. With a BER of 1x10 to the power of 19 for LTO-8 versus 1x10 to the power of 15 for Enterprise SATA HDD's. That's a difference in reliability of four orders of magnitude e.g. tape is 10,000 times more reliable than Enterprise SATA HDD.
Estimated data loss over 10 years for 1 Exabyte archive is 1.1 Petabytes for HDD compared to only 7.4 Terabytes for tape.
Superior 'smart grabber' mechanism and mechanical interlock to prevent the leader pin from being pulled inside the tape housing. Sensors detect proper connection and prevent leader loss that would ruin the tape. Simplified tape path to reduce wear, tear & build-up of debris (important in automation)
HPE brand qualification test procedures (load/unload, shoeshine, drop testing and environmental stress testing) go far beyond what is required for the LTO Ultrium logo.This ensures maximum reliability for restoring your data.
HPE warrants LTO Ultrium cartridges for up to 30 years archival life. This ensures businesses can meet the ever-increasing demands of regulation for data retention and archiving.
Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) version provides tamper-proof, compliant data storage.
Data encryption for enhanced data security on HPE LTO-4, LTO-5, LTO-6, LTO-7 and LTO-8 Ultrium. Compliance with FIPS 140-2 level 1 security standards.
Value for money
Standardizing on HPE LTO Ultrium delivers the capacity to meet shrinking backup windows, industry-standard, AES 256-bit encryption (IEEE1619.1), and interchangeable RW or WORM media, without extra space or IT resource overhead.
Open standard technology ensures compatibility across product generations and gives you more choice. Cartridges are available as Custom Labeled, Non-Custom Labeled (both Custom and Non Custom include RFID options for some formats) and non-labeled versions.
|Tape Drive||LTO-1 Media||LTO-2 Media||LTO-3 Media||LTO-4 Media||LTO-5 Media||LTO-6 Media||LTO-7 Media||LTO-7 M8||LTO-8||Universal Cleaning|
|LTO-1 Tape Drive||Read/Write|
|LTO-2 Tape Drive||Read/Write||Read/Write|
|LTO-3 Tape Drive||Read Only||Read/Write||Read/Write|
|LTO-4 Tape Drive||Read Only||Read/Write||Read/Write|
|LTO-5 Tape Drive||Read Only||Read/Write||Read/Write|
|LTO-6 Tape Drive||Read Only||Read/Write||Read/Write|
|LTO-7 Tape Drive||Read Only||Read/Write||Read/Write|
|LTO-8 Tape Drive||Read/Write||Read/Write||Read/Write|
|Characteristics||LTO-1||LTO-2||LTO-3||LTO-4||LTO-5||LTO-6||LTO-6||LTO-7||LTO-7 TypeM||LTO-8||LTO UCC|
|Recording Format||LTO-1||LTO-2||LTO-3||LTO-4||LTO-5||LTO-6||LTO-6||LTO-7||LTO Ultrium 7 Type M (M8)||LTO-8||Cleaning|
|Native Capacity||100 GB||200 GB||400 GB||800 GB||1.5 TB||2.5 TB||2.5 TB||6 TB||9TB||12 TB||-|
|Compressed Capacity||200 GB||400 GB||800 GB||1.6 TB||3.0 TB||6.25 TB||6.25 TB||15 TB||22.5 TB||30 TB||-|
|Assume Compression||2 Ratio 1 (2:1)||2 Ratio 1 (2:1)||2 Ratio 1 (2:1)||2 Ratio 1 (2:1)||2 Ratio 1 (2:1)||2.5 : 1||2.5 : 1||2.5 : 1||2.5 : 1||2.5 : 1||-|
|Data Transfer Rate ( Native/Compressed) MB/s||20/40||40/80||80/160||120/240||140/280||160/400||160/400||300/750||300/750||360/900||-|
|Tape Length (meters)||609||609||680||820||846||846||846||960||960||960||-|
|Material||Metal Particle(MP)||Metal Particle(MP)||Metal Particle(MP)||Metal Particle(MP)||Metal Particle(MP)||Metal Particle||Barrium ferite (BaFe)||Barrium ferite (BaFe)||Barrium ferite (BaFe)||Barrium ferite (BaFe)||-|
|Variants||Read Write (RW)||Read Write (RW)||Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)||Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)||Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)||Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)||Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)||Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)||Read Write (RW)||Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)||-|
|Archival Life||30 Years||30 Years||30 Years||30 Years||30 Years||30 Years||30 Years||30 Years||30 Years||30 Years||-|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Limited Lifetime Warranty as specified by Manufacturer||Max 50 Cleanings Per Tape|
What is the difference between Native and compressed capacity of LTO tapes?
Data to be written on the tape is compressed before its written. If the data is highly repetitive, it will have high compression ratio ( a Text file will be compressabile, a BMP image is highly compressible). But if the data is already compressed ( say you have tarred or Zipped the data already), it won't be further compressible.
For Data That's non compressed you will see capacity higher than the native capacity. For data that's already compressed you will capacity close to the native capacity.
TLDR : Native capacity is what is guaranteed. You might get Compressed capacity , ormore than the compressed capacity depending on how compressible your data is.
What is a typical Compression ratio ?
Upto LTO-5 the compression ratio was defined as 2:1. It assumed that 100GB data for example could be compressed to 50GB. From LTO-6 onwards the Compression ratio is defined as 2.5:1.
Compression ratio always depends on the data you are writing. A tar file can't be further compressed for example, whereas a file of repetitive data can be compressed beyond 3 or 4 times.
What is the meaning of Limited Lifetime Warranty ?
Can I use a newer LTO media in my old Tape drive ?
Can I use my old Media in new tape drive ?
Can I use LTO-6 Tape Media in my LTO-8 drive ? Why is the LTO-8 drive not backward compatible to 2 previous Gens
What is LTO-7 type M Media ?
LTO-8 tape drive can Format a previously unused LTO-7 media as LTO-7 type M media. The advantage is that instead of 6TB native capacity, it would yield 9TB compressed capacity. This media however is only writable in LTO-8 tape drive.
That's 50% more capacity for LTO-7 media at the same price.
Can you give me pre-labelled custom Labels for LTO tapes ?
Yes, there are 3 ways to obtain Barcode LTO labels
1. You can buy an HP LTO Label pack, which has 100 data + 10 cleaning labels. They are non customized.
2. We can get you Customized barcode labels within a day ( Say AUH001L8 to AUH099L8).
3. We can get you an HP Prelabelled tape which is labelled by HP . Lead time on these tapes is typically 7-10 days.
What is the difference between LTO tapes using Metal Particle (MP) and Barium Ferrite (BaFe) ?
Starting LTO-6 almost all the manufacturers shifted to BaFe to acheive higher density. HP continued to offer both MP and BaFe Variants on LTO-6
LTO-7 onwards all the tapes are BaFe.
LTO-6 tapes are the only generation available either as BaFe or as MP from HP . Both BaFe and MP have the same specifications and will work seemlessly in the LTO-6 drive .