The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Quantum, announced the specifications of the latest LTO Ultrium format, generation 8, which is now available for licensing by media manufacturers. The LTO Program also released a new LTO technology roadmap, detailing specifications up to twelve (12) generations of tape technology, extending the total capacity of data held on one LTO Ultrium generation 12 tape cartridge to 480TB – an increase of 32 times the capacity of current-generation 7 cartridges.
2017 was a big year for the LTO Program, and 2018 will be even bigger! At the end of 2017 LTO Program announced the specifications for the latest generation of tape technology. LTO-8 announced an expanded storage capacity of up to 30 TB of data, compressed. That’s double the compressed capacity of LTO-7! The LTO Program also released an updated product roadmap, outlining the specifications of the technology up to 12 generations.