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Imation Corp announced at its 14th annual North American Data Center Management Symposium, that it submitted its first sample lot of LTO Ultrium format generation 4 for media compliance testing. Already a leading manufacturer of LTO generations 1, 2 and 3, Imation will manufacture the generation 4 media at its state-of-the-art Tera Angstrom coating facility in Weatherford, Okla., the only facility in the world built specifically for terabyte-class tape manufacturing.
The LTO Ultrium format generation 4 doubles storage capacity over generation 3 -- up from 800 GB in generation 3 (assuming a 2:1 compression) to 1.6 terabyte compressed capacity. And transfer rates are also improved -- reaching speeds up to 240 megabytes per second. For security purposes, generation 4 will feature encryption capabilities designed to enable LTO tape drive hardware-based writing of encrypted data to the LTO Ultrium tape cartridge, which helps protect the storage and transport of sensitive information.
"LTO Ultrium generation 4 offers real advancements in capacity, performance and security," said Subodh Kulkarni, vice president, research, development and manufacturing, Imation. "By utilizing our proprietary Tera Angstrom technology to achieve increased areal densities, thinner substrates, tighter head-tape interface tolerances and higher tape speeds, customers will benefit from next-generation media performance with the highest levels of durability and reliability."
"Imation understands the demands companies face today for greater tape capacity and increased performance to support backup and restore applications, disaster recovery and data archiving," said James Milligan, general manager, Americas Commercial and OEM Division, Imation. "We are committed to advancing technologies and formats that help companies meet these demands, and expect to be among the first to offer our customers the new LTO generation 4 product in 2007."
Imation LTO Ultrium generation 4 tape cartridges will also feature innovative and patented technologies that make Imation's LTO cartridges more robust than competitive offerings, including:
* A corner snap, patented by Imation, which improves cartridge strength by keeping the leader pin in place and the cartridge tightly closed in the event of rough handling.
* A patented three-piece tape spool that distributes stress more evenly over the tape surface for better performance and longer archival life.
About Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Technology
LTO technology is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format developed and continuously enhanced by technology providers HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation (and their predecessors) to help address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments. This ultra-high capacity generation of tape storage products is designed to deliver outstanding performance, capacity and reliability combining the advantages of linear multi-channel, bi-directional formats with enhancements in servo technology, data compression, track layout, and error correction.
The LTO Ultrium format has a well-defined roadmap for growth and scalability. The roadmap represents intentions and goals only. There is no guarantee that these goals will be achieved. Compliance verification is vital to meet the free-interchange objectives that are at the core of the LTO Program. Ultrium tape mechanism and tape cartridge interchange specifications are available on a licensed basis. For additional information on LTO technology, visit the LTO Program Web site at http://www.ultrium.com.