Storage - IBM LTO Ultrium

In the last two years, Linear Tape Open (LTO) has established itself as the premier backup solution for growing enterprises demanding speed, capacity and reliability in traditional computing and e-business environments.

Developed through an initiative by IBM, HP, and Seagate, LTO is an excellent replacement for or compliment to: 4mm, 8mm, and DLT for AS400 and open network platforms.

IBM 3580

  • Table-top single cartridge drive
  • 100GB native capacity (200GB with 2:1 compression)
  • Fast performance allows quicker saves as backup windows shrink
  • Excellent alternative to slower 1/4", 8mm and DLT drives
Starting at $5,100

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IBM 3581

  • Table-top 7-tape autoloader
  • Compressed storage capacity of 1.4TB (terrabytes)
  • High speed unattended saves for enterprises where backup windows are decreasing
  • Supported in AS400(iSeries), RS6000 (pSeries), HP, SUN, NT, 2000, and .NET environments
Starting at $7,895

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IBM 3583

  • 1 to 6 drive Automated Tape Library
  • Up to 72 cartridge capacity (14.4TB)
  • Bar code reader for instant media verification and inventory
  • Excellent choice for larger systems and applications such as data mining
Starting at $9,995

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IBM 3584

  • UltraScalable Tape Library
  • One base frame exandable to six
  • Up to 72 drives and 80TB capacity
  • Multipath controller using specific Logical Unit Names (LUNs) allow use with heterogeneous servers (i.e. AS400, NT, and AIX)
Starting at $45,000

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LTO Ultrium

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Quick Facts

Tape: digital 100GB native capacity (200GB compressed)

Performance: 10-30MB sec (host dependant)

Error Correction: read after write

Mechanism: 8 read/8 write magneto resistive and thin film (bi-directional)

Servo: 3rd generation timing based for optimized positioning