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Spectra Logic Offers Industry’s First LTO-5 Pre-Purchase Program

05/10/09 | in: Press Releases

Enables Customers to Upgrade and Future-Proof Tape Technology Purchases in a Single Budget Cycle

BOULDER, Colo. – September 21, 2009 – Spectra Logic, a leading innovator of intelligently integrated data protection solutions, announced today its Linear Tape Open (LTO) -5 pre-purchase program. Customers who select the LTO-5 pre-purchase option can deploy LTO-4 today and be assured of a free upgrade to higher capacity and performance LTO-5.

“Spectra Logic’s LTO-5 pre-purchase program is an economical choice that will allow us to scale up without worry,” said John Funke, manager of network engineering, ON24 Inc. “When LTO-5 becomes available, we’ll be ready and able to drastically increase capacity and performance – without any major configuration changes – while keeping the same footprint in our datacenter.”

LTO-5 is expected to ship in the first half of 2010 with a native 8Gb FC interface and will be compatible with existing 4Gb FC switches and HBAs. LTO-5 will have a native capacity of 1.5TB (3TB compressed) and an expected native transfer rate of up to 140MB/s. LTO-5 will conform to the standard LTO backwards compatibility specifications, allowing LTO-5 to read LTO-3 tapes and read/write LTO-4 and LTO-5 tapes. Drive-level AES-256 bit encryption and WORM capability will also be supported.

“Solid State Solutions (S3) is taking advantage of this Spectra Logic exclusive program– no other library or drive vendor offers LTO-5 on pre-order,” said Gurdip Kalley, business development manager of S3, a platinum SpectraEDGE channel partner based in the United Kingdom. “The unique pre-purchase option gives us an advantage as a reseller, as customers can take advantage of LTO-4 technology today and are guaranteed an upgrade when LTO-5 becomes generally available. We anticipate that 30 percent of our tape customers will upgrade to LTO-4 drives and media now as part of Spectra’s program.” We’ve already upgraded 30 percent of our tape customers to LTO-4 drives and media as part of Spectra’s program.”

“Spectra’s exclusive program is particularly advantageous for customers purchasing new libraries or those seeking a drive refresh, as it allows them to incorporate higher technology today and promises a free upgrade when LTO-5 is released,” said Molly Rector, Spectra Logic’s vice president of marketing and product management. “LTO’s consistent and predictable roadmap has enabled storage consolidation and ease of management with 85 to 100 percent increased capacity with each new release. LTO continues to be the standard in half-inch tape technology.”


Spectra Logic’s exclusive pre-purchase program is available now to both end users and channel partners worldwide for Spectra’s T-series tape libraries. The Spectra T950, T680, T380, T200, T120 and T50e libraries with Fibre Channel connectivity are all LTO-5 ready and eligible for pre-purchase.

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