Tri-Optic Labels Make the Grade

Resellers and end users both understand the need for high-quality labels that can be consistently and accurately read by automated library systems. Some issues impacting readability are reflectivity, printing defects, and printing labels outside of specifications.

As a solution, both EDP factory-produced labels and locally produced TTG labels undergo an intensive quality check to ensure EDP labels are approved by all the major tape and library manufacturers.

Recently, EDP was able to assist a major user of labels with a quality issue. The client's cartridge labels were not reading, causing repeated issues within the library. Archived tapes and other media were not able to be located.

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With 90% of issues due to reflectivity even with grade A labels and professional stock, EDP moves beyond label grading to ensure readability and ease of use.

Label quality is measured in visible facets as well as specialized optical features. According to HPE, the major factors are:

  • Appropriate lead-in white space before and after first and final characters
  • Reflectivity of white and black space
  • Ratio and specific size of narrow and wide elements
  • Quality rating of the label according to various print quality guidelines
  • Ink quality
  • Adhesive properties
  • Wear and water resistance

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FUJIFILM Launches LTO Ultrium 7 Data Cartridge

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) announced that it will launch FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium 7 Data Cartridge (LTO7) on November 18, 2015. Adhering to the 7th generation “LTO Ultrium standards” for magnetic tape media, the LTO7 will allow for backup and archive of large volumes of data, high-speed data transfer at 750 MB/sec. (300 MB/sec. for non-compressed data), and offer a storage capacity of 15.0 TB (6.0 TB for non-compressed data).

Fujifilm LTO-7 Tape

Recent technological developments have caused an exponential increase in the quantity of data generated worldwide. Such developments have included increases in data volume following the emergence of high-definition 4K and 8K video; the spread of supercomputer use in the areas of genetic analysis and drug development; and advances in the IoT (Internet of Things). At the same time, “cold-data", or data that is rarely accessed as time passes - is estimated to account for over 80% of all data. As the utilization of accumulated big data rapidly increases, so does the need for reliable and cost effective long term storage of such data for future use. The use of magnetic tape is gaining in popularity, especially at major data centers, thanks to its storage capacity, portability, energy efficiency, total cost of ownership and suitability for long-term storage. The demand for magnetic tape is expected to increase further.

BaFe magnetic particles offer outstanding recording / retrieval performance and are suitable for long-term storage. The high coercivity, high signal to noise ratio and superior frequency characteristics make BaFe magnetic particles a cutting-edge technology that can help further increase the capacity of magnetic tape. Capitalizing on years of R&D investment and expertise, Fujifilm was the first in the world to commercialize magnetic tapes using BaFe magnetic particles for enterprise systems in 2011. In 2012, Fujifilm introduced LTO Ultrium Data Cartridge which employed BaFe magnetic particles Foreseeing the limitations posed on capacity by legacy metal magnetic particles, the prevalent technology at the time, Fujifilm's early commercialization of magnetic tape using BaFe magnetic particles has allowed the company to consistently lead the market. Leveraging highly sophisticated BaFe magnetic particle technology, Fujifilm's BaFe particle-based magnetic tape shows stable and excellent performance regardless of the drive employed, and offers outstanding quality.

With LTO7, Fujifilm has further developed its proprietary BaFe magnetic particle technology and “NANOCUBIC technology,” expanding storage capacity to about 2.4 times that of LTO6 at 15.0 TB for compressed data and making data transfers approximately 1.9 times faster, reaching 750 MB/sec for compressed data. Compared with LTO5, LTO6 capacity and transfer speed have increased by 1.7 and 1.1 times, respectively. The increase in performance from LTO6 to LTO7, however, vastly surpasses this gap. In order to boost the product's storage capacity, Fujifilm has achieved high-precision magnetic particle dispersion, has made the magnetic layers thinner, and has reduced minor defects for a better error rate. In this way, Fujifilm has successfully increased recording density by more than two times compared to LTO6. Furthermore, appropriate material design has allowed us to boost reliability, durability and tracking performance, while at the same time making the tape layers thinner and improving storage capacity. Moreover, Fujifilm's BaFe magnetic particles offer low variance in terms of magnetic properties, offering greater stability, and the ability to reliably store data for over thirty years has been verified.

Fujifilm is engaged in technological development with the aim of further expanding the capacity of magnetic tapes using BaFe magnetic particles. The micronization of magnetic particles is a major factor in improving the recording density of magnetic tapes. By combining proprietary particle formulation design and particle formation processes, Fujifilm has successfully commercialized BaFe magnetic particles that are microscopic in size but at the same time exhibit uniform characteristics with little unevenness. In April 2015, Fujifilm in cooperation with IBM demonstrated the potential of achieving a data cartridge with 220 terabytes of uncompressed capacity using an advanced prototype of BaFe magnetic particles. 220 terabytes is the highest capacity in the world for coated magnetic tape.

1. Product name:

FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium 7 Data Cartridge

2. Date of launch:
November 18, 2015

3. Main features:
(1) Allows high-speed data transfers at 750 MB/sec. and offers a maximum recording capacity of 15.0 TB
Tapes are 12.65 mm-wide and can record 3,584 tracks, reaching 15.0 TB for compressed data (or 6.0 TB for non-compressed data). For example, LTO7 allows recording two hours in the “4K DCI 24p 10bit” format that is used when editing 4K video. Also, the 32 channel magnetic heads in the tape drive allow for high-speed data transfer reaching 750 MB/sec. for compressed data (or 300 MB/sec. for non-compressed data). The entire capacity can be transferred and restored in 5.6 hours.
(2) High recording density achieved by incorporating proprietary “BaFe magnetic particle technology” and “NANOCUBIC technology”
LTO7 employs “BaFe magnetic particles,” which were first commercialized by Fujifilm. Fujifilm's proprietary “NANOCUBIC technology” is designed to maximize the magnetic properties of BaFe magnetic particles.
(3) Optimal for data centers and the cold storage of high-definition video
LTO7, with its high capacity and capability to store data for over 30 years, is optimal for economically storing large quantities of cold data over the long term. For example, assuming that 1 PB (petabyte) of data increases at a yearly rate of 55% and reaches 52 PB over nine years, the total cost incurred to store the data will be less than one sixth of the cost that would be incurred if using HDD. With the magnetic tape, which is capable of being managed offline, valuable data can be stored safely and securely with minimum risk for data damage or loss due to system failures, viruses and cyber-attacks.
(4) Supports LTFS (Linear Tape File System)
LTFS is an open-standard file system format implemented from LTO5 onwards. The presence of a meta-data area on the tape itself allows customers to avoid dependence on vendor-specific backup software, and allows for cross-platform data exchanges. Data stored on magnetic tapes can be handled as files just as in the case of data on a HDD.

4. Key specifications:
Capacity ( at 2.5x compression)
6.0 TB (15.0 TB)
Transfer rate ( at 2.5x compression)
300MB/s (750MB/s)
Number of tracks
3,584 (32 track heads)
Cartridge memory
130,816Bits (16,352 byte); Internal EEPROM
Tape width
12.65 mm
Tape thickness
5.6 μm
Tape length
960 m

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise starts with the production of LTO Ultrium 7 Data Cartridge

HP LTO-7 Tape

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Ultrium tape technology has been designed to deliver exceptional reliability and performance at the lowest cost per GB. The Ultrium format builds on the best of existing technologies; open standards increase innovation and widen customer choice in terms of performance, capacity and form factor. Backed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s exhaustive media qualification process, HPE Ultrium data cartridges support all HPE and non-HPE Ultrium tape devices.

LTO Ultrium Roadmap

Key features and benefits

  • Up to 15 TB compressed capacity.
  • Supports transfer speeds up to 300 MB/sec or 1.1 TB hour native with LTO-7.
  • Both Advanced Metal Particle and Barium Ferrite options available for LTO-6.
  • For use in all HPE and non-HPE LTO Ultrium products.
  • Unique coloured cartridge to assist with identification in mixed media environments.
  • Very low media cost per TB – maximise storage density within the data centre.
  • LTO cartridge memory in media to improve access time and provide enhanced media monitoring.
  • Durable cartridge designed to minimise wear and debris (important in automation).
  • Tested to extremes to a level of specification unique to Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Many of the test procedures required for HPE brand qualification (eg. load/unload, shoeshine, drop testing and environmental stress testing) are not required for the LTO Ultrium logo.
  • Hardware-based encryption for compliance with FIPS 140-2 level 1 security standards.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers both Custom Labelled and Non-Custom Labelled data cartridges in both standard bar code and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) versions.
    – Custom Labelled offerings allow automation customers the ability to customise their label to their specific needs. This includes the ability to define the bar code label type and to specify an exact label sequence.
    – Non-Custom Labelled media allows automation customers the ability to receive labelled media without having to wait for a custom labelled solution. Bar code sequences are predetermined by HPE and a Learn more at re guaranteed to be unique.


Celebrate tape!

“In the past, many pundits have claimed that “Tape is Dead”. Well, years later, tape continues to thrive and reach new capacity and performance milestones.”

Clipper Group, July 2015

Customer demand for tape remains strong:

  • The worldwide tape market was worth over $2.0 billion in 2014*
  • Shipped tape capacity reached an all time high of 6,638 PB in Q4 CY14 *
  • More data is being stored on tape with record levels of tape media capacity shipments
  • Installed base of 5.0 million LTO tape drives and over 275 million LTO cartridges
  • LTO-6 tape adoption has outpaced previous generation
  • LTO-7 is just around the corner

* IDC/Santa Clara Consulting Group

The need for tape for peace of mind archiving remains strong:

  • According to “Worldwide File And Object Based Storage 2013 – 2017 Forecast” (IDC, July 2013), data to manage and archive will grow to 173 EB by 2017
  • A report from the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (February 15, 2013), highlights that 80% of data is not accessed again 90 days after creation, so storing all this cold data is an ever-growing challenge.
  • According to the IDC Digital Universe study, transactions on the web will exceed 450 billion per day by 2020.
  • The Internet of Things could generate colossal amounts of data that will need to be archived.
  • New markets and applications are being identified - for example, wearable body cameras

“Is tape a part of the future of storage? Absolutely. Despite propaganda spread around by disk and flash vendors, tape is very much alive and will play a major part in combatting rampant storage growth in the years ahead. Not only that, the field has already mapped out a ten-year path that promises much higher density and more rapid throughput.”

Infostor Magazine, September 2015

Other Highlights

In a paper “Continuing the Search for the Right Mix of Long-Term Storage Infrastructure — A TCO Analysis of Disk and Tape Solutions” (July 2015), Clipper Group reported that tape enjoys a 6X cost advantage over disk for long term archiving over a period of nine years.

This ties in with recent reports that LTO tape now costs less than one penny per GB.

It’s one of the reasons why analysts like Fred Moore, President, Horison Information Strategies, believe a tape renaissance is underway.

At the end of 2014, the Tape Storage Council released a memo, Data Growth and Technology Innovations Fuel Tape’s Future.

And Information Age reviewed how today's tape is best suited for today's big data requirements.

Storage DNA is a hugely innovative company in the media and entertainment industry. Its President and CEO, Tridib "tC" Chakravarty sees a bright future for the tape industry. A good example of his comments is the way that LTO Ultrium tape is being used to archive major league baseball footage Preserving America's Pastime.

These are just a snapshot of the many articles that have been published about tape recently and the message seems clear.

Tape is not just back, it has never really been away and it won’t be leaving anytime soon! (Dawn Svenson-Holland, Hewlett Packard Enterprise)


The golden autumn with EDP

HP LTO Ultrium tapes have long been the gold standard for reliable backup, archiving and restore. And now, there could be a spectacular prize hiding inside your next HP LTO media purchase too! Find a HP Golden Cartridge between 15th September and December 31st 2015 and you’ll win a five pack of LTO Ultrium tapes.

And one Golden Cartridge winner will be selected at random to win a new MSL6480 StoreEver tape library, with 15 TB cartridges and up to 700 MB/sec transfer speeds! Visit for details on how to find your storage gold!

You will also receive from a purchase of 20 HP Tapes a 250g chocolate bar "Goldschatz" by EDP.


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