Storage rival to hard drive hits snag as 144TB tapes emerge

The Linear Tape Open consortium has quietly amended the LTO Ultrium roadmap to reflect the recent change in the native capacity of LTO-9, which dropped from 24TB to 18TB, matching that of the biggest hard disk drive on the market.

“In order not to delay availability of the latest generation, the LTO Program elected to balance the cost and benefit of technology within the specification by offering an 18TB tape cartridge – a 50% increase in capacity from the previous generation – to address the current market need for storage space,” an LTO spokesperson told TechRadar Pro.

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