The Latest Generation of LTO tape media - LTO-8 offers Native capacity of 12TB ( 30TB on typical data compression). Further, you can format a previously unused LTO-7 tape media as LTO-8 Type M and get 9TB Native Capacity. This makes the new LTO-8 extremely compelling for an upgrade - it offers cheapest Cost per TB. Even though the cost of the LTO-8 media is fairly high ( and will probably fall as with most of the new techs), the LTO-7 media itself has a stable pricing. When you upgrade, you can make use of LTO-7 pricing and have a media that gives you 9 native Terabytes for the lowest cost per TB.
Here is a comparison of Cost per TB for currently running LTO media. We have not included LTO-1,2 and 3 in the comparison as they have completely phased out and the supplies have become scarce too.
|Media||Native Capacity (TB)||Retail Price- AED||Cost Per TB - AED||Remarks|
|LTO-6||2.5||90||36.00||Cheapest Cost Per TB, but Takes more tapes to save same amount of Data. Will be obsolete soon.|
|LTO-8 Type M||9||325||36.11||Cheapest Cost Per TB|
|LTO-8||12||700||58.33||Almost Same as LTO-7, will surely fall .|
- LTO-8 Type M offers the lowest cost per TB, 50% lower than LTO-7. ( offcourse you have 50% more capacity but same price)
- LTO-8 would soon become the lowest Cost per TB as the prices fall. Currently LTO-8 offers same cost per TB as LTO-7.
- Upgrade now, use LTO-7 media as LTO-8 type M. Start using LTO-8 whenever the prices of Media match your Cost per TB expectation.