As in February, the LTO-8 media still continues to be in shortage. So what do you do, you have invested in LTO-8 tape drive already, hoping to make use of the high-density 12TB Native LTO-8 media ( or compressed 30 TB which you might achieve if your data is compressible ). Do you go back to LTO-7?
Well, for now, you have a cheaper media to help you. Use LTO-7 Type M media with your LTO-8 drive. (formerly referred to as LTO-8 type M).
What is an LTO-7 Type M Media
LTO-7 Type M is a brand new LTO-7 media that needs to be formatted in LTO-8 drive. This is an LTO-7 media, so you pay for LTO-7. But when you format it in LTO-8 drive, as type M, you get 9TB Native Capacity.
You Pay for LTO-7 6TB native media and get 9Tb native in LTO-8 drive. That's a great value. At the current price, this works out to be cheaper than LTO-8 media cost per TB.
|LTO-7||6 TB||AED 45/TB|
|LTO-7 Type M||9 TB||AED 30/TB|
|LTO-8||12 TB||AED 58/TB|
What you need to use LTO-7 as LTO-7 type M
- LTO-8 Tape Drive
- Previously unused LTO-7 Media
- Format this Media as LTO-7 Type M, and you have 9TB Native Capacity.
- LTO-7 Type M Labels ( so your drive knows these are LTO-7 M tapes). These labels have M8 identifier