Symply LTO Media

Symply’s LTO media provides reliability, cost and security. LTO tape or Linear Tape Open, and also known as the LTO Ultrium format is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format that is optimized for high capacity, maximum storage density and performance. It provides a secure and portable way to store multiple copies of your data, often complementing disk and flash-based storage systems by providing an offline backup and/or archive option that means your data remains secure.

Symply offers LTO-7, LTO-8 and the latest generation LTO-9 media, all are optimised for performance and reliability in either our Symply Desktop or Rackmount systems or automated environments from any of the tape library vendors, for any back up and/or archiving application.

Technical Specifications

TypeGenPre-Optimized MaterialCapacityNativeCapacityWith 2:5:1 compressionCartridge Color
SYMED-IBM-02XW568Data CartridgeLTO-9YesBaFe18TB45TBGreen
SYMED-IBM-01PL041Data CartridgeLTO-8n/aBaFe12TB30TBBrick Red
SYMED-IBM-38L7302Data CartridgeLTO-7n/aBaFe6TB 15TBPurple 
SYMED-IBM-00V7590Data CartridgeLTO-6n/aBaFe2.5TB6.25TBBlack
SYMED-IBM-35L2086Cleaning Cartridge Universaln/an/an/an/aBlack 

When LTO-9 media is used in an LTO-9 tape drive it needs to undergo a new process called LTO-9 Media Optimization. Media optimization applies only to LTO-9, and on average takes about 40 minutes to complete after the first load of a cartridge to a tape drive.  Although most media optimizations will complete within 60 minutes some media optimizations may take up to 2 hours.  This is why at Symply all the LTO-9 media we ship with our systems, and provide a consumable has been optimized in our labs, saving you time and money.

For more information on LTO-9 Media optimization go to


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