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powerful and adaptable: use symply to sas for backup and archive

Until now many rackmount LTO SAS connected tape products were generic repurposed IT systems or otherwise design-compromised with low-cost components.  Servicing and upgrading these products meant customers had to open chassis and wrestle with connecting cabling, not ideal while a system is situated in a rack. With the introduction of SymplyPRO Rackmount SAS that’s all changed.

The SymplyPRO Rackmount SAS LTO drive delivers an affordable environmentally friendly solution that businesses can rely on for backup and archiving of data. All SymplyPRO Rackmount  SAS drives are fully compatible with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) software providing massive interoperability and providing customers with a non-proprietary file format for long-term cold storage, that is easy to migrate and exchange between stakeholders.

Each SymplyPRO Rackmount SAS LTO utilizes a robust and stylish metal alloy enclosure and features dual fans for optimum cooling and premium power supply, it’s designed for years of trouble-free service. Configurations are available to meet every need and budget from single and dual Half-Height LTO-7, LTO-8 and LTO-9 drives to the latest Full-Height LTO-9 drives with 18TB raw capacity and read/write speeds up to 400MB/s native providing enterprise performance and reliability. The dual-drive desktop design features Symply CableLess technology, allowing for the easy removal of LTO drives, making them highly serviceable and upgradeable.

Unbeatable LTO Performance

LTO is one of the safest and most cost-effective forms of storage around. LTO tape has been the go-to backup and archive medium for companies in media, healthcare, finance, and other such industries that have stringent regulatory or data integrity requirements. It provides an air-gapped archive for your files to ensure they’re secure against all forms of digital assault or machine failure, and because the media itself is relatively inexpensive you can store vast amounts of data with ease.

LTO also provides high-capacity storage that can be transported offsite and interchanged for collaboration, disaster recovery, or long-term archiving. Since its introduction, it remains the number one technology used in backup, archive, content offload, and file transport. The reason is simple: it’s highly reliable and highly cost-effective.

For example, according to, based on an eight-year life cycle, tape media has a carbon footprint that is over 55 times lower than SSD, and over 25 times lower than HDD. 1PB of data retained for 10 years, LTO-9 tape solutions provide significant benefits for data storage: LTO-9 Savings of $139,448 vs. HDD and $516,503 vs. Cloud Deep Archive.

3-2-1 Data Protection Strategy

The 3-2-1 data protection strategy is universally mandated by various organizations and institutions across many industries including Media and Entertainment, SMBs, SMEs, Healthcare, Education, Research, Surveillance and Government.

3: Always maintain at least three (3) copies of your data.

2: Store your copies across at least two (2) different storage mediums

1: Store at least one (1) of your copies at an offsite location.

With the rise of Malware and Ransomware attacks Symply recommends adopting a 3-2-1-1-0 policy. The first three steps are the same but with two additional steps…

1: Keep at least one (1) of the copies offline.

0: Be sure to have verified the copies created have been made with zero (0) errors (and test a restore).

Features and Benefits

  • 1RU and 2RU Single and Dual Drive Options for Flexible Configurations.
  • 1RU Supports LTO-7, LTO-8 & LTO-9 Half-Height Drive up to 300MB/Sec per Drive
  • 2RU Supports LTO-9 Full-Height Drive up to 400MB/Sec per Drive, Providing Enterprise Performance & Reliability.
  • Advanced Metal Alloy Enclosure with Premium Power Supply and Cooling for Unmatched Reliability.
  • Supports LTFS for Massive Interoperability
  • Supports AES 256-bit Encryption & WORM for Sensitive Data & Compliance.
  • LTO Data and Cleaning Cartridge Included.
  • Premium 2m (6.5ft) SAS cable included
  • Features Kensington T-Bar to Keep Your SymplyPRO Secure.
  • All products shipped in North America are TAA Compliant.
  • 3-Year Warranty, no Additional Charges for Advice, Installation, or Upgrades
  • Optional Uplift to 5-Year Warranty for Ultimate Piece of Mind
  • Optional Ruggedized Transport Cases if you are on the Move.

Purchasing an LTO-9 Drive? Click here for more information about Optimization of LTO-9 Media.

Symply CableLess

All dual drive rackmount designs from Symply feature Symply CableLess technology – a unique design that allows for the easy removal of LTO drives, making them highly serviceable and easy to upgradeable. So, you can start with one LTO in your rackmount system and add an additional drive in a matter of seconds, without even having to power the system off. Likewise for servicing, if in the unlikely event of a drive failure, the failed drive can be removed without the need to power off the whole system, and only the failed drive needs to be returned for repair. Simple, as you might expect.


As a partner with IBM, SymplyPRO LTO products are fully compatible with software applications that support IBM LTO drive technology. In addition, Symply has carried out extensive interoperability testing with the following popular backup and archive utilities for macOS and Windows including Archiware, Hedge, Imagine Products, Retrospect, StorageDNA, Veeam, XenData, and YoYotta to ensure the best possible customer experience.

Explore the power of SymplyPRO LTO

Whatever industry you are in, there is a SymplyPRO configuration to suit your needs from single and dual Half-Height LTO-7, LTO-8, and LTO-9 drives to the latest Full-Height LTO-9 enterprise drives, in desktop or rackmount form factors, available with SAS, Thunderbolt & SAS, or 10Gb Ethernet interfaces.

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Technical Specifications

Product NameForm FactorDrivesLTO GenHost InterfacesDimensions
D x W x H
1 or 27 and 81 x SFF-80882m SFF-8088 –to- SFF-86446.1 KG (8.5 lb)Internal 350W (110V~240V), Typical 90W
1 or 291 x SFF-86442m SFF-8644 –to- SFF-86446.1 KG (8.5 lb)Internal 350W (110V~240V), Typical 90W
1 or 291 x SFF-86442m SFF-8644 –to- SFF-864410.2 KG (22.5 lb)Internal 350W (110V~240V), Typical 90W

Performance & Capacity

Drive TypeMedia TypePerformance Native (Compressed)Capacity Native (Compressed)
LTO-9 Full-HeightLTO-9400MB/Sec (1000MB/Sec)18TB (45TB)
LTO-9 Full-HeightLTO-8360MB/Sec (900MB/Sec)12TB (30TB)
LTO-9 Half-HeightLTO-9300MB/Sec (500MB/Sec)18TB (45TB)
LTO-8 Half-HeightLTO-8300MB/Sec (500MB/Sec)12TB (30TB)
LTO-7 Half-HeightLTO-7300MB/Sec (500MB/Sec)6TB (15TB)

For more information on LTO Media click here.


Half HeightFull Height
MTBF (Hours)250,000 @ 100% duty cycle250,000 @ 100% duty cycle
MSBF100,000 cycles100,000 cycles
Load / Unload Cycles 80,000 cycles300,000 cycles


Operating15 to 25 C (59 to 77 F)20% to 80% (non-condensing)3048m (10,000 ft)
Non-Operating -40 to 60 C (-40 to 140 F) excludes media10% to 90% (non-condensing)12192m (40,000 ft)

Operating System Support

macOS 11 Big Sur and later; Windows 11 and 10, Windows Server 2022, 2019, and 2016; Rocky Linux 8/9, CentOS 7, OpenSUSE LEAP 42/15, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7/8/9, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12/15, and Ubuntu 20.04/22.04 LTS


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