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rack-mounted lto tape archiving solutions

Until now most LTO tape products were generic repurposed IT systems or otherwise design-compromised with low-cost components. With the introduction of SymplyPRO Rackmount Thunderbolt LTO that’s all changed. SymplyPRO Rackmount Thunderbolt LTO was designed with professionals in mind. Comprising 1RU and 2RU innovative single and dual drive designs featuring Symply CableLess technology, making them highly serviceable and upgradeable, SymplyPRO Rackmount Thunderbolt LTO delivers more.

Each SymplyPRO Rackmounted Thunderbolt 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. The Rackmount systems include two Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining and fast device charging. Uniquely they also include a SAS Expansion Port and SAS Host Port in case you need to connect other SAS devices to your Thunderbolt-equipped computer or use the SymplyPRO Thunderbolt LTO with a non-Thunderbolt workstation with a SAS connection.

All SymplyPRO Thunderbolt Rackmount configurations feature Linear Tape File System (LTFS) support, for compatibility with a myriad of backup and archive applications. Ensure data is stored in a non-proprietary format that is easy to interchange and migrate. In some use cases, LTFS can reduce the need for backup or archive software and allows users to easily interchange data using LTO cartridges or copying data to and from hard drives or SSDs.

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 & 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) Active Thunderbolt 3 Cable Included.
  • SymplyLOCK, Beautifully Machined Aluminium Thunderbolt Cable Locking
  • 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 the 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.

Experience the Magic 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

ModelForm FactorDrivesLTO GenHost InterfacesExpansion InterfaceDimensions
D x W x H
SymplyPRO 1RU
1RU Rackmount
27, 8, 92 x TB3
1 x SFF-8644
1 x SFF-864443.5 x 48.2 x 4.4 cm (17. 1x 19 x 1.7in)6.1 KG (8.5 lb)350W Internal (110V ~ 240V) Typical 166W
SymplyPRO 2RU
2RU Rackmount
(Full- Height)
2 92 x TB3
1 x SFF-8644
1 x SFF-864443.5 x 48.2 x 8.8 cm (17.1 x 19 x 3.5 in)10.2 KG (22.5 lb)350W Internal (110V ~ 240V) Typical 166W

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)

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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

Thunderbolt 3 InterfaceSAS Interface
macOS 11 ‘Big Sur’ and latermacOS 11 ‘Big Sur’ and later
Windows 11 and 10, Windows Server 2022, 2019, and 2016Windows 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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