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

Each SymplyPRO Thunderbolt LTO desktop utilizes a robust and stylish metal alloy enclosure. And it’s not only rugged – it’s compact and full-featured. With a premium power supply and cooling system, SymplyPRO Thunderbolt LTO is designed for years of trouble-free service. The desktop 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. 

3-2-1 Data Protection Strategy 

The 3-2-1 is a data protection strategy that 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

  • Desktop Single and Dual Drive Options for Flexible Configurations
  • Supports LTO-7, LTO-8 & LTO-9 Half-Height Drive up to 300MB/Sec  
  • Supports LTO-9 Full-Height Drive up to 400MB/Sec Providing Enterprise Performance & Reliability
  • Advanced Metal Alloy Enclosure with Premium Power Supply and Cooling for Unmatched Reliability
  • Horizontally Mounted LTO, for Best 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

Symply CableLess

All dual-drive desktop 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 desktop system and add an additional drive in a matter of seconds, without even having to power the system off. Likewise for servicing, 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. 

Check out our news pages for the latest blogs and upcoming events or contact us at for more information. Looking to purchase? Go to our Webstore for the latest product promotions or contact a Symply Authorized Reseller near you. 

Technical Specifications

Product NameForm FactorDrivesLTO GenHost InterfaceExpansion InterfaceDims D x W x HWeightPower Supply
SymplyPRO LTODesktop (Half-Height)17, 8, 92 x TB3 
1 x SFF-8644 
1 x SFF-8644 27.5 x 21.1 x 9.2 cm 11 x 8.5 x 3.5 in 3.84 KG 8.5 lb200W Internal (110V ~ 240V) Typical 126W 
SymplyPRO LTO XTHDesktop (Half-Height)27, 8, 92 x TB3 
1 x SFF-8644 
1 x SFF-8644 30.0 x 21.1 x 13.6 cm 12 x 8.5 x 5.5 in 5.5 KG 12.7 lb200W Internal (110V ~ 240V) Typical 161W 
SymplyPRO LTO XTFDesktop (Full-Height)192 x TB3 
1 x SFF-8644 
1 x SFF-8644 30.0 x 21.1 x 13.6 cm 12 x 8.5 x 5.5 in 5.5 KG 12.7 lb200W Internal (110V ~ 240V) Typical 161W 

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) 


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
Microsoft Windows 11 and 10, Windows Server 2022, 2019, and 2016Microsoft 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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