IBM LTO Ultrium 6 Full High Tape Drive

Increased capacity and performance for cost- and energy-efficient data protection and preservation

Tape drive type IBM LTO Ultrium 6
Cartridge capacity 2.5 TB native; 6.25 TB with 2.5:1 data compression
Native data transfer rate 160 MBps; 576 GB/hour
Data cartridge LTO Ultrium 6 (rewritable), LTO Ultrium 6 write once read many (WORM)
Cleaning cartridge Universal cleaning cartridge
Backward compatibility Read/write-compatible with LTO Ultrium 5 media
Read-compatible with LTO Ultrium 4 media
Interface 6 Gbps SAS
Library interface LDI, ADI over RS422 or iADT via Ethernet
Data compression SLDC (LTO data compression per ECMA-321)
Encryption AES-256
Buffer 1 GB
Rewind speed Up to 10 meters/sec
Operating speed Up to 6.8 meters/sec
Data rate matching Digital speed matching 40 – 160 MBps
Physical characteristics
Dimensions (internal drive) (W x H x D) 146 mm x 82.5 mm x 205.5 mm (5.74 in. x 3.24 in. x 8.09 in.)
Weight (internal drive) 2.8 kg (4.0 lb)
Mean time between failures (MTBF) 250,000 power-on hours at 100% duty cycle
Error rate (calculated) 1 x 1017 bytes per permanent read error
Error rate (validated) 1 x 1014 bytes per permanent read error,
1 x 1013 bytes per permanent write error
Operating environment
Operating temperature 10°C – 40°C (50°F – 104°F)
Relative humidity 10% – 80% (non-condensing)
Electrical power 5 V at 3.0 A, 12 V at 1.1 A (steady state)
Power dissipation 7.5 W (idle, with cartridge), 27.0 W (read/write)
Open systems support Microsoft Windows 2000; Microsoft Windows Server 2003; Sun Solaris 10; HP-UX 11.0, 11i; Linux (Red Hat Enterprise Server 4, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9; IBM AIX® Version 5.1, 5.2, 5.3; and Novell NetWare)
Warranty Three-year mail-in exchange

Prior to the release of ECMA-321, SLDC (streaming lossless data compression) was known as “LTO-DC.” SLDC uses ALDC as its primary data compression scheme, but also has a pass-thru scheme to avoid the expansion of incompressible data—a problem ALDC and most other compression algorithms encounter.

All performance and reliability values are provided “AS IS” and no warranties or guarantees are expressed or implied by IBM. Actual values may vary and depend upon many factors including system hardware configuration and software design and configuration.

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