Sony and Fujifilm Pass LTO Ultrium Generation 9 Format Interchange Compliance Testing

Leading Tape Manufacturers to Support LTO-9 Technology and the Ultrium Format Capacity, Performance and Feature Enhancements

SILICON VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation and Quantum LTO Holdings, LLC, today announced that Fujifilm Corporation and Sony Corporation have completed interchange testing and achieved LTO Ultrium generation 9 format compliance. The successful completion of this testing now permits these companies to use the LTO Ultrium generation 9 format trademarks on LTO technology products.

“LTO technology continues to pave the way for data protection and business continuity protecting against the growing threat of ransomware,” said Sam Werner, VP, Storage Product Management at IBM. “Building on more than two decades of data protection and storage innovation, LTO-9 offers end users more energy-efficient storage capacity than previous generations. It delivers a powerful, scalable and adaptable open-tape storage format that can provide industries around the globe secured and protected data against storage cyber threats.”

These qualities are even more important today as ransomware attacks have increased by 15 percent per year. The total cost of these attacks could exceed USD 6 trillion in 2021 alone.1 LTO tape products are designed to allow for an easy backup and fast recovery of data that can then be taken offline and physically unavailable from virus and other malicious attacks that can affect business operations and increase risk for loss of data.

“Storage best practices call for having a copy of data offline to ensure that infected files aren’t able to corrupt the system,” said Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “LTO products have an important role in data protection and are a critical component in ensuring that your system can be restored in the event of an attack.”

The LTO Program enhances quality and confidence for data storage managers by ensuring that all licensees pass a series of verification tests involving rigorous data interchangeability requirements prior to licensure for use of the LTO Ultrium trademarks. Additionally, annual tests of LTO technology products are performed by the TPCs to confirm that all manufacturers adhere to the Ultrium format specifications. This means that buyers of tape drives and data cartridges, that include the LTO Ultrium format trademark logo, know that these products are Ultrium format-compliant when reviewing backup and archiving solutions.

Announced in Sept. 2020, LTO-9 specifications are designed to support increased tape cartridge storage capacity of up to 45TB2 when compressed. LTO-9 drives will provide full backward read and write compatibility with LTO-8 cartridges, as well as many previously introduced features, including multi-layer security support via hardware-based encryption, WORM (Write-Once, Read-Many) functionality and support for Linear Tape File System (LTFS).

How to License LTO Ultrium Technology

The LTO Program offers several different license packages – from enhanced packages that provide the specifications and licenses to manufacture LTO Ultrium products, to basic packages providing LTO format specifications.

Buyers seeking LTO Ultrium format-compliant products should look for the LTO Ultrium format verification trademarks on both tape drives and data cartridges. Storage and media manufacturers interested in licensing LTO formats may obtain information by contacting the LTO Program at

About the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Format

The LTO Ultrium format is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format developed and continuously enhanced by technology providers Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation and Quantum LTO Holdings, LLC (and their predecessors) to help address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments. This ultra- high capacity generation of tape storage products is designed to deliver outstanding performance, capacity and reliability combining the advantages of linear multi-channel, bi- directional formats with enhancements in servo technology, data compression, track layout, and error correction. The LTO Ultrium format is licensed to, and format-compliant products are made by, multiple manufacturers; their production is not limited to one sole proprietor.

The LTO Ultrium format has a well-defined roadmap for growth and scalability. The roadmap represents intentions and goals only and is subject to change or withdrawal. There is no guarantee that these goals will be achieved. The roadmap is intended to outline a general direction of technology and should not be relied upon in making a purchasing decision. Format compliance verification, the AP-95 specification, is vital to meet the free-interchange objectives that are at the core of the LTO Program. Ultrium tape mechanism and tape cartridge interchange specifications are available on a licensed basis. For additional information on the LTO Program, visit and the LTO Program Web site at

Note: Linear Tape-Open, LTO, the LTO logo, Ultrium, and the Ultrium logo are registered trademarks of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, International Business Machines Corporation and Quantum Corporation in the US and other countries.

1 Cybercrime To Cost The World $10.5 Trillion Annually By 2025,” Cybercrime Magazine, November 2020.

2 Assuming a 2.5:1 compression achieved with larger compression history buffer available beginning with LTO generation 6 drives.


Lindsey Brown



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