Tape backup Definitions

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  • B

    backup log

    Backup log is a feature of backup applications that records the events that occur during a backup process. 

  • D

    DLT (digital linear tape)

    Before the popular Linear Tape-Open Consortium came into existence, Quantum had its proprietary digital linear tape (DLT) format. Learn more about DLT technology here.

  • L

    Linear Tape-Open (LTO)

    Linear Tape-Open (LTO) is a high-capacity tape storage technology that is open format, giving users access to compatible products from many suppliers.

  • LTFS (Linear Tape File System)

    LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is a file system specification that allows Linear Tape-Open (LTO) storage technology to be indexed.

  • LTO-1 (Linear Tape-Open 1)

    LTO-1 is the first tape format from the Linear Tape-Open Consortium. It has 100 GB native capacity (200 GB compressed) and a native transfer speed of 20 MBps (40 MBps compressed).

  • LTO-10 (Linear Tape-Open 10)

    LTO-10 is an unreleased tape format from the Linear Tape-Open Consortium. It will offer read-and-write backwards compatibility with tapes from the previous generation.

  • LTO-2 (Linear Tape-Open 2)

    LTO-2 is the second tape format from the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Consortium. It followed the initial LTO-1 version in 2000 and was succeeded by LTO-3 in 2005.

  • LTO-3 (Linear Tape-Open 3)

    LTO-3 is a tape format from the Linear Tape-Open Consortium first released in 2005 that has since been followed by LTO-4, LTO-5 and LTO-6.

  • LTO-4 (Linear Tape-Open 4)

    LTO-4 is a tape format from the Linear Tape-Open Consortium that has been succeeded by LTO-5 and the current LTO-6 version.

  • LTO-5 (Linear Tape-Open 5)

    First released in 2010, LTO-5 is a tape format from the Linear Tape-Open Consortium. Though LTO-6 is available, LTO-5 remains popular among tape users.

  • LTO-6 (Linear Tape-Open 6)

    LTO-6 is the current tape format from the Linear Tape-Open Consortium first released in 2012 that will eventually be succeeded by LTO-7, LTO-8, LTO-9 and LTO-10.

  • LTO-7 (Linear Tape-Open 7)

    LTO-7 is a tape format from the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Consortium released in late 2015.

  • LTO-8 (Linear Tape-Open 8)

    LTO-8 is a planned, but not yet released tape format from the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Consortium. It will succeed the LTO-7 version.

  • M

    magnetic tape

    Though it's not as big of a primary storage player anymore, tape is often an archiving vehicle. LTO and LTFS tape technologies have improved capacity and access.

  • T

    tape backup

    Tape can help fix an unstructured data backup issue and is a good archiving medium. Explore tape's strengths and weaknesses, plus important tips for protecting tape backups.

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