What are the benefits of using LTO-4?

LTO-4 comes from a consortium between HP, IBM and now Quantum.

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LTO-4 will probably provide a better portability across a large number of devices.

I did touch a little bit on STK before. Sun Microsystems bought STK a little while back and they also have the equivalent technology, but it is a little more siloed. IBM was the first to release LTO-4 with encryption and now HP offers it as well and eventually we will see more of that.

So, there is probably a better portability when using LTO-4, but the technologies are equivalent.

Check out the entire Tape Encryption FAQ.

This was first published in April 2008

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