IBM LTO-7 Product Announcement

IBM was the first company to launch an LTO-6 drive which became available on November 9th 2012.

Three years on, it is also the first company to reveal an LTO-7 device which is planned to reach the market on November 20th 2015. IBM continues to be one of the strongest promoters of tape technology in the industry.

Features of the External IBM TS2270 SAS Tape Drive Model H7S:

  • Half-high form factor for the drive, the enclosure width enabling two TS2270 storage devices to be mounted side by side in a 19-inch server rackmount shelf kit, requiring 2U
  • 1GB internal buffer
  • Up to native 6TB capacity and 300MB/s transfer rate, 15TB and and 750MB/s with 2.5 to 1 compression
  • Ability to read and write on LTO-6 cartridges, and read LTO-5 data
  • Dual 6Gb SAS attachment
  • Encryption support in drive to work with application-managed encryption
  • Support for LTFS, media partitioning and self-describing tape
  • Connection to system servers, including select Power Systems models, PureFlex systems, and IBM BladeCenters
  • Support for Windows, Unix OS

Specs of the LTO-7 cartridge:

  • Linear serpentine recording half-inch cartridge
  • 5.6µ (0.00022 in.) tape thickness 960m (3,149 ft) tape length
  • 200g weight
  • 16KB cartridge memory
  • WORM version available

In conjunction, IBM released several products incorporating new LTO-7 tape drive including various tape libraries proving that tape is here to stay in the medium term. If you would like any further information or require media for your existing tape drives please do not hesitate to contact us on 0844 800 7821 or email