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What is LTFS?
The Linear Tape File System (LTFS) is the first file system that works in conjunction with LTO tape technology to set a new standard for ease of use and portability for open systems tape storage.

With this system, accessing data stored on an LTO Ultrium tape cartridge is as easy and intuitive as using a USB flash drive.

And with the operating system's graphical file manager and directory tree, utilizing data on an LTO Ultrium tape cartridge is as easy as dragging and dropping.

LTO-5 and LTO-6 specifications enable the capability for two media partitions which can be independently accessed to help provide faster data access and improved data management.

With LTFS, one partition holds the content and the other holds the content’s index; the tape can be self-describing to improve archive management.

Enables capabilities that manage files directly on tape allowing for easy sharing of the tape cartridge across platforms.

Makes viewing and accessing tape files easier than ever before. Explore tape content with directory tree structures and drag and drop files to and from the tape.

Can be used in production, post production and archive of digital video assets.

Addresses the growing needs of a variety of marketplace segments with rich media such as Media and Entertainment, Medical, Digital Surveillance, Seismic Exploration, Government, Cloud and more!



Eliminating the Complexity of Tape.
LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is a free and easy-to-use software utility that allows LTO tape products to connect and operate just like a large hard disk. Users can drag and drop files at high speed directly from tape onto the desktop or vice-versa. LTFS is ideal for large data file transportation or archiving tasks, but LTFS should not be used to store large volumes of small data files.

The LTFS specification is controlled by the LTO consortium ensuring compatibility across all LTO tape products. LTFS also supports multiple operating systems: Windows, MacOS, Linux and Solaris. Therefore a user can write data in a Windows environment using a Tandberg Data LTO tape drive and read the data from the tape cartridge using any vendor's LTO tape drive connected to a MacOS environment.


Benefits of LTFS
• LTFS is free and easy to use (drag and drop files).
• LTFS offers blistering write/read performance, up to 160MB/sec.
• LTFS offers large storage capacities up to 2.5TB on a single data cartridge.
• LTFS supports multiple operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux & Solaris).
• LTFS is fully compatible across all LTO-5 and LTO-6 vendor tape drives.
• LTFS appends data, rolling files back to a previous version.

When to use LTFS
• LTFS should only be used for storing large files (>0.5MB).
• LTFS is ideal for transporting large data files (video etc.).
• LTFS should only be used for storing files that are unlikely to change.

Limitations of LTFS
• LTFS should not be used for storing small files (<0.5MB).
• LTFS should only be used for storing files that are unlikely to change.
• LTFS is not backup software. You cannot schedule tasks.
• LTFS does not work with some HBAs (see Compatibility Matrix).
• LTFS standalone software only supports one tape drive per system.
• LTFS automation software is available on request (Linux & MacOS).

Applications for LTFS
• Media and entertainment: data transportation and archive.
• Medical & health: X-rays/CT backup and archive.
• Surveillance: CCTV backup and archive.
• Military: video backup and archive.
• Information archival for e-discovery purposes.

How to Implement and Use LTFS with Tandberg Data LTO-5/LTO-6 Tape Drives
Implementation is easy. Simply download the required preconfigured LTFS software and install. You may need to upgrade the firmware for your tape drive or SAS/FC controller. Simply load a tape into the drive, mount it into the file system, and it becomes visible as a disk. For more information, please download the LTFS user guide.

LTO Roadmap
The Ultrium roadmap provides a clearly defined eight-generation development path for scalability and growth.

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