Kleve, GERMANY, April 25, 2007 — FUJIFILM Recording Media GmbH, the leading provider of midrange data storage media, today announced it has been notified as one of the first manufacturers in the world to be qualified by the LTO Technology Provider Companies (TPC) to immediately begin mass production of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium Generation 4 data cartridges. The Fujifilm LTO Ultrium Gen 4 cartridges will be available worldwide on April 30 th.
“The popularity of the LTO Ultrium format is driven by the technologies developed by the members of the TPC and the support of the engineers helping deliver storage media,” said Cindy Grossman, Vice President, Tape Storage Systems, IBM Corp. (a founding partner of the TPC.) “Together with our partners we continue to deliver the capacity and reliability needed for increasingly aggressive storage and regulatory demands.”
Fujifilm LTO Ultrium Gen 4 media will be the first midrange product to use Fujifilm NANOCUBIC thin-film coating process to reach the higher capacity and quality levels currently only found in enterprise-class storage systems.
"The LTO Gen 4 technology introduces encryption capability which increases the performance value of tape storage in terms of security, and reinforces its importance as a reliable high-performance storage solution,” said Wolfgang May, Director European Sales & Marketing, FUJIFILM Recording Media GmbH. “We are pleased to lead the industry in developing the next generation of LTO media with the reliability and capacities of our NANOCUBIC technology.”
Fujifilm continues to bring its globally recognized tape engineering and manufacturing expertise to the storage market with this latest generation of LTO media. The Fujifilm LTO Ultrium Gen 4 media will feature 800 gigabytes (GB) native capacity and transfer rates of up to 120 megabytes (MB) per second (depending on drive and data type).
Encrypted For Security & Compliance Peace of Mind
LTO Gen 4 systems will introduce for the first time to midrange tape storage the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption algorithms to keep data secure. The U.S. Government mandated 256-bit encryption is qualified for classified – even “Top Secret” – information. (See http://www.cnss.gov/Assets/pdf/cnssp_15_fs.pdf) The hardware-based AES 256-bit encryption capability of the new Gen 4 format offers another level of security during storage and transporting of sensitive information.
The addition of hardware encryption compliments the WORM (Write-Once, Read-Many) capability that already securely maintains data integrity on the removable format. WORM functionality first debuted in LTO Ultrium generation 3 products, providing a cost-effective means for storing data in a non-rewriteable format to help address compliance requirements.
Meeting Tough LTO Compliance Verification
LTO technology is a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format developed and continuously enhanced by technology providers HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation to help address the growing demands of data protection in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments.
The TPC provides very stringent format specifications for both cartridge and drive manufacturers. This insures the quality and consistency for maintaining tape format interchangeability. Testing is completed through a unique format verification program which is independently administered and executed by a third party organization, and approved by the members of the TPC.
By testing LTO Ultrium drives for format compliance through the testing of cartridges only, the program simplifies the verification process while protecting proprietary drive design and technology. Information on LTO tape technology, product roadmaps and general information on the format, go to www.ultrium.com.
Fujifilm LTO Gen 4 media will be available through approved Fujifilm resellers. Learn more about Fujifilm data tape products and technology at www.fujifilm-recordingmedia.com.
NOTE: Linear Tape-Open, LTO and Ultrium are trademarks of HP, IBM and Quantum in the US and other countries.