Drive Control has introduced HP's StorageWorks LTO-4 Ultrium 1840 Tape Drive; the company's latest LTO-4 tape drive capable of storing up to 1,6Tb per cartridge.

The latest version of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology, LTO-4 offers a native (uncompressed) capacity of 800 GB which is double the capacity of LTO-3 as well as transfer rates of up 120 megabytes per second (MBps).
Plus, when two-to-one compression is enabled, LTO-4 can achieve 1,6Tb of storage with effective data transfers of 240Mbps, as in the case of HP's latest tape drive.
HP's Ultrium 1840 Tape Drive, for example, offers AES 256-bit hardware data encryption that protects sensitive data and prevents the unauthorised access of tape cartridges.  The 1840 tape drives performs the 256-bit AES encryption by using GCM (Galois Counter Mode), which delivers high speeds and low latency.
Furthermore, by using Ultrium 1840 hardware data encryption, the tape drive's data is not only fully capable of being compressed but encrypted backups are completed without a loss in performance. HP's Data Rate Matching further also optimises performance by matching speed of host to keep drives streaming and enabling fast performance.
"By doubling the capacity of previous generation Ultrium drives, HP is now providing fewer data cartridges to meet business storage needs which in turn reduces IT costs and increases ROI," says Rudi van Rensburg, HP storage specialist at Drive Control Corporation.
The Ultrium 1840 Tape Drive is also backwards compatible with full read and write support for LTO-3 media and read ability for LTO-2 cartridges.
The HP Ultrium 1840 offers the following important benefits:
* Provides high level of encryption security for tape storage;
* Prevents unauthorised access of tape media (lost or stolen cartridges);
* Mitigates risk and meets compliance requirements;
* Provides large storage capacity, reducing amount of LTO-2 media by 75%; and
* Protects investment in previous generations of LTO media.