According to University of Southern California scientists, 2002 is the year in which the digital age begun. This is the year in which all analogue storage capacity was overtaken by digital storage capacity. Definitely, data storage devices such as the Ultrium LTO had a significant role in this increased digital storage.
The LTO storage media has witnessed remarkable success since its inception. Behind this phenomenal success are two unusual yet critical aspects that ensured popularity of HP LTO4 and other LTO cartridges.
1. A Joint Initiative Instead Of A Single Player
When different companies were trying to outdo each other in the race for the ultimate data storage media, three companies chose a different path. This unique path made all the difference in magnetic tape technology.
International Business Machines (IBM), Seagate Technology and Hewlett-Packard (HP) launched a joint initiative in the year 1997. The three companies developed the open-format storage technology known as Linear Tape-Open or, in simple terms, LTO. To no small measure, this collaborative effort is definitely what has enabled great advancement of the technology since all the tech teams in the three companies combine their expertise and knowledge. For sure, the combined effort is more than what one single company can do on its own.
Right now, you may know the three technology companies behind LTO as IBM, HP and Quantum; rather than HP, IBM and Seagate. Well this is because quantum acquired Seagate in the year 2005, after announcing the purchase earlier in 2004. Actually, before this acquisition occurred the Seagate converted its tape business into Seagate Removable Storage Solutions in the year 2000. Thereafter, Seagate Storage Solutions was turned into Certance in 2003.
2. The Revolutionary Concept Of Open Format
If any company would be interested in deriving maximum profits from whatever product it produces, it would certainly not take kindly to open format technology. This open format would mean that other manufacturers and buyers would have access to such technology and the ability to produce and supply it to users. That would certainly dampen the originator company’s prospects of making maximum profits off of its product.
How have the originator companies been making money off of the open format LTO technology? Well, they do it through licensing. Basically, any company that wishes to supply LTO storage media would simply go through the originator companies’ third-party compliance verification test. This test is carried out on an annual basis to ensure that vendors’ products comply with all specifications stipulated by the originator companies.
Such licensing assures customers that wherever they acquire the storage media, it would always feature all the requisite technology specifications. You would also be able to ascertain compliance by checking for the verification trademarks found on data cartridges and tape drives.
What makes this technology even more revolutionary is the fact that, right from the onset, the originator companies set out a clearly defined roadmap elaborating future advancements of the tape technology. Any LTO user can easily tell what to expect ten or twenty years down the line and what type of LTO storage capacity and performance would be available.