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Next generation LTO 9 tape technology for the hybrid cloud

Building on the confidence of more than two decades of data protection and storage innovation, IBM LTO 9 solutions offers end users more energy-efficient storage capacity than ever with high levels of confidence that their data is safe, secured and protected against cyber threats.

Hybrid clouds will rely on magnetic tape for decades to come

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Why IBM tape media?

Tape is the optimal media for storage of cold data. IBM tape media solutions are designed to help reduce your costs while providing you with the assurance that your data is safe and secure.

With 65 years of tape storage innovation, IBM continually raises the bar on protecting your data. IBM extensively tests tape media on IBM tape drives and libraries to drive manufacturing and quality improvements. You gain peace of mind in sourcing media from a trusted, time-proven tape technology leader.

IBM tape media


Lower cost archiving

Easily replace Tier 2 and Tier 3 disks to reduce the costs of power, cooling, floor space and administration in tiered infrastructures.

Air-gapped cyber resilient infrastructure

Eliminate the ransomware cycle of infection and re-infection by creating a data copy essentially impossible for hackers to corrupt.

Powerful data protection

Discover how tape-based data storage is a simple, inexpensive technology that is virtually impervious to cyberattacks and is already in your data center.

Products designed to prolong tape media life

IBM LTO 9 Ultrium Data Cartridge

Delivers 18 TB native capacity and up to 45 TB of compressed capacity, with double the storage capacity of previous generations, for significantly greater efficiency, performance and long-term data preservation and access.

IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Type E

Delivers the advanced durability, quality and innovation that you expect from IBM. Protects your investment by supporting media re-use, which enables the drive to reformat and upgrade prior-generation media cartridges.

Enterprise storage media

IBM 3592 Tape Cartridge

Designed to help the enterprise data center satisfy increasing demands for data retention, security and availability while working with reduced budgets.

IBM 3592 tape cartridges support media re-use by enabling the drive to reformat and upgrade prior generation media cartridges.

Midrange storage media

IBM LTO 9 Data Cartridge

Delivers 18 TB native capacity and up to 45 TB of compressed capacity.

IBM LTO 8 Data Cartridge

Delivers 12 TB native capacity and up to 30 TB of compressed capacity.

IBM LTO 7 Data Cartridge

Delivers 6 TB native capacity and up to 15 TB of compressed capacity.

IBM LTO 6 Data Cartridge

Delivers 2.5 TB native capacity and up to 6.25 TB of compressed capacity.

Warranty support

For warranty support on IBM-branded media:

United States and Canada only:  Please complete this form

Outside the United States and Canada: Contact the nearest IBM media authorized distributor.

IBM Media authorized distributors


Accutech Data Supplies Inc (this link resides outside of

Dexxxon Digital Storage Inc (this link resides outside of


E-Globaledge Corporation (this link resides outside of

Europe/Middle East/Africa

Dexxon Groupe (this link resides outside of

Sinus Gesellschaft (this link resides outside of

Wellow Business Services (this link resides outside of

Note: If the library isn’t able to copy the data off onto another cartridge, then call an IBM ServiceRep to request the cartridge be sent off for data recovery.


IBM Tape library guide

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ISV matrix

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Tape drives

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Tape libraries and automation

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