Tape storage solutions
Cyber resilient, energy-efficient tape storage with airgap and long-term retention at a lower cost than other media
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LTO 9 tape technology for the hybrid cloud

IBM LTO 9 tape storage solutions are designed with more than two decades of data protection and storage innovation. With more energy-efficient storage capacity than ever before, they provide high levels of confidence that your data is safe, secure and protected against cyber threats.

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Preserve, protect and secure your data Expansive functionality

Full range of tape storage capabilities including drives, autoloaders, libraries, virtual tape systems, and IBM Spectrum® Archive software.

Powerful data protection

Simple, cost-effective tape-based data storage technology is virtually impervious to cyberattacks and is already in your data center.

Sustainable technology

Tape combines long product lifecycles with low embedded and operational carbon
footprint to support your sustainability initiatives.

Air-gapped infrastructure

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


IBM TS7770 virtual tape family

Improve storage economics and data security in mission-critical hybrid cloud environments.

  • Supports logical volume and/or object store data
  • Seamless hybrid cloud integration with cloud-based disaster recovery for tape
  • 100% data encryption across the 8-cluster grid
  • Smaller footprint in the data center
  • 3.94 PB maximum native capacity per library
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IBM LTO® tape drives with air-gapped technology

IBM full-high tape drives

Offers 18 TB maximum format capacity (native). Other format capacities (native) are 12 TB (LTO-8). Provides 400 MB/s native data rate drive performance.

IBM half-high tape drives

Offers 18 TB maximum format capacity (native). Other format capacities (native) are 12 TB (LTO-8). Provides 350 MB/s native data rate drive performance.

IBM TS1100 tape drives, air-gap with increased capacity

IBM TS1160 tape drive

Offers 20 TB (JE), 15 TB (JD) maximum format capacity (native). Other format capacities (native) are 10 TB (JD), 7 TB (JC). Provides 400 MB/s native data rate drive performance. Includes FC-16 Gb, ethernet 10Gb, or SAS 12Gb interface attachment.

IBM TS1150 tape drive

Offers 10 TB (JD), 7 TB (JC) maximum format capacity (native). Other format capacities (native) are 4 TB (JC). Provides 360 MB/s native data rate drive performance.

IBM tape portfolio, protect data and reduce storage costs

IBM Diamondback tape library

Preserve and protect your data with sustainable, cyber-resilient, ultra-high-density tape storage. Offers a maximum capacity of 27.8 PB uncompressed with LTO 9. The drive type is LTO FH. Maximum number of drives is 14.

IBM TS4500 tape library

Offers a maximum capacity of 417 PB with LTO 9 and 351 PB with TS1160 . The drive types are LTO and/or TS1100. Maximum number of drives is 128.

IBM TS4300 tape library

Offers a maximum capacity of 5.4 PB with LTO 9. The drive types are LTO FH and HH. Maximum number of drives is 21.

IBM TS2900 tape autoloader

Offers a maximum capacity of 162 TB with LTO-8. The drive types are LTO HH and SAS. Maximum number of drives is 1.

IBM TS7226 multimedia enclosure

Deploy up to four storage devices in a 1U space in a 19-inch rack. Enable the performance and capacity enhancements of half-high Linear Tape-Open (LTO)® Ultrium®, DVD-RAM or removable disk drives.

Storage media

Superior quality tape media, designed to preserve your storage at the lowest possible cost.

Tape management software

Optimize archival costs with physical air gap protection and an intuitive management
system. Get direct, graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries.
IBM Spectrum® Archive makes tape storage as easy as disk storage by incorporating
the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format standard for reading, writing and exchanging

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Case studies

IBM tape storage case studies Bradesco

The second-largest bank in Brazil creates a new way of banking, focused on consumers
and their need for always-on, mobile services supported with an innovative, reliable and secure storage platform.

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Amsterdam UMC

This medical center accelerated data migrations by 99% , streamlined governance and simplified backups by migrating to a centralized storage platform based on IBM Spectrum Storage solutions.

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Government of Puerto Rico

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Department of the Treasury of Puerto Rico
deploys a continuous availability solution to maximize uptime and resume operations
quickly if disaster strikes.

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Tape goes high speed

Tests confirm the advantages of combining tape, flash and software-defined storage in a single, low-cost solution.

Tape evolves to LTO 9

Learn how Recommended Access Order (RAO) in LTO enhances tape performance and increases capacity to help you respond to your storage needs.

Breakthrough in hyperscale data storage

New IBM, FUJIFILM Corporation prototype breaks world record, delivers record 27X more areal density than today’s tape drives.

Safe, cost-effective tape storage

Get the cost-effective capacity, security and scalability to help satisfy your data storage requirements in the exabyte era.

Tape goes to the movies

Solve your media and entertainment storage challenges with IBM tape and IBM Spectrum Archive.

Tape and storage management platforms

Learn how IBM tape storage delivers secure, cost-effective content storage management for digital media with our media partners.

IBM Storage Expert Care for IBM TS7700

IBM Storage Expert Care offers a simplified, standardized approach to service and support for select IBM Storage systems, helping optimize system availability and reduce costs.

Technology lifecycle services for IBM Storage

IBM provides support and services for IBM Storage products and solutions to help clients plan, deploy, support, optimize and refresh their IBM Storage solutions.

Next steps

Talk with an expert to discover how scalable, secure and energy-efficient tape storage can benefit your organization.