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UNITEX launches USB3.0 connected LTO7 tape drive

Building on the proven success of their LTO5 and LTO6 USB connected tape drive solutions UNITEX have launched the LT70, a USB3.0 connected LTO7 tape drive offering a massive 6TB native data capacity (15TB with 2.5:1 compression) when using LTO7 tape media. LTO7 incorporates backward LTO compatibility and will read and write LTO6 media and read only LTO5 tape media. LT70 comes bundled with the UNITEX LTFS3000 software providing a simple user interface utilising the industry standard LTFS (Linear Tape File System) format and functionality ensuring it is easier than ever to backup/archive/share data across multiple machines and platforms. UNITEX LTO USB3.0 tape drives when utilised with LTFS provide for; • the LTO tape to be presented as an extension of the operating system file structure so anyone can seamlessly manage files on LTO tape similar to the way they would manage any other USB connected storage device. • familiar file access, copy, paste and drag and drop functionality. • the seamless exchange of data across multiple machines and operating systems i.e. Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. LT70 is also available as a USB3.0 and SAS interface hybrid further enhancing its versatility and performance. A variety of applications As well as supporting business by freeing up expensive laptop/PC/server disk/flash storage through data archiving and/or part of a disaster recovery strategy LTO/LTFS has particular relevance and benefit to the following industry specific challenges;

Media & Entertainment The switch to digital recording and higher picture resolution within film and television has driven demand for more reliable, efficient and cost effective storage and archiving solutions. LTO/LTFS benefit; • Cost-effective storage solution for large volumes of data • Simple, highly flexible exchange and data transfer with service providers and other departments without being bound to specific hardware. • Reliable storage for long-term archiving. Video Surveillance The increasing adoption of digital CCTV surveillance systems offering high definition, high capture rates combined with expected retention periods is driving up the cost of storage. LTO/LTFS benefit; • Cost-effective, scalable solution for increasing primary site storage. Facilitates off-line, off-site archival storage • Flexibility and mobility: Access to data is possible from different platforms • Encryption and WORM protect data from unauthorized access and accidental deletion of records Healthcare The healthcare sector is collecting ever more patient data and holding it electronically. This includes X-rays, CT, MRI, MAMMO, Cardiology and other types of electronic patient imagery that is difficult to deduplicate on disk and therefore takes up a large amount of storage space. LTO/LTFS benefit; • Reliable storage solution for large volumes of data • Significant reduction of IT budgets • Encryption and WORM facilitates a high level of security and data protection for sensitive information Big Data Although the exact definition of “Big Data”’ varies, as a rule, the focus is on the challenges that arise for companies and organisations due to the constantly increasing flow of unstructured data. This data must continue to meet the technical, and any compliance, requirements in terms of availability, flexibility and data protection. LTO/LTFS benefit; • Scalable network data storage solution that simply grows (by adding more tapes) with increasing data volumes. • Meets integrity and compliance demands for archiving • Significant cost advantages compared to disk-based storage solutions.

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