Lenovo LTO Generation 8 (LTO8) Internal SAS Tape DriveProduct Guide
The ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Generation 8 (Gen8) SAS Tape Drive is a high-performance, high-capacity data-storage device that is designed to back up and restore open-systems applications. It offers native storage capacity of 12 TB per cartridge (30 TB at 2.5:1 compression) and a maximum native data transfer rate of up to 300 MBps (500 MBps compressed). This enterprise data protection offering has a 5.25” half-height internal form factor for integration into ThinkSystem servers.
This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the LTO8 SAS tape drive offerings and their key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about LTO8 SAS tape drive offerings and consider their use in IT solutions.
Changes in the September 8 update:
- Added SE350, SR635 and SR655 to the server table - Server support section
The ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Generation 8 (LTO8) SAS Tape Drive is a high-performance, high-capacity data-storage device that is designed to back up and restore open-systems applications. It offers native storage capacity of 12 TB per cartridge (30 TB at 2.5:1 compression) and a maximum native data transfer rate of up to 300 MBps (500 MBps compressed). This enterprise data protection offering has a 5.25” half-height internal form factor for integration into ThinkSystem servers.
Figure 1 shows the ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen8 SAS Tape Drive.
Figure 1. ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen8 SAS Tape Drive
Did you know?
LTO Generation 8 tape drives can read and write prior generation LTO7 cartridges. Note, however, that it cannot read from or write to LTO6 or earlier cartridges.
Part number information
The following table lists the ordering part numbers and feature codes.
|Part number||Feature code||Description|
|4T27A10727||B4BM||ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen8 SAS Tape Drive|
|4TP7A09619||B4BN||ThinkSystem LTO Gen8 12TB Tape|
The tape drive option part number 4T27A10727 includes these items:
- 5.25-inch internal tape drive
- 12Gb SAS cable for internal tape connectivity
- Power cable
- Cleaning cartridge
The LTO Generation 8 Tape Drive is a high-performance, high-capacity tape drive. The drive records data using a linear serpentine recording format on half-inch tape housed within a cartridge. The data tracks are located using preformatted servo tracks.
Features of the ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen8 SAS Tape Drive include:
LTO8 can store twice as much data (12000 GB) to an LTO-type tape cartridge as the LTO7 drive (6000 GB), without compression. LTO8 can also read and write LTO7 cartridges, and thus can interchange data with LTO7 tape drives.
Note: the LTO8 drive cannot read from or write to LTO6 cartridges.
- Increased recording density
The Ultrium 8 drive uses a new data cartridge that externally has the same physical dimensions as previous LTO cartridges, however the linear recording density is 1.86x higher that LTO7. Like the LTO7 cartridge, uses Barium Ferrite (BaFe) magnetic particles for increased storage capacity of cartridges.
- Write once, read many (WORM) support
LTO8 tape drives and support write once, read many (WORM) cartridges to help protect your data. With WORM cartridges you can store vital data in a non-erasable, non-rewritable format. The WORM cartridge types are geometrically identical to the R/W cartridge, and use the same rewritable media, however, mechanical and electronic features of the cartridge are different for WORM cartridge types, preventing the cartridge from being re-recorded.
The LTO8 drive features hardware-based AES-256 data encryption capabilities which can securely store data to help ensure compliancy with data security, information disclosure, and privacy regulations for data at rest.
- Operator panel
The LTO8 tape drive has a front operator panel comprised of a status LED indicator, an Encryption active LED indicator, an unload push button, and a single-character display. The single-character display indicates errors and communicates messages, such as requests for a cleaning tapes. The display is also used by the operator for diagnostic and maintenance functions.
- SAS connection
The tape drive supports a 6 Gb or 12 Gb SAS connection using a SFF-8482 connection.
Specifications for the LTO8 Internal SAS Tape Drive are as follows:
- 6 Gbps SAS host interface
- Native storage capacity of 12 TB per cartridge (30 TB at 2.5:1 compression)
- Maximum native data transfer rate of up to 300 MBps, 500 MBps compressed
- Burst data transfer rate of up to 600 MBps
- 1024 MB read-and-write cache
- Support for encryption on Ultrium 8 and Ultrium 7 tape cartridges
- AES-256 standards based strong symmetric data encryption with GCM formatting
- T10 Defined encryption capabilities for application-managed encryption (AME) and out-of-band encryption
- IBM Proprietary Protocol AME and transparent encryption
- Single-character display (SCD) operator panel
The following table lists the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.
|Description and part number||E||1S Intel||2S Intel||AMD||4S Intel||Dense/ Blade|
SE350 (7Z46 / 7D1X)
SR635 (7Y98 / 7Y99)
SR655 (7Y00 / 7Z01)
|ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen8 SAS Tape Drive, 4T27A10727||N||Y||Y||N||N||Y||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N|
The following table lists the host bus adapters that are supported with the tape drive.
|Part number||Feature code||Description|
|7Y37A01088||AUNL||ThinkSystem 430-8i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA|
|7Y37A01089||AUNM||ThinkSystem 430-16i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA|
The following figure shows the front panel of the tape drive.
Figure 2. Front panel
The single-character display presents a single-character code for error conditions and informational messages. When the drive is in maintenance mode, the display shows diagnostic or maintenance functions. The SCD dot is off during normal operations; it is used only while the drive is in maintenance mode.
Supported software products
The tape drive supports the following software products:
- NetVault Backup
- ARCServe Backup
- Networker Backup and Recovery (Does not support removable disk)
- Backup Exec
- Tivoli Storage Manager
- Yosemite Server Backup
- Built-in backup functionality of supported operating system (native backup)
Supported operating systems
The following table lists the supported operating systems for the tape drive:
Tip: These tables are automatically generated based on data from Lenovo ServerProven.
Not supported in guest OSes: The LTO tape drives are supported when attached and run from host operating systems, however, in virtualization environments (for example, Hyper-V, Xen), the tape drives are not supported in the guest operating systems.
ST550 (Gen 2)
ST550 (Gen 1)
|Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2||N||N||N||Y|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2016||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10||N||N||N||Y|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9||N||N||N||Y|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3||N||N||N||Y|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4||N||N||N||Y|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5||Y||Y||N||Y|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6||N||N||Y||Y|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4||N||N||N||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 with Xen||N||N||N||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2||N||N||N||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 with Xen||N||N||N||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3||Y||N||N||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 with Xen||Y||N||N||N|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4||N||N||Y||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 with Xen||N||N||Y||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 with Xen||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15||Y||N||Y||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 with Xen||Y||N||Y||N|
|VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.0 U3||N||N||N||Y|
|VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5||N||N||N||Y|
|VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U1||N||N||N||Y|
|VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U2||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U3||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7||Y||N||N||Y|
|VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U1||N||N||Y||Y|
|VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U2||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U3||Y||Y||Y||Y|
Physical specifications of the tape drive are as follows:
- Height: 39 mm (1.5 in.)
- Width: 146 mm (5.8 in.)
- Depth: 210 mm (8.3 in.)
- Weight: 3.2 kg (7.0 lb)
Shipping dimensions (approximate) are as follows:
- Height: 69 mm (2.7 in)
- Width: 176 mm (6.9 in)
- Depth: 240 mm (9.5 in)
- Weight: 3.8 kg (8.3 lb)
The tape drive is supported in the following environment:
- 10° to 40°C (50° to 104°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
- 10° to 40°C (50° to 104°F) at 3048 m (10,000 ft)
- Relative humidity: 20% to 80% (noncondensing)
- Maximum altitude: 12,192 m (40,000 ft)
The ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen8 SAS Tape Drive has a one-year limited warranty. When installed in a supported server, the tape drive inherits the server's base warranty and any warranty upgrade.
The LTO cartridges are considered consumable media and are not covered by the product warranty.
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