The Mercury Pro LTO

OWC’s Mercury Pro LTO simplifies archiving and storage for today’s data intensive applications

OWC has released the Mercury Pro LTO for data management/storage/transportation/archiving.

For organisations looking to manage complex data created by higher resolution, complex audio, and diverse formats the Mercury Pro LTO uses industry standard Thunderbolt (Type-C) providing plug and play ease on Thunderbolt 3 and future Thunderbolt 4 equipped computers.Archiving Made Drag and Drop Easy
Using Linear Tape-Open (LTO) tapes formatted with the Linear Tape File System (LTFS), the tape can be accessed on your computer just like a hard drive or SSD. Files appear in folders and moving them to and retrieving them from tape is drag and drop easy. And compatibility has is simplified by the LTFS, LTO tapes can read from a Mac, PC, or Linux system, so there’s no extra software to buy or proprietary hardware concerns.Advanced Yet Future-Ready
The Mercury Pro LTO uses the latest 12TB LTO-8 tapes, the previous generation 6TB LTO-7 tapes, and is designed to use future release LTO-9 drives.

  • Highlights
    Store more: up to 12TB native/30TB1 compressed storage capacity per tape cartridge
    Flexible: built-in IBM-LTO-8 Ultrium Drive reads and writes LTO-8 and LTO-7 tapes
    Store longer: up to 30-year tape longevity
    Instant ROI: Lowest cost storage format; as low as $0.02/GB and up to 50x less costly than online storage
    LTFS compatible: archive files/folders with drag and drop ease
    Simple interface: mount, format, and backup to an LTO tape and hard drive simultaneously via included myLTO app
    Secure: supports AES 256-bit encryption for sensitive data
    Compliance ready: supports WORM cartridges required by legal/regulatory record keeping
    Fast tape creation: up to 360MB/s native/900MB/s1 compressed transfer rates
    Configurable drive bay: add an optional 2.5/3.5-inch HDD or SSD for up to 16TB ‘staging’ capacity
    Expansive: second Thunderbolt 3 port for adding up to five additional Thunderbolt devices or your choice of a USB-C or DisplayPort device
    See more: DisplayPort 1.4 for connecting up to an 8K display2
    Charge while working: 85W of notebook charging
    Transportable: Compact form factor with built-in handles for moving between set and studio
    Complete: Includes LTO-8 12TB data tape, cleaning cartridge, and Thunderbolt cable
    Worry-free: up to 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty with lifetime US-based support

According to research conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group comparing the costs of long-term storage on disk, LTO tape, and cloud: LTO tape-based archiving provides a 577% ROI! That’s because LTO-tape offers the lowest cost per TB storage format and the longest life expectancy.

The myLTO software makes the OWC Mercury Pro LTO an easy and reliable solution is the included myLTO application from Imagine Products, Inc.. Through its simple drag-and-drop interface, myLTO gives you powerful archive options like queuing multiple copies with copy verification notification. You can also create customized reports with thumbnails and metadata to locate files after archival quickly. Fast and safe, myLTO uses checksum technology for guaranteed accuracy throughout the copy process.


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