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HPE LTO-8 Cartridge Supply Update (August 19)

Written on: Aug 21, 2019 9:15:00 AM

Written by: Alex Raben



HPE LTO-8 Ultrium Data Cartridge Supply Public Update
Situation Outline

The purpose of this statement is to inform customers about supply levels for LTO-8 Ultrium media products as of 21st August 2019 (previously created 16th January 2019). HPE ordering systems are now open again allowing HPE LTO-8 media orders to be placed. Shipments of HPE LTO-8 Ultrium media products expected to recommence in September 2019, with the intent to initially fulfill the backlog of existing orders, before returning to normal supply levels in Q4 CY19.

If media is needed for LTO-8 drives now, LTO-7 or LTO-7 Type M media alternatives can be purchased instead:

  • LTO-7 15 TB data cartridges (HPE C7977A~) or
  • LTO-7 Type M 22.5 TB data cartridges (HPE Q2078M~)

LTO-7 Type M is a new LTO-8 feature, enabling an LTO-8 drive in a tape library to write 9 TB native on a cartridge originally manufactured as LTO-7 Ultrium media. Such a cartridge is called an LTO-7 Type M cartridge. Type M cartridges are identified by using an automation bar code label ending with the last two characters “M8”. LTO-7 Type M cartridges represent the most cost-effective and high capacity option for new and existing LTO-8 device users at this moment.

For more information about LTO-7 Type M, please learn more about this media in the COOLSPIRiT article

Products Discussed In This Statement
  • Q2078A HPE LTO-8 Ultrium 30 TB RW Data Cartridge (and variant options – Q2078 AB/AC/AD/AH/AL/AN + WORM [W/WL]) 
  • C7977A HPE LTO-7 Ultrium 15 TB RW Data Cartridge (and variant options – C7977 AB/AC/AD/AH/AL/AN + WORM [W/WL])
  • Q2078ML HPE LTO-7 Ultrium Type M 22.5 TB Custom Labeled with Cases (and variant options Q2078 MC/MN)

If you have questions relating to this announcement, please contact your COOLSPIRiT Account Manager, or submit a query here.

With HPE, COOLSPIRiT will continue to monitor the situation and update this article if there are any significant changes.

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