HPE LTO-8 Cartridge Supply Update

January 2019

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 16th January 2019.

At the present time, there is a global shortage of LTO-8 media that is affecting all brands, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise. As a consequence, HPE has no supply of LTO-8 media in any of its regions.

Unfortunately, HPE is not able to confirm when the current supply constraints will be lifted, although it expects that this will occur during 2019. Meanwhile, HPE continues to work hard to return availability of LTO-8 media to normal levels.

Until then, customers can continue to invest in LTO-8 drives and libraries which are available without constraint. As LTO-8 hardware is backward compatible with LTO-7 media, purchasers and existing users of LTO-8 devices have two LTO-7 media options available – e.g. in addition to LTO-8 media. They can order:

  • 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. 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 aupdate this article if there are any significant changes.

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