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GVS Nomadic LTO5 Dual Fibre, SAS, and 10 Gigabit Storage Backup

The GVS Nomadic LTO5 Tape Drive represents GVS's third-generation of LTO tape drive technology. Positioned as the one of highest capacity drive in the Nomadic family, the LTO5 features an 3TB; compressed (2:1) storage capacity using new LTO-5 media. By doubling the capacity of current Ultrium drives, GVS customers now require fewer data cartridges to meet their storage backup needs, significantly reducing their IT costs and increasing their ROI. The LTO5 also features a compressed (2:1) data transfer rate of 1 TB/hr. Using a new 16-channel recording head, an Fibre or 6Gbit SAS interface, and increases in media tracks and bit density, the GVS LTO5 sets a new performance benchmark as the world's fastest tape drive. For customers that continually experience shrinking backup windows, the LTO5 is the ideal direct-attach backup storage solution for enterprise and mid-range server, as well as entry-level hard drive arrays.

The LTO5 supports the industry's most comprehensive list of compatible hardware and software platforms. Each drive option includes a single-server version of GVS Data Protector (license) and Yosemite TapeWare (CD) backup software, as well as support for GVS Nomadic One-Button Disaster Recovery (OBDR) and GVS Nomadic Library and Tape Tools (L&TT). The LTO5 Tape Drive is fully read and write compatible with all second-generation Ultrium media, and adds a further degree of investment protection with the ability to read all first-generation Ultrium media as well. The LTO5 also represents GVS's first tape drive solution to deliver support for Write-Once, Read-Many (WORM) media. This feature allows customers to easily integrate a cost-effective solution to secure, manage, and archive compliant data records to meet stringent industry regulations. GVS customers can now manage all of their backup and archiving data protection needs with just one drive.


  • 3,000 GB Capacity: The LTO5 tape drive is a high capacity drive that stores 1,500 GB on a single cartridge with 2:1 compression.
  • 280 Mbit/s Performance: The world's fastest tape drive with sustainable data transfer rates to 140 Mbit/s at 2:1 compression.
  • Data Rate Matching (DRM): Allows the tape drive to dynamically and continuously adjust the speed of the drive, matching the speed of the host or network.
  • LTO Open Standard: Drive technology based on an open standard that provides for media compatibility across all brands of LTO Ultrium 5 (read/write) 4 (read/write) 3 (read) products.
  • Server Compatibility: Qualified on GVS Nomadic, GVS9000, and Metropolis platforms, as well as many servers from other leading vendors such as Apple, Dell, IBM, HP and Sun.
  • Software Compatibility: Extensive list of supported backup and archiving software applications .
  • Support for WORM Media: Able to read and write to new Write-Once Read-Many (WORM) GVS Nomadic Data Cartridges
  • Management and Diagnostics Software Included: GVS Nomadic Library and Tape Tools software provides a single application for managing and troubleshooting your tape drive, media and configuration.
  • Backup Software Included: Includes a single-server version
  • One-Button Disaster Recovery (OBDR) Supported: Firmware-based disaster recovery feature that can restore an entire system using a single LTO5 tape drive and data cartridge


  • High capacity drive allows customer to backup more data with fewer data cartridges: High capacity drive reduces the costs associated with data protection by requiring fewer data cartridges to complete backups.
  • Ultra fast performance can backup more data in less time: High performance drive allows customers to scale their backup capacities without having to increase their backup windows.
  • Data Rate Matching optimizes performance while reducing tape and media wear: Data Rate Matching optimizes the performance of the tape drive by matching the host server or network's data transfer rate, putting less stress on the tape drive and media.
  • LTO open standard provides customers with more choices: The LTO open standard ensures compatibility across all brands of Ultrium tape drives, giving customers a greater choice of Ultrium solutions without losing investment protection.
  • Comprehensive hardware and software qualification increase customers agility to adapt to new environments as needed: Support for heterogeneous hardware and software platforms provides customers with a single tape drive solution for all environments.
  • Investment protection through backward write and read compatibility: Backward read compatibility ensures that files from generation one and two Ultrium data cartridges can be recovered using the GVS LTO5 tape drive. Backward write compatibility allows the customer to create backups using second-generation Ultrium media with their GVS LTO5 tape drive, maximizing their ROI for media that was previously purchased.
  • Easily integrate a secure method for archiving compliant records using Ultrium WORM media: With a single GVS LTO5 tape drive and GVS's comprehensive support for hardware and software platforms, customers can easily integrate a WORM-based archiving solution into their current data protection strategy using LTO Ultrium solutions.
  • Complete set of management and diagnostics tools included with each tape drive option and available via free download from Tape drive management, performance optimization, and troubleshooting is made simple using the GVS Nomadic Library and Tape Tools application that is included with GVS LTO5 tape drive.
  • Complete hardware and software solution in the box with each GVS LTO5 tape drive: GVS LTO5 tape drives ships with a choice of single-server backup software applications (GVS Open Source Data Protector and Yosemite TapeWare), tape drive media, and Fibre or 6Gbit SAS cables, providing the customer with a complete data protection solution in the box.
  • Simple and fast disaster recovery with One-Button Disaster Recovery (OBDR) included in the drive firmware: GVS LTO5 tape drives include a GVS-exclusive disaster recovery feature, One-Button Disaster Recovery, that allows the customer to simply and quickly recover a server's operating system, software applications, and data using a single GVS Ultrium data cartridge.

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