LTO WORM Tape – Write Once Read Many Media

LTO WORM Tape provides a Write Once Read Many formats protecting valuable data against accidental erasure and prevents alteration of archived data files. LTO WORM is available for LTO-3, LTO-4, LTO-5, LTO-6 and LTO-7 tape drives.
Sony LTO WORM tape cartridge

Why use LTO WORM?

LTO WORM tape was developed to allow organisations to store large amounts of critical data as a backup/archive job and once written these tapes could not be overwritten or tampered with. ¬†Regulatory compliance – including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and SEC Rule 17-a-4(f) — there is a need for a cost-effective storage medium that can preserve corporate data in a non-rewriteable, non-erasable and unalterable format.

Found in Generation 3, 4, 5 and 6 formats (as well as included in the roadmap for Generations 7 and 8), the LTO Program WORM implementation is designed to provide users with a very cost-effective means of storing data in a non-re-writeable format to address compliance regulations.

An LTO drive with a WORM cartridge will not erase or overwrite data on a WORM cartridge but will read or you can append to it. An LTO WORM tape is identical to a normal LTO tape cartridge except its LTO-CM chip identifies it to the drive as WORM and the servo track is slightly different to allow verification that data has not been modified, and may come with tamper proof screws. WORM-capable drives immediately recognise WORM tapes and include a unique WORM ID with every dataset written to the tape. There is nothing different about the tape medium in a WORM cartridge. Typically the LTO WORM tapes have a different colour packaging.

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Sony LTO WORM tape

LTO-7 WORM – Sony LTX3500W
LTO-6 WORM – Sony LTX2500W
LTO-5 WORM – Sony LTX1500W
LTO-4 WORM – Sony LTX800W
LTO-3 WORM – Sony LTX400W

All Sony LTO WORM tape media has a lifetime guarantee against defects. If for any reason your LTO WORM tape becomes defective Sony will send out a replacement. In addition to this if the media fault leads to data loss and it has been kept in the correct environmental conditions and used correctly Sony also provides a tape data recovery service.

Please call 01256 782030 for pricing and further information.

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