Mercury Pro LTO by OWC offers future proof Thunderbolt 3 LTO-8 archiving

in General Discussion edited September 2020
The Mercury Pro LTO is a Thunderbolt 3 integrated tape backup and archiving solution that offers 12TB of uncompressed storage per LTO-8 tape for up to 30-year archival storage.

OWC Mercury Pro LTO archiving solution

The Mercury Pro LTO provides top end performance data integrity and utilizes industry standard Thunderbolt 3 and future Thunderbolt 4 equipped computers. Utilize the latest 12TB LTO-8 tapes, previous-generation 6TB LTO-7 tapes, and even the future release LTO-9 drives.

The Linear Tape-Open (LTO) tapes are 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 as simple as dragging and dropping files.

Features and Specs

  • 12TB per tape or 30TB when the data is compressed
  • Uses IBM-LTO-8 Ultrium Drive
  • 30-year tape longevity
  • LTFS compatible
  • Supports AES 256-bit encryption
  • Supports WORM cartridges
  • Tape creation speeds up to 360MB/s transfer rates
  • Add an optional 2.5/3.5-inch HDD or SSD for up to 16TB
  • Second Thunderbolt 3 port for adding up to five additional Thunderbolt devices
  • DisplayPort 1.4 supports up to an 8K display
  • Charges connected laptops at 85W
  • Built in handles for easy transport
OWC says that the 10-year total cost of ownership of LTO tape-based archiving provides 577% ROI. This is due to a cheaper cost per terabyte and long life expectancy of stored data.

Where to buy

Customers can configure the drive with 10TB, 12TB, and 16TB HDD; 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB SSD; or order the drive without a staging drive. The Mercury Pro LTO is available to order now from for $4,499 and includes the myLTO software, LTO-8 tape and cleaning cartridge.
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