August 7, 2006 Timothy Prickett Morgan
The Linear Tape Open (LTO) tape format created by IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Seagate Technology shows just how powerful a standard can be. Developed in the late 1990s and commercialized beginning in 2000, LTO has just about taken over the midrange tape drive and tape library markets.
How strong is LTO? Well, ExabyteSony’s 8mm AIT tape drives for video cameras to data centers and made buckets of dough in the late 1980s and through the 1990s, has put itself on the auction block after its founder, Juan Rodriguez, resigned. And while the modern VXA implementation of Exabyte’s technology