OWC Mercury Pro LTO
OWC Mercury Pro LTO
Or up 45TB compressed
Tape storage lasts 30+ years
- Thunderbolt 3
- 2.5/3.5-inch universal drive bay
- LTO Tape Drive
- DisplayPort 1.4
- Mac & Windows
Thunderbolt (USB-C) LTO Archiving Solution
- Instant ROI: offers a 577% ROI with up to 55% lower costs vs HDD storage
- Store More: up to 18TB native, up to 45TB1 compressed storage capacity per tape cartridge
- Flexible: built-in IBM LTO-7, LTO-8, or LTO-9 drive options
- Store Longer: 30+ years tape longevity
- LTFS Compatible: archive files/folders with drag and drop ease
- Compliance Ready: supports WORM cartridges required by legal and regulatory record keeping
- Fast Tape Creation: up to 300MB/s native / 750MB/s1 compressed transfer rates
- Compatible: Works with industry-leading archiving and management software
LTO-7 Solutions with ArGest Backup software
Includes software, LTO-7 Tape (6TB/15TB) & Cleaning Cartridge
Includes LTO-7 Tape (6TB/15TB) & Cleaning Cartridge
LTO-8 Solutions with ArGest Backup software
Includes software, LTO-8 Tape (12TB/30TB) & Cleaning Cartridge
Includes LTO-8 Tape (12TB/30TB) & Cleaning Cartridge
LTO-9 Solutions with ArGest Backup software
Includes software, LTO-9 Tape (18TB/45TB) & Cleaning Cartridge
Includes LTO-9 Tape (18TB/45TB) & Cleaning Cartridge
Add more storage tapes & cleaning cartridges
Preserve Huge Volumes of Data
M&E professionals, corporations, government branches, and small businesses are all facing the same challenge: how to manage an ever-increasing amount of more complex data. Higher resolution, complex audio, and diverse formats are the project norm. Organizational content is projected to grow 50-70% annually as more data is digitalized. Licensing, regulatory, and compliance requirements are becoming more stringent.
The OWC Mercury Pro LTO is the answer to this challenge. This easily integrated tape backup and archiving solution is a mission-critical requirement for protecting and preserving huge volumes of data for longer periods with familiar drag-and-drop operation, and better economies of scale than disk-based storage. Ruggedly small with a built-in handle, the Mercury Pro LTO is able to go on-set or move among studio, department, or office computers for a shared data protection solution.
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Add up to a 16TB SSD in the universal 2.5/3.5-inch drive expansion bay
Utilize the second Thunderbolt (USB-C) port2 to add up to five additional Thunderbolt devices, or your choice of a USB-C or DisplayPort device
DisplayPort 1.4 for connecting up to an 8K display3
Charge While Working
85W of notebook charging
Compact form factor with built in handles for moving between set and studio
Includes LTO data tape, cleaning tape, and Thunderbolt cable
Up to 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty with expert support4
Archiving Made Drag & Drop Easy
There’s a priceless convenience of familiarity in using the OWC Mercury Pro LTO to protect your data. By using archiving industry standard Linear Tape Open (LTO) tapes formatted with the Linear Tape File System (LTFS), the tapes can be accessed on your computer just like a hard drive or SSD. Files appear in folders and moving them to/retrieving them from tape is drag and drop easy. And compatibility has never been more simple…thanks to LTFS, LTO tapes can be read from a system running macOS, Windows, or Linux, so there’s no extra software to buy or proprietary hardware concerns.
Advanced Yet Future-Ready
Because LTFS is an open, cross-platform system, and LTO tape is the dominant archiving medium that has continued to advance since being introduced in 2000, you can be confident knowing you'll be able to access your data with any brand of LTO hardware for decades to come. The Mercury Pro LTO uses the latest LTO-7, LTO-8, or LTO-9 tapes.
Experience up to 55% Lower TCO
Compared to using hard drives for archival storage, the OWC Mercury Pro LTO offers an instant ROI, and pays for itself in no time by continually and dramatically lowering project and production costs.
ROI Comparison - HDD vs. LTO
A Tale of the Tape: 120TB of Project Data
Consider these examples:
- Storing 120TB of project data on 10 x 12TB HDDs at $300 per drive would cost $3,000, while storing the same data on 10 x 12TB LTO-8 tapes at $135 per tape would only cost $1,350. That's a savings of 55% vs. the HDD solution!
- Storing 120TB of project data on 20 x 6TB HDDs at $120 per drive would cost $2,400, while storing the same data on 10 x 6TB LTO-7 tapes at $56 per tape would only cost $1,120. That's a real-world savings of 53% vs. the HDD solution!
Expected Lifespan of Storage in Years
A 10-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Study performed by the Enterprise Strategy Group comparing the costs of long-term storage on disk, LTO tape, and cloud had a staggering revelation. It concluded that LTO tape-based archiving offers a 577% ROI — the highest among all media types!! That’s because LTO-tape offers the lowest cost per TB storage format combined with the longest life expectancy among all storage options.
Lifespan Comparison - HDD vs. Optical Media vs. SSD vs. LTO
Unpowered HDDs have a lifespan of about 7 years. The lifespan of optical media, like CDs and DVDs is around 10 years. The lifespan of SSDs is also around 10 years. By comparison, LTO tapes can last 30+ years – 3 to 4 times longer than these alternative storage formats.
Meets Stringent Regulations
Whether you need to keep sensitive data secure during transportation, or ensure irreplaceable data will be archive protected, the OWC Mercury Pro LTO enables healthcare, financial, and related industries to meet strict legal and regulatory procedures for data confidentiality and integrity. By using a WORM (Write Once, Read Many) LTO tape, you can store your data in a non-erasable, non-rewritable format to prevent accidental overwrite or malicious data alteration.
The Perfect Solution for A Variety of Industries
LTO Tape archiving is used by a wide variety of industries for diverse needs:
- Anyone seeking offsite data storage that is separated from the read/write host.
- Businesses desiring database and content backup protection against ransomware, cyber-attacks, and operations disruption due to natural disasters.
- Local, State, and Federal Government agencies with ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) workflows; videos and files related to law/ordinance passage and day-to-day operations.
- Healthcare providers and organizations with medical records and imaging data.
- Educational institutions needing to keep a myriad of data, including research, produced by students, teachers, and professors accessibly protected while freeing up more costly storage options for short term use and backup.
- Video surveillance operations with increasing number of higher resolution color cameras.
- Motion picture industry production companies needing to meet bondable and insurable archive requirements.
- Digital media companies freeing up production disk capacity to shorten production windows by reusing and editing existing footage for new productions.
Simple Workflow Integration and Expansion
The Mercury Pro LTO enables you to archive data seamlessly in your workflow via the included Thunderbolt cable connected to your Mac or PC. You can also optionally enhance your workflow by:
- Adding up to a 16TB SSD to the 2.5/3.5-inch drive expansion bay for extra storage and backup capacity.
- Connecting a USB 3.0, USB-C, or Thunderbolt (USB-C) device to the Mercury Pro LTO’s second Thunderbolt port for added functionalities.
- Adding a second display with up to 8K resolution via the DisplayPort 1.4 interface.
- Keeping your notebook charged with the 85W Thunderbolt port.
Available with ArGest Backup Software
OWC’s ArGest Backup makes it easy to manage LTO-based backups and archival with Drag and Drop ease of use and Enterprise-class reliability. Supporting both the ultra-reliable BRU archival format as well as the LTFS bulk data transport format, ArGest Backup provides the best solution for both long-term backup and archival as well as the LTFS data transfer format.
Already Have a Favorite Archiving Software?
Mercury Pro LTO works with other industry leading archiving and management software including: Pomfort Silverstack XT, Hedge Canister, YoYotta LTFS, XenData6 Workstation, Archiware P5, and more.
Use Case Spotlight:
Netflix Data Management Requirements
LTO solutions like the Mercury Pro LTO have become a workflow requirement for production companies like Netflix, which employing a 3:2:1 rule to safeguard OCF (original camera footage), provide off-site backup, and fulfill long-term archiving of series and films.
In every “rule,” Netflix lists LTO tapes as an acceptable archival format, and a critical component in meeting their partner data management requirements.
Completes the OWC Solution
Thanks to the OWC Mercury Pro LTO, OWC now offers the film industry, corporations, government branches, and even small businesses a trustworthy “ingest to archive” single source. With portable data capture options like the ThunderBlade, Express 4M2, and Envoy Pro Elektron; desktop options like the ThunderBay line-up; and internal drive options like the Accelsior 4M2 and Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 2.5-inch SSD, OWC is the one project source that does it all for all those that create data.
Thunderbolt Made Easy
We make it easy to choose the right gear. Our Thunderbolt Certified products offer the same performance and functionality whether they are Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4. And if you’re rocking a beloved Thunderbolt 2 machine, we offer an adapter so you can plug into our universe of award-winning solutions. No hassles, no confusion. That’s the OWC Difference.
Apple Mac models with Thunderbolt 2/Thunderbolt ports can be connected using an Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter and a Thunderbolt 2 cable (available separately). This configuration provides data transfer at up to 20Gb/s but does not support notebook charging.
Stabilize Thunderbolt and USB-C Cables with OWC ClingOn
Active workspaces expose gear to bumps, shoves, or even the random tail wag from a pet. OWC ClingOn custom cable stabilizers (sold separately) screw into the OWC Mercury Pro LTO’s housing to reduce – if not completely eliminate – cable strain on Thunderbolt and USB-C connections so you can work with confidence even in the highest traffic environments.
Certified for Demanding Use
We understand having confidence in gear reliability is paramount to creative professionals. That’s why every Mercury Pro LTO solution undergoes a multi-step performance certification prior to shipping. This ensures your archiving solution arrives operating properly and immediately ready for demanding use.
OWC Thunderbolt Cable Included
OWC Mercury Pro LTO solutions come with a certified 0.7 meter OWC Thunderbolt Cable. But if your workflow demands a different length to make the connection, OWC Thunderbolt (USB-C) Cables are the perfect choice.
OWC, Trusted by Pros & Enthusiasts the World Over
We build our hardware to the highest standards of reliability and performance. Because 100% reliability is always the goal, we rigorously quality test and back our hardware with a 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty and award-winning customer support.Learn More
- LTO-9 tapes can store up to 18TB native / 45TB compressed per tape with 2.5:1 data compression. LTO-8 tapes can store up to 12TB native / 30TB compressed per tape. LTO-7 tapes can store up to 6TB native / 15TB compressed per tape. Transfer rates up to 300MB/s native / 750MB/s compressed.
- Thunderbolt 2/Thunderbolt compatibility requires a certified Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 (mDP) adapter and a Thunderbolt 2 cable (available separately). This configuration provides data transfer at up to 20Gb/s but does not support notebook charging.
- Full DisplayPort 1.4 capabilities depends on host computer support of DisplayPort 1.4 specification through its Thunderbolt connection, host computer GPU capabilities, and connecting cable capabilities.
- Do not allow host system to sleep or close lid of notebook system when connected to a powered-on Mercury Pro LTO. Failure to disable or prevent system sleep mode may create excessive heat and void LTO drive warranty. See documentation included with product for additional details.