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HPE Ultrium 960 Tape Drives - Overview

Product description

The HPE Ultrium 960 Tape Drives is the latest generation of HPE's Ultrium tape drive family, setting new benchmarks for Ultrium capacity, performance, compatibility, and data security. The Ultrium 960 delivers a capacity of 800GB of compressed data on a single cartridge. With the storage industry's fastest data transfer rate of 160 MB/s, the Ultrium 960 is the best HPE solution for enterprise servers and small hard drive arrays, particularly where the backup window is shrinking. The Ultrium 960 tape drive is fully read and write compatible with second-generation Ultrium data cartridges, and offers a further degree of investment protection through its backward-read compatibility with first-generation Ultrium media. For IT organizations with stringent, long-term data retention requirements, the Ultrium 960's Write-Once, Read-Many (WORM) data protection feature offers a simple and secure method for archiving records as part of a compliance solution to meet the toughest of industry regulations.


Product features

Ultrium 960, Internal (Carbonite)
Ultrium 960, External (Carbonite)
Ultrium 960, Array Module (Carbonite)1
Ultrium 960 Rack-mount (Carbonite)2
Form factor
5¼-inch half-height
Media type
LTO Ultrium 3
LTO Ultrium 2
Data capacity
Native: 400 GB
Compressed (2:1 compression): 800 GB3
Data transfer rate
80 MB/s with Ultrium 3 media
30 MB/s with Ultrium 2 media
20 MB/s with Ultrium 1 media
160 MB/s with Ultrium 3 media
60 MB/s with Ultrium 2 media
40 MB/s with Ultrium 1 media
HPE Server compatibility
HPE StorageWorks Ultrium tape drives are supported on the following classes of HPE systems:
  • HPE ProLiant DL servers

  • HPE ProLiant ML servers

  • HPE Integrity servers

  • HPE 9000 servers

  • HPE AlphaServers

  • HPE workstations

HPE StorageWorks Ultrium tape drives are also supported on server platforms from third-party manufactures including:
  • Dell

  • IBM

  • Sun

  1. Offline Hot-Swap tape drive for HPE StorageWorks Tape Array 5300.
  2. Single drive installed in a 3U Rack-Mount kit.
  3. The actual data capacities are dependent on the compressibility of the data.


Software overview

OS support
  • Microsoft Windows

  • Novell NetWare

  • HP-UX

  • Tru64

  • Red Hat Linux

  • United Linux


  • Sun Solaris

Backup software support
  • HP OpenView Storage Data Protector

  • VERITAS Backup Exec

  • BrightStor ARCServe IT

  • Yosemite Technologies TapeWare IT 2000

  • Legato Networker

  • Dantz Retrospect

  • Tivoli TSM

  • NovaBackup

  • UltraBac

TapeAssure service


Link to QuickSpecs

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Legal Disclaimer: Products sold prior to the November 1, 2015 separation of Hewlett-Packard Company into Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and HP Inc. may have older product names and model numbers that differ from current models.

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