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More good news for tape storage with LTFS: HP StoreOpen for automation environments

By Laura Loredo, HP Worldwide Marketing Product Manager


Maybe you’ve heard some of the industry buzz around our LTO-5 Ultrium Tape Drive and its Linear Tape File System (LTFS) feature?


As if the LTO-5 Ultrium 3TB compressed capacity per tape and 280MB/s transfer rate were not enough, industry commentators have described the addition of LTFS as ‘’mold-breaking innovation” [1] that delivers “the most significant innovation in tape since the launch of LTO Ultrium itself.” [2]


From early on, HP LTO-5 Ultrium Tape Drives featured HP LTFS functionality. Now here’s some great news: You can take advantage of HP LTFS in automation environments with HP StoreOpen Automation. This works when using any HP Autoloaders or HP MSL Tape Libraries that feature HP LTO-5 Ultrium Tape Drives.


Want more great news? Unlike competing solutions, HP StoreOpen Automation is available as a free download.


How HP StoreOpen Automation works

HP LTFS for HP Tape Libraries is available as a free download and extends the LTFS capability from a single HP LTO-5 Ultrium drive to HP Autoloaders and HP MSL Tape Libraries.  Simply mount the tape autoloader or library as a file system, and the intuitive HP StoreOpen Automation interface makes it easier to copy, rename, create or move files. When a cartridge folder is selected for use, that tape is automatically moved to an available tape drive.


When two drives are present, HP StoreOpen Automation supports tape-to-tape operations. HP StoreOpen Automation takes advantage of other standard HP Tape Library features including data encryption and HP TapeAssure.


The implementation of HP StoreOpen Automation has been designed to support up to 24 cartridges and 2 LTO-5 tape drives which makes the HP MSL2024 tape library a perfect match. However, a partition (2 drives, 24 cartridges) can be created within a larger HP tape library as well.  HP StoreOpen Automation is required to be installed on customer servers supporting Enterprise Linux or MacOS X with connection and support of HP tape libraries.


Changing the tape storage landscape

LTO-5 technology with LTFS combines the economy, robustness, high density and lower power of tape with similar file management functionality and usability of a hard drive. It’s a breakthrough in tape usability. You can reduce the complexity of file and data management, and significantly improve access time to files on-tape. 


Tape momentum continues

With LTFS, the door is open to a new world of possibilities for tape—with users finding new applications as a result.  For example, in the media and entertainment industry, LTFS is revolutionizing the value of tape for video production and digital media professionals by making video storage, sharing and archiving much easier and less costly across the entire workflow.


It’s not that surprising that LTO-5 technology with LTFS is creating a buzz across the industry, where it is being viewed as an ideal storage option for archiving big data.


Checkout this video that gives an overview of HP StoreOpen Automation




>>Free download: HP StoreOpen Automation


Learn more

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Labels: LTFS| storage| StoreOpen| tape
David Schwartzstein | ‎09-13-2011 10:28 PM

This is very cool, pretty incredible stuff.  Any plans to bring this to Microsoft Windows?

Jon Everett | ‎09-26-2011 09:01 PM

HP has been saying for over a year now in press releases and web pages that a Windows version is coming "in the near future".  IBM has a Windows version, but still nothing from HP.  It really makes me wonder what they've been doing all this time.  If the technology is as good as the PR material claims, you'd think it would be a higher priority.

Laura Loredo | ‎09-29-2011 04:43 PM

HP is totally committed and currently working on the Windows versions for LTFS and HP StoreOpen Automation, but  we do not have a release date we can publicly communicate yet.

Brad Coory | ‎11-29-2011 10:24 PM

Any idea at all of a release date? Hoping its available soon or will be moving to IBM drives

Laura Loredo | ‎12-08-2011 02:00 PM

HP is working on a Windows solution for LTFS. HP StoreOpen will be adding this functionality to the current Automation and Standalone applications. The release is planned for the first half of 2012.

martin_b | ‎03-05-2012 02:01 PM

Any news yet on a Windows version?

Laura Loredo | ‎03-13-2012 05:36 PM

At NAB next month in Las Vegas, you will be able to see a preview of LTFS for Windows together with our HP StoreOpen solutions at the HP booth.

Tom_W | ‎03-14-2012 02:42 PM

So what does that mean for a public release date then ? This cat and mouse game with a release date is a bit much. I bought our HP 3000 expressly because there was a committment to provide LTFS for Windows by HP. Although I know the risks of buying hardware based solely on promised vaporware. But to be honest, so far I have had less than stellar luck getting LTFS to work on Linux with this drive either, so am holding out hope for the Windows file system drivers.


I will be in LV for another conference next month, what are the dates and location for NAB ?

| ‎03-14-2012 03:22 PM
I can address your NAB question - it's the week of April 16th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For details see
| ‎03-15-2012 03:19 PM

@Tom - I talked to Laura and she'd like to have an email conversation with you about your situation.  Send me an email and I'll connect you and Laura.  Click here to grab my email address and drop me a note that I'll pass on to Laura.

Ekin Alpagut | ‎04-27-2012 08:02 PM



Need the software that shown in NAB that provides LTFS for Windows.Could you please help me where can I get it?

| ‎04-30-2012 05:42 AM

It's not available yet - should be in the next month or two.  Stay tuned here and when we haven it, I'll post it (or follow me on Twitter and I'll send it out there too). 

diedmatrix | ‎11-25-2013 01:50 PM

half a decade hast past and HP is still not offering the automation software for windows, what the hell is going on there?!

I bought an MSL4048 in 2012 to use it as an LTFS storage too and i am still waiting to be able to do this....this is fu****** bull**bleep**!

LauraLoredo | ‎11-26-2013 03:14 PM

The expectations set back then were made with the best of our knowledge at the time, but due to circumstances beyond our control we have been unable to fulfill our own expectations of delivering the Windows version for Automation so far.  

Third party suppliers such as Qstar amongst others provides a very comprehensive LTFS windows solution compatible with HP libraries:

A white paper on the benefits of using Tape as NAS can be found here. The paper steps through some choices the designer can make to optimize for different workflows, scales, and redundancy requirements. Several advanced configuration topics are included. The paper concludes with an example of the components required to build out a Tape as NAS environment at three different scales.

Further to this, HP StoreEver Archive solutions white paper provides a top level summary of the third party archive software/appliances that are qualified with HP StoreEver Libraries, this can be found here.

diedmatrix | ‎03-04-2014 10:26 AM

so another 4 month period moved ahead and nothing happened. Is there even a timeplan left when it is going to be finished or did hp shutdown the project and try to avoid questions about it?

diedmatrix | ‎09-30-2014 12:25 PM

Still waiting for automation for Windows...

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