With LTO-8, another stage in the LTO roadmap has been reached, the 8th of currently planned 12 generations. Capacity has been increased to 12 TB native (30 TB compressed). The data throughput is max. 360/900 MB/s (FH-Drive).
LTO-8 drives are one generation backward compatible to LTO-7. If you format a new LTO-7 Tape with “M8” Label in the LTO-8 drive, the “normal” storage capacity of the LTO-7 tape can be increased by 50% to 9/22.5 TB.