Don't trust this information.
LTO-6 SAS Drive is assumed to be used (for now).
https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/3qfyhm/how_to_start_using_an_lto6_tape_backup_drive_with/cyxpzo5/ https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/3qfyhm/how_to_start_using_an_lto6_tape_backup_drive_with/ https://www.quantum.com/serviceandsupport/softwareanddocumentationdownloads/ltfs/index.aspx?whattab=Third https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/STQNYL_2.2.2/ltfs_reference_tools_linux.html
HBA (Host Bus Adaptor)
LTO5 and up support LTFS. But all support Tar and BareOS.
LTO Tape Drive support is part of the mainline Linux kernel through the `st` module thanks to contributions from IBM, so no drivers are actually needed for a tape drive to work.
To check to see that a tape drive is accessible, first check that /dev/tape/by-id exists and contains an nst0 device. If so, the Linux kernel already detected your tape drive and no further drivers are necessary. As for software though...
Backup Software determine the format of the data being pushed to the tape. We will only describe open source software available at no cost, because if you are an actual enterprise willing to pay big bucks stop reading this guide and start calling your IBM sales rep to purchase IBM Spectrum Protect(tm).
See LTO Tape
Build from the upstream source code rather than using vendor source code, which sucks. A handy source rpm is provided.
In RHEL/CentOS 8, install the dependencies:
sudo dnf install rpm-build rpmdevtools
First, create the rpmbuild setuptree in your home directory.
Download this .spec file, and place it into ~/rpmbuild/SPECS/ltfs.spec. Then run the following src.rpm packaging command.
rpmbuild -bb ~/rpmbuild/SPECS/ltfs.spec
Install the dependencies needed to build the source rpm.
sudo dnf builddep ~/rpmbuild/SRPMS/ltfs-126.96.36.199-10254.src.rpm
Build an rpm from a .src.rpm file:
rpmbuild --rebuild ~/rpmbuild/SRPMS/ltfs-188.8.131.52-10254.src.rpm
Now the rpms can be installed
cd ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64 sudo dnf localinstall ltfs-184.108.40.206-10254.x86_64.rpm ltfs-debuginfo-220.127.116.11-10254.x86_64.rpm ltfs-debugsource-18.104.22.168-10254.x86_64.rpm
Not an operating system, but "Backup Archiving REcovery Open Sourced" with tape as one key storage backend. It was forked from Bacula. Does not require LTFS.