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Short for Linear Tape Open, a technology that was developed jointly by HP, IBM and Certance (Seagate) to provide a clear and viable choice in an increasingly complex array of tape storage options.  LTO technology is an "open format" technology, which means that users will have multiple sources of product and media. and the open nature of LTO technology also provides a means of enabling compatibility between different vendors' offerings.

See also LTO Ultrium.

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