Enterprise-class tape library specifications

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Enterprise-class tape library specifications

Tape libraries are available to fit a wide range of budgets and storage requirements, and many models are expandable to support thousands of tape cartridges with transfer rates exceeding 25 TB/h. The following product snapshots highlight key specifications for a cross-section of enterprise-class tape library systems with a minimum of 100 TB of compressed capacity, SAN connectivity, and room for at least 100 tape cartridges in a base configuration. The following products were selected based on input from industry analysts and SearchStorage editors, and specifications are current as of September 2006.

 

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  • Quantum  Scalar i2000
  • Quantum  Scalar 10K
  • Hewlett-Packard StorageWorks EML E-Series
  • Hewlett-Packard StorageWorks ESL E-Series
  • IBM  IBM 3500
  • Overland Storage Neo 8000
  • Qualstar  TLS-8000
  • Qualstar XLS
  • Quantum PX720
  • SpectraLogic T120
  • SpectraLogic  T950
  • Sun Microsystems  StorageTek L1400M
  • Sun Microsystems  StorageTek StreamLine SL8500

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    Product: Quantum Scalar i2000 Tape Library (1)

    Library Capacity: 1,397 to 2,794 TB (compressed capacity; depending on drives)
    # of Drives: 1 to 48 (SDLT 600 drives); 1 to 96 (LTO-2 or LTO-3 drives) depending on configuration (2)
    Tape Drives: LTO-2; LTO-3; SDLT 320 and SDLT 600 drive support
    Tape Media: Ultrium 200 (LTO-2), Ultrium 400GB (LTO-3), SDLT-1 (SDLT 320), and SDLT-2 (SDLT 600) tapes
    # Tape Slots: 100 to 3,492 tape slots (depending on expansion options) (2)
    Transfer Rate: 259 to 576 GB/h (compressed rate; depending on configuration)
    Connectivity: SCSI-2 LVD and FC
    Release date: Spring 2005
    Base price range: Please contact your preferred VAR for pricing.
    Software: http://www.adic.com/adicSupportShell.jsp?Page=supportCertificationMatrix
    Detailed Specs: http://www.adic.com/us/collateral/DS_Scalari2000.pdf
    Vendor URL: www.adic.com

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    Product: Quantum Scalar 10K Tape Library(1)

    Library Capacity: 5,554 to 11,107 TB (compressed capacity; depending on configuration)
    # of Drives: Up to 208 (IBM TS1120 drives); Up to 324 (LTO-2/LTO-3 drives) depending on configuration (2)
    Tape Drives: IBM TS1120; LTO-2 and LTO-3 drive support
    Tape Media: Ultrium 200 (LTO-2), Ultrium 400GB (LTO-3), IBM TS1120 media
    # Tape Slots: 11,386 to 13,884 tape slots (depending on expansion options) (2)
    Transfer Rate: 374 GB/h (TS1120 native); 252 GB/h (LTO-2) or 504 GB/h (LTO-3) compressed rate
    Connectivity: 2Gb FC
    Release date: Summer 2001
    Base price range: Please contact your preferred VAR for pricing.
    Software: http://www.adic.com/adicSupportShell.jsp?Page=supportCertificationMatrix
    Detailed Specs: http://www.adic.com/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?section=10028&item=121882
    Vendor URL: www.adic.com

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    Product: HP StorageWorks EML-E Series Tape Library Family (1)

    Library Capacity: Up to 404 TB (compressed capacity)
    # of Drives: 1 to 16 drives (2)
    Tape Drives: LTO Ultrium Gen-3 and Gen-2 drive support
    Tape Media: Ultrium tapes
    # Tape Slots: 71 to 505 tape slots (depending on configuration) (2)
    Transfer Rate: Up to 9.2 TB/hr (compressed rate using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: FC
    Release date: Available now
    Base price range: $81,300
    Software: http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/ebs/
    Detailed Specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/emleseries/specs.html
    Vendor URL: www.hp.com

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    Product: HP StorageWorks ESL E-Series Tape Library Family (1)

    Library Capacity: to 284 TB (single frame); to 1,418 TB (five frames); native capacity
    # of Drives: 1 to 24 drives (single frame); to 44 drives (multiple frames) (2)
    Tape Drives: LTO Ultrium Gen-2 SCSI and FC; LTO Ultrium Gen-3 (FC only) and SDLT 600 SCSI drive support
    Tape Media: Ultrium and SDLT media
    # Tape Slots: 322 to 712 LTO slots (single frame); to 3,540 LTO slots (five frame); 286 to 630 SDLT slots (single frame); to 3,138 SDLT slots (five frame) (2)
    Transfer Rate: to 13.8 TB/hr (compressed ; single frame)
    Connectivity: SCSI, 2Gb FC, 4Gb FC via interface controllers (four tape drives in and two fibre channel ports out)
    Release date: Available now
    Base price range: $120,000
    Software: http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/ebs/
    Detailed Specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/esltapelibraries/index.html
    Vendor URL: www.hp.com

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    Product: IBM 3500 Tape Library (1)

    Library Capacity: LTO up to 5.5 PB (compressed capacity at 2:1); TS1120 up to 9.3 PB (compressed capacity at 3:1)
    # of Drives: 1 to 192 drives (2)
    Tape Drives: IBM TS1120, IBM 3592, IBM LTO Gen-3, Gen-2 drives
    Tape Media: 3592 and LTO tapes
    # Tape Slots: LTO up to 6887, TS1120 up to 6260 (2)
    Transfer Rate: up to 160 MBps for LTO; up to 260 MBps for TS1120
    Connectivity: SCSI-LVD, 4 Gbit FC
    Release date: 2000
    Base price range: Starts at $45,000
    Software: Tivoli Storage Manager, Symantec Veritas NetBackup and Backup Exec, EMC Legato Networker,CA Brightstor, HP Openview Storage Data Protector,CommVault Galaxy, BakBone NetVault
    Detailed Specs: http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/storage/tape/ts3500/index.html
    Vendor URL: www.ibm.com

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    Product: Overland Storage NEO SERIES 8000 Tape Library (1)

    Library Capacity: 51 to 255 TB (compressed capacity)
    # of Drives: 2 to 12 drives (2)
    Tape Drives: LTO Ultrium Gen-2 and Gen-3 and SDLT 600 drive support
    Tape Media: Ultrium 2-3 and SDLT-2 tapes
    # Tape Slots: 85 to 500 tape slots (depending on model) (2)
    Transfer Rate: to 3.1 TB/hr (compressed rate using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: LVD SCSI, native FC std, or GbE (NDMP or iSCSI)
    Release date: January 2004
    Base price range: $64,706
    Software: Atempo – TimeNavigator; BakBone – NetVault; CA – Brightstor/ARCserve; CommVault – Galaxy; EMC/Legato – Networker; HP – OpenView/Data Protector; Tivoli – TSM; Symantec – Bakcup Exec/NetBackup; Bridgehead – HT Backup; Bull Media – Server Virtuo; SyncSort – Backup Express; Dantz - Retrospect
    Detailed Specs: http://www.overlandstorage.com/PDFs/NEO8000_data.pdf
    Vendor URL: www.overlandstorage.com

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    Product: Qualstar TLS-8000 Tape Library Family (1)

    Library Capacity: 4.4 o 211 TB (compressed capacity)
    # of Drives: 2 to 8 drives (2)
    Tape Drives: LTO-2 and LTO-3 drive support
    Tape Media: Ultrium tapes
    # Tape Slots: 11 to 264 tape slots (depending on model) (2)
    Transfer Rate: to 4.6 TB/hr (compressed rate using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: SCSI, FC, GigE
    Release date: Currently shipping; in production since 1999
    Base price range: $10,000 (base models)
    Software: www.qualstar.com/swmatrix.pdf
    Detailed Specs: http://www.qualstar.com/146081.htm
    Vendor URL: www.qualstar.com

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    Product: Qualstar XLS Enterprise Library System (1)

    Library Capacity: 100 TB to 4.8 PB (compressed capacity)
    # of Drives: Up to 96 drives (2)
    Tape Drives: LTO-3 drive support
    Tape Media: Ultrium tapes
    # Tape Slots: 295 to 6000 tape slots (depending on model) (2)
    Transfer Rate: to 553 TB/hr (compressed rate using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: SCSI and FC
    Release date: Currently shipping
    Base price range: $50,000 (base models)
    Software: www.qualstar.com/swmatrix.pdf
    Detailed Specs: http://www.qualstar.com/xls/
    Vendor URL: www.qualstar.com

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    Product: Quantum PX720 Tape Library (1)

    Library Capacity: 60.8 to 1,027 TB (compressed capacity; depending on configuration)
    # of Drives: 1 to 20 drives per frame (Up to 5 frames) (2)
    Tape Drives: SDLT 320; SDLT 600; DLT-S4; LTO-2; LTO-3
    Tape Media: Ultrium 200 (LTO-2), Ultrium 400GB (LTO-3), SDLT-1 (SDLT 320), SDLT-2 (SDLT 600), and DLT tapes (DLT-S4)
    # Tape Slots: 190 to 726 tape slots per frame (depending on configuration) (2)
    Transfer Rate: 461 GB/h to 11,520 GB/h (compressed; depending on configuration)
    Connectivity: Ultra 160 SCSI or 2 Gbps FC
    Release date: Fall 2003
    Base price range: Please contact your preferred VAR for pricing.
    Software: http://www.quantum.com/swcompguide.aspx
    Detailed Specs: http://www.quantum.com/Products/TapeLibraries/PX720/Index.aspx
    Vendor URL: www.quantum.com

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    Product: SpectraLogic T120 Tape Library (1)

    Library Capacity: 48TB to 192TB (compressed capacity with LTO-4)
    # of Drives: 2 to 6 drives (with LTO-4) (2)
    Tape Drives: LTO Ultrium Gen 2-4 and SAIT drive support
    Tape Media: Ultrium and SAIT tapes
    # Tape Slots: 30-120 tape slots (depending on model) (2)
    Transfer Rate: to 5.2 TB/hr (compressed rate using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: SCSI, FC, GigE
    Release date: April 5, 2005
    Base price range: $22,800
    Software: BakBone, CommVault, Legato, NetApp, IBM HPSS, Computer Associcates, Masstech, SyncSort, Cicso, EMC, Backup Exec, Symantec/ VERITAS, Dantz, IBM Tivoli, Microsoft, Xiotech [http://www.spectralogic.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=products.compatMatrix&catID=835&p=816&gp=566,9]
    Detailed Specs: http://www.spectralogic.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=products.displayContent&CatID=566&P=148
    Vendor URL: www.spectralogic.com

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    Product: SpectraLogic T950 Tape Library (1)

    Library Capacity: 160 to 11,920 TB (compressed capacity with LTO-4)
    # of Drives: 2 to 120 drives (including expansion frames with LTO-4) (2)
    Tape Drives: LTO Ultrium Gen 2-4, RXT, SAIT and SDLT 600 drive support
    Tape Media: LTO Ultrium, RXT, SAIT and SDLT tapes
    # Tape Slots: 100 to 7,450 tape slots (depending on model) (2)
    Transfer Rate: to 51.8 TB/hr (compressed rate using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: SCSI, FC, GigE
    Release date: September 8, 2003
    Base price range: $150,000
    Software: BakBone, CommVault, Legato, NetApp, IBM HPSS, Computer Associcates, Masstech, SyncSort, Cicso, EMC, Backup Exec, Symantec/ VERITAS, Dantz, IBM Tivoli, Microsoft, Xiotech, others. [http://www.spectralogic.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=products.compatMatrix&catID=831&p=809&gp=449,9]
    Detailed Specs: http://www.spectralogic.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=products.displayContent&CatID=449&P=148
    Vendor URL: www.spectralogic.com

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    Product: Sun StorageTek L1400 Tape Library (1)

    Library Capacity: 13.5 to 339 TB (single frame); 27 to 672 TB (dual frame); uncompressed capacity depending on selected drives
    # of Drives: 1 to 40 drives (LTO or DLT/SDLT); 1 to 24 drives (T9840, T9940, and T10000); mixed drives supported (2)
    Tape Drives: LTO, DLT/SDLT, T9840, T9940, and T10000; mixed tape drives supported
    Tape Media: LTO, DLT/SDLT, T9840, T9940, and T10000; seamless support of mixed media
    # Tape Slots: 200 to 1,344 tape slots (depending on model) (2)
    Transfer Rate: 0.82 to 5.75 TB/h (single frame); 1.6 to 11.5 TB/h (dual frame); uncompressed rate depending on drives selected
    Connectivity: SCSI and FC
    Release date: January 2004
    Base price range: $69,000 (200 slot library, no tape drives or media)
    Software: Local Op Panel and Remote Management included; advanced library and backup management and monitoring packages available
    Detailed Specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/tape_storage/tape_libraries/l1400m/
    Vendor URL: www.sun.com

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    Product: Sun StorageTek StreamLine SL8500 Tape Library (1)

    Library Capacity: 29 to 724 TB (uncompressed capacity)
    # of Drives: 1 to 64 drives per SL8500 frame; up to 448 drives per system (2)
    Tape Drives: T10000, T9840, T9940, LTO, and SDLT600; mixed tape drives supported
    Tape Media: T10000, T9840, T9940, LTO, and SDLT; seamless support of mixed media
    # Tape Slots: 1,448 to 10,000 slots per frame; up to 70,000 per system (2)
    Transfer Rate: 4.4 to 27.6 TB/hr (uncompressed rate using 64 drives) depending on selected drives
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel, FICON, and ESCON tape drives
    Release date: June 2004
    Base price range: $195,000 (1,448 slot library with 64 drive bays without tape drives or media)
    Software: Remote Management software (StreamLine Library Console software) included; optional local touchscreen operator panel, advanced library and backup management and monitoring packages available
    Detailed Specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/tape_storage/tape_libraries/sl8500/
    Vendor URL: www.sun.com

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    NOTES:

    (1) There are various configurations of this product model. Exact specifications depend on the selected/expanded configuration.
    (2) The exact number of drives/slots depends on selected options or expansion chassis.
    ** All prices shown are in US dollars (USD)

    LEGEND:

    SCSI: Small Computer System Interface
    FC: Fibre Channel
    GigE: Gigabit Ethernet
    iSCSI: Internet SCSI
    TB: Terabyte
    LTO: Linear Tape Open
    SDLT: Super Digital Linear Tape


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