The Dell Powervault TL4000 LTO-4 Tape Library combines four LTO-4 tape drives with a 48 slot autoloader system to offer unprecedented data handling when it comes to LTO-4 type storage media and will suit rental applications looking to either back up significant amounts of data to LTO-4 tapes or to work with large existing data sets of the same.
Each LTO-4 tape can store 800GB of uncompressed data and 1.6TB of compressed data making the total capacity of the Dell Powervault TL4000 LTO-4 Tape Library a a massive 38.4TB uncompressed and up to 72.8TB where data is able to be compressed. That massive amount of data storage is all enclosed in a relatively compact 4RU rack mounting enclosure.
The four LTO-4 drives can all operate simultaneously allowing up to 480 Megabytes of data to be read or written every second across the four tapes inserted into the drive. The Autoloader robot will shuttle tapes between their internal storage slots, the tape drives and the mailbox which allows for the changing of tapes without stopping other operations.
An RFID tape identification and information system is also incorporated into the Dell Powervault TL4000 LTO-4 Tape Library with each drive able to identify tapes and their contents. Also included on the autoloaders shuttle is a barcode reader for reading tape labels by backup applications requiring it.
Data connectivity is via Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). Hire Intelligence includes a SAS "Fan-out" cable for connection of all four drives to a single SAS controller. Autoloader and other library controls are via the onboard fast ethernet connection. For those without the necessary SAS connection, Hire Intelligence also has PCI-X and PCI Express Host Bus adapters avialable to rent.