PowerVault ML6020 Tape Library

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The PowerVault™ ML6000 is an intelligent, modular tape library that functions as the backup target for storage area network (SAN) environments for true disaster recovery.

  • 14U tape library consist of a 5U control module and a 9U expansion module for additional capacity
  • Capacity-on-demand slot activation license keys. Start with 41 slots and activate up to a total of 133 slots without interrupting library operation.
  • Library partitioning for improved flexibility (library managed encryption available with LTO4 and LTO5)

PowerVault ML6020 Tape Library



LTO-3 Modular Tape Library

  • Intelligent, modular library that supports SAN backup and archiving
  • Proactive Monitoring, Partitioning, Setup and Service Wizards illustrate the ML6000's advanced intelligence and self-awareness
  • Modular Expandability gives customers the freedom to scale the library's capacity and performance when and how their storage environments demand it
  • Non-Distruptive Scalabilty uses Capacity-on-Demand to let users efficiently manage their data growth and activate additional cartridge slots through a license key
  • Single, Continuous Robotics are leveraged by each expansion module to help enhance the library's reliability
  • Easy to use, colour touch-screen User Interface allows simple administration and operation of the ML6000 family

The PowerVault ML6000 family is a modular tape library with advanced intelligence that allows customers to scale their SAN backup solution as their data grows. The ML6000 family employs features such as Proactive Monitoring to supervise all major subsystem components like tapes, drives, robotics, power supplies and fans to help ensure that they are operating properly. Also, the modular yet versatile design of the ML6000 family allows customers to expand their library by placing a 9U expansion module above or below the 5U Control Module. The ML6000 family also uses a single, continuous robotics system to service all drives and media for excellent reliability.

Base System Capabilities Options

Active Tape Position Options (LTO)

PowerVault ML6010 CM (5U) System

PowerVault ML6020 CM (14U) System








Total Library Capacity

Activated Tape Positions

Max. Native Capacity (TB) LTO-3









Tape Backup Technology

  • Automated Tape Library
    41 to 409 cartridges
    1-18 LTO-4 and LTO-5 Tape Drives
    5U, 14U and 23U Base Configurations
    9U Expansion Module
    32U and 41U configs available for configuration

Server Compatibility

  • Dell™ and x86 IBM and HP Servers

    Support for NX4 and other NDMP products


  • Native: 614 TB (with 409 LTO-5 cartridges)

    Drives Supported:

    LTO-3, LTO-4 and LTO-5

Transfer Rate and Backup Rate

  • Native Maximums: (with 18 LTO-5 drives)

    5040 MB/s

    151.2 GB/min

    9072 GB/hr

Library Configurations

  • PowerVault ML6010 CM (5U)

    Up to 41 cartridges
    Up to 2 tape drives
    Up to 6 mailbox cartridges

    PowerVault ML6020 CM (14U)

    Up to 133 cartridges
    Up to 6 tape drives
    Up to 18 mailbox cartridges

    PowerVault ML6030 CM (23U)

    Up to 225 cartridges
    Up to 10 tape drives
    Up to 30 mailbox cartridges

    PowerVault ML6000 EM (9U)

    Up to 92 cartridges
    Up to 4 tape drives

    ML6000 - 32U Config

    Up to 317 cartridges
    Up to 14 tape drives
    Up to 42 mailbox cartridges

    ML6000 - 41U Config

    Up to 409 cartridges
    Up to 18 tape drives
    Up to 54 mailbox cartridges


  • Optional Library Managed Encryption (LTO-4, LTO-5)

    Optional Advanced Reporting Available

Barcode Reader

  • Standard


  • Tape Shelf Life: 30 years minimum (at 20°C, 40%RH)
    MTBF: Greater than 250,000 power on hours
    Power: Redundant power supplies available
    User Upgrades: Drives, storage capacity columns, magazines, rack-mount kit, casters, second power supply
    Field Replaceable: Power supplies, picker assembly, control electronics, hot-swap drives, RMU
    Diagnostics: Embedded monitoring of major subsystems, self-diagnostics, policy-based email and pager alerts, auto calibration, auto inventory, SNMP alerts via RMU
    Additional Features: Automatic bar code reader, automatic calibration, choice of automatic or manual drive cleaning


  • Cartridge Change: 10 seconds
    Inventory Time: Less than 60 seconds
    Inventory Speed: 128 slots in less than 20 seconds
    Configuration: Autodiscovery and auto calibration for installed/added components (modules, tapes, drives, magazines)


  • Library Management Interface:

    Operator Panel
    Password-protected, context-sensitive LCD menu display with backlight
    Displays library, drive and mailbox activity
    Remote Management
    Integrated web server (Remote Management Unit -- RMU) Drive
    Operational status LED

Drive Controllers

  • LVD SCSI or 4 Gb/s FC or 3 Gb/s SAS
    SCSI Connection: 68-pin micro-D

    Note: ML6000 will support any combination of LTO drives


  • Dell-supported Tape Backup Software:

    Symantec® Backup Exec™ for Microsoft® Windows® and Novell® NetWare®


  • PowerVault ML6010 CM (5U)

    8.6" x 17.4" x 31.4" (21.9cm x 44.2cm x 79.8cm)

    66 lbs (30 Kgs)

    PowerVault ML6020 CM (14U)

    24.4" x 17.4" x 31.4" (61.9cm x 44.2cm x 79.8cm)

    125 lbs (56.8 Kgs)

    PowerVault ML6030 CM (23U)

    40.1" x 17.4" x 31.4" (101.9cm x 44.2cm x 79.8cm)

    184 lbs (83.6 Kgs)

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Electrical: 100-240V
    Altitude: 10,000 ft (9,144m)
    Temperature: 10°C to 40°C (operating)
    Humidity: 20-80% non-condensing (operating)

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