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PowerVault ML6030 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. Featuring:

  • 23U tape library consists of a 5U control module and two 9U expansion modules for additional capacity
  • Capacity-on-demand slot activation license keys. Start with 87 slots and activate up to a total of 225 slots without interrupting library operation.
  • Library partitioning for improved flexibility (library managed encryption available with LTO4 and LTO5)
  • A single, continuous robot services all drives and media for advanced reliability

 
 
Industry Leading Storage Solution
Industry Leading Storage Solution
You have better things to do than think about your backup technology, and the PowerVault™ ML6000 family is designed to ensure that storage of your key files are worry and hassle free. The ML6000 is a versatile, enterprise-level, top-rated modular tape library that allows customers to scale their storage area network (SAN) backup solution. Employing LTO-4, LTO-5 and LTO-6 tape drives and media with write-once, read-many (WORM) capability, as well as features such as proactive monitoring to supervise all major subsystem components and Library-Managed Encryption for added security, the ML6000 is an intelligent, long-term investment. Capable of expanding as your capacity needs grow, the ML6000 family offers your organization long-term data retention and restoration functionality, in a robust, intelligent, user-friendly storage system.
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Modular Flexibility
Modular Flexibility
The Dell™ PowerVault™ ML6000 tape library is a truly modular backup solution for your critical files and data. Completely scalable, the ML6000 family provides you with the secure storage capacity you require now, while helping to ensure that your needs are met tomorrow. Starting with up to 102.5TB (with LTO-6) of native capacity in the 5U, 41-cartridge ML6010 Library Control Module, you can stack and grow your library, adding 230TB (with LTO-6) of capacity with each 9U, ML6000 Expansion Module, up to a total potential storage capacity of a staggering 1022.5TB (with LTO-6). The library is available preconfigured in 5U (ML6010), 14U (ML6020), or 23U (ML6030) sizes and adding an additional 9U unit to your stack is a straightforward procedure.
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You have better things to do than think about your backup technology.

Capacity on Demand

Planning for future storage capacity today can help save your organization time and money when you take advantage of the capacity on demand feature. For example, the ML6030 Library is preconfigured with 87 cartridge slots enabled. When the need arises, additional cartridge slots can be activated in 46 slot increments via the software License Key, allowing for nondisruptive scalability to even greater capacity, up to an instantaneously available 225 tape cartridge slots providing 562.5TB of initial native capacity (with LTO-6). As your enterprise grows, so does your library, each additional 9U Expansion Module is also License Key scalable in 46 slot increments, that will eventually support up to 409 slots in a 41U library configuration! Activating a new License Key code and increasing your capacity is a simple, straightforward process that does not require any extra hardware or reinitialization of the library.
PowerVault ML6000 tape library offers Proactive Monitoring features of all components and operations in the library.
Intelligent Diagnostics
The ML6000's intelligence proactively monitors the status of all components and operations in the library. Relational diagnostics maintains a history of events occurring in the library over time, and correlates them to provide failure prediction capabilities. The ML6000 will select, gather and analyze logs and provide proactive notification to your designated administrator of potential issues before an issue actually occurs. You can take advantage of the email notification feature to provide remote notification of events occurring in the backup environment. Finally, the integrated Data Path Verification Tool proactively checks the data path to help ensure connectivity before running your backup, helping to dramatically reduce instances of failed jobs.
PowerVault ML6000 features an intuitive touch screen interface on-board for one-touch access to library operations.

Versatile Management

The integrated Operator Panel's touch screen is a simple and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) that allows you one-touch access through menu items, and provides quick-glance information on the library's health. Setup, installation, maintenance, partitioning and troubleshooting are all handled through Wizards that guide you through each process step-by-step in plain English. A full-featured, HTML-based remote management utility allows administrators to perform all library management functions from any remote location. The self-awareness and ease of management of the ML6000 PowerVault Library help ensure that the safety of your backup execution is always worry-free.
The entire PowerVault ML6000 tape library stack is governed by a single, continuous robotic system for less chance of failure.Reliable Technology
Effective data protection requires reliability. The entire PowerVault™ ML6000 stack is governed by a single, continuous robotic system, meaning fewer moving parts and less chance of failure, further helping to ensure your key files are safe and secure. Write once read many (WORM) is integrated with LTO generations LTO-4 and higher to help prevent data from being overwritten or digitally altered. The ML6000 has a redundant power supply designed to ensure that your storage is active and available, at all times. For additional security, library-managed encryption is available when configured with LTO-4, LTO-5 and LTO-6.


Fewer moving parts mean less chance of failure, further ensuring your key files are safe and secure. 


Aligning Tape and Disk Solutions

Aligning Tape and Disk Solutions

The ML6000 PowerVault™ family is optimized for Dell PowerEdge™ servers, and designed to align perfectly with the Dell EqualLogic™ Internet SCSI (iSCSI) and Dell Compellent Fibre Channel disk storage systems. The PowerVault™ ML6000 family is the ideal choice for Dell Compellent or Dell™ EqualLogic™ storage area network (SAN) backup and can effectively support your long-term archiving needs.

Ready for Tomorrow

Technology evolves. That's why the ML6000 family supports a wide range of software from leading companies such as Symantec and CommVault, as well as Dell EqualLogic disk portfolio. The PowerVault ML6000 uses drive technology that is future-ready, capable of expanding with the market to support different connectivity options including serial attached SAS and Fibre Channel. Long-term investment requires a system that is flexible, modular and scalable, and the PowerVault ML6000 family is ready to grow with your enterprise.
Be Green with Tape

Be Green With Tape

When factoring in the features and benefits of tape storage — such as reliability, portability, encryption (LTO-4, LTO-5 and LTO-6) and the shelf life (over 20 years) of tape cartridges — it is the perfect solution for your long-term or short-term backup or archiving needs. In addition, when tape media is stored, it does not require energy until it needs to be accessed. By using zero energy when stored, tape is "naturally" Green.

Tape Backup Technology

  • Automated Tape Library
    41 to 409 cartridges
    1-18 LTO-4 or 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

Storage

  • Native: 613 TB (with 409 LTO-5 cartridges)

    Drives:

    LTO3, LTO4 or LTO5

Transfer Rate and Backup Rate

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

    2520 MB/s

    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

Encryption

  • Optional Library Managed Encryption (LTO4 and LTO5)

    Optional Advanced Reporting Available

Barcode Reader

  • Standard

Reliability

  • 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

Operations

  • 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)

Management

  • 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, 4 Gb/s FC, 8 Gb/s FC, 3 Gb/s SAS, 6 Gb/s SAS

    Note: ML6000 will support any combination of LTO drives

    SCSI Connection

    68-pin micro-D

Software

  • Dell-supported Tape Backup Software:

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

Chassis

  • 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)

Hardware Support Service Plans

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Dell brings pure execution to IT Services. The planning, implementation and maintenance of your IT infrastructure deserves nothing less. Variability in execution can compromise user productivity, IT resources and ultimately your reputation. By utilizing our heritage of process driven excellence, Dell Services can deliver a smarter way. That’s pure Dell.

Gold Enterprise Support: 
Provides 24x7 rapid response and resolution of critical issues including escalation management and On-site Emergency Dispatch procedures to quickly restore operations. This level of support is appropriate for servers and storage that are being used for email systems, database applications and virtualization.

Silver Enterprise Support: 
Silver support provides convenient 24x7 phone access for hardware and core software troubleshooting with 4-hour 24x7 on-site services following completion of phone-based troubleshooting. This level of support is appropriate for file and print servers, storage and other nonproduction testing and development.

Take Your Support to the Next Level

Platinum Plus Enterprise Support
Dell's most comprehensive level of premium support for storage systems combines rapid response and resolution for critical issues with customized account planning and reporting to proactively help improve uptime. With Platinum Plus, you receive direct access to the Enterprise Command Center and a designated Platinum Technical Account Manager, and can enjoy the benefits of these two new innovative features:

  • Operations Performance Benchmarking Innovative management tools and processes, providing customers with unprecedented visibility into their IT operations and a mechanism for continuous improvement.
  • ECC Real-time Tracking Window A real-time web-based tool that allows customers to track the real-time position and status of every open incident they are experiencing around the world, without picking up the phone.

Additional Service Offerings

In today's environment, businesses depend on their advanced server and storage systems running like clockwork. Maximum uptime is crucial. IT professionals' success and credibility depends on knowing they can reliably deliver business-critical operations and rapidly resolve problems when they do arise. They also need the flexibility to match support to the different needs of various end users and applications environments, smartly balancing quality and costs.

Backup and Recovery
Dell offers comprehensive project management to help you optimize your technology, improve efficiencies and minimize downtime with a tailored archiving, backup, recovery solution engineered to provide increased flexibility, scalability and manageability.

Storage and Server Consolidation
Consolidation services provide a common platform to allocate and manage growing demands for data storage and helps reduce administrative effort by establishing a single management console. Dell's comprehensive approach to storage and server consolidation helps you accelerate productivity by delivering customized systems, software and services that ease management and can result in lower total cost of ownership. Consolidation can offer these key benefits:

  • Simplify Operations
  • Improve Utilization
  • Cost-effective Scaling

Comprehensive Storage Training and Certification
Arm your employees with the knowledge and skills they need to be as productive as possible. Dell offers comprehensive training services which include hardware and software training, as well as PC skills and professional development classes. Dell training can help improve system reliability, maximize productivity and reduce end-user requests and downtime.

On-site Installation and Remote Installation Services

Remote Configuration Set-up

  • Assistance configuring or setting up your new server's operating system or storage device for the first time
  • Flexibility with Dell remotely "driving" the install via online WebEx session or allowing you to perform via phone-based instruction
  • Great cost-effective solution to quickly getting your server OS up and running

On-site Installation: Hardware and OS

  • An On-site Dell technician to help ensure proper physical setup & functionality of the hardware and Windows operating system in your business environment
  • Assistance installing your new system into a Dell-support rack
  • Help reduce time required to get your new system completely up and running
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