Versatile, expandable, affordable
The PowerVault™ TL4000 tape library offers expandable and affordable tape automation for organisations whose data-protection needs have outgrown autoloader technology or capacity. It's the product of choice for small, medium and large businesses that require an affordable, versatile, easy-to-use, automated midrange tape backup solution.
- 4U solution that can be rack mounted or easily converted into a desktop solution
- Web-based remote management: perform diagnostics, check status, monitor operations and logs, and upgrade firmware
- Library-managed encryption (optional with LTO4 only)
Tape Backup Technology
- LTO-4, LTO-5 and LTO-6
- Dell and x86 IBM and x86 HP Servers
- Up to four LTO-4 6Gb SAS Drives with 48 Slots
Up to four LTO-4 8Gb FC Drives with 48 Slots
Up to four LTO-5 6Gb SAS Drives with 48 Slots
Up to four LTO-5 8 Gb FC Drives with 48 Slots
Up to four LTO-6 6Gb SAS Drives with 48 Slots
Up to four LTO-6 8Gb FC Drives with 48 Slots
Up to four LTO-6 6Gb SAS Drives with 48 Slots
Up to four LTO-6 FC 8Gb Drives with 48 Slots
Library Managed Encryption Available with LTO-4,LTO-5 and LTO-6 drives only
Ships standard with 48 cartridge slots
Both left and right magazines available as customer kits
- Library Managed Encryption option with LTO-4. LTO-5 and LTO-6 drives only
- There are two user interfaces:
Operator Control Panel: Located on the front of the PowerVault TL4000 tape library, the user can use an LCD panel to check system status, run diagnostics, view system logs, check and set configuration, verify drive operations, run an inventory and manage the system.
Remote Web Management: The web based administration can be accessed via a 10/100 BaseT connection through any standard web browser. The user can check system status, run diagnostics, view system logs, check and set configuration, verify drive operations, run an inventory and manage the system. In addition, the user can upgrade the drive and library firmware via the RMU.
- SAS, FC, iSCSI
- Code Updates:
Web and either host bus or RMU for drives
Web and RMU only for library code updates
- 4U form factor
Height: Rack Mount 7.3" (185.2 mm)
Width: Rack Mount 17.6" (447.5 mm)
Depth: Rack Mount 31.9" (810 mm)
Weight: 47 lbs. with one drive and no media
Orientation: Horizontal only
Rack mount standard (desktop conversion kit included)
Environmental Operating Conditions
- Temperature: 50 to 95 degrees F, 10 to 35 degrees C.
Relative Humidity: 20% RH to 80% RH (non-condensing)
Electrical Power: 1.3 amps at 100V ac, .7 amps at 240V ac
Automated Data ProtectionRegular, disciplined backup is a vital part of a complete disaster recovery strategy. The PowerVault™ TL4000 is a powerful tape library that helps organizations automate their backup processes to reduce the need for manual intervention and the risk of human error. The PowerVault TL4000 uses optical cartridge location technology for precision cartridge handling and inventory, which helps improve the overall reliability of backups.
Support for Your Dell iSCSI SANTo supplement the growth in Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area networks (SANs), Dell employs an iSCSI-to-SAS bridge card for the TL-series tape libraries (Dell™ PowerVault TL2000 and TL4000). This solution enables users to add in a tape backup target into an iSCSI Ethernet SAN with a typical transfer rate of ~50MB/s in most cases. Additionally, the iSCSI-to-SAS bridge card is fully compatible with Dell PowerVault M3000i and Dell EqualLogic™ PS iSCSI array series.
Simplified OperationsTapes can be imported and exported individually using a mail slot or twelve at a time using one of two magazines. The library utilizes barcode-scanning technology to record the location of tape media, so you can be assured that your critical data is properly stored and ready in case disaster strikes.
Intuitive ManagementAn on-board, user-friendly LCD interface allows you to easily monitor, control, configure and service the library. While you are away, the tape library enables you to remotely administer all functions, including system status and logs, diagnostics and drive operations, as well as configuration and inventory management features.
Tape VersatilityThe comparative low cost for tape — combined with its long history of proven reliability — helps ensure its continued use for both backup and archiving. The portability of tape enables it to be taken off-site and stored in a vault. In addition, LTO-4, LTO-5 and LTO-6 tape technology supports write-once, read-many (WORM) capability, which enables permanent data storage that cannot be overwritten — a requirement of many compliance regulations.
Learn More About LTO and Protecting Data Archives
Big Capacity, Small SpaceWith its compact form factor, the PowerVault TL4000 packs an impressive amount of information in a small amount of space. Occupying only four units (4U) of rack space, the library can hold up to 48 tapes providing up to 120TB (with Ultrium LTO-6 2.5TB* tapes) of native capacity — ideal for small office environments managing explosive data growth.
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Ultrium Linear Tape-Open PerformanceThe PowerVault TL4000 supports Linear Tape-Open Ultrium 6 (LTO-6) drives — a high-speed tape technology that can natively back up an impressive 576GB of data per hour. LTO technology is based on a tape industry standard that specifies backward read-and-write compatibility with LTO-6 and LTO-5 generation media (n,n-1) and read compatibility with LTO-4 (n-2) media.
Be Green With TapeWhen 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.
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