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PowerVault ML6030 Tape Library

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Scalable peace of mind

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)
  • A single, continuous robot services all drives and media for advanced reliability

The PowerVault™ ML6000 family consists of two base configurations: the PowerVault ML6010 (5U) Control Module and the PowerVault ML6020 (14U) Control Module. The ML6010 Control Module contains the robotics, intelligence and management of the library, while the ML6020 (14U) combines the 5U Control Module with a 9U Expansion Module for scalability.

Industry Leading Storage Solution

You have better things to think about than 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, award-winning modular tape library that allows customers to scale their SAN backup solution. Employing LT0-3 and WORM (Write Once Read Many) drives and media, as well as features such as Proactive Monitoring to supervise all major subsystem components, the ML6000 is an intelligent, long-term investment. Capable of expanding as your capacity needs grow, the ML6000 line offers your organisation long-term data retention and restoration functionality, in a robust, intelligent, user -friendly storage system.          

"You have better things to do than think about your back-up technology."

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 ensuring that your needs are met tomorrow. Starting with up to 14TB of native capacity in the 5U, 36-cartridge ML6010 Library Control Module, you can stack and grow your library, adding 36TB of capacity with each 9U, 92-cartridge ML6000 Expansion Module, up to a total potential storage capacity of a staggering 161TB. The library is available pre-configured in 5U (ML6010), 14U (ML6020), or 23U (ML6030) sizes and adding an additional 9U unit to your stack is a straightforward procedure.

Capacity on Demand

Planning for future storage capacity today can help save your organisation time and money when you take advantage of the capacity on demand feature. For example, the ML6030 Library is pre-configured with 82 cartridge slots enabled. When the need arises, additional cartridge slots can be activated in 46 slot increments via the software License Key, allowing for non-disruptive scalability to even greater capacity, up to an instantaneously available 218 tape cartridge slots providing 87TB of initial native capacity. 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 402 slots in a 41U library configuration. License Keys are cumulative, do not expire, and are unique. Activating a new License Key code and increasing your capacity does not require any extra hardware or re-initialisation of the library.

Intelligent Diagnostics

The ML6000's intelligence proactively monitors the status of 125 components and operations. 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 analyse logs to email your designated administrator with potential problems and recommended corrections before they occur. Also, the integrated Data Path Verification Tool proactively checks the data-path to ensure connectivity before running your backup, dramatically reducing instances of failed jobs.

Versatile Management

The integrated Operator Panel's touch screen is a simple and intuitive GUI interface that allows you one-touch access through menu items, and provides quick-glance information on the library's health. Set-up, installation, maintenance, partitioning and troubleshooting are all handled through Wizards that guide you through each process step-by-step in plain English. The self-awareness and ease of management of the ML6000 PowerVault Library helps ensure that the safety of your backup execution is always worry free.

Reliable Technology

Effective data protection requires reliability. The entire PowerVault ML6000 stack is governed by a single, continuous robotic system with no handoffs or overlaps, meaning less moving parts and less chance of failure, further ensuring your key files are safe and secure. LTO-3 WORM tapes are integrated with LTO-3 drives and media to help prevent data from being overwritten or digitally altered. The ML6000 has a Redundant Power Supply ensures that your storage is active and available, at all times.        

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


Aligning Tape and Disk Solutions


The ML6000 PowerVault family is optimised for Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers and designed to align perfectly with the Dell/EMC Fibre Channel series of disk storage systems. The PowerVault ML6000 family is the ideal choice for Dell/EMC 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 like Symantec, EMC and CommVault, as well as the Dell/EMC disk portfolio. The PowerVault ML6000 uses drive technology that is future-ready, capable of expanding with the market to support different connectivity options, including SCSI 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.
 
Base System Capabilities Options

Active Tape Position Options (LTO)PowerVault ML6010 CM (5U) SystemPowerVault ML6020 CM (14U) SystemPowerVault ML6030 CM (23U) System
36XX
82XX
128XX
174X
218X

Total Library Capacity
Activated Tape Positions                                  Max. Native Capacity (TB) LTO-3                               
3614.4
8232.8
12851.2
17469.6
21887.8
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