PowerVault 124T Tape Autoloader

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Dell PowerVault 124T

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PowerVault 124T Tape Deck


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  • Supports a single LTO tape drive, designed for nightly backup of less than 3TB
  • Ideal for consolidating multiple or remote application servers for unattended, automated backup
  • High-density, rack-optimized tape autoloader solution that supports up to 40TB (LTO-6) of native capacity within a small, 2U form factor
  • Supports maximum native transfer rates of 576GB/hr (LTO-6)
  • Remote Management functionality to deliver reliable backup through any web-based browser
  • Simple scalability through the dual-magazine design allowing you to manage eight cartridges per magazine (16 total cartridges per unit, 2 magazines holding 8 cartridges each)

The PowerVault 124T is a tape autoloader that allows customers to maximize their rack-based storage backup within a 2U chassis. Its expandable architecture and magazine design enable customers to quickly manage and replace tape cartridges for growing data center needs. These features also help customers cost-effectively scale capacity to meet future backup and recovery demands. The PowerVault 124T delivers reliable backup through remote management using any web-based browser while featuring seamless integration into diverse operating systems such as Microsoft® Windows and Linux®.

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 30 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.

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Operating Temperature: 10 to 35° C
    Non-Operating Temperature: -40 to 65° C
    Operating Humidity: 20% to 80% RH, noncondensing
    Non-Operating Humidity: 10% to 90% RH, noncondensing


    Power Requirements: 100-240 VAC
    Inrush Current: 4.0 A (RMS) for 115 VAC, 4.0 A (RMS) for 230 VAC
    Power Consumption: 60 Hz = 75 W; 50 Hz = 80 W


    • Native Max Capacity: w/- LTO-6: 40.0TB
    • Native Max Capacity: w/- LTO-5: 24.0TB
    • Native Max Capacity: w/- LTO-4: 12.8TB


    • 2U, Rackmount, 1 tape drive
      3.4" (h) x 16.77" (w) x 27.52" (d)
      8.64cm (h) x 42.59cm (w) x 69.90cm (d)

    • Weight with drive:
    • 34 lbs (15.42 kg) without packaging/accessories

    Autoloader Indicators/Controls:

    5-button with 2-line, 16 character LCD menu display (with backlight)
    Operational status LEDs

    Cabling Options:

    No cables
    SAS cable for SAS HBA connect

Transfer Rate and Backup Rate

    • Native Maximum w/ s LTO-4 120MB/s (432GB/hr)
    • Native Maximum w/ s LTO-5 140MB/s (504GB/hr)
    • Native Maximum w/ s LTO-6 160MB/s (576GB/hr)

Server Compatibility

  • Dell™ and x86 IBM and x86 HP Servers

    Support for NX4 and other NDMP products

Hard Drive

  • PowerVault 124T LTO-4 Drive
    Cartridge Capacity (Native): 800GB*

    PowerVault 124T LTO-5 Drive
    Cartridge Capacity (Native): 1.5TB*

    PowerVault 124T LTO-6 Drive
    Cartridge Capacity (Native): 2.5TB*

Drive Controllers

  • SAS(LTO-4, LTO-5, LTO-6)
    Dell Supported: 6Gb HBA


  • Dell-supported Tape Backup Software:
    Symantec® Backup Exec™ for Microsoft® Windows®


  • Autoloader MCBF: Greater than 400,000 hours with 100% duty cycle

Tape Backup Technology

  • LTO4, LTO5 and LTO-6

    Holds up to 16 data cartridges (2 magazines supporting 8 cartridges each)

Barcode Reader

  • TTL level, RS4xx serial communication
    Not customer installable


  • Cartridge loading: single front loading slot
    Cartridge inventory time: Less than 1 minute, 15 seconds
    Manual entry of cartridge to magazine: Less than 1 minute


  • Standard*: 3 Years Next Business Day On-Site Parts and Labor
  • Optional: Same Day, 4 Hour Response 5x10 Parts and Labor
  • Optional: Same Day, 4 Hour Response 7x24 Parts and Labor

Standard Support Services

  • 7-day/24-hour E-support services featuring online support capabilities
  • 7-day/24-hour Lifetime Telephone Technical Support for troubleshooting and diagnosis of Dell hardware

Optional Support Services

  • Installation Services
  • Custom Factory Integration