PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library

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Versatile, expandable, affordable

Organizations that need to automate their backup processes to reduce the need for manual intervention and the risk of human error.

  • Starting Price $1422000
  • Total Savings $584647
  • Dell Price $837353
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Tape Backup Technology

  • LTO specifications are an open format designed for interoperability
    Investment protection is assured through backwards compatibility
    • Each LTO generation reads 2 generations back
    • Each LTO generation writes 1 generation back

    Linear Tape File System (LTFS) support provides easy data access and management allowing easy file share; LTFS-LE software is available for purchase

Server Compatibility

Library Configurations

  • Up to four LTO drives with 48 slots, 8Gb FC or 6Gb SAS



    Expansion capacity
    Ships standard with 48 cartridge slots
    Both left and right magazines available as customer kits


  • Library Managed Encryption option is available with LTO-4 and later generation drives

Barcode Reader

  • Standard


  • There are two user interfaces:

    Operator Control Panel: Located on the front of the 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.

Drive Controllers

  • 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
Data Protection

Automated Data Protection

Regular, 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 SAN

Support for Your Dell iSCSI SAN

To 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).
Simplified Operations

Simplified Operations

Tapes can be imported and exported individually using the mail slot or twelve at a time using one of four 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 Management

Intuitive Management

An 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 Versatility

Tape Versatility

The 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 tape technology supports write-once, read-many (WORM) capability, which enables permanent data storage that cannot be overwritten — a requirement of many compliance regulations.
Dell PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library

Big Capacity, Small Space

With 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 — ideal for small office environments managing explosive data growth.
Be Green with Tape

Be Green With Tape

When factoring in the features and benefits of tape storage — such as reliability, portability, encryption and the shelf life (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.

Hardware Support Service Plans

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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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