PowerVault 124T Tape Autoloader

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The PowerVault™ 124T tape autoloader's remote management capability enables true, unattended backup.

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PowerVault 124T Tape Autoloader



Tape Backup Technology

  • LTO4, LTO5 and LTO-6

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

Server Compatibility

  • Recommended Server Capacity and Environment

    High end departmental and enterprise servers
    Rack dense servers that require external tape backup solutions

    Server Compatability

    Dell and x86 IBM and HP Servers
    Please refer to compatibility matrix for complete listing


  • Native: 6.4TB, LTO3, 12.8TB LTO4, 24TB LTO5


    PowerVault 124T LTO-3-060
    Drive Cartridge Capacity (Native): 400GB*

    PowerVault 124T LTO-3
    Drive Cartridge Capacity (Native): 400GB*

    PowerVault 124T LTO-4-120
    Drive Cartridge Capacity (Native): 800GB*

    PowerVault 124T LTO-5-140
    Drive Cartridge Capacity (Native): 1.5TB

Transfer Rate and Backup Rate

  • Native Maximums (LTO3-060)

    Native Maximums (LTO-3)

    Native Maximums (LTO-4-120)

    Native Maximums (LTO5-140)

Barcode Reader

  • TTL level, RS4xx serial communication
    Not customer installable

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*


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


  • 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

Drive Controllers

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


  • No cables
    PCIe U320 SCSI HBA & VHDCI to 68-pin cable
    VHDCI to 68-pin cable with no controller card
    SAS cable for SAS HBA connect


  • Dell-supported Tape Backup Software:*:
    Symantec® Backup Exec™ for Microsoft® Windows® and Novell® NetWare® *
    CommVault® Galaxy™ for Microsoft Windows, Novell NetWare and Linux® *


  • 2U, Rackmount, 1 tape drive
    9cm (3.4") (h) x 43cm (16.77") (w) x 70cm (27.52") (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

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


  • 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.
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