PowerVault 124T Tape Autoloader

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The PowerVault™ 124T tape autoloader's remote management capability enables true, unattended backup while its magazine architecture facilitates quick scalability and easy automated movement of tape cartridges.

PowerVault 124T Tape Autoloader



  • Ideal for consolidating multiple or remote application servers for unattended, automated backup
  • High-density, rack-optimized tape autoloader solution that supports up to 24TB (LTO-5) of native capacity within a small, 2U form factor
  • Supports maximum native transfer rates of 504GB/hr (LTO-5)
  • 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)

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, Netware and Linux.

Tape Backup Technology

  • LTO4, LTO5 and LTO-6

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

Server Compatibility

  • Dell™ and x86 IBM and x86 HP Servers

    Support for NX4 and other NDMP products


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

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)

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


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


    • 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

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
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