Sun/Storagetek StorEdge™ L180 Tape Library

The Sun StorEdge™ L180 Tape Library is a 10-drive, 180-cartridge automated tape library configured to its maximum capacity of almost 35 TB Native.

Coupled with reliable robotics, and drive, and power supply redundancy, along with high availability and strong performance, the L180 is an ideal tape storage solution to protect data.

The L180 tape library uses advanced rotational robotics, which uses a rotational mechanism for horizontal positioning. The unit needs no adjustments or lubrication, and is designed for a cycle life of over 1 million cycles.

The L180 tape library's wide-based gripper mechanism enhances cartridge stability and helps enable faster moves. The gripper and cartridge design helps allow efficient handling of cartridges. In addition, the advanced cartridge-cell design provides pinpoint cartridge location resulting in simpler mechanics. That means that the gripper mechanism need not reposition the cartridge, thus allowing faster, more accurate and reliable movements.

The library also features fast audit times. An audit of the library's cartridges and drives takes at most five minutes with a fully loaded library (180 cartridges).

NSCEE's L180 Tape Library

Number of Cartridges 180, 200 GB each
Maximum Native Capacity 34.8 TB
Number of Drives 10
Type of Drives IBM LTO™ Ultrium™ T400
Maximum Native Throughput 300 MB/second
Tape Loadtime (to BOT) 10 seconds
Average File Access Time 76 seconds
Average Cartridge Swap Time 7 seconds
Startup/Boot Time 3 to 4 minutes average
Inventory Time Less than 6 minutes
(fully loaded, with bar-codes)

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