StorageTek Streamline SL500 Tape Library

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Streamline SL500

Product Details

Manufacturer: StorageTek
Part #: Streamline SL500
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Warranty: 90 Days

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StorageTek Streamline SL500 Tape Library

The StreamLine™ SL500 modular library system is designed to meet mid-range
data protection and archiving requirements with the market’s most scalable, rack
mounted tape automation solution. By balancing your current storage needs with
future requirements, the SL500 helps increase your return on investment and
keeps you from overspending today.

Minimizing business risks and maintaining business continuity is also easier
with the StreamLine SL500. Its superior reliability and serviceability features
help you keep your critical business data available and accessible.

Features and IT Benefits

Reduce complexity –
The SL500 reduces data management complexity. It seamlessly supports multiple
applications in UNIX, Linux and Windows environments.

Improve reliability and accessibility –
The SL500 helps maintain system reliability, stability and the predictability of
backups with its redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and drives,
serviceability features, and monitoring, management and control tools.

Improve performance –
The SL500 can accommodate up to 18 tape drives, providing you with the
performance you need to meet your shrinking backup windows. The SL500 is an
ideal data protection solution for critical applications with fast data growth
rates, such as e-mail servers, database applications and enterprise file

Enable cost-effective and scalable growth –
As data volumes continue to grow, backup windows continue to shrink. Most
storage libraries in the midrange market quickly hit their capacity and
performance limits. Not so with the SL500. It can easily grow from 30 to 575 LTO
slots in a single rack mount configuration, and expansion modules are simple and

Save space, cut costs –
The rack mountable approach and dense cartridge slot design makes the library an
excellent fit in environments where space is at a premium. Configure a
stand-alone tape automation rack, combine the SL500 in a rack with servers and
disk storage arrays, or even place a smaller version on a desktop.

Gain years of investment protection –
The SL500 provides you with an extremely adaptable platform designed to
accommodate your current and future storage consolidation and data protection
needs for years to come. With its flexible and modular design, the SL500 can
effectively serve as a mid-range library, a next-tier solution for organizations
using autoloaders and small libraries, and as a key component of a long-range
storage consolidation strategy.

Increase value with exceptional storage services
StorageTek’s Implementation Services help you achieve the full benefits of your
storage solution investment. StorageTek® can work with you to establish host
connectivity to the library, integrate the library into your existing backup
operations and set up media controls.

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Performance –
Throughput per hour, native (uncompressed): LTO Gen 2 (18 drives; 30-35 MB/sec)
– over 2 TB/hr LTO Gen 3 (18 drives; 68-80 MB/sec) – up to 2.88 TB/hr

Capacity –
Capacity, native (uncompressed): (maximum configurations 575 cartridges)
LTO Gen 2 (200 GB/cart) – 115 TB
LTO Gen 3 (575 carts, 400 GB/cart) – 230 TB
Number of cartridge slots: 30-575 slots
Base module: 30-50 LTO cartridge slots
Drive expansion module: 90 additional slots
Cartridge expansion module: 120 additional LTO cartridge slots
Number of tape drives / types: 1-18 LTO Gen 2 or Gen 3
Cartridge access port (CAP)*: Base module, 5-cartridge capacity
Drive expansion module, 10-cartridge capacity
Cartridge expansion module, 10-cartridge capacity
*CAP slots can be configured as data cartridge slots

Availability –
Mean exchanges / swaps between failure (MEBF/MSBF): 2,000,000
Mean time to repair (MTTR): <30 min
Non-disruptive serviceability: Hot-swappable drives, Ethernet and serial ports
for diagnostics and reporting. Redundant hot-swappable power supplies with
redundant fans.

Compatibility –
Supported host platforms: UNIX, Windows NT, Linux
Robotics control interfaces: SCSI-3 Media Changer command set, Low-Voltage
Differential (LVD) – standard or 2-Gb native Fibre Channel
Any Cartridge Any Slot™ technology: Simultaneous non-partitioned support of
multiple tape and media types

Management –
Digital vision system: Unique digital vision camera system that performs
continuous calibration and reads bar codes
Operator panel: Optional user-friendly configuration and diagnostic controls,
status display and viewing window
Automatic clean: Configurable cleaning cartridge slot for tape drive cleaning by
library or software command
Automatic self discovery: Self-configuring for cells, drives and cartridge
access ports
Continuous automation calibration: No periodic maintenance or alignment required

Mechanical –
Base module
Height: (Minimum configuration)
14.00 in (35.6 cm)
Depth: 33.14 in (81.1 cm)
Width: 18.9 in (48.0 cm)
Unit height: 8u*
Weight: 76.4 lb (34.56 kg)
Drive expansion module
Height: 14.0 in (35.6 cm)
Depth: 33.14 in (81.1 cm)
Width: 18.9 in (48.0 cm)
Unit height: 8u*
Weight: 59.0 lb (26.9 kg)
Cartridge expansion module
Height: 14.0 in (35.6 cm)
Depth: 31.62 in (80.3 cm)
Width: 18.9 in (48.0 cm)
Unit height: 8u*
Weight: 44.2 lb (20.1 kg)

Environmental –
Temperature (operating): +50° to + 104° F (+15° to 40° C)
Temperature (non-operating): +50° to + 104° F (+10° to 40° C )
Relative humidity (operating): 20%–80%
Relative humidity (non-operating): 10%–95%

Power –
Voltage: 100–127 VAC, 200–240 VAC @ 50–60 Hz single phase (auto-ranging)
Library (operating maximum continuous – not peak): 1.42 A @ 120 V, 0.75 A @ 240
V, 614 BTU/hr
Drives: Drive power consumption varies. Refer to individual drive specifications

Regulatory Compliance –
Electromagnetic compliance: FCC (47 CFR 15, Subpart B) Class A
CE (EN55022 Class A, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
VCCI (CISPR 22) Class A
Canada (ICES-003) Class A
Safety: UL 1950
CAN/CSA 22.2 No. 950


All Spectra provided Sun Storage Devices are put through a rigorous refurbishment, reconditioning and testing process.

We guarantee our products to be:

  • Original equipment manufactured and serial numbered numbered by Sun
  • Configured to exact user specifications
  • Fully refurbished to manufacturers standards of new [ETN]
  • All hard drives are 72 hour burn in/Load Tested
  • Complete with manufacturers ship group
  • Provided with 90 day warranty
  • Shipped in a timely manner

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