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   RLS-Serires Rackmount Tape Libraries

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Product Description: 

The RLS-Series delivers Qualstar�s Simply Reliable Automated Tape Library technology to users requiring rackmountable solutions.

Product Photo The RLS-Series supports AIT, LTO, SuperAIT and SuperDLT cartridge tape formats, giving users technology choices without compromising quality or reliability, in compact 5U-high modules. Offering superior performance and value, the RLS-Series Tape Library family includes five models yielding capacities up to 22 terabytes (native). Using typical data compression ratios, capacity can exceed 57 terabytes. Depending on the tape drive technology chosen, individual models house up to four tape drives. Data transfer rates can approach 560 gigabytes per hour. Built-in reliability is only part of the RLS-Series story. Hot-pluggable tape drives have been designed in to reduce downtime. Each drive is on a self-connecting mount that eliminates handling cables. Simply slide the drives in or out.

High Availability plus Q-Link
RLS High Availability options include hot-swappable redundant power supplies, true hot-swappable tape drives, and Q-Link�, the web browser based remote library manager.
Q-Link allows any RLS-Series Tape Library to be configured, monitored, diagnosed and managed from anywhere in the world. Using Q-Link, companies can deploy enterprise-class data protection without increasing staffs or degrading data security. Even firmware updates can be implemented remotely. Investment Protection

Investment Protection
Featuring IPM (Interface Personality Module) Architecture, RLS-Series libraries can be reconfigured in seconds for SCSI, Fibre Channel or future interface architectures such as iSCSI by simply plugging in the appropriate IPM. In addition, a field capacity expansion kit is available to economically upgrade the RLS-4445 to an RLS-4470.

Reliable, Intelligent Robotics
The RLS-Series unique robotic mechanism is Simply Reliable by design. Leadscrew-based robotics using brushless DC motors and closed-loop servo control systems provide precise positioning and flawless media handling for years of dependable operation. All FRUs, options and tape drives are auto-discovering, and all electrical and mechanical adjustments have been completely eliminated by sophisticated, adaptive �smart� logic design.

Easy Operation
An intuitive menu-driven control system provides easy-to-use installation, configuration, and operational information via the onboard LCD panel. Critical operating functions are displayed and an audible alarm signals conditions requiring immediate action. All of the information, functions and controls built into the front panel display are replicated in
Q-Link, the powerful, browser-based remote library manager. Tapes are housed in convenient magazines that simply snap in and out of the library. Removing and organizing tapes for off-site storage has never been easier.

Advanced Cartridge
Management and Security

Bar code scanning enhances throughput and controls the media inventory.
VIOP, a unique variable I/O port design, allows users to determine how many slots to commit to importing and exporting tapes. Our exclusive �Inventory Sentry� senses whether the tapes or magazines have actually been removed when the door is opened. If they haven�t, operation is resumed without causing a time consuming re-inventory.

Logical Library and Fibre Channel
Logical Library is built into every RLS-Series library. It allows up to four servers to share a single library, even if each server is running a separate application. Systems that you couldn�t afford to upgrade can now be protected automatically. The SANSmart Fibre Channel interface option supports the latest 2-gigabit per second SAN technology.

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RLS Specifications Table:
Specifications Table

Engineered for Reliability:

  • Auto-connecting hot-pluggable tape drives
  • All brushless DC motors
  • Self-calibrating digital servo control system
  • Auto-aligning. No mechanical or electrical adjustments
  • Over 1,000,000 MEBF
  • Automated tape drive cleaning
Efficient Media Control:
  • Bar code scanning of data cartridges
  • VIOP, Variable I/O port for inserting and removing cartridges or magazines
  • Inventory Sentry minimizes offline time
Comprehensive User Interface:
  • Back-lighted 80 character display
  • Proven control panel menu system for easy installation, configuration, operation and maintenance
  • Q-Link browser-based remote library management option
  • Hot-swappable tape drive option
  • Redundant hot-swappable power supply option
  • Barcode reader option
  • 2-gigabit Fibre Channel interface option
  • Ultra2 LVD SCSI interface
  • Multiple SCSI bus connections
  • Logical Library Partioning
  • Simultaneous random and multi-sequential operating modes
  • Selectable recycling and dual-bin sequential modes

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