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Qualstar has been a major player in the practical implementation of Big Data solutions for more than two decades! Their tape libraries include models ranging from entry-level to enterprise, and all models offer the advantages that have made Qualstar an industry leader:

  • Cost-effective – typically offering the best price/performance available, with no hidden costs such as slot licensing fees
  • High reliability – hot-swappable, redundant component options, as well as an optional independent monitoring system designed to ensure the dependability of both your stored data and the tape library itself
  • Best warranty – standard no-cost three-year warranty, unrivalled in the industry
  • “Green” and mean – optimized for low power consumption using Qualstar’s own high efficiency N2Power brand of power supplies wherever applicable
  • Convenient growth path – field-expandable systems to increase your storage capacity as your business needs grow
  • Online remote support – advanced software tools enable our top-notch technical support team to diagnose issues no matter where your system is located

Our focus on Vertical Markets

Fundamental to the evolution of Big Data has been the progressive digitization of media – voice, music, photos, drawings and videos, for example. As digital storage methods and standards evolved, industries embraced them in order to reduce their ever-increasing volumes of paperwork. Added advantages included much faster search and access times, automated data storage redundancy, reduced staffing needs, and so on. Nonetheless, each industry has its own unique application needs. To meet those needs, Qualstar is developing solutions specific to several of the vertical markets to which our customers belong:

  • Media & Entertainment
  • Oil & Gas
  • Government & Military
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Medical Imaging
  • Banking
  • Surveillance
  • Q24

    From easy installation to easy maintenance, the Q24 entry-level LTO tape library is designed to be Simply Reliable™. Feature-rich and compact in a 2U 19-inch rackmount form-factor, the Q24 offers capacities up to 60 terabytes (native) and 150 terabytes (compressed). The menu-driven graphical built-in operator control panel is easy to use, and the identical functionality may also be accessed via the integrated browser-based remote management interface (RMI). This enables IT administrators to remotely configure, manage and diagnose the library from anywhere in the world via the Internet. All field replaceable components, such as the tape drives, power supply and controller board are removable with standard tools.

    Key Highlights

    • 24 cartridge slots in two 12-slot magazines
    • 1 available single-slot I/O port
    • 1 half-height LTO 5 or LTO 6 tape drive; second drive optional
    • Up to 150 TB with LTO 6 compression (2.5:1)
    • 2U height x 19″ rack mount
    • Barcode reader standard, for fast inventory management
    • Remote management capability simplifies IT administration

  • RLS8350

    The RLS-8350 extends Qualstar’s well-respected RLS-8500 Series of Simply Reliable automated, high capacity rack mountable tape libraries. Offering superior performance and value, a single RLS-8350 library module delivers 125 terabytes of data in native mode. Using typical data compression ratios, capacity can exceed 312 terabytes. Multi-unit configurations can exceed 2.5 petabytes in a single rack.

    Expansion Ready

    Any RLS-8350 library can be expanded by adding up to three RLS-85120 modules, increasing capacity by over eight times.

    • Up to 410 tapes enabling over 2.5 PB compressed data to be stored in just 36U
    • Up to 19 LTO 5 or LTO 6 SAS or FC drives
    • Field upgrades are User-installable, self-calibrating and automatically discovered
    • FastPass™, Qualstar’s simple, robust tape mover fits entirely within library
    • No additional power or cooling needed

    Encryption Enabled

    Protect valuable data in transit

    • Simple, easy-to-use
    • Library-based encryption
    • User assigns keys
    • Separate key per partition

    Q-Link™ Remote Manager

    Q-Link enables any RLS tape library to be configured, monitored, diagnosed and managed from anywhere in the world

    • Web browser-based
    • Single-view local and remote management
    • Remote monitoring and troubleshooting

    Reliable, Intelligent Robotics

    The RLS-8350’s unique robotic mechanism is Simply Reliable by design

    • Leadscrew based robotics
    • Brushless DC motors and closed-loop servo control systems
    • All FRUs, options and tape drives are auto-discovering
    • No electrical and mechanical adjustments
    • Drives are self-connecting, simply slide them in or out
    • All service access is via the front or rear of the unit without removing it from the rack

    Easy Operation

    The RLS-8350 is equipped with a high resolution, color touch screen for local operation.

    • Intuitive menu-driven user interface
    • Easy-to-use installation, configuration and operation
    • All functions and controls are replicated in the Q-Link browser-based remote manager

    Advanced Cartridge Management And Security

    • Barcode scanning controls the media inventory
    • Dedicated 4-slot I/O port

    Logical Library

    Logical Library partitioning enables multiple servers to share a single library; up to one partition per drive.

  • RLS8500

    Offering superior performance and value, RLS-8500 Series libraries deliver capacities up to 285 terabytes (native) in just 10U. Using typical data compression ratios, each library module can exceed 712 terabytes. Multi-module configurations can exceed 2.9 petabytes in a single rack.

    • RLS-8560 libraries contain 54 data cartridge storage slots and a dedicated four-slot I/O port
    • RLS-85120 models house 114 data cartridge slots with 1 four-slot I/O port; or 108 slots with 2 four-slot I/O ports
    • Both models house up to seven LTO 5 or LTO 6 tape drives

    Expansion Ready

    Two, three or four RLS-8500 Series modules can be interconnected easily and economically

    • Up to 474 tapes enabling over 2.9 PB compressed data to be stored in just 40U
    • Up to 22 LTO 5 or LTO 6 SAS or Fibre Channel tape drives
    • FastPass™, Qualstar’s simple, robust tape mover fits entirely within library
    • User-installable; self-calibrating
    • No additional power or cooling is needed
    • Optional second storage matrix adds 60 slots to RLS-8560

    Encryption Enabled

    Protect valuable data in transit

    • Simple, easy-to-use
    • Library-based encryption
    • User assigns keys
    • Separate key per partition

    Q-Link™ Remote Manager

    Q-Link enables any RLS tape library to be configured, monitored, diagnosed and managed from anywhere in the world

    • Web browser-based
    • Single-view local and remote management
    • Remote monitoring and troubleshooting

    Reliable, Intelligent Robotics

    The RLS-8500 Series unique robotic mechanism is Simply Reliable by design

    • Lead screw based robotics
    • Brushless DC motors and closed-loop servo control systems
    • All FRUs, options and tape drives are auto-discovering
    • No electrical and mechanical adjustments
    • Drives are self-connecting, simply slide them in or out
    • All service access is through the front or rear of the unit without removing it from the rack

    Easy Operation

    RLS-8500 libraries are equipped with high resolution, color touch screens for local operation

    • Intuitive menu-driven user interface
    • Easy-to-use installation, configuration and operation
    • All functions and controls are replicated in the Q-Link browser-based remote manager

    Advanced Cartridge Management And Security

    • Barcode scanning controls the media inventory
    • Dedicated four-slot I/O port
    • Optional additional four-slot I/O port

    Logical Library

    Logical Library partitioning enables multiple servers to share a single library, up to one partition per drive.

  • rva

    A tape library, with its associated drives and media, represent a significant investment in a data center’s disaster recovery and archive infrastructure. However, while storage applications provide feedback on the success or failure of a data transfer, little information is available on resource efficiency or root cause failure isolation. Data transfer failures and tape errors can be the result of a complex mix of issues relating to the tape drives, media, network, and applications. The ReadVerify Appliance (RVA) provides a non-intrusive method for monitoring, validating, analyzing, and reporting on the performance, utilization, and health of the physical tape library environment.

    Key Highlights

    • Advanced Reporting for Library Optimization
    • Improve Efficiency to Reduce Storage Expenditures
    • Real-time Alerts to Minimize Data Risk
    • Simple, Non-Intrusive Installation
    • Ensure All Tape Media is Readable with Optional ArchiveVerify

  • XLS-832700

    XLS is Qualstar’s Simply Reliable highly modular enterprise library system. It delivers new levels of density, flexibility, scalability and ease of use, coupled with our proven record of reliability and value. If your need is for large tape storage capacity with very high throughput capability, the XLS‑832700 is the right choice of Library Resource Module (LRM) for you. In a multi-unit configuration with XLS‑89000 Media Expansion Modules, library capacity can be expanded to more than 6,300 tapes – see XLS Configurations.

    Key Highlights

    • Single LRM scales easily from 4 to 32 LTO 5 or LTO 6 tape drives, with maximum throughput capacity exceeding 18 PB per hour
    • Options allow a single LRM to be configured with a capacity from 235 tape slots up to a maximum of 695 slots
    • Patented Compass Architecture enables full 360 degree robotic tape access, minimizing robot seek times
    • Up to 40 I/O slots per LRM speed bulk tape handling operations
    • Up to eight independent host connections, each with its own logical partition
    • Integrated diagnostics and advanced monitoring maximize uptime
    • Advanced single-view, browser-based interface provides uniform local and worldwide management
    • Large color touch-screen facilitates local management and control of the library
    • N+1 power system and hot-swappable components
    • Highly efficient robotics design yields low power consumption, reduced cooling requirements
    • Qualstar Technical Support provides remote diagnostic access to minimize service interruptions and reduce downtime
    • Extended Service and Support plans are available

  • XLS-8161100

    XLS is Qualstar’s Simply Reliable highly modular enterprise library system. It delivers new levels of density, flexibility, scalability and ease of use, coupled with our proven record of reliability and value. XLS‑8161100 is the higher capacity member of the XLS family, and can be expanded in a multi-unit configuration to hold about 7,500 tapes – see XLS Configurations.

    Key Highlights

    • Single LRM scales easily from 4 to 16 LTO 5 or LTO 6 tape drives, with maximum throughput capacity exceeding 9 PB per hour
    • Options allow a single LRM to be configured with a capacity from 724 tape slots up to a maximum of 1064 slots
    • Patented Compass Architecture enables full 360 degree robotic tape access, minimizing robot seek times
    • High-speed carousel technology enables high density – over 236 TB of data (or 590 TB compressed data) per square foot
    • Up to 40 I/O slots per LRM speed bulk tape handling operations
    • Up to eight independent host connections, each with its own logical partition
    • Integrated diagnostics and advanced monitoring maximize uptime
    • Advanced single-view, browser-based interface provides uniform local and worldwide management
    • Large color touch-screen facilitates local management and control of the library
    • N+1 power system and hot-swappable components
    • Highly efficient robotics design yields low power consumption, reduced cooling requirements
    • Qualstar Technical Support provides remote diagnostic access to minimize service interruptions and reduce downtime
    • Extended Service and Support plans are available

  • XLS-89000

    Used in conjunction with either type of XLS Library Resource Module, the XLS-89000 MEM unit provides the ability to build large XLS library systems. When an LRM unit and a MEM unit are attached side-by-side, the patented Compass Architecture of the LRM’s robotic tape handler enables it to directly access tapes in the carousel storage slots of the MEM unit. Alternating LRM and MEM units may be ‘daisy chained’ to achieve a tape capacity of as many as 7,500 cartridges.

    Key Highlights

    • Single MEM unit has capacity for up to 1,075 tape cartridges
    • Patented carousel technology enables very high density – 316 TB (uncompressed data) per square foot
    • Field expandable to a maximum of 3 LRM and 4 MEM units for increased library capacity
    • Works with either XLS-832700 or XLS-8161100 LRM units

  • XLS_configuration

    The two types of Library Resource Modules, XLS‑832700 and XLS‑8161100, may be used as stand-alone libraries or they may be used in conjunction with XLS‑89000 Media Expansion Modules to build very high capacity libraries.