Qualstar Legacy Tape Libraries


Qualstar TLS8000 LTO Tape Library


Product Description:
Qualstar’s TLS-8000 Series offers superior performance and value for LTO Ultrium tape users. With capacities from 4.4 TB to over 422 TB, the TLS-8000 Series economically and reliably automates tape-based applications, whether backing up a single server or as an integral part of an enterprise-wide storage management solution.

The TLS-8000 family comprises six models, providing a broad range of cost-effective solutions. Housing one to eight LTO Ultrium technology tape drives and up to 264 tapes. TLS-8000 multi-drive library models readily support concurrent reading and writing at data transfer rates exceeding 6.9 Terabytes per hour to meet the throughput needs of today’s rapidly-growing networks.

Direct Fiber Attach (DFA) LTO drives connect each drive to maximize SAN performance.

All TLS-Series libraries include Q-Link, Qualstar’s web browser accessed remote library manager that enables administrators to configure, upgrade, and monitor any TLS-Series tape library via a company intranet or over the internet from anywhere in the world. Q-Link extends the library’s comprehensive front panel menu system and adds additional functionality such as automatic e-mail notification based on rules set by the administrator, and firmware updates can be implemented remotely.

Developed for the RLS-Series libraries, VIOP is now incorporated in every TLS model. An exclusive Qualstar design feature, VIOP, Variable I/O Port, allows users to match the number of I/O slots to their operational requirements. Applications are not constrained by limits imposed by libraries with a fixed number of I/O slots. Users can assign the number of slots to best match their requirements. VIOP compliments the hardware I/O Ports which continue to be included or available in all models.

Logical Library is built into every TLS-Series SCSI library. It allows up to four servers to share a single library via a SCSI interface, even if each server is running a separate application. Systems that you couldn’t afford to upgrade can now be protected automatically. Support for multiple SCSI busses is also built-in to maximize throughput in direct-attach architectures.

The TLS-8000 Series also offers barcode scanning and an I/O Port for importing and exporting individual tapes under application control.

Qualstar is known worldwide for quality and reliability. All electrical and mechanical adjustments have been eliminated for easy installation and enhanced reliability. Tape drive reliability is improved by providing individual fans for each Ultrium drive to insure proper cooling. Filtered, positive air pressure is maintained throughout the library to reduce contamination.

Providing built-in capacity and performance growth is a hallmark of all Qualstar TLS-Series automation families. All drive bays are pre-wired: users can easily install additional tape drives for increased throughput. Field upgrade kits are also available to double the tape capacity of some models.

Founded in 1984, Qualstar has been designing and manufacturing tape automation products since 1994. Offering 30 models for AIT, SDLT and LTO Ultrium formats, our TLS-Series families consistently set industry standards for quality, performance and value.

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Feature Benefit
Up to eight LTO Ultrium tape drives High throughput; supports concurrent
read and write
Direct Fiber Attach (DFA) LTO tape drives Individual fibre channel connections
to the SAN
Q-Link Web browser based remote library manager
Wide capacity range Common format throughout the enterprise
Automatic alignment No special tools or procedures
Logical Library Partitioning (SCSI only) Supports up to four separate partitions.
No electrical or mechanical adjustments Easy, fast installation
Barcode scanner Fast media inventory
I/O Port Application controls tape inventory.
VIOP Bulk Tape import/export
Positive-pressure, filtered air system Reduces contamination, protects media
Individual drive cooling fans Enhanced drive reliability
Brushless motors Exceptional reliability

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