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StorNext AEL6000 Archive

With StorNext AEL archives and Scalar tape libraries, you get best-in-class management, monitoring, and data security from the market share leader in LTO tape automation.


StorNext tape archives are available in a range of models, and let you start small, scale big, and scale efficiently with capacity-on-demand growth.

StorNext tape archives with iLayer™ software reduce administrative cycles up to 70% compared to other libraries

With tape archives in a StorNext tiered storage solution, data can be automatically migrated to the lowest-cost storage—with zero impact to your workflows and users


Solution Includes

StorNext AEL500 StorNext AEL6000
StorNext Storage Manager slot-based licenses
EDLM software with license
Scalar i500 tape library configured for the appropriate slot count
  • 20, 41, or 133 activated slots
  • Expandable to 409 slots
Scalar i6000 tape library configured for the appropriate slot count
  • 400, 700, 1,500, 3,000 or 5,000 activated slots
  • Expandable to 12,006* slots
  • High-efficiency power supplies, 80PLUS Gold certified

Capacity Configurations

  StorNext AEL500 StorNext AEL6000
Base Module Sizes 5U, 14U, 23U 1-17 frames
Technology LTO-5
Drives up to 18 up to 192
Slots 20 to 409 400 to 12,006*
Base Unit Active Slots 20, 41, 133 400, 700, 1,500, 3,000, 5,000
Approximate Capacity Range (TB) 20-614 (LTO-5)
50-1,023 (LTO-6)
120-2,454 (LTO-7)
600-17,970* (LTO-5)
1,000-29,950* (LTO-6)
2,400-71,880 (LTO-7)
*Maximum requires optional HDEMs. Addition of optional drives, optional I/E Stations, or optional Dual Robot will reduce maximum size.

Optional Add-Ons

StorNext AEL500 StorNext AEL6000
  • Capacity-on-Demand for quick and easy scalability:
    • 21-slot license available for the 20-slot base configuration
    • 46-slot licenses available for additional capacity upgrades (beyond 41 slots)
    • Physical Expansion Modules sold separately
  • Additional tape drives
  • EDLM drives
  • StorNext Distributed Data Movers (DDM)
  • StorNext vaulting
  • Advanced Reporting license
  • Redundant power supply
  • Dual Robot feature with active/active operation
  • Capacity-on-Demand for quick and easy scalability:
    • 100 slot licenses
    • Physical Expansion Modules sold separately
  • Choice of Expansion Modules
    • Storage/Drive Expansion Module
    • High-Density Expansion Module
  • EDLM drives
  • StorNext Distributed Data Movers (DDM)
  • StorNext vaulting
  • Active Vault
  • Advanced Reporting license
  • Redundant power supply

StorNext AEL6000 Advanced Feature Details

Dual Robot: Adds a redundant robot for high availability and active/active operation for faster robot performance. Allows the library to continue to operate despite robotic failure.
Active Vault: In-library vaulting of cartridges in a separate Active Vault partition. Reduces software and hardware costs, reduces management time, improves data security.
HDEMs: High-Density Expansion Modules replace Standard-Density Expansion Modules to achieve 70% higher physical capacity in the same floor space.
Advanced Reporting: Media Integrity Analysis report, Media Usage report, Drive Utilization report, Security report and media removal notifications, Report scheduling with automated report creation and delivery to distribution lists.
Firmware Auto-leveling: Maintains consistent firmware levels across all tape drives in the library.
Extended Data Life Management (EDLM): Media health reports of cartridges stored for long-term archive, information is collected outside of normal operation. Policy-based data migration to new cartridges.
Path Failover: Control Path Failover, Data Path Failover including support for path failure within the SAN fabric.
Library Partitioning: Supports up to 16 partitions for tape consolidation.


  StorNext AEL500 StorNext AEL6000
Drive Interface: 8Gb fiber, 4Gb fiber Native Storage Networking 8Gb FC,
Native 8Gb FC, Storage Networking 4Gb FC
Library Interface: 8Gb FC 8Gb FC
Inventory Speed: 55 sec for average 5U configuration;
110 sec for average 14U configuration
100 slots in 20 seconds
Import/Export: Up to 54 (LTO) I/E slots Up to 1,104 (LTO) physical I/E slots;
Extended I/E provides virtual I/E slots
Auto-Import; Non-disruptive bulk loading


  StorNext AEL500 StorNext AEL6000
Library MSBF: Greater than 3,000,000
Power: 2N power
Diagnostics: Embedded monitoring of major subsystems, self-diagnostic procedures, and policy-based email and pager alerts to system administrators and Quantum Global Service
Library MTTR: 30 minutes 20 minutes
Module Upgrades: Any storage module may be added in less than 30 minutes; customer-installable components include drives, fans, power supplies,slot upgrades. Standard-Density Expansion Modules are included by default with purchase of Capacity-on-Demand license keys. Optional HDEMs replace Standard-Density Expansion Modules, if purchased.

Compliance And Certification

  StorNext AEL500 StorNext AEL6000
Safety: EC 60950 with worldwide country deviations TUV IEC-60950-1:2006 CB Scheme, EN60950-1 2nd Edition
Emissions: CISPR 22 Class A, EN55022 Class A, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3 Class A: FCC CFR-47 Part 15, CISPR 22, EN55022, VCCI, KCC
Immunity: EN 55024 EN55024, KN55024


  StorNext AEL500 StorNext AEL6000
Electrical: 100-240 VAC, 50-60Hz 100-240 VAC, 2-24 kVA
Temperature: 10 to 40°C operating 15 to 35°C operating
Humidity: 20 to 80% non-condensing operating 10 to 90% non-condensing operating


StorNext AEL Archives are for purchase with StorNext Metadata Appliances or StorNext software, or can be added to an existing StorNext deployment. The StorNext AEL Family is designed for use with:
  • StorNext Pro Solutions
  • StorNext Metadata Appliances
  • StorNext Storage
  • StorNext Software
  • Scalar Key Manager
  • Select 3rd-Party Encryption Key Managers

Supported Environments

Host Operating Systems and Client Types: Sun Solaris; HP-UX; IBM AIX; RedHat EL; SuSE ES; Microsoft Windows; Mac OS X*; CentOS; Scientific Linux; Oracle Linux
Metadata Controller: Requires StorNext M440/M660 Metadata Appliance or equivalent Linux StorNext Metadata Contoller
*Mac OS X support provided by Apple's Xsan product. Go to www.apple.com/xsan for more information.
Note: Consult the StorNext Supported Environments List at www.quantum.com for a complete list of supported operating systems.

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