Scalar i3

The Easy, Efficient, and Scalable Tape Library


Intelligent Software

Simplifies storage provisioning by scaling capacity quickly and easily

Best-in-Class Storage Density

80 PLUS-Certified Power Supplies

Advanced Reporting



System Capacity
Max Capacity TB (PB)*
No. of Modules Form Factor Max Slots Max Drives TB PB TB PB
1 (1CM) 3U 50 3 312.5 .3 750 .75
2 (1CM, 1EM) 6U 100 6 625 .6 1500 1.5
3 (1CM, 2EM) 9U 150 9 937.5 .9 2,250 2.25
4 (1CM, 3EM) 12U 200 12 1,250 1.25 3000 3
Minimum capacity is 25 slots; additional slots can be activated with a Capacity-on-Demand (CoD) license.
*Assumes 2.5:1 compression


Interface Options: 8Gb fibre channel and 6Gb SAS
Inventory Speeds: Approximately 1 minute for typical configurations
Firmware Updates: Customers can choose to have automatic checks for firmware updates, to ensure use of the latest library and drive code levels.
Configuration: Auto-discovery and auto-calibration for installed/added components (modules, tapes, drives, magazines, etc.)
Library Partitioning: Supports up to 12 partitions
Import/Export: Configurable, 0-25 in 5-slot increments for every module


Library MSBF: Greater than 2,000,000
Library MTTR: 30 minutes
Power: Optional 2N power
Diagnostics: Proactive diagnostics embedded within the library monitor major subsystems, runs self-diagnostic procedures, and policy-based communications to system administrators
Module Upgrade: Any module may be added in less than 30 minutes; all components are customer-installable.


Module HxWxD
Control Module 5.2" x 17.4" x 36.4" (13.3cm x 44.1cm x 92.45cm)
Expansion Module 5.2" x 17.4" x 36.4" (13.1cm x 44.1cm x 92.45cm)


Consult the most recent Quantum Software Compatibility Guide at for a complete list of software and platforms compatible with Scalar i3.


Safety Standards: IEC60950 with worldwide country deviations
Emissions Standards: CNS13438 Class A, EN55022:2010 Class A,
FCC Part 15 Class A, KN 32, VCCI
Immunity Standards: EN55024, KN 35
International Certifications: CE (Europe), VCCI (Japan) TUV/GS (Germany),
FCC (USA), ICES (Canada), cTUVus (USA & Canada),
EAC (EuroAsian Conformity Mark), KCC (Korea), BSMI (Taiwan)


Electrical: 100-240 VAC, 50-60Hz
Power: 80 PLUS certified power supplies
Temperature: 16 to 35°C operating
Humidity: 20 to 80% non-condensing operating


Drive Type Cartridge Capacity
Native/Compressed* (TB)
Drive Throughput
Native/Compressed* (MB/sec)
LTO-7 6.0 / 15.0 300 / 750
LTO-6 2.5 / 6.25 160 / 400
LTO-7 and LTO-6 tape drives support encryption and LTFS.
*Assumes 2.5:1 compression


Advanced Reporting: Media Integrity Analysis report, Media Usage report, Drive Utilization report, Media Security report and media removal notifications, Report scheduling with automated report creation and delivery to distribution lists
Control Path Failover: Provides redundant connectivity for robotics control
Note: Symantec BackupExec
If you are using Symantec BackupExec you should use the device driver that came with your software backup package.
  • Download

    Windows Library Driver

    Windows Server 2016 Device Driver for Scalar i3 Tape Libraries
  • Download

    Windows Library Driver

    Windows Server 2012 R2 Device Driver for Scalar i3 Tape Libraries
  • Advanced Path Failover Driver for Linux
  • Advanced Path Failover Driver for Windows
  • Advanced Path Failover Driver for AIX
  • Installation and Users Guide

The current library firmware version is listed below. Select the link(s) of the library or drive firmware you want to download below. Only customers with active Warranty or Service Maintenance contracts may access the content.

  • Scalar i3 i2.1.1 (152G.GS005)


Current Library and Certified Tape Drive Firmware Versions

You will be prompted to enter a valid System serial number to access this content.

   152G.GS005  Current Production
  Click Firmware below to begin Download
Scalar i3 Library 152G.GS005 
  md5 Checksum for Firmware 
IBM LTO-6 (SAS) (HH) H991 
IBM LTO-6 (FC) (HH) H991 
IBM LTO-7 (SAS) (HH) HB81 
IBM LTO-7 (FC) (HH) HB81 
IBM LTO-8 (SAS) (HH) HB83 
IBM LTO-8 (FC) (HH) HB83 
NOTE: iBlade customers will need to update their iBlade Base OS after upgrading to i2.1. Details are available on the Documentation Center under Devices BaseOS.  
Veeam Tape Server iBlade BaseOS v1.1.0-16 
Scalar LTFS iBlade BaseOS v1.2.0-7  


  • Download

    QCommander 1.5 for Windows

    QCommander 1.5 for Windows OS
  • Download

    QCommander 1.5 for MacOS

    QCommander 1.5 for MacOS
  • Download

    QCommander 1.5 for Linux

    QCommander 1.5 for Linux

There are no downloadable diagnostic tools for this product.

For Scalar i3 documents please visit

The Scalar i3 Documentation Center

Product Updates