Scalar Tape Libraries
The Lowest-Cost, Most Secure Storage. Period.
Data Protection & Long-Term Storage Are More Important Than Ever
Tape has been used for decades to preserve and protect data, and today more than ever tape is the best choice for long-term storage. Not only that, but tape has emerged as a key part of cloud and hyperscale infrastructures. The biggest data centers on the planet are using tape, and using it extensively.
Our customers are dealing with a challenge of storing petabytes, and exabytes of unstructured data – video, hi-res images, IoT data, research data, really valuable stuff – and they need to keep it for decades.
Further, in the Enterprise, CIOs and IT departments are concerned with the threat of ransomware. Because tape storage is an ‘offline’ storage technology, it provides effective protection against ransomware and malware.
Quantum Tape Libraries Are The Solution
Quantum’s Scalar® series of tape storage systems are used by tens of thousands of customers around the world, to provide long-term storage for compliance purposes, and for digital media and image archiving.
Our tape systems can be as small as a few tapes, scale within a rack, or can start at a full rack and grow to be larger than a semi-truck. Quantum Scalar tape systems provide the best storage density in the market, at the lowest $ per TB.
We get that tape is not easy to manage. That’s why Quantum can manage your tape environment as part of our managed cloud services – so you can realize the economic benefit of tape without the management headaches.
Quick Compare: Scalar Tape Series
Small to Medium Backup Environments
Number of Tapes: 25 to 400
Native Capacity with LTO-8 Media: 300 TB to 4.8 PB
Compressed Capacity with LTO-8 Media: 750 TB to 12 PB
Minimum Physical Size: 3U Rack-mountable Chassis
Max Size: 24U
Number and Type of Tape Drives: 1 to 24 Half-Height Tape Drives
Enterprise Data Centers, PB-scale ‘scale out’ cold storage
Number of Tapes: 50 to 800
Native Capacity with LTO-8 Media: 600 TB to 9.6 PB
Compressed Capacity with LTO-8 Media: 1.5 PB to 24 PB
Minimum Physical Size: 6U Rack-mountable Chassis
Max Size: 48U
Number and Type of Tape Drives: 1 to 24 Full-Height Tape Drives
Enterprise Data Centers, PB-scale ‘scale up’ cold storage
Number of Tapes: 100 to 12,000
Native Capacity with LTO-8 Media: 1.2 PB to 144 PB
Compressed Capacity with LTO-8 Media: 3 PB to 360 PB
Minimum Physical Size: Single 19” Rack Unit
Max Size: 21 Racks Wide, in a Single Data Center Aisle
Number and Type of Tape Drives: 1 to 192 Full-Height Tape Drives
Lowest-cost Long-term Storage
LTO tape continues to provide the lowest-cost long-term storage solution, and for PB-scale data sets is a fraction of the cost of public cloud and other cold storage solutions. And because tape is stored on-shelf within these libraries, this “air gap” makes tape the most effective protection against ransomware.
Industry-leading Scalability and Storage Density
Each of the Scalar libraries provides best-in-class storage density, from the 3U rackmountable Scalar i3, all the way up to the full data center aisle, 20+ frame Scalar i6000. Each of the Scalar libraries can be scaled simply with expansion modules and capacity-on-demand licensing.
Maximum Uptime and Minimum OpEx
iLayer™ proactive diagnostics detect degraded library, drive and media conditions before they cause a failure, or before the media itself degrades. This translates to less time spent managing libraries, less downtime and an overall reduction in operational expense.
Military-grade Encryption and Automated Encryption Key Management
Scalar Key Manager works with all Scalar libraries to provide simple, FIPS-validated encryption key management. And since all LTO tape drives use AES 256-bit military-grade encryption, you can rest assured your data is secure.
Turguy Goker Talks Tape
Turguy represents Quantum with LTO organizations as the technology leader, while also
leading the Advanced Development Team focused on LTO technology.
Data Center Turns to Scalar Libraries for Instant Scalability
"We are so pleased with Quantum’s performance, its value from a pricing perspective, and its capabilities and expandability that there is no reason for us to switch to anything else."
VP of System Engineering & Product Development
Poland’s Kredyt Bank Credits Scalar Solution for Safe Data
"It is a reliable technology – very robust. Quantum is the main pillar of our bank data security."
Making the Grade with Video Archive
"When you look at not only cost per gigabyte, but harder to measure figures like the cost of cooling and power, the price advantage of tape is compelling. Add to that the scalability of Quantum libraries and the ability to better control what data goes on disk and what is archived or backed up on tape, and you’ll understand why we’re excited about all the things we can do with Quantum’s Scalar LTFS."
Director of Systems Administration
redIT Uses Scalar Tape Library for Private, Customizable Clouds
"Quantum doesn’t just provide the ability to do basic tape backup—it is the flexibility of the architecture and tools in the Scalar tape library that allow us to meet regulatory, encryption, and compliance requirements."
VP of Managed & Professional Services
Tape Storage Resources
Storage Switzerland: New Scalar Storage Platform Meets Unstructured Data Challenge
The Evolution of Cloud Storage: Tape, Backup and Next-Gen Infrastructures
Why Invest in LTO?
Your Last Line of Defense Against Ransomware
Tape Storage – a Proactive Layer of Protection Against Ransomware