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StorNext® tape archives provide best-in-class data integrity for long-term data preservation at the lowest possible cost. Integrated with StorNext’s intelligent policy-based tiering. Provides transparent file system access to all data tiered to tape.

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Archive Users Need Answers

Archive Users Need Answers

Whether they manage satellite imaging data or genomics research information or feature motion pictures, the most data-intensive organizations face a critical choice when it comes to storing their digital assets. Exabyte-scaling is needed for the largest data sets, and they have to be both preserved indefinitely for future use and made available to users economically and securely. 

Disk prices have fallen, but not nearly enough to work for the largest and most critical archives—and the costs for space, power and cooling rise rapidly. The cloud? Future costs can be npredictable, and you have to ask yourself whether you want to give control of your most valuable assets to someone else.

A better archive solution is here.

Quantum Archive Libraries Combine Scale and Security

Many of the largest and most important of the world’s archiving applications have found that the right answer is a Quantum StorNext AEL6000 archive-enabled library. Each of the these LTO-based systems can store up to 360 Petabytes of data, they scale easily using capacity-on-demand, and they work with StorNext software to create the largest nearline archives in the smallest amount of space and at the lowest cost of any storage system anywhere. 

AEL6000 libraries feature full redundancy options, even for robotics, to provide continuous access to your data, and their Extended Data Life Management (EDLM) feature automatically tests media, detects any early signs of wear, and uses StorNext software to proactively write files to new media—it is the only system designed to minimize management overhead while protecting datasets indefinitely.

Quantum Archive Libraries Combine Scale and Security

Featured Benefits

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Long-Term Storage at Lowest Possible Cost

StorNext tape archives combine the lowest power and cooling storage with best-of-breed monitoring to reduce the headaches of managing large archives, and to save you time. In fact, StorNext tape archives with iLayer™ software reduce administrative cycles up to 70% compared to other libraries. And with StorNext’s slot-based pricing, you will enjoy TCO benefits when migrating StorNext AEL Archives to future generations of LTO.

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Big. Big Scale. Petascale.

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. And with the StorNext AEL6000, you can scale up to nearly 144 PB uncompressed with LTO-8 and our optional High-Density Expansion Modules. And the archive capacity doesn’t stop there—with StorNext Vaulting, infrequently used data may also be stored outside the library for even greater cost savings and scale.

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Transparency Means Workflows Run Smoothly

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. Transparency means that files still appear in their original file system location, so your editors, analysts, and scientists don’t need to worry about the physical file location. Saving you time and increasing your efficiency.

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Self-Healing Gives Best-in-Class Data Integrity

StorNext AEL tape archives can leverage Extended Data Life Management (EDLM) to proactively detect suspect media and automatically migrate data to new tapes if needed. This self-healing capability gives you long-term data integrity. And because you set the policies that control the frequency and behavior of EDLM, you ensure that your archived data is available when you need it.

Technical Specifications

StorNext AEL6 tape library configured for the following slot count:

  • 50 activated slots
  • Expandable to 800 slots
  • High-efficiency power supplies, 80 PLUS® certified

StorNext AEL6000 tape library configured for the appropriate slot count:

  • 400, 700, 1,500, 3,000, or 5,000 activated slots
  • Expandable to 12,0061 slots
  • High-efficiency power supplies, 80 PLUS Gold certified

StorNext AEL6

StorNext AEL6000

Base Module Sizes: 

6U

1–17 frames

Drive Technology: 

LTO-6, LTO-7, LTO-8

LTO-6, LTO-7, LTO-8

Drive Quantity: 

Up to 24

Up to 192

Cartridge Slots: 

50 to 800

400 to 12,006

Base Unit Active Slots: 

50

400, 700, 1,500, 3,000, 5,000

StorNext AEL6

  • Capacity-on-Demand for quick and easy scalability:
    • 25-slot licenses à 100-slot licenses
    • 750-slot license
    • Physical Expansion Modules sold separately
  • Additional tape drives
  • EDLM drives
  • Active Vault
  • StorNext Distributed Data Movers (DDMs)
  • StorNext vaulting
  • Advanced Reporting license
  • Redundant power supply
  • Advanced Path Failover

StorNext AEL6000

  • 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 (DDMs)
  • StorNext vaulting
  • Active Vault
  • Advanced Reporting license
  • Redundant power supply
  • Advanced Path Failover

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. (StorNext AEL6000 only)

Active Vault: In-library vaulting of cartridges in a separate Active Vault partition. Reduces software/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. (StorNext AEL6000 only)

Advanced Reporting: 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. (StorNext AEL6000 only)

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 and Data Path Failover, including support for path failure within the SAN fabric.

Library Partitioning: Supports up to 16 partitions for tape consolidation in StorNext AEL6000 and up to 15 partitions in StorNext AEL6.

StorNext AEL6

StorNext AEL6000

Library Control/Data Interface:

8 Gb Fibre Channel

8 Gb Fibre Channel

Management Interface:

1 GbE

1 GbE

Inventory Speed:

Ranges from approx. 1 minute to 6 minutes, depending on configuration

100 slots in 20 seconds

Import/Export:

Configurable, 0 to 50 slots in 5-slot increments for every module, up to 240 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 AEL6

StorNext AEL6000

Library MSBF:

Greater than 2 million

Greater than 3 million

Library MTTR:

30 minutes

20 minutes

Diagnostics:

Embedded monitoring of major subsystems, self-diagnostic procedures, and policy-based email and pager alerts to system administrators and Quantum Global Services

Embedded monitoring of major subsystems, self-diagnostic procedures, and policy-based email and pager alerts to system administrators and Quantum Global Services

Module Upgrades:

Any storage module may be added in less than 30 minutes; all components are customer installable.

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.

StorNext AEL6

StorNext AEL6000

Safety Standards:

IEC-60950 with worldwide country deviations

TUV IEC-60950-1:2006 CB Scheme, EN 60950-1 2nd Edition

Emissions Standards:

CNS 13438 Class A, EN 55022:2010 Class A, FCC Part 15, Class A, KN 32, VCCI

Class A: FCC CFR-47 Part 15, CISPR 22, EN 55022, VCCI, KCC

Immunity Standards:

EN 55024, KN 35

EN 55024, KN 55024

International Certifications:

CE (Europe), VCCI (Japan), TUV/GS (Germany), FCC (USA), ICES (Canada), cTUVus (USA and Canada), EAC (EurAsian Conformity Mark), KCC (Korea), BSMI (Taiwan)

CE, cTUVus, KCC (MIC), GOST, VCCI

StorNext AEL6

StorNext AEL6000

Electrical:

100–240 VAC, 50–60 Hz

100–240 VAC, 2–24 kVA

Temperature:

16 °C to 35 °C operating temperature

15 °C to 35 °C operating temperature

Humidity:

20 to 80% non-condensing operating humidity

10 to 90% non-condensing operating humidity

StorNext AEL Archives are available for purchase with StorNext appliances or StorNext software. They can also be added to an existing StorNext deployment. The StorNext AEL family is designed for use with:

  • StorNext software
  • Scalar Key Manager
  • Select third-party encryption key managers

Host Operating Systems and Client TypesOracle Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X*, CentOS, Scientific Linux, Oracle Linux

Metadata Controller: Requires StorNext M440/M660 metadata appliance or equivalent Linux StorNext metadata controller

*Mac OS X support provided by Apple’s Xsan product. For more information, visit www.apple.com/xsan. Note: For a complete list of supported operating systems, consult the StorNext-Supported Environments List at www.quantum.com

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