Data Management and Storage Products

Q48 Mid-Range Tape Library



Easy installation and easy maintenance are two important features of the Q48 mid-range LTO tape library, which is designed to be Simply Reliable™. Housed in a rackmountable 4U enclosure, the Q48 offers capacities up to 576 terabytes (native) and 1.44 petabytes (compressed). The menu-driven graphical built-in operator control panel is easy to use, and the identical functionality may also be accessed via the integrated browser-based remote management interface (RMI). This enables IT administrators to remotely configure, manage and diagnose the library from anywhere in the world via the Internet. All field replaceable components, such as the tape drives, power supply and controller board are removable with standard tools.

Key Highlights

  • 48 cartridge slots in four 12-slot magazines
  • 1 available three-slot I/O port
  • 1-4 half-height LTO-6, LTO-7 or LTO-8 tape drives
  • Up to 1.44PB with LTO-8 compression (2.5:1)
  • 4U height x 19″ rack mount
  • Barcode reader standard, for fast inventory management
  • Remote management capability simplifies IT administration

Engineered for Reliability

  • Auto-connecting, user-installable tape drives
  • Self-calibrating all-digital servo control system
  • Auto-aligning: No mechanical or electrical adjustments required
  • Auto-discovery of all components
  • Rated at 2,000,000 robot load/unload cycles
  • Forced-air cooling


  • ADI library interface
  • Fibre Channel and SAS drive interface support
  • Logical Library partitioning

Comprehensive User Interface

  • RMI browser-based remote library manager
  • LCD control panel and menu system for easy installation, configuration, operation and maintenance

Efficient Media Control

  • Integrated barcode scanner
  • Configurable three-slot I/O port


  • Two year warranty
  • Rack mount kit standard
Q48 Mid-Range Tape Library
Drive Types Supported LTO Ultrium 6/7/8
Drive Interfaces SAS or FC
Number of Tape Drives 1-4 half-height tape drives
Number of Cartridge Slots 48 slots in four 12-slot magazines
I/O Ports/Slots Configurable three-slot I/O Port
Native Capacity – LTO-6 120TB
Max Compressed (2.5:1) Capacity – LTO-6 300TB
Native Data Rate – LTO-6 160MB/sec
Native Capacity – LTO-7 288TB
Max Compressed (2.5:1) Capacity – LTO-7 720TB
Native Data Rate – LTO-7 300MB/sec
Native Capacity – LTO-8 576TB
Max Compressed (2.5:1) Capacity – LTO-8 1.44PB
Native Data Rate – LTO-8 300MB/sec
Barcode Reader Standard
Rack Mount Kit Standard
Height 4U (6.9″ / 17.5cm)
Width 17.6″ / 44.7cm
Depth 29.1″ / 74.0cm
Weight 44 lb / 20 kg
Input Voltage 100-240 VAC (50-60Hz)
Power Consumption 300W
Warranty 2 years