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Quantum Announces Significant Enhancements to the Scalar i6000 Tape Library

by Lyle Smith

Quantum has announced substantial upgrades to the Scalar i6000 tape library, including twice the drive density, the addition of unique RESTful web services management capabilities and 80 PLUS certified power supplies. With these new updates, Quantum believes that it now offers the most feature-rich and technically advanced enterprise tape library available on the enterprise market, which is ideal for today’s most demanding tiered storage workflows such as with media and entertainment, video surveillance, data center archives, and high performance computing. Quantum had also recently announced new solutions aimed at helping companies address the challenges of unstructured data growth.


Quantum has announced substantial upgrades to the Scalar i6000 tape library, including twice the drive density, the addition of unique RESTful web services management capabilities and 80 PLUS certified power supplies. With these new updates, Quantum believes that it now offers the most feature-rich and technically advanced enterprise tape library available on the enterprise market, which is ideal for today’s most demanding tiered storage workflows such as with media and entertainment, video surveillance, data center archives, and high performance computing. Quantum had also recently announced new solutions aimed at helping companies address the challenges of unstructured data growth.

First released back in 2011, the new Scalar i6000 design allows for twice the number of full-height LTO drives inside a 19-inch rack footprint, doubling the performance or data access within the same footprint, which results in impressive LTO storage density. The Scalar i6000’s modular architecture also delivers high density without hindering performance. Additionally, those looking for top performance in a small footprint can configure the Scalar i6000 to maximize the number of drives. Quantum indicates that they intend to expand Scalar i6000 capacity even further in 2016, scaling to over 15,000 slots, or more than 225PB, in a single system.

Adding RESTful web services to the Scalar i6000 tape library allows users to automate configuration and administrative tasks, which can save time and money. As a result, Quantum asserts that it now offers the most comprehensive suite of web services available for an LTO tape library as anything that can be done from the GUI can now be accomplished through web services. The user interface has also been overhauled and simplified to a new streamlined layout, all to minimize user clicks as well as to display relevant information in a more efficient, user-friendly way.

Lastly, Quantum’s Scalar i6000 is now the only tape library on the market with 80 PLUS certified power supplies for energy-efficient usage, which results in a low cost, low power storage technology.

For more information, navigate to the Scalar i6000 product page.

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