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Dell PowerVault LTO-5-140 Tape Drive
Double your capacity and reduce your backup window

Dell PowerVault LTO-5-140 Tape Drive

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The Ultrium LTO-5 technology offers up to 1.5TB native capacity with a transfer rate of 504GB/hr. That is a almost double the capacity, while shrinking the backup window by 15%, over previous generations of LTO4 drives. With a 6GB SAS interface the PowerVault LTO-5-140 leverages higher transfer rates over traditional SCSI interfaces.

Excellent Security:

PowerVault™ LTO-5-140 along with LTO4, offers device level encryption. This enables organizations to protect their data efficiently without the added cost and expense of software-based encryption.

  • Single external LTO-5 tape drive, internal model available within server configurations
  • High performance and capacity back up a maximum of 1.5TB (native) of information at up to 504GB/hr (native)
  • Read and write compatible with LTO-5 and LTO-4 media , LTO-3 media and is read compatible only
  • Available with LTO-5 WORM (Write Once, Read Many) media to protect your data from being altered or changed
  • Device Level Encryption simplifies the encryption process by helping to eliminate the need and cost of software-based encryption
  • Durable & integrated - Built for environments requiring the performance of LTO 5 along with the ability to support Dell's ML Family of Tape Libraries.
  • High speed - Provides data transfer rates of up to 280 MBps data speeds1 with either a 6 Gbps capable SAS, or an 8 Gbps capable Fibre Channel interface.
  • Energy efficient - 87% greater capacity and 16% faster than previous generations without increased power consumption for 'green' storage environments!
  • Greater usability - Media partitioning and Dell Long Term File System technology can significantly improve user experience!

Designed for the Dell ML Family of Tape Libraries, Dell's 5th generation of LTO tape drives offers up to twice the capacity and significantly faster throughput than the preceding Ultrium LTO 4 generation of drives. With a storage capacity of up to 3.0 TB, the Dell LTO 5 Full-high Tape Drive is an excellent tape storage solution for businesses requiring backup or low-cost archiving of their data within a small window of time.

Greater data protection with reliability and serviceability

With increasing regulatory and compliance requirements, the need to secure data for audit and compliance purposes has become critical. The Dell LTO 5 Full-high Tape Drive utilizes AES256 encryption and supports write once, read many (WORM) cartridges to help protect your data.

Designed for overall reliability, the Dell LTO 5 Full-high Tape Drive can stand up to the rigors of data centers requiring 24x7x365 support. For enhanced serviceability, this Dell tape drive captures error information and stores it in the its flash memory so that it can be recalled to minimize troubleshooting for IT staff and technicians.

"Green" storage with lower total cost of ownership

Despite the increases in performance and capacity, the Dell LTO 5 Full-High Tape Drive continues to be highly efficient. Consuming no more power than previous generations of LTO tape drives combined with the increased capacity makes the cost per gigabyte value proposition almost unbeatable. Tape drives are environmentally and economically more friendly than any other storage medium making them ideal for 'green' storage environments.

Partitioning and Long Term File System

The Dell LTO Ultrium Generation 5 Full-High Tape Drives with LTO Ultrium 5 Tape Media provides partitioning support, which, in conjunction with Dell's Long Term File System technology, provides customers the ability to have file-level access to tape data. This unique support helps quickly locate and update information on the tape media. It also provides customers with the knowledge of what is stored on the tape in a user friendly directory tree format, reduces tape file management and opens new use cases in entertainment, medical and manufacturing industries.

Key Benefits:

High-performance, reliable, cost-effective data protection

Businesses and public organizations create mountains of data each day - information that is compiled, analyzed, moved, shared, stored, and which may have to be archived to comply with organizational, industry, and government regulations. As your organization increasingly relies on data-rich applications to generate revenue and achieve operational efficiency, protecting your data is vital; in fact, it may be the single most important thing you can do to ensure the ongoing success of your business. Tape backup has traditionally been one of the most cost-effective ways of keeping data safe and available.

LTO tape technology: The value of standards

Linear Tape Open™, or LTO, technology was developed by an industry consortium to provide the reliability, scalability, and performance that today's IT environments demand of tape-storage solutions. A single LTO tape can now house up to 1.5TB of data, and transfer data at up to 140MB/sec, making LTO ideal for the high capacity and streaming backup requirements of today's enterprises. The LTO standard features help protect your technology investment with a clear growth path, from the original LTO-1, to the new LTO-5, and with a roadmap to future development of LTO-6. LTO tape's open standard enables tape and drive compatibility among vendors, and has spawned competition that leads to quality products, innovation, and widespread availability at the best prices. Openness means the customer wins.

The Dell PowerVault LTO family

Dell PowerVault™ LTO tape drives help provide business continuity and disaster recovery for organizations of all sizes using Dell PowerEdge servers or PowerVault NAS servers. The Dell PowerVault LTO tape drive family offers a range of products that balance affordability and performance.

  • The PowerVault LTO-5-140 is based on 5th generation LTO technology and is the largest-capacity and highest transfer rate LTO drive available today. The PowerVault LTO-5-140 features device-level encryption for advanced security with no impact on performance, and is the first LTO drive sold by Dell to offer a 6Gb Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface for higher server compatibility and investment protection.

LTO half height drives have historically been designed to run at a slightly lower transfer rate, resulting in less energy consumption and operating expenses over time, compared to the full height versions. However, with the introduction of the 4th generation (LTO-4) drives, and now with the 5th generation (LTO5) drives, customers can experience the same performance, capacity and Mean Time Between Failures (MBTF) as the full height version.

The value of security

LTO-3, LTO-4 and LTO5 also offer the user added data protection and security features. For customers with data-compliance requirements, LTO-3, LTO-4 and LTO5 offer write-once-read-many (WORM) technology. Data that is written to an LTO WORM cartridge in WORM format cannot be re-written or altered. Organizations that choose LTO-3, LTO-4 or LTO5 tape for backups will also benefit from being able to use their cost-effective tape solution to meet government and industry requirements for unalterable archives of data. The Dell PowerVault LTO-4-120 and LTO-5-140 tape drives utilize a secret 256-bit key for data encryption, which is performed in the tape device after host data is received and compressed, at full line speed - resulting in no impact on throughput performance and no host-processor MIPS overhead. Device level encryption removes the need for costly and complex encryption software.

Dell services

Dell Global Services provides end-to-end service and support solutions to help you take advantage of your new PowerVault LTO Tape Drive. You can count on award-winning support services to rapidly respond to your needs, and help you reduce the risk and complexity in your IT environment.

Technical Specifications:

Feature LTO-3-060 LTO-3-080 LTO-5
Product Name PowerVault LTO-3-060 PowerVault LTO-3-080 FH PowerVault LTO5-140
Ideal for Less expensive version of the LTO-3 Full Height drive with the same native data capacity but slightly lower performance. Provides robust performance and capacity for applications like digital video, archiving, data mining and supplychain management. The same enhanced security features as LTO4-120 along with 1.5TB capacity is ideal for any IT organization that requires this level of security or the capacity to ensure a single or multiple cartridge backup.
Capacity (Native) Up to 400GB Up to 400GB Up to 1.5 TB
Transfer rate (Native) Up to 60MB/sec Up to 80MB/sec Up to 140MB/sec
Optimized Media LTO-3, LTO-3 WORM LTO-3, LTO-3 WORM LTO-5, LTO-5 WORM
Media Compatibility Reads/Writes LTO-2, LTO-3, LTO-3, WORM tapes, Reads LTO-1 tapes Reads/Writes LTO-2, LTO-3, LTO-3, WORM tapes, Reads LTO-1 tapes Reads/Writes LTO-5, LTO-5 WORM, LTO-4 and LTO-4 WORM tapes, Reads LTO-3 tapes
Open Format Yes Yes Yes
MTBF 250,000 hours 250,000 hours 250,000 hours
Duty cycle 100% 100% 100%
Buffer size 128MB 128MB 256MB
Recording Interface Ultra160 SCSI LVD Ultra160 SCSI LVD 6Gb Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
Maintenance Head cleaning cartridge used when indicated by drive, integrated sweep cleaning brush Head cleaning cartridge used when indicated by drive, integrated sweep cleaning brush Head cleaning cartridge used when indicated by drive, integrated sweep cleaning brush
Dimensions (H x W x D) Int HH: 1.7" x 5.83" x 8.29"
Ext: 2.6" x 8.04" x 10.1"
Int FH: 3.33" x 5.83" x 8.33"
Ext: 4.9" x 9.8" x 11.4"
Int: 1.69" x 5.83" x 8.29"
Ext: 2.56" x 8.74" x 12.87"
Weight Int HH: 3.3 lbs
Ext: 6.6 lbs
Int FH: 6.6 lbs
Ext: 14.1 lbs
Int: 3.9 lbs
Ext: 9.7 lbs
Alttitude (operational) 10,000 feet maximum 10,000 feet maximum 10,000 feet maximum
Temperature (operational) 10° C to 35° C 10° C to 35° C 10° C to 38° C
Humidity 80% 80% 80%
Power supply 23.5W (Operational) 28W (Operational),
10W in idle
24W (Operational),
6.5W in idle


Hardware Support Service Plans

Dell Infrastructure Services: Execution without excuses:
Dell brings pure execution to IT Services. The planning, implementation and maintenance of your IT infrastructure deserves nothing less. Variability in execution can compromise user productivity, IT resources, and ultimately, your reputation. By leveraging our heritage of process driven excellence, Dell Services can deliver a smarter way. That's Pure Dell.

Gold Enterprise Support:
Provides 7x24 rapid response and resolution of critical issues including escalation management and On-Site* Emergency Dispatch procedures to quickly restore operations. This level of support is appropriate for servers that are being used for email systems, database applications and virtualization.

Silver Enterprise Support:
Silver support provides convenient 7x24 phone access for hardware and core software troubleshooting with 4-hour2 7x24 on-site* services following completion of phone-based troubleshooting. This level of support is appropriate for file and print servers and other non-production testing and development.

Take Your Support to the Next Level

Platinum Plus Enterprise Support
Dell's most comprehensive level of premium support for storage systems combines rapid response and resolution for critical issues with customized account planning and reporting to proactively help improve uptime. With Platinum Plus, you receive direct access to the Enterprise Command Center and a designated Platinum Technical Account Manager and can enjoy the benefits of these two new innovative features:

  • Operations Performance Benchmarking Innovative management tools and processes, providing customers with unprecedented visibility into their IT operations and a mechanism for continuous improvement.
  • ECC Real-time Tracking Window A real-time web based tool that allows customers to track the real-time position and status of every open incident they are experiencing around the world, without picking up the phone.

Additional Service Offerings

In today's environment, businesses depend on their advanced server and storage systems running like clockwork. Maximum uptime is crucial. IT professionals' success and credibility depends on knowing they can reliably deliver business-critical operations and rapidly resolve problems when they do arise. They also need the flexibility to match support to the different needs of various end users and applications environments, smartly balancing quality and costs.

Backup and Recovery
Dell offers comprehensive project management to help you optimize your technology, improve efficiencies, and minimize downtime with a tailored Archiving, backup, recovery solution engineered to provide increased flexibility, scalability, and manageability.

Storage and Server Consolidation
Consolidation services provide a common platform to allocate and manage growing demands for data storage and helps reduce administrative effort by establishing a single management console. Dell's comprehensive approach to storage and server consolidation helps you accelerate productivity by delivering customized systems, software and services that ease management and can result in lower total cost of ownership. Consolidation can offer these key benefits:

  • Simplify Operations
  • Improve Utilization
  • Cost Effective Scaling

Comprehensive Storage Training and Certification
Arm your employees with the knowledge and skills they need to be as productive as possible. Dell offers comprehensive training services which include hardware and software training, as well as PC skills and professional development classes. Dell training can help improve system reliability, maximize productivity, and reduce end user requests and downtime.

On-Site Installation and Remote Installation Services

Remote Configuration Set-up

  • Assistance configuring or setting up your new server's operating system for the first time
  • Flexibility with Dell remotely "driving" the install via online Web-Ex session or allowing you to perform via phone-based instruction
  • Most cost-effective solution to quickly getting your server OS up and running

On-Site Installation: Hardware and OS

  • An On-Site* Dell technician to ensure proper physical setup & functionality of the hardware and Windows operating system in your business environment
  • Assistance installing your new server into a Dell-support rack
  • Reduced time required to get your new server completely up and running


Dell PowerVault LTO Tape Drives Datasheet (.PDF)

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