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Dell EMC ML3 Tape Library
Easy to order, easy to use and easy to service with a 3U form factor, expandable to up to 272 slots

Dell EMC ML3 Tape Library

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A simple approach to automating backup

The Dell EMC ML3 Tape Library offers scalability above and beyond traditional tape solutions, so that you can grow your data environment with your business. Keep it simple and save on time and support costs with the easy to order, easy to configure, and easy to upgrade ML3 with ML3 expansion (ML3E). With a media life span of 30 years, you can rely on Dell EMC’s ML3 tape solution to provide your company with secure back-up. There’s no beating the TCO of tape technology, and with the Dell EMC ML3, you get the assurance your company is backed by a trusted brand with top of the line technology.


Automated Data Protection

Regular, disciplined backup is a vital part of a complete disaster recovery strategy. The Dell EMC ML3 is a powerful tape library that helps organizations automate their backup processes to reduce the need for manual intervention and the risk of human error. The Dell EMC ML3 uses optical cartridge location technology for precision cartridge handling and inventory, which helps improve the overall reliability of backups.

Simplified Operations

Tapes can be imported and exported individually using the mail slot or twenty at a time using one of two magazines. The library utilizes barcode-scanning technology to record the location of tape media, so you can be assured that your critical data is properly stored and ready in case disaster strikes.

Intuitive Management

An on-board, user-friendly LCD interface allows you to easily monitor, control, configure, and service the library. While you are away, the tape library enables you to remotely administer all functions, including system status and logs, diagnostics and drive operations, as well as configuration and inventory management features.

Tape Versatility

The comparative low cost for tape - combined with its long history of proven reliability - helps ensure its continued use for both backup and archiving. The portability of tape enables it to be taken off-site and stored in a vault. In addition, LTO tape technology supports write-once, read-many (WORM) capability, which enables permanent data storage that cannot be overwritten - a requirement of many compliance regulations.

Big Capacity, Small Space

With its compact form factor, the Dell EMC ML3 packs an impressive amount of information in a small amount of space. Occupying only three units (3U) of rack space, the library can hold up to 40 tapes, and each ML3E expansion can hold up to 40 tapes - ideal for small office environments managing explosive data growth.

Be Green With Tape

When factoring in the features and benefits of tape storage - such as reliability, portability, encryption and the shelf life (30 years) of tape cartridges - it is the perfect solution for your long-term or short-term backup or archiving needs. In addition, when tape media is stored, it does not require energy until it needs to be accessed. By using zero energy when stored, tape is "naturally" green.

Technical Specifications:

Dell EMC ML3 Technical Specification
Barcode Reader Standard
Chassis 3U form factor

Height: Rack Mount 133mm
Width: Rack Mount 480mm
Depth: Rack Mount 873mm
Weight: 21Kg. with no drive and no media
Orientation: Horizontal only

Rack mount standard
Drive Controllers 8Gb FC, 6Gb SAS
Environmental Operating Conditions Temperature: 50 to 95 degrees F, 10 to 35 degrees C.
Relative Humidity: 20% RH to 80% RH (non-condensing)
Electrical Power: 5.0 - 3.5 amps, 100 - 240 V 50 / 60 Hz, 350 W
Library Configurations

Up to 3 LTO half-height drives with 40 cartridge slots (ML3) or 40 cartridge slots (ML3E), 8Gb FC or 6Gb SAS



Expansion capacity

ML3 base ships standard with 40 cartridge slots
ML3E expansion module ships standard with 40 cartridge slots
Each ML3 base supports up to six ML3E expansion modules

Media LTO-6, LTO-7, LTO-7 Type M, LTO-8

There are two user interfaces:

Operator Control Panel: Located on the front of the ML3 tape library, the user can use an LCD panel to check system status, run diagnostics, view system logs, check and set configuration, verify drive operations, run an inventory and manage the system.

Remote Web Management: The web based administration can be accessed via a 10/100/1000 BaseT connection through any standard web browser. The user can check system status, run diagnostics, view system logs, check and set configuration, verify drive operations, run an inventory and manage the system. In addition, the user can upgrade the drive and library firmware via the RMU.
Power Supplies Optional second power supply available for both ML3 and ML3E for redundancy
Scalability Up to 480TB (native) for ML3 and 480TB (native) per ML3E
3U up to 21U with addition of six ML3E (3U expansion modules)
Software Code Updates:
Web and either host bus or RMU for drives
Web and RMU only for library code updates
Server Compatibility Dell and x86 IBM legacy, Lenovo and HP servers
Tape Backup Technology LTO specifications are an open format designed for interoperability
Investment protection is assured through backwards compatibility
LTO-8 reads 1 generation back; LTO-6 and LTO-7 reads 2 generations back
Each LTO generation writes 1 generation back
Linear Tape File System (LTFS) support provides easy data access and management allowing easy file share; LTFS-LE software is available for purchase
Transfer Rate and Backup Rate Per drive:
LTO-6: 160MB/s, 576GB/hr
LTO-7: 300MB/s, 1080GB/hr
LTO-8: 300MB/s, 1080GB/hr (half-height)
LTO-8: 360MB/s, 1296GB/hr (full-height)
Encryption Support for Library Managed Encryption and Application Managed Encryption.
Library Managed Encryption activation license included standard with both the ML3 and ML3E.

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