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Dell PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library
Versatile, expandable, affordable

Dell PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library

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The PowerVault™ TL4000 tape library offers expandable and affordable tape automation for organizations whose data-protection needs have outgrown autoloader technology or capacity. It's the product of choice for small, medium and large businesses that require an affordable, versatile, easy-to-use, automated midrange tape backup solution.

  • 4U solution that can be rack mounted or easily converted into a desktop solution
  • Web-based remote management: perform diagnostics, check status, monitor operations and logs, and upgrade firmware
  • Library-managed encryption (optional with LTO4 and LTO5 only)
Automated Data Protection

Automated Data Protection

Regular, disciplined backup is a vital part of a complete disaster recovery strategy. The PowerVault™ TL4000 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 PowerVault TL4000 uses optical cartridge location technology for precision cartridge handling and inventory, which helps improve the overall reliability of backups.

Support for Your Dell Internet SCSI (iSCSI) Storage Area Network (SAN)

Support for Your Dell Internet SCSI (iSCSI) Storage Area Network (SAN)

To supplement the growth in iSCSI SANs, Dell has introduced an iSCSI-to-SAS bridge card for the TL-series tape libraries (Dell PowerVault TL2000 and TL4000). This solution allows users to directly attach a tape backup target to an iSCSI 1 Gb Ethernet SAN utilizing little to no degradation in transfer speed, 90 MB/s in most cases. Additionally, the iSCSI-to-SAS bridge card is fully compatible with Dell PowerVault M3000i and Dell EquaLogic™ PS iSCSI array series.

Simplified Operations

Simplified Operations

Tapes can be imported and exported individually using a mail slot or twelve 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

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

Tape Versatility

The 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 allows it to be taken off-site and stored in a vault. In addition, LTO-5, LTO-4 and LTO-3 tape technology supports WORM (Write-Once-Read-Many) capability which allows permanent data storage that cannot be overwritten to help meet compliance regulations.

Big Capacit

Big Capacity - Small Space

With its compact form factor, the PowerVault™ TL4000 packs an impressive amount of information in a small amount of space. Occupying only four units (4U) of rack space, the library can hold up to 48 tapes providing up to 72 TB(with Ultrium LTO-5 1.5TB tapes) of native capacity - ideal for small office environments managing explosive data growth.

Ultrium Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Performance

Ultrium Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Performance

The PowerVault TL4000 supports Ultrium LTO-5 drives-a high-speed tape technology that can natively back up an impressive 504GB of data per hour. LTO technology is based on a tape industry standard that specifies backward read-and-write compatibility with LTO-5 & LTO-4 generation media(n,n-1) and read compatibility with LTO-3(n-2) media.

Green With Tape

Be Green With Tape

When factoring in the features and benefits of tape storage - such as reliability, portability, encryption (Linear Tape-Open Ultrium 4 [LTO4] and Linear Tape-Open Ultrium 5 [LTO5]) and the shelf life (over 20 years) of tape cartridges - tape storage 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.

Key Benefits:

Versatile, Expandable, Affordable

You know the value, convenience, and security that tape libraries bring to backup and archiving strategies - and now, Dell puts it all within the reach of your organization. Dell's PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library offers expandable and affordable tape automation for organizations whose data-protection needs have outgrown autoloader technology or capacity. It is the product of choice for small, medium, and large businesses that require an affordable, versatile, easy-to-use, automated, mid-range tape backup solution.

Now your organization can enjoy the benefits of hands-off, around-the-clock operation. IT resources help minimize human error, back up data quickly and predictably, create off-site archive copies of data to meet compliance requirements, and bolster your disaster-recovery strategy.

Many data-protection challenges - One simple solution

The PowerVault TL4000 tape library enables two critical dataprotection activities: backup and archiving.

Backup: Create on-site backup copies of data, using the rewritable functionality of LTO media. Many industry-standard backup software offerings are tested and validated to run smoothly on TL series tape libraries.

Archiving: Create permanent, portable archive copies of data using WORM (Write Once, Read Many) capability. WORM enables you to create data copies that cannot be overwritten, to help you comply with government and industry data-protection requirements. Tape media is easily portable - it lets you affordably archive your important data offsite to enhance your disaster-recovery strategy.

Simplicity, from the start

PowerVault TL4000 tape libraries are expandable, versatile, and easy to use and connect to a server or a SAN. The PowerVault TL4000 features an intuitive operator control panel, plus remote Web management - you can perform setup and diagnostics, check status, monitor operations and logs, and upgrade firmware all from any standard Web browser.

The right capacity and features for your organization

The PowerVault TL4000 tape library is delivered ready to rack mount, and packs tremendous capacity into a small package. The PowerVault TL4000 tape library is a 4U solution holding up to 48 tapes for a native capacity of up to 72TB with LTO-5 tape media. LTO-5 backs up a staggering 504GB per hour per drive, or a maximum of 2.016TB per hour with four drives, making the PowerVault TL4000 tape library ideal for growing data-protection needs. Encryption Key Management is available with LTO-4 and LTO-5 technology for added security. If you need to back up and/ or archive and want to do it easily, affordably, and securely, the PowerVault TL4000 tape library is right for you. The PowerVault TL series also retains the backward read-and-write compatibility with the prior generation of LTO and read compatibility with two generations back.

Frees up resources and helps improve reliability

Free yourself from the inconvenience of manual involvement in backup and recovery. Dell PowerVault TL series tape libraries contain multiple slots for storing tape media and uses a robotic mechanism to move media automatically, allowing for unattended and independent operation. To keep contents properly organized, a bar code reader inventories and tracks all tapes stored in the library. PowerVault TL4000 tape libraries feature an optical cartridge-location technology for precision cartridge handling and inventory. And, for added assurance, the TL4000 library offers redundant power supplies. You can save on staff resources while improving reliability.

Dell's PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library changes the economics of storage

If your backup requirements have outgrown autoloader technology, the PowerVault TL4000 tape library is the ideal step up to entry and mid-range library space. Now you can enjoy the ease and affordability of an autoloader with the performance, capacity, and reliability of a tape library.

Support for your Dell iSCSI SAN

To supplement the growth in iSCSI SANs, Dell has introduced an iSCSI-to-SAS bridge card for the TL-series tape libraries (Dell PowerVault TL2000 & TL4000). This solution allows users to add in a tape backup target to an iSCSI 1Gb Ethernet SAN utilizing little to no degradation in transfer speed, 90Mb/s in most cases.

Introducing Dell ProSupport

Designed to address the technology challenges you face today. Designed for IT professionals like you, Dell ProSupport2 for IT provides 7x24 direct access to Dell Expert Centers, fast-track dispatch of parts and labor without phone troubleshooting when desired for Dell-certified technicians, and escalation management through Dell's Global Command Centers. In addition, Dell ProSupport Options align with the way you use technology by providing rapid response to your needs, protecting your investment, productivity and sensitive data, and enhancing proactive support services to reduce the risk and complexity of managing your infrastructure.

Speed of Response
With the Mission Critical option you get priority response for server and storage environments where avoiding unplanned downtime and reducing recovery time are critical. Includes priority 4-hr onsite service or optional 2-hr response with 6-hr hardware repair, Dell's proven Critical Situation process, and emergency dispatch.

With Keep your Hard Drive3 you retain control of your sensitive data and comply with data privacy regulations (to help mitigate regulatory and civil liability risks) by keeping your hard drive.

Premium Proactive
With the Enterprise-Wide Contract option, you get enhanced, proactive capabilities via a designated Service Delivery Manager, performance benchmarking and custom reporting, and planning and assessments. Our Proactive Maintenance option proactively maximizes the availability and stability of your infrastructure. Includes a detailed system assessment and implementation of driver or firmware updates and upgrades for your server or storage systems. Remote Advisory Options provides telephone and Internet access to technical expertise for specialized applications and solutions such as Microsoft Exchange, Virtualization, and more.

Additional Service Offerings

Comprehensive Storage Training and Certification
Provides expertise for integrating Dell storage into an existing IT infrastructure. For company compliance, an advanced Certification path is available for validating or maintaining skill sets.

Backup and Recovery
Solutions that help ensure adequate procedures are in place to minimize or avoid data loss.

Storage Consolidation
Our storage experts can analyze your existing infrastructure, operational practices and technical readiness, and develop a detailed consolidation deployment plan that includes a validated and refined solution design.

1For a copy of limited warranty, write Dell USA L.P., Attn: Warranties, One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682. or visit
2ProSupport Service Plans: Service may be provided by a third party. Technician will be dispatched if necessary in parallel with phone-based troubleshooting for severity level 1 issues on systems with ProSupport Mission Critical or Same Day Response service. Technician will be dispatched if necessary following phone-based troubleshooting for all other severity levels and on-site response service levels. Repair time is measured from dispatch time of the on-site response service. Subject to parts availability, geographical restrictions and terms of service contract. Service timing dependent upon time of day call placed to Dell. U.S. only.
3The defective hard drive must still be covered by the hardware limited warranty

Technical Specifications:

Front View
Front View

PowerVault TL4000 Tape Library
Bar Code Reader Standard
Code Updates Web and either host bus or RMU for drives
Web and RMU only for library code update
Server Compatibility Dell and x86 IBM and HP Servers
Support for NX4 and other NDMP products
Slots 48
Drive Interface iSCSI, SAS, or FC
User Interface There are two user interfaces:

Operator Control Panel
Located on the front of the PV TL2000 tape library, the user can use the LCD panel to check system status, run diagnostics, view system logs. check and set configurations, verify drive operations, run an inventory, and manage the system.

Remote Web Management
The Web-based administration can be accessed via a 10/100 BaseT connection through any standard Web browser. The user can check system status, run diagnostics, view system logs, check and set configurations, verify drive operations, run an inventory, and manage the system. In addition, the user can upgrade the drive and library firmware via the RMU.
Configurations 1 or 2 LTO 3 SCSI Full-Height Drives
1 or 2 LT0 3 FC4 Full-Height Drives
1 or 2 LTO 4 3Gb SAS Full Height
1 or 2 LT0 4 FC4 Full-Height Drives
Up to four LTO-3-060 3Gb SAS Half Height Drives
Up to four LTO-4 3Gb SAS Half Height Drives
Up to four LTO-5 6Gb SAS Drives
Up to four LTO-5 FC8 SAS Drives
Library Managed Encryption available with LTO-4 and LTO-5 drives
Supported Tape Drive Technologies LTO-3-060, LTO-3, LTO-4-120, LTO-5-140
Supported Backup Software Computer Associate Arcserve, Symantec™ Backup Exec™, CommVault Galaxy
Height 4U form factor
Rack Mount 7.29" (185.2 mm)
Width Rack Mount 17.6" (447.5 mm)
Length (Depth) Rack Mount 31.9" (810 mm)
Weight 47 lbs. with one drive and no media
Orientation Horizontal only
Configurations Rack mount standard (desktop conversion kit included)
Temperature 50° to 95°F, 10° to 35°C
Relative Humidity 15% RH to 80% RH (non-condensing)
Electrical Power 1.3 amps at 100V ac, 0.7 amps at 240V ac


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 TL4000 Tape Library Datasheet (.PDF)

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