L180 Tape Library

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The StorageTek L180 tape library has the capabilities required for today's mixed environments. The L180 is extremely flexible in its scalability, choice of multiple technologies, true mixed media capabilities, high-availability options and most importantly - superior robotics.
  • Mixed media for high capacity/bandwidth. Adaptive media technology supports up to six StorageTek T9840 and T9940B tape drives or 10 DLT, SDLT or LTO Ultrium Gen1 and Gen2 tape drives in different combinations. Store up to 34.8TB.
  • Share/manage over large distances. Fibre Channel connectivity allows faster data sharing and remote data management.
  • Simplify and centralize administration. Intelligent software monitors and collects library statistics. Streamlined management optimizes space, increases availability and boosts e-business performance. Access and monitor information remotely using a standard web browser.
  • Operate round-the-clock. Tape drives, fans and power supplies can be hot-swapped (replaced without shutting down the system). Uninterruptible* and Redundant Power Supplies are also available. No routine maintenance is required.
  • Localize network components.  Integrated standard 19" rack space to mount auxilliary systems: Router, Hub, Switch, UPS etc.
  • Accelerate the exchange rate. Advanced 4D Robotics™ provide more exchanges per hour.


Number of Cartridge Slots 84, 140, 174
Plus 6 slots for diagnostic and cleaning cartridges

Number of Drives Up to 6 T9840 or T9940 tape drives
1 to 10 DLT 8000, SDLT or LTO Ultrium drives

Library Capacity (174 slots)
Cartridge Size Uncompressed Compressed
T9840A (20GB) 3.48 TB 13.92 TB (4:1)
T9840B (20GB) 3.48 TB 13.92 TB (4:1)
T9940B (200GB) 34.8 TB 139.2 TB (4:1)
LTO Gen1 (100GB) 17.4 TB 34.8 TB (2:1)
LTO Gen2 (200GB) 34.8 TB 69.6 TB (2:1)
SDLT 320 (160GB) 13.92 TB 27.84 TB (2:1)
DLT 8000 (40 GB) 6.96 TB 13.92 TB (2:1)

Library Throughput Uncompressed Compressed
With 6 Drives    
T9840A (10MB/s) 216 GB/hr 864 GB/hr (4:1)
T9840B (19MB/s) 410.4 GB/hr 1.64 TB/hr (4:1)
T9940B (30MB/s) 648 GB/hr 2.5 TB/hr (4:1)
With 10 Drives    
LTO Gen1 (15 MB/s) 540 GB/hr 1.08 TB/hr (2:1)
LTO Gen2 (30-35 MB/s) Up to 1.26 TB/hr Up to 2.52 TB/hr (2:1)
SDLT 320 (10MB/s) 576 GB/hr 1.15 TB/hr (2:1)
DLT 8000 (6 MB/s) 216 GB/hr 432 GB/hr (2:1)

Media DLT, SDLT, LTO Ultrium, 9840 or 9940

Average Cell to Drive Time 4 seconds

Audit Time Less than 4 minutes

Robotics Control SCSI-3 media changer command set HVD (default), LVD and 2 Gb Fibre Channel

Digital Vision System Unique digital vision system performs continuous calibration and reads bar codes

AutoClean Library or software-initiated tape drive cleaning uses the dedicated cleaning cartridge slot

Cartridge Access Port Standard, 10 cartridge capacity

Operator Panel User-friendly configuration and diagnostic controls, status display and viewing window

Automatic self configuration Self configuring for cells, drives and Cartridge Access Port

Serviceability Hot-swappable drives, redundant power supplies and fans; serial port and Ethernet port for diagnostics; optional Universal Power Supply (UPS)


(Mean Exchanges
Between Failures)

(Mean Time
Between Failures)
360,000 hrs. (full operation)


(W x H x D)
28.3" x 65.1" x 49.3" (71.9cm x 165.4cm x 125.2cm)
Base Library with covers
Weight 605 lbs (274.4 kg) Base Library with covers
Rack Space 6u of standard 19" rack space


  Operating Storage Transit
F +59 to +90 +50 to +104 -40 to +140
C +15 to +32 +10 to +40 -40 to +60
Wet bulb
(Max., non-condensing)
  20% to 80% 10% to 95% 10% to 95%
F +85 +95 +95
+29 +35 -35
Altitude -250 to 10,000 feet (-76 to 3,050 meters)


Power Input 100-127 VAC, 200-240 VAC @ 50-60 Hz single phase (auto-ranging)

Power Consumption (max.)
  Library 1.75A @ 120V, 0.88A @ 240V, 716 BTU/hr.
  Drives Drives vary, see individual specification sheets

Agency Certifications

Safety CSA standard CAN/CSA-C22.2 no. 950-95 UL Listed to UL 1950, 3rd Edition; EN60950
GS licensed to EN 60950, 2nd Edition, 1991 + A1, A2, A3, A4
Nemko, Semko, Demko, Fimko certified to EN 60950 (1992) A1/A2/A3/A4/A11, EMKO-TSE (74-SEC) 207/94
CB test certified

Emissions FCC #47, Part 15, Subpart B, Class A; VCCI Class A European Union CE emissions standards AS/NZS 3548:1996 (Australia, N.Z.); ICES-003 (Canada)

Immunity European Union CE immunity standards

* When Available