L40 Tape Library


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The L40 provides affordable, high-performance, high-capacity data management for demanding distributed environments. Combining proven technology, reliable, high-speed robotics and an entry-level price, plus the power to grow without bounds with an easy upgrade path from the L20 to the L80 make the L40 tape library the answer for growing organizations automated backup and recovery needs.

  • Mixed Operating System Support. Whether your environment is based in Microsoft Windows NT®, Novell®, Linux® or UNIX®, you can take full advantage of the L40's high-performance storage capabilities.

  • Ease of Upgrade. An innovative upgrade path allows you to exchange your L40 system for a new, larger capacity library in the L20/L40/L80 series. Your initial drive investment can be carried along with each upgrade. The upgrade is as simple as the initial installation. The new unit requires no additional training. And the trade-in plan saves you money.

  • Storage Leadership. With 30 years of industry experience and 100 petabytes of data stored on StorageTek systems worldwide, StorageTek is the global leader in information management and storage.

  • Ease of Use. The plug-and-play solution is easy to install and use saving deployment time for your IT staff.

  • Best-in-Class Reliability. The L40 tape library is more reliable than the competition, enabling the best access to data.

  • Volumetric Efficiency. You can store more data in less physical rack space than competing systems, which saves you space and money.

  • Investment Protection. Support for multiple tape technologies protects your investment from rapid technology changes.


Number of Cartridge Slots: 20, 40

Number of Drives Qty: 1 to 4
Combination of: LTO1, LTO2, SDLT220, SDLT320, DLT8000 drives

Library Capacity (Uncompressed)

Cartridge Size 20 slots 40 Slots
LTO Ultrium 1 (cartridge capacity 100 GB) 2.0 TB 4.0 TB
LTO Ultrium 2 (cartridge capacity 200 GB) 4.0 TB 8.0 TB
SDLT 220 (cartridge capacity 110 GB) 2.2 TB 4.4 TB
SDLT 320 (cartridge capacity 160 GB) 3.2 TB 6.4 TB
DLT 8000 (cartridge capacity 40 GB) 800 GB 1.6 TB

Library Throughput (Uncompressed)
Cartridge 2 Drives 4 Drives
LTO Ultrium 1 (15MB/s) 108 GB/hr 216 GB/hr
LTO Ultrium 2 (30 MB/s) 216 GB/hr 432 GB/hr
SDLT 220 (11 MB/s) 79.2 GB/hr 158.4 GB/hr
SDLT 320 (16 MB/s) 115.2 GB/hr 230.4 GB/hr
DLT 8000 (6 MB/s) 43.2 GB/hr 86.4 GB/hr

Supported Media DLTtape IV, SDLT Tape, Ultrium Tape 1&2; any media, any slot

Audit Time Less than 2 min.

Robotics Control Interfaces LVD or HVD SCSI, and 1Gb internal Fiber Channel router

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

Continuous Automatic Calibration No periodic maintenance or alignment required

AutoClean Dedicated cleaning cartridge slot for tape drive cleaning by library or software command

Import/Export Slot 2-cartridge slot CAP (Cartridge Access Port)

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

Automatic self configuration Self-configuring for the drives, slots and CAP. Also identifies drive and media types

Non-Disruptive Serviceability Hot-swappable drives, power supplies, fans, plus Ethernet and serial ports for diagnostics and reporting
Library Status Tool Embedded software for remote monitoring and diagnostics of entire system


(Mean Exchanges Between Failures)

MTTR (Mean Time To Repair) Fewer than 30 min.

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

Physical Data

  W x H x D in. (cm)
19.0 x 17.5 x 29.75 (48.3 x 44.5 x 75.6)
Weight (library only) 98 lbs. (44.45 kg)


  Operating Storage Transporting
F +50 to +104 +50 to +104 -40 to +140
C +10 to +40 +10 to +40 -40 to +60
Humidity Wet bulb (Max., non-condensing)
  20% to 80% 10% to 95% 10% to 95%
F +84.5 +95 +95
C +29.2 +35 +35
Altitude -250 to 10,000 feet (-76 to 3,048 meters)

Power Source

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

Power Consumption (max.)
   Library 1.40 A @ 120 V, 0.75 A @ 240 V 180 VA or 0.18 KVA, 615 BTU/hr 29VA

Agency Certifications

Safety CSA standard CAN/CSA-C22.2 no. 950-95; UL standard 1950, 3rd Edition; EN60950

Emissions FCC #47, Part 15, Subpart B, Class A; VCCI Class A; European Union CE emissions standards; ICES-003 (Canada)

Immunity European Union CE immunity standards