Data Management and Storage Products

Q80 Enterprise Tape Library



The Qualstar Q80 Enterprise tape library is designed to be Simply Reliable™, providing superior performance, reliability and scalability for short-term backup/disaster recovery and long-term archiving requirements. The Q80 system offers capacity scaling from eighty to five hundred and sixty cartridge slots, and throughput scaling from one to forty-two tape drives. The Q80 utilizes LTO-6, LTO-7 or LTO-8 tape drives, with each 6U high Q80 library module delivering up to 960 terabytes (LTO-8, native) of storage capacity or up to 2.4 petabytes (LTO-8, compressed). The Q80 base unit may be expanded with up to six additional expansion modules supporting creation of a single library system with as much as 16.8 petabytes (compressed) storage capacity in a single 42U rack. The Q80 uses a single robot to service all drives and media, maximizing cost effectiveness.

The operator control panel uses an intuitive GUI and incorporates wizards making the system easy to configure and use. The identical functionality may also be accessed remotely via the integrated browser-based remote management interface (RMI). This enables IT administrators to remotely configure, manage and diagnose the library from anywhere in the world via the Internet. The Q80 system is also easy to service and repair, with field replaceable tape drives, power supply and controller board units.

Key Highlights

  • 80 to 560 cartridges (base + 6 expansion modules)
  • 1 to 6 tape drives per module, up to 42 drives (base + 6 expansion modules)
  • LTO-6, LTO-7 or LTO-8 drives with SAS or FC interfaces
  • 5.7" color touch-screen display in base unit
  • Simple expansion, no special alignment required
  • Cartridge magazines slide out for bulk loading
  • Remote management via Ethernet

Engineered for Reliability

  • Auto-connecting, user-installable tape drives
  • Self-calibrating all-digital servo control system
  • Auto-aligning: No mechanical or electrical adjustments required
  • Auto-discovery of all components
  • Rated at 2,000,000 tape load/unload cycles
  • Automated tape drive cleaning


  • Field-expandable to 560 tape slots
  • ADI library interface
  • Fibre Channel and SAS drive interface support
  • Logical library partitioning supported

Comprehensive User Interface

  • RMI browser-based remote library manager
  • Color LCD control panel and menu system with graphics for easy installation, configuration, operation and maintenance
  • Extensive diagnostics and text-based error messages

Efficient Media Control

  • Integrated barcode scanner
  • Right-side 10-slot magazine per module optionally configurable for I/O. When enabled, storage slot count is reduced by 10.


  • Two-year warranty
  • Rackmount kit standard
  • N+1 power with dual line cords standard
Q80 Specifications Base Module Base + 6 Expansion Modules
Drive Types Supported LTO-6, LTO-7 or LTO-8
Drive Interfaces SAS or FC
Number of Tape Drives 1-6 Up to 42
Number of Cartridge Slots 80 560
I/O Port Slots 0 or 10 (configurable) 0 or 10 (configurable) per module
Native Capacity – LTO-6 / LTO-7 / LTO-8 200TB / 480TB / 960TB 1.4PB / 3.36PB / 6.72PB
Max Compressed (2.5:1) Capacity – LTO-6 / LTO-7 / LTO-8 500TB / 1.2PB / 2.4PB 3.5PB / 8.4PB / 16.8PB
Max Native Data Rate – LTO-6 / LTO-7 / LTO-8 3.46TB/hr. / 6.48TB/hr. / 6.48TB/hr. 24.19TB/hr. / 45.36TB/hr. / 45.36TB/hr.
Max Compressed Data Rate – LTO-6 / LTO-7 / LTO-8 8.64TB/hr. / 16.20TB/hr. / 16.20TB/hr. 60.48TB/hr. / 113.40TB/hr. / 113.40TB/hr.
Barcode Reader Standard
Rackmount Kit Standard
Maximum Number of Partitions* 20
Height 6U (10.5″ / 26.7cm) 42U (73.5″ / 186.7cm)
Width 18.7″ / 47.5cm
Depth 35.1″ / 89.2cm
Weight 90.4 lb / 41.0 kg 573.4 lb / 260.0 kg
Input Voltage 100-240 VAC (50-60Hz)
Power Consumption 350W 2.45kW
Warranty 2 years
* Dependent on total number of tape drives