Q80 Enterprise Rackmount LTO Tape Library​ | Modular System Expands from 2.4 TB to 16.8 PB

The Qualstar Q80 Enterprise tape library is designed for simplicity and reliability, providing superior performance and scalability for expanding data storage and long-term archiving requirements. The Q80 system offers capacity scaling from 80 to 560 cartridge slots and throughput scaling from one to 42 tape drives. The Q80 utilizes LTO-6, LTO-7, or LTO-8 tape drives, with each 6U high Q80 library module capable of 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 software wizards to make 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

Q80 Enterprise Rackmount LTO Tape Library​ Datasheet

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

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