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Quantum's PX500 tape library obeys the law that what goes up must come down.
The PX500 series, announced late this summer, has a rackmount form-factor and "the ability to descale and redeploy," says Ted Oade, Quantum's director of automation product marketing. "Within three years, almost 50% of libraries are redeployed," he says. As larger libraries come online, older ones are recycled to other parts of the organization.
Assembling--or disassembling--the library is designed to be easy. There's no cabling involved because the libraries communicate via infrared. The existing robot allows cartridges to move between adjacent units using a scissor-jack mechanism.
The PX500 series can be used with SDLT, LTO-2 or LTO-3 drives, and comes in three configurations: the 4U twodrive, 38-slot PX502; the 10U six-drive, 100-slot PX506; and the 18U 10-drive, 201-slot PX510. The libraries can be joined in any combination provided they don't exceed the height of the rack.
This was first published in October 2005