T50e Small Tape Library Overview

The T50e tape library from Spectra is built to meet your data storage needs now and for many years to come. With the T50e, you can seamlessly add drives, slots and features to meet your capacity and performance requirements – without adding excessive costs. Start small and grow your capacity as your needs expand. Begin with one LTO tape drive and add up to three more. Add slots effortlessly in increments of five up to 50 slots with Spectra’s capacity on demand feature.

By combining field-proven reliability with cutting-edge storage innovation, the Spectra® T50e gives you enterprise capabilities in a compact, 4U rackmount or desktop library. Built upon vast experience in tape automation hardware and many generations of BlueScale® software, the Spectra T50e is simply the most reliable and feature-rich solution available in the small library market today.

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The T50e offers you advanced LTO technology, powerful library management, increased security through our built-in BlueScale® Encryption, plus a range of support options to suit your needs. With more innovative features than any other library in its class, the T50e easily stands out in front.

Partition Support
Support up to two applications at the same time with the T50e partitions. For example, you can support a backup application and a media asset manager. Or you can have one partition with current media, such as LTO-7, and an older partition with legacy LTO. The T50e can support up to four partitions if it has four drives installed. The options are endless.

Scalability with Spectra
If an organization does eventually move beyond the capacity of a T50e library, note that Spectra makes it possible to scale up to the next model with minimal disruption while letting the customer retain the value of the T50e library. Further, all Spectra Libraries are managed with a common software interface and operating system greatly reducing time otherwise required to learn the use and management of a new library.

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Set it and forget it. Designed for ultimate simplicity, the T50e arrives at your doorstep ready to install in minutes and transform your environment while maximizing your return on investment. Learn More >

T50e Technical Specifications

Capacity and Throughput
Technology Max Drives Max Cartridges Max Capacity Max Throughput Encryption Support
LTO-9 4 50**





LTO-8* 4 50**





LTO-7 Type M 4 50**





LTO-7 4 50**





LTO-6 4 50**

125TB (uncompressed)

312.5TB (compressed)*

2.3TB/hr (uncompressed)

5.8TB/hr (compressed)*


*  *Assumes 2:1 compression for LTO-5 and 2.5:1 for LTO-6, LTO-7, LTO-8, and LTO-9
** With 4 drives, maximum cartridges is 48

  LTO Drives and Media
Temperature 10’C to 40’C (50’F to 104’F)
Humidity 20 to 80%


Library MTTR 3 minutes for hot-swap components. 30 minutes for non-hot-swap components
Power Requirements

4 LTO-8 Drives; 148 Watts AC (max operating) 200-240v AC (50/60Hz>/6.8-8.2 Amps (RMS)

Heat Dissipation: 506 BTU/hr (max operating, same configuration)


Max Media/Slot Count Max Partitions Tape Technology Supported Dimensions Interface
50 4 LTO-4,5,6,7,7 Type M,8 31.6 in (D) x 17.5 in (W) x 7.3 in (H) (4U)

Fibre Channel – 8Gb/s, SAS


Library Weight
Base Chassis 84.0 lb (38.1 kg)
Weight wtih Max Drives and Max Inventory 102.0 lb (46.2 kg)


Library Features
Encryption Supported BlueScale/Spectra SKLM
Type of TeraPack System No TeraPacks
Queued Ejects Support Yes
Auto Clean Support


Camera (Spectra Vision) No
Spectra Encryption Options  Available Cost
Spectra BlueScale Standard Encryption X Free
Spectra BlueScale Professional Encryption X Additional Charge
Spectra BlueScale SKLM Encryption X Additional Charge
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