In early 2013 an automated tape library (IBM TS3500) has been installed at CSCS. capable of storing ~ 27.4 PB petabytes of uncompressed data. The library is composed of 16 frames plus 2 service bays cabinets and can contain up to 18257 tapes moved by two robots (in the actual configuration there are 24 LTO5 drives). The Library is part of the Backup System (IBM Tivoli Storage Manager) and integrated into the HSM environment (Hierarchical Storage Management) that takes on tapes files not accessed by a long time. In the movie you may follow the different phases of the installation of the tape libray, from the positioning of the first frame up to the loading of the tapes.
Installation of an IBM TS3500 tape lIbrary at CSCS