Sony LIB81 A3 8 Slot AIT3 Tape Library

Sony LIB81 8 Slot Tape Library

Sony LIB-81/A3

AIT-3 Tape Library, 8 Tape Cartridge Capacity, 1 AIT-3 Tape Drive


Model Highlights:

  • Up to 2.08 TB Capacity (2.6:1 compression)
  • Robotics rated for greater than 1,000,000 cartridge changes
  • Unique 8 slot internal carousel configuration
  • Transfer rate up to 224.6 GB per hour (2.6:1 compression) with AIT-3 drive
  • Low profile 1U height ideally suited for rack mount environment
  • Leading storage density design per cubic foot
  • Sony’s MIC technology allows fast acccess to data
  • User friendly set up and operation for unattended backup

Up to 02.08 TB Capacity (2.6:1 compression) 

The AIT Library 81 tape library, with a unique 8 slot internal carousel configuration, holds up to 2.08 TB of data for enterprise level storage requirements

High Reliability 

With an MTBF of greater than 300,000 Power On Hours (100% duty cycle) and greater than 1,000,000 cycles MCBF, the Sony AIT Library 81 can provide years of trouble-free operation

Utilizes 1 AIT-3 tape Drive 

With 1 AIT-3 tape drive, the AIT Library 81 can deliver data transfer rates of up to 224.6 GB per hour (2.6:1 compression) to meet your storage needs and decrease your date backup window.

Low profile 1U height 

With a very low profile 1U height, the AIT Library 81 delivers industry leading storage density per cubic foot, providing mass storage in a compact, easy to use, system.

**MTBF, head life and media use specifications are averages based on normal office environmental conditions. Actual experiences may vary


Model Type: AIT-3 Tape Library

Product Configuration: Integration product – Library with accessories


Media Maximum: 260 GB (2.6:1 compression)

Hardware Maximum: 2.08 TB (8 cartridges, 2.6:1 compression)

Native Capacity of Media: 100 GB

Native Capacity of Hardware: 86.4 TB

Number of Cartridge Slots: 8 (internal carousel)


Transfer Rate:

Sustained Transfer Rate: 12 MB/s (Native) / 31.2 MB/s (Compressed)

Burst Transfer Rate: 12.0 MB/s (Async., Max.) / 160.0 MB/s (Sync., Max.)



GB/ Hour Transfer Rate: Up to 86.4 GB per hour (Native)

Up to 224. GB per hour (Compressed)

Cartridge Access Time: Less than 10 s

Drum Rotational Speed: 6,000 rpm

Buffer Memory: 18 MB (Drives)


Library Interface: Ultra2 Wide SCSI

Single Ended / Low Voltage Differential


MTBF: Greater than 400,000 POH (100% duty cycle)

MCBF: Greater than 1,000,000 cycles

Average Head Life: Greater than 50,000 hours

Average Media Uses: Greater than 30,000 end-to-end passes, or 30 years

Error Rate: Less than10-17 bits

Physical Dimensions: 

Dimensions (WxHxD): 16.0 x 1.7 x 26.8 inches

Weight: 29. lbs (with 1 drive and no cartridges)


Operating Temperature: 41° F to 95° F / 5° C to 35° C

Non-Operating Temperature: -40° F to 158° F / -40° C to 70° C

Operating Humidity: 20% to 80% (non-condensing)

Chris Whitehead

Chris Whitehead is a tape drive repair and data storage expert based in Reading, Berkshire, providing tape drive repair and data storage solutions across the UK.