Quasar system specifications

Created by BJ Smith, last modified on 2022-04-19

The following information applies to the Quasar system hardware and disaster recovery storage maintained at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Quasar system


IBM TS4500 robotic library with 2,198 slots and dual accessors; media verification enabled.

22 IBM TS1160 tape drives

2 PB IBM ESS disk cache

5 Dell PowerEdge R540 data movers

1620 JE cartridges, each with an uncompressed capacity of 20 TB

IBM Spectrum Archive and IBM Spectrum Scale software

User interface: Globus

High-availability capabilities include:

  • Dual accessors in library
  • Spectrum Archive software can failover to any of the movers
  • Disk cache uses declustered RAID to be able to handle multiple disk failures
  • Disk cache comprises two servers, which are redundant

Fireproof safe for disaster recovery tapes


“B” rated heavy duty construction.

2-Hr. 350°F fire protection. Tested at temperatures up to 1700°F.

U.L. Listed Residential Security Container burglary rating


Overall thickness of 4-5/8," constructed with 2" defense barrier of outer and inner steel plates.

Heat-expandable intumescent door seal guards contents against severe fires.

Heavy-duty steel hinges provide easy, smooth door operation.

Locking mechanism

Two 1-1/2"-diameter solid steel chrome-plated locking bolts.

Two 1-1/2" diameter solid steel deadbolts lock deep into the body, preventing door removal during a forced entry attempt.

Equipped with the AMSEC ESL10XL U.L. Listed Type 1 electronic lock.

Lock protected by a tempered glass relock device.

Additional information

Weight: 318 lbs

Interior dimensions: 19"H x 12.5"W x 12.2"D

Outside dimensions: 24.5"H x 18"W x 19.875"D

Cubic inches: 2,898

Shelves: 2

Steel door thickness: 2" inches

Body thickness: 2.875"

Inner wall steel thickness: 2.875"

Burglary protection (Safe Rating): RSC I

Fill type: Concrete mix

Fire protection: 120-minute

Customizable: Yes

Safe type: Commercial Security Safe | Composite Safe | Retail Safe | Back Office Safe

USA-made or foreign-made: Foreign-made