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A Method and System for Sensing Temperature and Humidity Difference in an Automated Tape Library

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239456D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 225K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for sensing temperature and humidity difference in an automated tape library. The method and system monitors the temperature and humidity level at different locations of the automated tape library. The temperature and humidity is monitored by mounting a scanner containing a temperature and humidity sensor in a robot within the automated tape library.

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A Method and System for Sensing Temperature and Humidity Difference in an Automated Tape Library

Automated tape libraries can be very large systems that span across large areas within a data center. Often, the automated tape libraries are used for archiving storage where data on the tape cartridges are stored in a proper environment with appropriate temperature and humidity such that loss of data from tape cartridges is minimal.

Disclosed is a method and system for sensing temperature and humidity difference in an automated tape library. The method and system monitors the temperature and humidity level at different locations of the automated tape library. The temperature and humidity is monitored by mounting a scanner containing a temperature and humidity sensor on a robot. The robot is enabled to travel over the entire span both horizontally and vertically within the automated tape library where the tape cartridges are stored. The scanner includes the temperature and humidity sensor and the scanner is mounted on the robot in a fixed location. The automated tape library firmware controls horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) movements of the robot to perform robotic moves at various locations within the automated tape library. In addition, the robot records the temperature and humidity level at X and Y coordinates throughout the location of the automated tape library. The temperature and humidity level can be mapped to the appropriate X and Y coordinates throughout the location of the automated tape library. The method and system allows the automated tape library to detect information regarding hot or cold spots within the automated tape library. The hot or cold spots can degrade the long-term health of the tape cartridges or the tape media.

The method and system creates a map of the temperature and humidity level within the automated tape library which can be analyzed by a user such as a datacenter administrator. The method and system determines changes required in a data center to provide adequate heating or cooling for a particular location of the automated tape library. In order to maintain the proper storage environment for the tape cartridges and the tape media, the changes required...