A tape autoloader is a rack mounted device that contains a tape drive, multiple tape cartridges and a device to move the cartridges to and from the drive.
Tape autoloaders can be deployed when multiple backups are need to be simultaneously accessible to perform restores in schools. When used with a suitable backup software product, the device can automatically place a backup across multiple cartridges if a single cartridge has insufficient capacity.
The device also contains a barcode scanner allowing the backup software to record which backup is stored on each cartridge. This enables faster performance as the device does not have to load each tape to identify the data stored on it.