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  • The IBM® System Storage™ TS1050 is an IBM LTO Ultrium 5 Tape Drive that combines IBM tape reliability and performance at open systems prices. The new Ultrium 5 Tape Drive:

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    • Increases maximum data transfer rate, providing to up to 140 MB/sec native as compared to LTO Ultrium 4
    • Provides up to 1.5 TB native physical capacity per cartridge (3.0 TB with 2:1 compression) with Ultrium 5 1.5 TB cartridge
    • Includes a 8-Gbps Fibre Channel dual-ported interface attachment
    • Supports LTO5 media partitioning and self-describing tape
    • Supports encryption capabilities and requires IBM Tivoli® Key Lifecycle Manager (TKLM) for encryption key management
    • Adheres to LTO specifications
    • Mounts in TS3500 Tape Library Model L53 or D53, and in 3584 Tape Library Models L52, L32, D52, or D32

    TS3500 Tape Library functions and features include:

    • Supports TS1050 Ultrium 5 tape drive in TS3500 Tape Library Model L53 or D53, and in 3584 Tape Library Models L52, L32, D52, or D32
    • Mixed media support for TS3500 HA/HD libraries
    • Storage Authentication Service (LDAP via TPC or SSPC)
    • Floating home cell option for non-HD libraries
    • Customizable warning threshold for capacity utilization

     

    The IBM System Storage TS1050 (machine type 3588, model F5A) is designed to be installed in an IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library (machine type 3584) to offer high capacity and performance for the midrange open systems environment. This model incorporates the new Linear Tape-Open (LTO) IBM Ultrium 5 Tape Drive with enhanced maximum tape drive throughput over the IBM LTO generation 4 Tape Drive (Ultrium 4). It has a native data transfer of up to 140 MB/sec. In addition, with the use of the IBM LTO Ultrium 5 1.5 TB Data Cartridge, the TS1050 nearly doubles the maximum tape cartridge capacity providing up to 1.5 TB native physical capacity (3.0 TB with 2:1 compression), as compared to the IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drives and cartridges. IBM Ultrium 5 Tape Drives can read and write LTO Ultrium 4 Data Cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 3 Data Cartridges. The TS1050 has a 8-Gbps Fibre Channel dual-ported interface for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers.

    The IBM System Storage TS1050 LTO Ultrium 5 Tape Drive supports data encryption on the base drive with Ultrium 5 or Ultrium 4 media meeting LTO consortium specifications and Application Managed Encryption. System Managed and Library Managed Encryption and associated IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager (TKLM) access are available as a chargeable licensed key (feature 1604 – Transparent LTO Encryption) under the TS3500 Tape Library L-frames.

    Note: IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager v1 (TKLM) is required for encryption key management with LTO Ultrium 5 drives.

    IBM Ultrium 5 enhancements that help improve performance and reliability include:

    • Native data transfer rate up to 140 MB/sec
    • Ultrium 5 tape cartridge native physical capacity of 1.5 TB
    • 8-Gbps Fibre Channel dual-ported drive attachment
    • A larger 512 MB internal buffer
    • Supports LTO5 media partitioning and self describing tape
    • LTO Ultrium 5 encryption support

    Note: The TS1050 can be installed in new or installed TS3500 Tape Library Models L53 and D53, and in 3584 Tape Library Models L52, L32, D52, and D32. LTO 5 tape drive support and other selected TS3500 features require Advanced Library Management (ALMS).
    Note: In order to support code level 9500 or higher, all node cards in the library must be xx3-equivalent node cards. For xx2 models, this requires a xx3 model conversion or the Enhanced Node Card(s) feature (Feature 1700 or 1701).

    In addition to TS1050 LTO 5 support, additional TS3500 Tape Library functions include:

    • Mixed media support for TS3500 HA/HD libraries
    • Storage Authentication Service (LDAP via TPC or SSPC)
    • Floating home cell option for non-HD libraries
    • Customizable warning threshold for capacity utilization

    Appropriate levels of host and drive software are required to attach the TS1050 to a wide range of environments including selected IBM Power Systems™, IBM System i®, IBM System p®, IBM System x®, IBM System z® (zLinux), other servers running HP-UX, Linux®, Sun Solaris, and Microsoft® Windows® operating system environments that support Fibre Channel interfaces.

    LTO 5 tape drive support and other selected TS3500 features require Advanced Library Management (ALMS).

    IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager v1 (TKLM) is required for encryption key management with LTO Ultrium 5 drives.

    Note: In order to support code level 9500 or higher, all node cards in the library must be xx3-equivalent node cards. For xx2 models, this requires a xx3 model conversion or the Enhanced Node Card(s) feature (Feature 1700 or 1701).

    The IBM TS1050 is an IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 5 Tape Drive designed for the heavy demands of backup and archive tape storage. The TS1050 is designed to mount in a TS3500 Tape Library and has an 8-Gbps Fibre Channel dual-ported interface for attachment to a wide range of environments, including selected IBM Power Systems, IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x, IBM System z (zLinux), other servers running HP-UX, Linux, Sun Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments.

    The TS1050 incorporates fifth-generation IBM LTO Ultrium technology. It offers the following significant improvements over the Ultrium 4 Tape Drive:

    • Increased performance Maximum tape drive throughput native data rate performance is up to 140 MB/sec. Data tracks are written 16 at a time. IBM Ultrium 5 Tape Drives can read and write LTO Ultrium 4 Data Cartridges at Ultrium 4 capacities and rates, and read LTO Ultrium 3 Data Cartridges at Ultrium 3 capacities and rates.Note: Although the Ultrium 5 Tape Drive provides the capability for excellent tape performance, other components of the system may limit the actual performance achieved. Also, although the compression technology used in the tape drive can typically double the amount of data that can be stored on the media, the actual degree of compression achieved is highly sensitive to the characteristics of the data being compressed.
    • Increased tape cartridge capacity: The tape cartridge physical capacity is up to 1.5 TB native physical capacity (3.0 TB with 2:1 compression) with the use of the new IBM LTO Ultrium 1.5 TB Data Cartridge, nearly doubling that of the Ultrium 4 Data Cartridge. This is achieved by increasing the linear density, track density, and the media length. The tape itself is an advanced metal particle tape developed to help provide durability and increased capacity.
    • Encryption: The IBM System Storage TS1050 LTO Ultrium 5 Tape Drive supports data encryption on the base drive with Ultrium 5 or Ultrium 4 media, meeting LTO consortium specifications and Application Managed Encryption. System Managed and Library Managed Encryption and associated IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager (TKLM) access are all available as a chargeable licensed key (feature 1604, Transparent LTO Encryption) under the TS3500 Tape Library L-frames.IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager v1 (TKLM) is required for encryption key management with LTO Ultrium 5 drives.
    • Attachment options: The TS1050 Tape Drive comes with 8 Gbps Fibre Channel dual-ported attachment models, for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers. They are supported on a wide range of environments including selected IBM Power Systems, IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x, IBM System z (zLinux), other servers running HP-UX, Linux, Sun Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments.
    • WORM media support: The IBM 3589 Ultrium 5 WORM Tape Cartridges are designed for archiving and data retention applications, as well as those applications requiring an audit trail. These cartridges work with the IBM LTO Ultrium 5 Tape Drive to help prevent the alteration or deletion of user data. IBM Ultrium 5 WORM Tape Cartridges can be ordered as unique 3589 models with the following features:
      • Pre-labeling with the ability to specify a starting volume serial and color coding
      • Packaging in individual jewel cases or in bulk
      • Cartridge memory, built into every cartridge, which helps to enhance functionality and media reliability by storing access history and media performance information for use by the tape drive every time the cartridge is accessed
      • Half-inch particle tape with a 1.5 TB WORM native capacity in a single cartridge
    • Larger internal data buffer: There is a 512 MB internal data buffer in the Ultrium 5 Tape Drive.
    • Digital speed matching: The Ultrium 5 Tape Drive is designed to perform dynamic speed matching (at one of fourteen speeds: 140.0, 130.0, 120.0, 112.7, 105.5, 98.2, 90.9, 83.6, 76.4, 69.1, 61.8, 53.5, 46.3 or 40.0 MB/s) to adjust the drive’s native data rate as closely as possible to the net host data rate (after data compressibility has been factored out). This helps reduce the number of backhitch repositions and improve throughput performance. Speed matching on Ultrium 5 ranges from 40 to 140 MB/sec versus 30 to 80 MB/sec on Ultrium 4.
    • Giant Magneto Resistive (GMR) head design: Use of flat lap head technology in GMR heads from our Enterprise Tape Drives for Ultrium 5 helps minimize contact, edge damage, debris accumulation, and wear on the tape as it moves over the read/write heads.
    • Dual-stage 16-channel head skew actuator: The actuator is designed to provide precision head alignment to help support higher track density and improved data integrity. Track following skew actuator supports flangeless tape guide rollers and dynamic skew to enable the head to follow skew tape motion and improve linear actuation.
    • Power management: The Ultrium 5 Tape Drive power management function is designed to control the drive electronics to be either completely turned off or in a low-power mode when the circuit functions are not needed for drive operation. Improvements specifically in idle mode are improved over Ultrium 4.

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  • Proven IBM LTO Ultrium features enhanced in the IBM LTO Ultrium 5 Tape Drive include:

    • Independent tape loader and threader motors and positive pin retention: These are designed to help improve the reliability of loading and unloading a cartridge, and to retain the pin even if tension is dropped. An independent loader motor, coupled with the positive pin retention, is designed to cause the tape to thread with a higher level of reliability.
    • Graceful dynamic braking: In the event of power failure, reel motors are designed to maintain tension and gradually decelerate instead of stopping abruptly, helping reduce tape breakage, stretching, or loose tape wraps during a sudden power outage.
    • Servo and track layout technology: There are 1280 data tracks in Ultrium 5 versus 896 data tracks in Ultrium 4. The high-bandwidth servo system features a low-mass servo to help more effectively track servo bands and improve data throughput with damaged media in less-than-optimal shock and vibration environments.
    • Surface Control Guiding Mechanism: IBM’s patented Surface Control Guiding Mechanism is designed to guide the tape along the tape path in the Ultrium 5 and 4 Tape Drive. This method uses the surface of the tape, rather than the edges, to control tape motion. This helps reduce tape damage (especially to the edges of the tape) and tape debris, which comes from the damaged edges and can accumulate in the head area.
    • Robust drive components optimized for automation environments: To help enhance reliability and prolong the life of drives, some of the most robust components available, such as an all metal clutch, steel ball bearings in loader, robust leader block design, and a single circuit card.
    • Adaptive read equalization: Designed to automatically compensate for dynamic changes in readback signal response.
    • Dynamic amplitude asymmetry compensation: This is designed to optimize readback signals for linear readback response from MR read head transducers.
    • Separate writing of multiple filemarks: Separate writing of multiple filemarks is designed to cause any write command of two or more filemarks to cause a separate data set to be written containing all filemarks after the first. This feature helps improve performance if a subsequent append overwrites somewhere after the first filemark. A write of multiple filemarks typically indicates a point where an append operation might occur after the first of these filemarks and this change helps prevent having to rewrite datasets containing customer data and the first filemark, if such an append occurs.
    • LTO Data Compression (LTO-DC): The Ultrium 5 uses LTO-DC, which is an implementation of a Lempel-Ziv class 1 (LZ-1) data compression algorithm. LTO-DC is an extension of Adaptive Lossless Data Compression (ALDC) and an improvement over previous IBM lossless compression algorithms. IBM’s patented “Scheme-Swapping” compression is designed to look ahead at incoming data, and determine the most efficient storage method (either ALDC or pass-thru mode) to help provide optimal data compression and increase data throughput.
    • LTO Cartridge Memory (LTO-CM): Contained within the LTO Ultrium data cartridge is the LTO-CM, which is a passive, contactless silicon storage device that is physically a part of the cartridge. The LTO-CM is designed to hold information about that specific cartridge, the media in the cartridge, and the data on the media. The storage capacity of the LTO-CM is 8 KB. Communication between the drive and the LTO-CM is via a low-level RF field transmitted by the drive to the cartridge.
    • Statistical Analysis and Reporting System (SARS): The Ultrium 5 Tape Drive uses SARS to help isolate failures between media and hardware. SARS uses the cartridge performance history saved in the CM module and the drive performance history kept in the drive flash EEPROM to help determine the most likely cause of failure. SARS is designed to cause the drive to request a cleaner tape, to mark the media as degraded, and to indicate that the hardware has degraded.
    • Highly integrated electronics using IBM engineered copper technology: this technology is designed to reduce the total number of components in the drive, help lower chip temperatures, and reduce power requirements, helping to provide for a more reliable drive. The fifth-generation drive electronics are designed to provide error correction of soft errors in the memory arrays in data and control paths.

    With support for LTO Ultrium-format tape data cartridges, the TS1050 with the TS3500 Tape Library can be a cost-effective solution for backup, save-and-restore, and archiving functions.

  • Ultrium 5 Data Cartridge

    The tape cartridge physical capacity of the IBM Ultrium 5 Data Cartridge has nearly doubled over the IBM Ultrium 800 GB Data Cartridge to 1.5 TB native physical capacity (3.0 TB with 2:1 compression). IBM LTO Ultrium 5 Tape Drives can read and write Ultrium 4 data cartridges and read Ultrium 3 data cartridges. Ultrium 5 cartridges can be resident in the same TS3500 Tape Library with the Ultrium 4 and Ultrium 3 data cartridges. LTO Ultrium 5 data cartridges can be ordered using machine type 3589, LTO Ultrium tape cartridges.

    These cartridges have been designed to provide several enhancements over previous tape technologies. They are designed to work with tape drives that have increased tape speeds and high-density data recording. The case is specially designed for use in automated libraries and is designed for repeated, unattended handling.

    TS3500 features and functions

    • TS1050 Ultrium 5 Tape Drive Support: TS1050 Ultrium 5 tape drive is supported in TS3500 Tape Library Model L53 or D53, and in 3584 Tape Library Models L52, L32, D52, or D32. Appropriate levels of host and drive software are required to attach the TS1050 to a wide range of environments, including selected IBM Power Systems, IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x, IBM System z (zLinux), other servers running HP-UX, Linux, Sun Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments that support Fibre Channel interfaces.LTO 5 tape drive support and other selected TS3500 features require Advanced Library Management (ALMS).

      Note: In order to support code level 9500 or higher, all node cards in the library must be xx3-equivalent node cards. For xx2 models, this requires a xx3 model conversion or the Enhanced Node Card(s) feature (Feature 1700 or 1701).

    • Mixed media HA/HD support: Mixed media is supported in HA/HD configurations and requires testing each accessor in its respective service bay with both LTO HD slots and 3592 HD slots. The solution requires that service bay B must always be a Dxx frame so that the drive canister positions 3 and 4 in both service bays can be used for providing both LTO and 3592 types of HD test slots. This will require the current Model HA1 HD test hardware feature codes to match the type of the Lxx frame and a new Model HA1 “Mixed Media HD Test Slots” feature code (#1697) that has a prerequisite of one of the 2 current feature codes and results in shipping the other type of HD test slots. Feature 1697 (Mixed Media HD Test Slots) provides HD test canisters and diagnostic cartridges of the opposite media type of feature code 1695 or 1696. Feature code 1695 or 1696 is a prerequisite. Feature 1695 provides LTO HD test canisters and diagnostic cartridges. Feature 1696 provides 3592 HD test canisters and diagnostic cartridges. Feature 1658 (LTO I/O Station) or 1659 (3592 I/O Station) will be required for libraries not already with mixed media.
    • Storage Authentication Service: Storage Authentication Service allows users to login using common Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) registry and is designed to enable central common user management.
    • Floating Home Cell Option for Non-HD Libraries: This option can be configured on the Library Preferences page of the library GUI. When operating with floating home cell enabled, the library firmware will choose an optimum storage slot upon every demount operation rather than only at cartridge insertion (fixed home cell). The floating home cell behavior was originally introduced with HD libraries (those which include a Model S24 or Model S54 frame).
    • Customizable Warning Threshold for Capacity Utilization: Allows user to set percentage of capacity full at which library will initiate warning via Web Specialist indication and SNMP trap.

  • The TS1050 and software applications are designed to address these requirements and deliver a functionally rich tape storage solution incorporating LTO Ultrium 5 Tape Drive technology.

    The TS1050 is an excellent choice if you use tape drives that require larger-capacity or higher-performance tape backup. The TS1050 Tape Drive can be the answer to growing storage requirements and shrinking backup windows.

    The TS3500 Tape Library and IBM software applications excel in addressing these requirements and can constitute a functionally rich tape storage solution incorporating LTO Ultrium and 3592 tape technology. You also gain flexibility of automated tape library management and unattended save and restore operations.

    The TS3500 Tape Library models are a smart choice for tape automation for IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x, IBM System z products, or Linux, and other popular open systems. The TS3500 utilizes the patented Multi-Path Architecture, designed to allow homogeneous or heterogeneous open systems applications to share the library robotics, with Advanced Library Management System (ALMS) for storage slot pooling and flexible drive assignment. Additional TS3500 features include: capacity on demand entry library frames, LTO and 3592 drive technology choices and integration, dual active accessors, and 16-frame expansion.

    The TS3500 Tape Library Base Frame Model L53 offers 64 to 287 slots for LTO Ultrium tape cartridge media and up to 12 IBM LTO Ultrium Fibre Channel Tape Drives. It is designed to provide excellent price and performance in the open systems environments.

    The TS3500 Tape Library Base Frame Model L23 offers 58 to 260 slots for 3592 tape cartridge media and up to 12 IBM TS1130 or 3592 Tape Drives. The TS1130 or 3592 Tape Drives are designed to provide high capacity, performance, and reliability in open systems environments with tape drive flexibility to accommodate capacity and fast access where these requirements are needed.

    Up to 15 3584 or TS3500 Tape Library Expansion Frame Models D22, D23, D32, D52, D53, S24, or S54 can be added to either the Model L22, L23, L32, L52, or L53. The Model D23 or D22 provides up to 400 cartridge slots for 3592 media, and can contain up to 12 TS1130 or 3592 Tape Drives. The Models D32, D52, or D53 provide up to 440 slots for Ultrium media, and can contain up to 12 Ultrium Tape Drives. The Model S24 provides up to 1000 cartridge slots for 3592 media, and does not support tape drives. The Model S54 provides up to 1320 cartridge slots for LTO media, and does not support tape drives. When a Model HA1 is attached, the last Models D22, D23, D52, D53, S24, or S54 in the TS3500 Tape Library functions as a Service Bay B for the second accessor.

    The TS3500, part of a family of IBM System Storage LTO Ultrium tape products, can be the answer to growing storage requirements and shrinking backup windows.

    If you have existing digital linear tape experience or require high-performance automated tape backup, the TS3500 Tape Library constitutes an excellent tape storage solution. The IBM LTO Ultrium Tape Drives in the TS3500 Tape Library provide an excellent functional alternative to DLT/SDLT, 1/4 in, 4 mm, 8 mm, or IBM Magstar® MP 3570 tape drives.

    Depending on capacity requirements, a wide spectrum of tape libraries are available from the IBM Ultrium Tape family of products, based on your storage usage and requirements. Tape automation products to choose from include the IBM System Storage TS3310, TS3200, or TS3100 Tape Libraries.

    For high duty-cycle and start/stop intensive tape applications, with mission-critical data protection and high-capacity requirements, consider the IBM System Storage TS1130 or 3592 Tape Drive with the IBM System Storage TS3400 or TS3500 Tape Library.

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