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Current Models of IBM Tape Libraries

TS3500 Library

 

Frame definition L23—Base frame for TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592
D23—Drive-capable and storage expansion frame for TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592
S24—Storage-only expansion frame for 3592 cartridges
L53—Base frame for LTO
D53—Drive-capable and storage expansion frame for LTO
S54—Storage-only expansion frame for LTO cartridges
HA1—High-availability service bay frame for use with the dual-accessor feature
SC1—Library strings shuttle connector
Tape drive types TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592 tape drives or LTO Ultrium 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 tape drives
Number of frames per library One base frame, up to 15 expansion frames
(TS3500 Model HA1 installation provides one of the two additional frames required as service bays in a dual-accessor library)
Number of libraries per complex Up to 15 libraries
Number of drives Up to 12 per frame
Up to 192 per library string
Up to 2,700 per library complex
Number of tape cartridges L23—up to 260
D23—up to 400
S24—up to 1,000
Total supported per library: 15,000
Total supported per complex: 225,000
L53—up to 287
D53—up to 440
S54—up to 1,320
Total supported per library: 20,000
Total supported per complex: 300,000

TS3310 Library

 

3576 model L5B 3576 model L5B and four E9U models
Configuration Base library Base library and 4 expansion units
Maximum LTO Ultrium storage slots 41 409
Maximum LTO Ultrium I/O slots 6 54
Maximum tape drives 2 18
Total physical capacity (2.5:1 compression) Up to 256.25 TB Up to 2.55 PB
Capacity-on-demand increments N/A 46 cartridges
Maximum logical libraries 2 18

TS3200 Library

 

Drive options LTO Ultrium 6 full-height: 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8344)
LTO Ultrium 6 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8347); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8348)
LTO Ultrium 5 full-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8245 or 46X2683); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8244 or 46X2682)
LTO Ultrium 5 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8247 or 46X2685); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8248 or 46X2684)
LTO Ultrium 4 full-height: Low Voltage Differential (LVD) SCSI (FC # 8143 or 95P5002); 3 Gbps SAS (FC # 8145 or 95P5006); 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8144 or 95P5004)
LTO Ultrium 4 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8149 or 46X7117); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8148 or 46X6912)
Available models TS3200 Tape Library Model L4U Driveless
3573 L4U (MTM)
35734UL (HVEC)
Transparent LTO Ultrium encryption 45E3081 or FC # 5900
Tape drive type LTO Ultrium 6 full-height and half-height;
LTO Ultrium 5 full-height and half-height;
LTO Ultrium 4 full-height and half-height
Number of drives 1 – 4
Number of tape cartridges 48

TS3100 Library

 

Drive options LTO Ultrium 6 full-height: 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8344)
LTO Ultrium 6 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8347); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8348)
LTO Ultrium 5 full-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8245); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8244)
LTO Ultrium 5 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8247); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8248)
LTO Ultrium 4 full-height: Low Voltage Differential (LVD) SCSI (FC # 8143 or 95P5002); 3 Gbps SAS (FC # 8145 or 95P5006); 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8144 or 95P5004)
LTO Ultrium 4 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8149 or 46X7117); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8148 or 46X6912)
Available models TS3100 Tape Library Model L2U Driveless
3573 L2U (MTM)
35732UL (HVEC)
Transparent LTO encryption 45E3081 or FC # 5900
Tape drive type LTO Ultrium 6 half-height and full-height
LTO Ultrium 5 half-height and full-height
LTO Ultrium 4 half-height and full-height
Number of drives 1 – 2
Number of tape cartridges 24

TS3200 Express

 

Drive options LTO Ultrium 6 full-height: 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8344)
LTO Ultrium 6 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8347); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8348)
LTO Ultrium 5 full-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8245 or 46X2683); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8244 or 46X2682)
LTO Ultrium 5 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8247 or 46X2685); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8248 or 46X2684)
LTO Ultrium 4 full-height: Low Voltage Differential (LVD) SCSI (FC # 8143 or 95P5002); 3 Gbps SAS (FC # 8145 or 95P5006); 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8144 or 95P5004)
LTO Ultrium 4 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8149 or 46X7117); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8148 or 46X6912)
Available models TS3200 Tape Library Model L4U Driveless
3573 L4U (MTM)
35734UL (HVEC)
Tape drive type LTO Ultrium 6 full-height and half-height;
LTO Ultrium 5 full-height and half-height;
LTO Ultrium 4 full-height and half-height
Number of drives 1 – 4
Number of tape cartridges 48

TS3100 Express

 

Drive options LTO Ultrium 6 full-height: 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8344)
LTO Ultrium 6 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8347); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8348)
LTO Ultrium 5 full-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8245); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8244)
LTO Ultrium 5 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8247); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8248)
LTO Ultrium 4 full-height: Low Voltage Differential (LVD) SCSI (FC # 8143 or 95P5002); 3 Gbps SAS (FC # 8145 or 95P5006); 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8144 or 95P5004)
LTO Ultrium 4 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8149 or 46X7117); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8148 or 46X6912)
Available models TS3100 Tape Library Model L2U Driveless
3573 L2U (MTM)
35732UL (HVEC)
Tape drive type LTO Ultrium 6 half-height and full-height
LTO Ultrium 5 half-height and full-height
LTO Ultrium 4 half-height and full-height
Number of drives 1 – 2
Number of tape cartridges 24

 

Linear Tape File System (LTFS)

  • Access and manage files on tape as easily as if they were on hard disk
  • Drag and drop files to and from tape without requiring device-specific software
  • Share file data across platforms, similar to using a USB drive

IBM® Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) provides direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored on Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 6 or 5 tape cartridges, as well as IBM 3592 tape cartridges. It eliminates the need for additional tape management and software to access data.

Product features

  • Helps reduce complexity by enabling an icon-based view of the tape data using the OS file manager
  • Reduces restore times and enables optimal utilization of tape resources
  • Features 1:1 mapping of tape cartridges to file folders

Hardware summary

  • IBM Linear Tape File System Single Drive Edition (LTFS SDE) provides direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives using LTO Ultrium 6 and 5 tape cartridges, as well as IBM 3592 tape cartridges with IBM System Storage TS1140 tape drives. LTFS eliminates the need for additional tape management and software to access data.