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High capacity, performance half-height Linear Tape-Open Tape Drive

  • Provides a half-height form factor, stand-alone, entry-level Ultrium® tape solution for midrange and network tape storage environments
  • Is designed to provide cost-effective backup, save and restore, and archival storage external to the server
  • Adheres to widely supported Linear Tape-Open® (LTO®) standards
  • Supports two TS2230 Model H3Vs side by side in a standard 19-inch rack using the optional Rack Mount Shelf

Today, data is a key corporate asset in all types of businesses. The ability to access data quickly and reliably is critical to your success. Whether your business utilizes a high-performance network server or individual workstations, archiving and retrieving data in a dependable and consistent manner is mission critical.

The IBM System Storage® TS2230 Tape Drive Express Model H3V—one of the entry-level IBM System Storage tape product family offerings—is the answer to growing storage requirements and shrinking backup windows. By leveraging advanced Linear Tape-Open technology and the half-height format, the TS2230 Tape Drive is suited for handling the backup, save and restore, and archival data storage needs of a wide range of small systems.

The System Storage TS2230 Tape Drive Express Model H3V is an excellent tape storage solution for businesses requiring backup or low-cost, real-time archival of their data within a small window of time. The TS2230 has a storage capacity of up to 800 GB (with 2:1 compression) when used with an LTO Ultrium 400 GB data cartridge, which is twice the capacity of Ultrium 2 technology. Along with its higher capacity, the performance of the TS2230 Tape Drive has more than doubled compared to the previous generation of half-height LTO drives on the market, with a native data transfer rate of up to 80 MB/sec. The TS2230 Tape Drive provides an excellent alternative to slower and smaller capacity 1/4-inch, 4 mm and 8 mm digital linear tape (DLT or SDLT) drives.

Common features

  • External half-height drive incorporating the third generation of IBM LTO technology
  • External stand-alone or rack-mountable unit
  • Capabilities for reading and writing to LTO Ultrium 2 Data Cartridges and reading LTO Ultrium 1 Data Cartridges

Hardware summary

  • Features the IBM half-height Ultrium 3 SAS tape drive V2
  • Adheres to the widely supported LTO specification, which promotes standardization and allows for multiple media and drive providers
  • Provides superior performance and capacity attributes for unattended backup within small and midrange server environments
  • Is compatible with major operating systems and ISV applications


Tape drive type:

IBM LTO Ultrium 3 half-height SAS tape drive V2

Capacity per cartridge:1

Up to 800 GB compressed; 400 GB native

Sustained data transfer rate:

Up to 80 MB/sec native