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3590

The IBM 3590 models B1A, E1A, and H1A (no loader) are designed for automated tape libraries, including the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Automated Tape Library 3494, IBM TotalStorage Virtual Tape Server, and StorageTek Silos. A 3494 with the 3590 E1A drive capacity is up to 1,122TB*

High performance tape drives for automated tape libraries

Designed for use in the 3494 Tape Library, Virtual Tape Server and other automated tape libraries for up to 150GB per hour of compressed backup per tape drive

Two tape drive models to choose from for automation providing capacity and performance options

  • Model B1A supports up to 20GB per cartridge and 9MB/second data rate uncompressed.

  • Model E1A supports up to 40GB per cartridge and 14MB/second data rate uncompressed.

  • Model H1A supports up to 60GB per cartridge and 14MB/second data rate uncompressed

The 3590 models B11, E11, and H11 (loader)are rack-mounted tape drives with an Automatic Cartridge Facility (ACF).

The 10 cartridge ACF allows the drives  to be used as a mini-library with access up to 1.8TB* of data.

The 3590 B11/ E11/H11 can be converted to a B1A / E1A/H11 for use in a fully automated library system

Mini – library support for distributed stand alone server environments

10 slot cartridge auto loader for sequential or random access to up to 1.8TB of compressed data

Datasheet

Ease of use

Integrated operator / service display showing device status, activities, error conditions and messages

IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape System 3590 at a glance
Model Number B11 (rack) B1A (library) E11 (rack) E1A (library)
3590 characteristics
LZ1 compression Standard Standard Standard Standard
Number of tracks 128 128 256 256
10-cartridge magazine Standard na Standard na
Cartridge capacity, native in GB 10 10 20 20
Cartridge capacity, compressed in GB1 30 30 60 60
Extended cartridge native in GB 20 20 40 40
Extended cartridge compressed in GB1 60 60 120 120
Total capacity, maximum, compressed1 600GB see note2 1.2 TB² see note2
Maximum drive rate 9 MB/sec 9 MB/sec 14MB/sec 14MB/sec
Drive interface Dual SCSI Dual SCSI Dual SCSI or Dual Fiber Dual SCSI or Dual Fiber
Operating Environments 
Temperature with media in use 60° F to 90° F (16° C to 32° C)
Relative humidity (20% to 80%)
Wet bulb maximum (73.4° F; 23° C)
Heat output (BTU/hr) 1024 1024 770 770
Power requirements (kVA) 0.300 0.300 0.23 0.23
¹ B Models use eight sets of 16 tracks; E Models use 16 sets of tracks ² Depending on data content, with 3:1 LZ1 data compression ³ Depending on library model, since B1A and E1A Models reside in an IBM Magstar 3494 (or in a C12 or C14 frame for the StorageTek 4410 or 9310 ACS)
 IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Controller Model A60 at a glance
Number of ESCON interfaces Up to 8
Number of FICON interfaces Up to 2
Drive attachment capability of a single controller in a 3590 Model A14 Frame Up to 12 drives
Drive attachment capability of a single controller in Enterprise Tape Library 3494 Drive Unit Frames Up to 10 drives
Drive attachment capability of a single controller in 3590 Model C12 Silo Compatible Tape Frames Up to 12 drives
ESCON maximum channel link speed 17MB/sec
FICON maximum channel link speed 100MB/sec ESCON
ESCON maximum distance (unrepeated) 3km
FICON long wavelength maximum distance (unrepeated) 10km, 20km (RPQ)
FICON short wavelength maximum distance (unrepeated) 500m Operating
Operating environments
A60 A14
Temperature with media in use 60° F to 90° F (16° C to 32° C)
Relative humidity (20% to 80%)
Wet bulb maximum (73.4° F; 23° C)
Heat output (BTU/hr) 1,700 341
Power requirements (kVA) .5 .1
Dimensions  
Model Number A60 A14 B11/E11/H11 E1A/H1A
Height 15.8″ (401mm) 70.9¨ (1800mm) 20.6¨ (522mm) 10.5¨ (262mm)
Width 19.0¨ (483mm) 28.5¨ (724mm) 9.1¨ (230mm) 8.8¨ (221mm)
Depth 24.5¨ (622mm)) 43.3¨ (1099mm) 39.0¨ (988mm) 29.8¨ (750mm) Weight
Weight Up to 165 lbs (75 kg) Up to 670 lbs (295 kg) 103 lbs (46.7 g) 66 lbs (30 kg)

The 3590 Model B11, E11 and H11 are frame- or rack-mounted and incorporate a 10-cartridge Automated Cartridge Facility (ACF) for high-capacity (up to 1.8TB for the Model H11) unattended operation.

The 3590 Model B1A, E1A and H1A are designed to be used in an Enterprise Tape Library 3494, and IBM TotalStorage Silo Compatible Tape Drive Frame.

With the 3590 Model B11, E11 or H11, cartridges are loaded into and unloaded from the ACF in a convenient, portable 10- cartridge magazine. The ACF has multiple modes of operationÑaccumulate, automatic, manual and system–all of which can be selected from the operator display. 3590 Tape Drives feature an operator/service display showing device status, activities, error conditions and messages.

Benefits designed to provide:   Highlights
Multiple models for flexible configurations 3590 Models B11, E11, and H11 for standalone “mini” library configurations in racks and frames or Models B1A, E1A, and H1A as part of the 3494 Tape Library
Outstanding performance for improved backup window management and increased productivity Up to 42MB per second or 150GB per hour sustained data throughput (3590 Model E Fibre Channel drive with 3:1 compression)
Native SAN connections for high speed tape data processing, drive sharing, and storage consolidation 3590 Model E and H drives can be configured with dual Fibre ports for up to 100MB per second bus data burst rates, drive sharing capabilities, and SAN failover support for AIX servers1
Native FICON connectivity for high performance and a reduction in tape operation infrastructure 3590 Model A60, in addition to ESCON, now provides native FICON connections for selected zSeries and S/390 servers. One FICON connection can do similar work as four ESCON connections
Silo compatible attachment for enhanced connectivity options 3590 Silo Compatible Tape Drive Frames are implemented in StorageTek Silo tape libraries for multiple computing environments including SCSI, Fibre, ESCON or Native FICON
An option for a 3590 Model B to Model E or H field upgrades for more performance and capacity or an option for a 3590 Model B to Model H field upgrades for more capacity Upgrade a Model B to a Model E and get up to double the capacity on existing cartridges and up to 50% more performance potential.
Upgrade a Model B to a Model H and get up to triple the capacity on existing cartridges and up to 50% more performance potential. Upgrade a Model E to a Model H and get up to 50 percent more capacity on existing cartridges with the same performance.
1AIX High Availability Failover provides an exclusive failover mechanism in the AIX tape device driver that allows you to configure multiple redundant paths in a SAN environment to E and H Model Tape Drives having Fibre Channel Attachment. In the event of a path or component failure, the failover mechanism is designed to automatically provide error recovery to retry the current operation using an alternate, preconfigured path without aborting the current job in progress. This allows you flexibility in SAN configuration, availability and management.