IBM LTO 8 Tape Drive (Model TS2280)

The IBM TS2280 Tape Drive uses next-generation LTO Ultrium 8 cartridges to store up to 30 TB of compressed data per cartridge – twice the capacity of previous generations – with a ten-year TCO for data retention that is 86% lower than an all-disk solution and 66% lower than an all-cloud storage solution. Discover how to reduce your storage costs, simplify data management and enhance security and compliance.

IBM® TS2280 Tape Drive incorporates the latest generation of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology, delivering even higher capacity than the previous generation. In addition to backup, TS2280 is designed to help your business handle the growing data demands of modern tape use cases like cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and active file archive. By providing a physical storage capacity of up to 30 TB per cartridge (with 2.5:1 compression), TS2280 is an excellent tape storage solution for small and medium businesses requiring backup and low-cost, archival storage of data.

Key features

  • Fast data transfer
  • Simplified access and management
  • Flexible network integration
  • Maximized performance and enhanced security
  • File-level access to tape data
  • Interchangeable Ultrium 8 and Ultrium 7 tape media
  • Data encryption
  • High capacity and operational simplicity
  • Technical specifications


Fast data transfer

The TS2280 drive boasts an uncompressed data transfer rate of up to 300 MBps (up to 750 MBps with 2.5:1 compression) with 6 Gbps SAS interface connectivity.

Simplified access and management

IBM Spectrum Archive™ helps simplify TS2280 access and management by enabling text-based file tagging, for more intuitive searches of drive content. IBM Spectrum Archive supports the tape-oriented LTFS and provides a GUI to the tape drive’s contents. These features help make tape-based data as easy to find and access as disk- or flash-based data. By making tape easy and intuitive, Spectrum Archive LTFS opens the door to new uses and applications for LTO Ultrium tape.

Flexible network integration

The TS2280 6 Gbps SAS interface enables it to connect to a wide spectrum of open-system servers. For flexible network integration, this compact external drive offers both two SAS ports and one Ethernet port, and can fit side-by side on a 19-inch rack shelf or used in standalone configuration.

Interchangeable Ultrium 8 and Ultrium 7 tape media

LTFS tape drives are designed to be interchangeable among compatible LTO tape drives and supported operating systems, so, administrators will not have to worry about hardware and software compatibility. With LTFS managers can quickly access, store or archive files on Ultrium 8 tape and transport files to another TS2280 and from different locations in a very easy-to-use format.

Data encryption

The LTO Ultrium 8 technology is also designed to natively support data encryption, with core hardware encryption and decryption capabilities resident in the LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive itself.

High capacity and operational simplicity

TS2280 Tape Drive supports the LTO Consortium compressed specification for LTO Ultrium 8, offering up to 30 TB of data storage per cartridge (12 TB native), twice the compressed capacity of the previous LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges. In addition to reading and writing to LTO Ultrium 8 tape cartridges, TS2280 can read and write to LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges. TS2280 supports the self-describing features of LTO tape cartridges for operational simplicity.