TS1155 Tape Drive models for the TS4500 tape library deliver up to 15 TB native capacity and enable reuse of existing JD media with increased capacity for investment protection

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 117-038
May 9, 2017

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The IBM® TS1155 Tape drive gives organizations an easy way to improve capacity, while keeping a fast access to data and secure long-term retention for less than the cost of disk or flash solutions. It also helps protect investments in tape automation by offering compatibility with existing automation and reuse of existing media.

With greater capacity as compared to the IBM TS1150 tape drive, the TS1155 Tape Drive consists of two new models designed for the TS4500 tape library, as well as stand-alone installation with traditional Fibre Channel or Ethernet host attachment interfaces (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) for cloud-based and open-compute environments.

Features of the TS1155 include:

  • 10 Gb Ethernet host attachment interface for hyperscale environments on Model 55E
  • Native data rate of 360 MBps
  • Dual-port 8 Gb Fibre Channel as well as support for standalone rack-mount applications on Model 55F
  • Effective reuse of existing JD/JZ/JL media types with the capability to read and write TS1150 formatted media, and format the same media with up to 15 TB uncompressed capacity
  • Support for JC 4 TB format (read only) and JC 7 TB format (read/write)
  • Encryption capabilities that work with IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager
  • Support for IBM Spectrum Archive™ (LTFS format) for direct, intuitive, and graphical access to data (refer to the Limitations section)

To help optimize drive utilization and reduce infrastructure requirements, TS1155 can be shared among supported open-system hosts on a storage area network. It also offers multiplatform support and can scale from midrange to enterprise environments, delivering flexible storage for heterogeneous server environments.



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IBM TS1155 Tape Drive is designed to provide an increased capacity of 50% on JD media types compared to its predecessors and consists of two models designed for the TS4500 tape library:

  • 3592 55F (Fibre Channel)
  • 3592 55E (Ethernet)

The TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F delivers a native data rate of 360 MBps, the same load/ready, locate speeds, and access times as the TS1150, and includes dual-port 8 Gb Fibre Channel support. IBM TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F is supported in IBM TS4500 tape libraries as well as rack-mount installations.

IBM TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55E delivers a 10 Gb Ethernet host attachment interface optimized for cloud-based and hyperscale environments.

The TS1155 Tape drive is capable to read and write 15 TB capacities on existing JD media types (JD/JZ/JL) compared to 10 TB for TS1150. TS1155 tape drives also support JC 4 TB format (read only) and JC 7 TB format (read/write). Media written in TS1155 format is not readable by TS1150, but is back-portable for reformatting the TS1150 format of 10 TB.

Model conversions are also supported to convert TS1150 Model EH8 to TS1155 Model 55F.

The TS1155 Tape drive is not compatible with IBM TS7700 or Enterprise Tape Control Unit environments.

TS1155 also supports drive-based data encryption to help protect data. The TS1155-based encryption and associated IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager components are supported in a wide range of environments, including select IBM Power Systems™, IBM System i®, IBM System p, IBM System x, and other servers running AIX®, Linux™, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft™ Windows™ operating systems.


Note: For the latest version of the IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager, refer to the IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager website.

Product Preview

IBM plans to extend support for the TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F to the IBM Spectrum Archive family of products.

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TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F is supported in a wide range of environments, including select IBM Power Systems, IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x, and other servers running AIX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments.

IBM TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55E is initially limited to be supported through a Microsoft Windows device driver and will require approval of i-RPQ 8B3685.

Refer to the Software requirements section for details.



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  • May 9, 2017: Feature number AGKQ for 3584 models L55 and D55
  • June 2, 2017: Model 55F, model conversion, and all other features in all countries except Argentina and Taiwan
  • June 23, 2017: Model 55F, model conversion, and all other features in Argentina and Taiwan
  • July 28, 2017: Model 55E



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TS1155 tape drives

The IBM TS1155 Tape Drive offers an increased capacity of 50% on JD media types compared to the TS1150 tape drive. It is designed for high-performance and high-capacity tape applications, including:

  • High-speed data-save operations where backup windows are critical and large amounts of data are archived to tape
  • Large-scale, automated tape environments where performance and reliability are required
  • Large-scale, mass-data archive applications where massive amounts of data need to be quickly saved to tape for storage and later recalled, such as data warehousing, record management applications, and within the seismic industry

IBM TS1155 consists of two models designed for the TS4500 tape library:

  • 3592 55F (Fibre Channel)
  • 3592 55E (Ethernet)

IBM TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F delivers a native data rate of 360 MBps, the same load/ready, locate speeds, and access times as the TS1150, and includes dual-port 8 Gb Fibre Channel as well as support for standalone rack-mount applications.

IBM TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55E delivers a 10 Gb Ethernet host attachment interface optimized for cloud-based and large, open-compute environments.

The TS1155 tape drive communicates with the TS4500 tape library through an internal Ethernet interface and uses the Statistical Analysis and Reporting System to isolate failures between media and hardware.

The TS1155 tape drives deliver the following performance, capacity, and availability features:

  • N+1 power supplies
  • Speed matching
  • High-resolution tape directory
  • Channel calibration and dynamic adaptive equalization
  • Recursive accumulating backhitchless flush
  • Backhitchless backspace
  • Capacity scaling
  • WORM
  • Capacity-based and position-based logical end-of-tape (LEOT) reporting
  • Enhanced format for recording error-correction codes
  • Mechanical and electrical drive reliability
  • Data compression
  • Data buffer with read ahead feature
  • Offboard data string searching
  • Encryption

Capacity

The TS1155 tape drive is capable to read and write 15 TB capacity on existing JD media types(JD/JZ/JL) compared to 10 TB for TS1150.

The following table compares the cartridge capacity (native and with 3:1 compression) of the TS1155, TS1150, and TS1140:

  TS1140 Model E07/EH7 native cartridge capacity (native/compressed) TS1150 Model E08/EH8 native cartridge capacity (native/compressed) TS1155 Model 55E/55F native cartridge capacity (native/compressed)
IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Type C 4.0 TB / 12.0 TB 7.0 TB / 21.0 TB 7.0 TB / 21.0 TB
IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Type D (Advanced Data) NA / NA 10.0 TB / 30.0 TB 15.0 TB / 45.0 TB
IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Type L (Advanced Economy) 2.0 TB / 6.0 TB 2.0 TB / 6.0 TB 3.0 TB / 9.0 TB

NA = Not Applicable

Performance

TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55E is designed to deliver 10 Gb Ethernet host attachment interface for cloud environments.

TS1155 Tape Drive is designed to provide a native data rate to up to 360 MBps with other enhancements designed to help aid small file and Hierarchical Storage Manager performance.


Note: The actual throughput achieved is a function of many components, such as system processor, disk data rate, data block size, data compressibility, I/O attachments, SAN, and the system or application software used. Although the drive is capable of a 360 MBps native data rate, other components may limit the actual effective data rate.

Capacity scaling

The TS1155 tape drive is designed to support capacity scaling of an individual tape cartridge to various percentages of the maximum capacity. Capacity scaling allows the utilized length of tape to be logically shortened for improved data access times in exchange for reduced capacity. The tapes can subsequently be scaled back to full capacity as needed.

The TS1155 tape drive allows an application to issue a command to scale the IBM Tape Data 3592 cartridge, enabling capacity scaling to be exploited by an application that permits media pools to be defined by the VOLSER range. You can exploit the capacity scaling capability of the TS1155 Model 55F. For more information on using capacity scaling, refer to IBM 3592 Model 55F Tape Drive Knowledge Center website.

Media and cartridge capacity

The TS1155 tape drive delivers capacity leadership with media reuse and use Type D tape cartridges with tape specifically optimized for the enterprise tape environment. These models provide a native cartridge capacity of 15 TB and can be beneficial for space savings and the cost of data storage as they can help lower the cost of storage per megabyte. For applications that fill current data cartridges, this can help reduce the number of tape cartridges required. The reduced number of cartridges may also help free up floor space for other requirements and reduce the number of automation slots used.

The robust cartridge shell is designed to sustain a 1-meter drop. IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 contains cartridge memory that is a passive, contactless, silicon storage device. It is used to hold information about the specific cartridge, including the VOLSER, the media in the cartridge, and the drive.

Attachment options

TS1155 Tape drive Model 55E is designed to deliver a 10 Gb Ethernet host attachment interface for cloud environments.

TS1155 Tape drive Model 55F has a dual-ported 8 Gbps native switched fabric Fibre Channel interface to offer attachment flexibility in an open systems environment. These drives can be directly attached to open systems servers with Fibre Channel.

TS1155 Tape drive Model 55F is supported in a wide range of environments, including select IBM Power®, System i, System p, and System x systems, and Oracle servers, as well as Intel™ compatible servers running Linux and Microsoft Windows operating system environments.

Security

The TS1155 also supports drive-based data encryption to help protect data. The TS1155-based encryption and associated IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager components are supported in a wide variety of operating system environments, including IBM Power, IBM System i, IBM System x, IBM System p, Oracle, Linux, and Microsoft Windows. Application, system, or library managed encryption management methods are supported.


Note: For the latest version of the IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager, refer to IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager website.

Tape usage and performance monitoring

The TS1155 Tape Drive will be supported on IBM Spectrum Archive by providing tape usage and performance monitoring with ELK and alerts through Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP):

  • Historical performance statistics and resource usage
  • Visualized data to understand trends and outlook of the system
  • Alerts to notify users to take immediate action

Statistical Analysis and Recording System

TS1155 Tape drive uses the Statistical Analysis and Recording System to assist in isolating failures between media and hardware. They are designed to use the cartridge performance history saved in the cartridge and drive performance history kept in the drive to determine the more likely cause of failure. These drives are designed to cause the drive to mark the media as degraded, and to indicate that the hardware has degraded.

High-availability data path failover

High-availability data path failover is available for TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F with the AIX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, IBM i, and Microsoft Windows IBM tape device drivers. The failover mechanism is designed to enable configuration of multiple redundant paths in a SAN environment that includes the TS1155. In the event of a path or component failure, the failover mechanism is designed to automatically enable error recovery to retry the current operation using an alternate, preconfigured path without aborting the current job in progress. This supports flexibility in SAN configuration, availability, and management.

Dynamic load balancing

Dynamic load balancing is a function in the AIX, Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Oracle Solaris tape device drivers that is also available for TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F used in a SAN environment. Dynamic load balancing support is designed to improve resources for devices that have physical connections to multiple HBAs in the same machine. When an application opens a device that has multiple HBA paths configured, the device driver determines which path has the HBA with the lowest usage, and assigns that path to the application. The device driver is designed to dynamically track the usage on each HBA as applications open and close devices, and balance the number of applications using each HBA in the machine. This can help optimize HBA resources and improve overall performance.

Additional enhancements

TS1155 tape drives incorporate the following tape enhancements that were introduced with the 3592 Tape Drive and are designed to help improve performance, capacity, and availability:

  • High reliability of the 3592 drive and media is maintained and improved with added features:
    • 32-channel head technology for increased native data rate performance.
    • Head overcoat technology into tape for improved head protection and wear characteristics.
    • Standby power management improvements that automatically reduce fan speed when idle to lower power dissipation and reduce the risk of unnecessary airborne debris contamination over extended idle periods.
  • Enhanced performance with functions such as Recursive Accumulating Backhitchless Flush and the addition of a new Same Wrap Backhitchless Flush function extends virtual backhitch effectiveness for large files.
  • N+1 power supply when TS1155 tape drives are installed in an automation frame helps increase drive availability in the event of a power supply failure.
  • Digital speed matching in 12 speeds enables TS1155 tape drives to dynamically perform digital speed matching to adjust the drive's native data rate to the net host data rate (after data compressibility has been factored out) to enable slower hosts to stream the tape drive.
  • Channel calibration for customization of each read/write data channel for optimum performance can enable compensation for variations in the recording channel transfer function, media characteristics, and read/write head characteristics. TS1155 tape drives are designed to automatically perform recalibration in the field if they detect degraded performance.
  • High-resolution tape directory plus enhanced search speed enables TS1155 tape drives to maintain a tape directory structure with a high granularity of information about the physical position of data blocks on the media. Combined with increased search speed, this feature enables the TS1155 to have improved nominal and average access times for locate operations versus previous IBM tape drives when using legacy media.
  • Streaming Lossless Data Compression (SLDC) algorithm is an implementation of a Lempel-Ziv class 1 (LZ-1) data compression algorithm. It is an extension to Adaptive Lossless Data Compression (ALDC) and is designed to offer an improvement over previous IBM lossless compression algorithms. TS1155 uses the same larger history buffer to find compression matches, delivering an improved compression ratio over TS1140 when tested against benchmark data files.

TS1155 tape drives also offer the following enhancements over other 3592 tape drives:

  • Large 2 GB internal data buffer offers higher performance characteristics with automatic read-ahead to provide high-performance, random skip forward sequential (short hop) locate operations that are common in database search and tape software recycle operations.
  • Offboard data string searching enables data content searching of host records for string matches offboard from the host server. The tape drives can perform this search at maximum data rate (360 MBps native) while it would take much longer for a host server to read the data, buffer the data to disk, and then parse the actual data stream with host software routines.
  • Enhanced logic to report LEOT is reported based on a combination of capacity-based and position-based LEOT indicators. TS1150 E08 and EH8 monitor the total accumulated number of physical tape data sets written to the volume and will report LEOT based on this capacity-based LEOT value. This enables tape copies to complete without overflow a much higher percentage of the time.



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The TS1155 Tape Drive is an enhancement of the fifth generation of the highly successful 3592 Enterprise Tape Drive. TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F is supported in a wide range of environments, including IBM Power Systems, IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x, and other servers running AIX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments. It provides a significant capacity increase on JD media types over IBM TS1150.

TS1155 is designed for high-capacity computing environments where high reliability, capacity, and performance are mandated. It should be considered in the following environments:

  • Current enterprise tape drive applications in TS4500 environments where:
    • Cloud-based and large open computing environments that require innovation for tape
    • Space allocated to tape cartridges needs to be reduced within automation solutions or offline storage
    • Backup windows are growing and there is a need for higher performance tape drives to back up larger amounts of data in less time
    • A Fibre Channel-attached drive where native switched fabric capability is required
  • Other large-scale tape environments, such as:
    • High-speed data-save operations where backup windows are critical and large amounts of data are archived to tape
    • Large-scale automated tape installations where performance, capacity, and reliability are requirements
    • Large-scale mass data archive applications where massive amounts of data need to be quickly saved to tape for storage and later recalled, such as the seismic industry, data warehousing, and record management applications
    • Environments where both streaming and start/stop (access), large and small file workloads are required

Other target customers for the TS1155 Tape Drive are encryption opportunities in medium to large enterprises in the financial sector, government and public sector, and other industries that must protect their customer tape data from loss or theft.



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For more information about the following products, refer to:

  • Hardware Announcement 116-041, dated May 10, 2016, for IBM TS1150 Tape Drive Rack mount kit
  • Hardware Announcement 114-165, dated October 6, 2014, for IBM TS1150 Tape Drive
  • Hardware Announcement 114-163, dated October 6, 2014, for IBM 3599 Tape Media new models
  • Hardware Announcement 114-072, dated May 19, 2014, for IBM System Storage® TS4500 Tape Library New HD Models


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Description Machine type Model Feature number
TS1155 Tape Drive 3592 55F  
TAA Compliant 3592 55F 0983
Rack Mount Kit 3592 55F 4804
Rack Drive Accessories 3592 55F 4805
Drive Filler Panel 3592 55F 4806
Plant Install 3592 in 3584 3592 55F 9677
3592 Field Install in 3584 3592 55F 9689
Install 1st Drive in a Rack Mnt Kit 3592 55F 9806
Install 2nd Drive in a Rack Mnt Kit 3592 55F 9807
10 meter OM3 fiber Cable(LC) 3592 55F AGK1
25 meter OM3 fiber Cable(LC) 3592 55F AGK2
80 meter OM3 fiber Cable(LC) 3592 55F AGK3

Description Machine type Model Feature number
TS1155 Ethernet Drive 3592 55E  
TAA Compliant 3592 55E 0983
Plant Install 3592 in 3584 3592 55E 9677
3592 Field Install in 3584 3592 55E 9689

Description Machine type Model Feature number
TS1150 and TS1155 tape drive support 3584 L25, L55 1406
3592 55E Plant Install 3584 L25, D25 9704
3592 55F Plant Install 3584 L25, D25 9705
3 Meter OM3 Quad Cables (LC) 3584 L55, D55 AGKQ

Model conversions

From Model To Model Conversion requirements
3592-EH8 3592-55F Field only

Parts removed as a result of a model conversion become the property of IBM.

Feature conversions

Not applicable.



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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBMid).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 117-038


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The following publications are shipped with the product:

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README - One-page pointer to the Customer Knowledge Center for Installation Instructions converting an EH8 to a 55F
TS11xx Product Doc CD

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Physical specifications

TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F

  • Width: 156 mm (6.1 in)
  • Depth, front of bezel to rear handle: 374 mm (14.7 in)
  • Height: 86 mm (3.4 in)
  • Weight: 3.97 Kg (8.75 lbs)

TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55E

  • Width: 156 mm (6.1 in)
  • Depth, front of bezel to rear handle: 374 mm (14.7 in)
  • Height: 86 mm (3.4 in)
  • Weight: 3.97 Kg (8.75 lbs)

To assure installability and serviceability in non-IBM industry-standard racks, review the installation planning information for any product-specific installation requirements.

Operating environment
  • Temperature: 16°C to 32°C (60.8°F to 89.6°F) in operation (media in use)
  • Relative humidity: 20% to 80% noncondensing
  • Drive Electrical power (in canister):
    • Model 55F: 46 W maximum and occurs during write operations at maximum velocity
    • Model 55E: 66.5 W maximum and occurs during write operations at maximum velocity and Ethernet chip at max workload
  • Noise level: 5.8 Bels operating

For more information and documentation, go to the TS4500 Knowledge Center website.

Hardware requirements

TS1155 Tape Drive

TS1155 tape drives feature new TMR read sensor head technology. The Fibre Channel version includes a dual-ported, switched fabric 8 Gbps Fibre Channel for attachment to multiple servers or a single server with redundancy. It can be attached to IBM Power Systems, IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x and other servers running AIX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments, whereas the Ethernet based version supports two 10 Gb Ethernet ports, similar to the two Fibre ports on the Fibre Channel drives.

For the latest details on specific hardware, software, and Fibre Channel support for TS1155 Tape drive Model 55F, go to the IBM SSIC website.

The TS1155 Tape Drive is for installation in a TS4500 frame. For all installations, the tape drive comes enclosed in a canister.

Up to sixteen TS1155 drives can be installed in a TS4500 Model L25 or D25 frame (up to twelve in frame 1).

A Quad Drive Mounting Kit feature is required for installing up to four TS1155 Tape drives in a TS4500:

  • #1521 - 1st Quad Drive Mounting Kit
  • #1522 - 2nd Quad Drive Mounting Kit
  • #1523 - 3rd Quad Drive Mounting Kit
  • #1524 - 4th Quad Drive Mounting Kit

Note: Each TS1155, TS1150, or TS1140 tape drive must be ordered separately, and is installed in a TS4500 frame with one of the following feature numbers:
  • #9690 - 3588/3592 Field Install
  • #9692 - 3592 E07/EH7 Plant Install
  • #9699 - 3592 E08/EH8 Plant Install
  • #9704 - 3592 55E Plant Install
  • #9705 - 3592 55F Plant Install

Appropriate cables should be ordered for each tape drive. Refer to the Cables section for a list of available cables.

Labeled or initialized cartridges for TS1155 Tape drives can be ordered using machine type 3599.

Cables

A fiber optic cable is required for attaching a TS1155 tape drive to host adapters or other storage area network components. The cable can be customer-supplied, ordered with the tape library, or ordered with the rackmount TS1155 tape drive in the lengths available. The attaching fiber cable must be 50.0/125 micrometers for distances up to 300 meters. The connector on the TS1155 tape drive is a Lucent Connector (LC) duplex connector type. The cables with LC duplex connectors can be ordered on the TS4500 tape library, or rackmount TS1155 tape drive in the lengths indicated with the following feature numbers:

  • #AGK1 - 10-meter OM3 fiber cable (LC)
  • #AGK2 - 25-meter OM3 fiber cable (LC)
  • #AGK3 - 80-meter OM3 fiber cable (LC)

Refer to the Special Features section of the TS4500 or 3584 tape library Sales Manual for detailed descriptions of these features.

Fibre Channel switch attachment

The TS1155 Tape Drive is supported by a variety of Fibre Channel switches and Fibre Channel directors. The support is dependent on server, operating system, and host bus adapter that is being used.

Software requirements

For a current list of host software versions and release levels that support the TS1155, go to the IBM SSIC website.

IBM Spectrum Protect™ and other compatible software offerings can provide storage and tape management software for the TS1155. Supporting software and applications must be obtained separately from IBM, IBM Business Partners, or Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). A list of compatible software is available from your IBM representative or at the Independent Software Vendor Matrix (ISV) for IBM TotalStorage 3592 tape drives and LTO™ website.

IBM continues to work together with the ISVs to support the TS1155 Tape Drive. Individual application vendors should be contacted for specific information and availability dates.

IBM maintains the latest levels of System Storage tape drive and library device drivers and documentation on the Internet. Utilize the IBM Fix Central download website.

There are several menus to navigate to the correct download as follows:

  1. On the first menu item Click Select Product > Product Group > System Storage
  2. Expand Select from System Storage > Tape Systems
  3. Expand Select from Tape systems > Tape drivers and software
  4. Expand Select from Tape drivers and software > user product
  5. Expand Platform > user operating system
  6. Click Continue to view what drivers are available

See the IBM Tape Device Drivers Installation and User's Guide for more information.

Encryption

Two modes of encryption management are supported:

  • Library managed
  • Application managed (for example, IBM Spectrum Protect)

Limitations
  • Although multiple systems may be attached to a TS1155 Tape Drive, the systems cannot use the drive simultaneously. The TS1155 can only be varied online to one system at a time.
  • TS1155 Tape Drive is not supported for attachment to an IBM TS7700 or an Enterprise Tape Control Unit.
  • TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55E is not supported by IBM Spectrum Archive.
  • Approval of i-RPQ 8B3685 will be required for ordering a TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55E.
  • RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) is a temporary interoperability limitation.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Physical planning is a customer responsibility.

You are responsible for downloading or obtaining from IBM, and installing designated Machine Code (microcode, basic input/output system code (called BIOS), utility programs, device drivers, and diagnostics delivered with an IBM machine) and other software updates in a timely manner from an IBM internet website or from other electronic media, and following the instructions that IBM provides. You may request IBM to install Machine Code changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

Cable orders

Appropriate cables should be ordered for each tape drive. Refer to the Cables section for a list of available cables.

Packaging
Product Shipment group Number of boxes
TS1155 Model 55F TS1155 Tape Drive Model 55F Device Driver README sheet 1
TS1155 Model 55E TS1155 Ethernet Drive Model 55E Device Driver README sheet 1

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, and application software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.



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The following types of information can be found on the International Warranty Service website

  • Machine warranty entitlement and eligibility
  • Directory of contacts by country with technical support contact information
  • Announcement Letters
Warranty service upgrades

During the warranty period, warranty service upgrades provide an enhanced level of On-site Service for an additional charge. Service levels are response-time objectives and are not guaranteed. See the Warranty services section for additional details.

IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone or electronically by access to an IBM website. Certain machines contain remote support capabilities for direct problem reporting, remote problem determination, and resolution with IBM. You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Following problem determination, if IBM determines on-site service is required, scheduling of service will depend upon the time of your call, machine technology and redundancy, and availability of parts.

Maintenance service options
On-site Service

IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well lit, and suitable for the purpose.

Service levels are:

  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 4 hour average response, same day
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 2 hour average response, same day

Usage plan machine

No

IBM hourly service rate classification

Three

When a type of service involves the exchange of a machine part, the replacement may not be new, but will be in good working order.

General terms and conditions

Field-installable features

No

Model conversions

Yes

Machine installation

Installation is performed by IBM. BM will install the machine in accordance with the IBM installation procedures for the machine. In the United States, contact IBM at 1-800-IBM-SERV (426-7378). In other countries, contact the local IBM office.

For planning information, see 3592 Introduction and Planning Guide, GA32-0555.

Graduated program license charges apply

No

Licensed Internal Code and Licensed Machine Code

This product does not contain Licensed Internal Code or Licensed Machine Code.

Educational allowance

A reduced charge is available to qualified education customers. The educational allowance may not be added to any other discount or allowance.

The educational allowance is 15% for the products in this announcement.



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Description Machine type Model Feature number Install type* MES removal
TS1155 Tape Drive 3592 55F      
TAA Compliant 3592 55F 0983 Plant Yes
Rack Mount Kit 3592 55F 4804 Both Yes
Rack Drive Accessories 3592 55F 4805 Both Yes
Drive Filler Panel 3592 55F 4806 Both Yes
Plant Install 3592 in 3584 3592 55F 9677 Plant Yes
3592 Field Install in 3584 3592 55F 9689 Plant Yes
Install 1st Drive in a Rack Mnt Kit 3592 55F 9806 Both Yes
Install 2nd Drive in a Rack Mnt Kit 3592 55F 9807 Both Yes
10 meter OM3 fiber Cable(LC) 3592 55F AGK1 Both No
25 meter OM3 fiber Cable(LC) 3592 55F AGK2 Both No
80 meter OM3 fiber Cable(LC) 3592 55F AGK3 Both No

Description Machine type Model Feature number Install type* MES removal
TS1155 Ethernet Drive 3592 55E      
TAA Compliant 3592 55E 0983 Plant Yes
Plant Install 3592 in 3584 3592 55E 9677 Plant Yes
3592 Field Install in 3584 3592 55E 9689 Plant Yes

Description Machine type Model Feature number Install type* MES removal
TS1150 and TS1155 tape drive support 3584 L25, L55 1406 Both No
3592 55E Plant Install 3584 L25, D25 9704 Plant No
3592 55F Plant Install 3584 L25, D25 9705 Plant No
3 Meter OM3 Quad Cables (LC) 3584 L55, D55 AGKQ Both No

* Install type:

  • "Plant" denotes plant installation only
  • "Field" denotes field installation only
  • "Both" denotes both plant and field installation

Alternative service

Machine type-model IOR IBM Same Day On-site Repair (IOR, 24 x 7)
3592-55F  
3592-55E  

ServiceElect (ESA) charges

For ServiceElect (ESA) maintenance service charges, contact IBM Global Services at 888-IBM-4343 (426-4343).

Model conversion purchase price

Model Model conversion purchase price*
From To
EH8 55F  

* Parts removed or replaced become the property of IBM and must be returned.

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or go to the IBM Global Financing website for more information.

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

Financing solutions from IBM Global Financing can help you stretch your budget and affordably acquire the new product. But beyond the initial acquisition, our end-to-end approach to IT management can also help keep your technologies current, reduce costs, minimize risk, and preserve your ability to make flexible equipment decisions throughout the entire technology lifecycle.



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Phone: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)

Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)

For IBM representative: callserv@ca.ibm.com

For IBM Business Partner: pwcs@us.ibm.com

Mail:
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