IBM TS3100 and TS3200 tape library models with LTO Ultrium 8 drives deliver increased capacity

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 117-079
October 10, 2017

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(Corrected on November 6, 2017)

A statement about data cartridge availability was added to the Description section.



At a glance

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IBM® TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries combine IBM tape and automation reliability at open system prices. Both libraries are designed to support entry-level, unattended backup, open system attachment flexibility, and now offer enhanced capacity with LTO8 for MES or upgrades only.

TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries include support for:

  • New IBM LTO™ Ultrium™ 8 half-high 6 Gb SAS and 8 Gb Fibre Channel drives (feature numbers 8547 and 8548)
  • LTO Generation 8 tape drive native data transfer rate up to 300 MBps
  • LTO Generation 8 media specification tape cartridge compressed capacity of up to 30 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression
  • Encryption on LTO Ultrium 8 and Ultrium 7 tape drives
  • Support for media partitioning and self-describing tape
  • Adherence to LTO specifications

The TS3100 can accommodate up to two Ultrium half-high tape drives or one Ultrium full-high tape drive with 24 cartridge slots in two removable magazines, including a standard one-cartridge I/O station, a remote management unit, and barcode reader.

The TS3200 can accommodate up to four Ultrium half-high tape drives or two Ultrium full-high tape drives with 48 data cartridge slots in four removable magazines, including a standard three-cartridge I/O station and barcode reader.



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Overview

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IBM TS3100 Tape Library Model L2U (machine type 3573) and IBM TS3200 Tape Library Model L4U (machine type 3573) incorporate the new LTO Ultrium 8, half-high 6 Gb SAS and half-high 8 Gb Fibre Channel tape drives for MES or upgrades only, enhancing tape capacity over the previous generation of IBM LTO Ultrium 7 tape drives with a compressed data capacity of up to 30 TB.

Mixed LTO Ultrium generations and attachment tape drive types are supported where drive space is available. Ultrium 8 SAS and Fibre Channel tape drives are encryption capable.

TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries incorporate IBM multipath architecture with logical libraries equal to the number of drives installed. Ultrium 8 tape drives for TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries are only available as feature numbers.

LTO Ultrium 8 tape drives support the LTO Generation 8 media specification of double the compressed capacity of up to 30 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression (up to 12 TB native capacity) compared to previous LTO 7 compressed capacity of up to 15 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression (up to 6 TB native capacity) per tape cartridge. IBM Ultrium 8 tape drives can read and write LTO Ultrium 7 data cartridges.


Note: Actual degree of compression achieved is highly sensitive to the characteristics of the data being compressed.

TS3100 tape libraries can accommodate up to two LTO Ultrium half-high tape drives or one LTO Ultrium full-high tape drive, and comes standard with two removable cartridge magazines, one on the left side (12 data cartridge slots) and one on the right (12 data cartridge slots). The left magazine includes a single cartridge I/O station designed to enable continuous library operation while importing or exporting media. A remote management unit and a barcode reader are standard in the library, enabling the library to run in sequential or random access mode. Optional features available include a rack mount kit, additional attachment cables, LTO library managed encryption, path failover, additional drives, interposers, and power cords.

TS3200 tape libraries can accommodate up to four LTO Ultrium half-high tape drives or two LTO Ultrium full-high tape drives. TS3200 comes standard with four removable cartridge magazines providing 48 data cartridge slots, including a three-slot I/O station. Optional features available include a rack mount kit, an additional power supply, additional removable cartridge magazines, LTO library managed encryption, path failover, additional drives, attachment cables, interposers, and power cords. A remote management unit and a barcode reader are standard in the library, enabling it to run in sequential or random access mode.

Management software options

IBM Spectrum Archive™: TS3100 and TS3200 leverage IBM Spectrum Archive for direct, intuitive, and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries by incorporating the IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) format standard. LTFS compatibility enables tape-stored data to be accessed as if it were on disk or flash storage.

IBM Spectrum Archive enables users of LTO Ultrium 8 tape library systems to inventory cartridges and read, write, and search data on any cartridge, enabling writing of metadata and tagging of individual files for easy and fast access to files stored on cartridges.

IBM Spectrum Protect™: Spectrum Protect enables users to create, manage, and optimize archives, and provides management of concurrent copies of content, plus active, inactive, and off-site content.



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Key prerequisites

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Appropriate levels of host software are required to attach and support TS3100 or TS3200 tape libraries with IBM LTO Ultrium 8 tape drives to select IBM Power Systems™, IBM System z®, Linux®, and Windows™ servers. See the Technical information section for details.



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Planned availability date

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November 10, 2017



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Description

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TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries are external, stand-alone, or rack-mountable units that contain LTO Ultrium tape drives designed for the heavy demands of backup tape storage.

TS3100 Tape Library

TS3100 has the capacity for 24 tape cartridges and supports:

  • Up to two IBM LTO Ultrium 8 half-high tape drives with SAS or Fibre Channel attachment.
  • A combination of up to a maximum of one IBM LTO Ultrium full-high tape drive (from previous generations) or up to a maximum of two IBM LTO Ultrium half-high tape drives.

The TS3100 has the following characteristics:

  • Cartridge capacity: The TS3100 is configured to hold two removable magazines, one on the left side (11 slots plus 1) and one on the right side (12 slots) for a total of 24 data cartridges.
  • Standard barcode reader: With the standard bar code reader, the TS3100 can be operated as a random access tape library with labeled media.

    Labeled or generic Ultrium media can be ordered at the time of purchase through the 3589 LTO Ultrium media machine type or IBM Media at 888-IBM-MEDIA (426-6334).

  • I/O station: Standard on the TS3100 is a single-cartridge I/O station on the left cartridge magazine, designed to enable continuous library operation during import or export of data cartridges.
  • Removable cartridge magazines: The TS3100 has two removable magazines that house 24 data cartridges. This enables quick population of the tape library, as well as ease of storage for media. Additional magazines may be ordered as an option.
  • Customer replacement units (CRUs): Drives, power supply, and cartridge magazines are customer replaceable parts.

TS3200 Tape Library

TS3200 has the capacity for 48 tape data cartridges and supports:

  • Up to four IBM LTO Ultrium 8 half-high tape drives with SAS or Fibre Channel attachment.
  • A combination of up to a maximum of two IBM LTO Ultrium full-high tape drives (from previous generations) or up to a maximum of four IBM LTO Ultrium half-high tape drives.

The TS3200 has the following characteristics:

  • Cartridge capacity: The TS3200 is configured to hold four removable magazines, providing 48 data cartridges, including a three-slot I/O station.
  • Standard barcode reader: With the standard bar code reader, the TS3200 can be operated as a random access tape library with labeled media.

    Labeled or generic Ultrium media can be ordered at time of purchase through the 3589 LTO Ultrium media machine type or IBM Media at 888-IBM-MEDIA (426-6334).

  • I/O station: Standard on the TS3200, a three-slot I/O station on the lower-left cartridge magazine, is designed to enable continuous library operation during import or export of data cartridges.
  • Removable cartridge magazines: The TS3200 has four removable magazines to enable quick population of the tape library, as well as ease of storage for media. Additional magazines may be ordered as an option.
  • CRUs: Drives, power supply, and cartridge magazines are customer replaceable parts.
TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries

IBM LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive is the eighth-generation LTO Ultrium tape drive in the IBM LTO Ultrium family of products. Ultrium 8 tape drives are offered as MES or upgrades on the TS3100 and TS3200 and deliver the following significant improvements over the Ultrium 7 tape drives:

  • Increased tape cartridge capacity: LTO Generation 8 media specification tape cartridge physical capacity is up to 30 TB compressed physical capacity, double that of the Ultrium 7 data cartridges. This is achieved by increasing the linear density, and track density. The tape itself is a Barium Ferrite tape developed to help provide durability and increased capacity.

    Note: Actual degree of compression achieved is highly sensitive to the characteristics of the data being compressed.

  • Ultrium 7 cartridge compatibility: The Ultrium 8 tape drive can read and write Ultrium 7 cartridges.
  • Encryption supported on Ultrium 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 Fibre Channel and SAS tape drives: IBM TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries support data encryption on the base drive with LTO-8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 media meeting LTO Generation 8 and 7 media specifications and application-managed encryption. System-managed and library-managed encryption are supported with the LTO Library Managed Encryption feature number 5900. IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager V1 is required with this feature.
  • Attachment options: TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries come with dual-port 6 Gbps SAS or single-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel LTO-8 tape drive attachment for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers. They are supported on IBM Power Systems, System p, System z, Microsoft™ Windows, Linux, and other open systems.
  • WORM media support: With LTO Generation 8 media specification of up to 30 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression, IBM 3589 LTO-8 WORM tape cartridges are designed for archiving and data retention applications, as well as those applications requiring an audit trail. These cartridges work with the IBM LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive to help prevent the alteration or deletion of user data. IBM LTO-8 WORM tape cartridges can be ordered as unique 3589 models with the following features:
    • Color coding and prelabeling with the ability to specify a starting volume serial
    • Packaging in individual jewel cases or in bulk
    • Cartridge memory is built into every cartridge to enhance functionality and media reliability by storing access history and media performance information for use by the tape drive every time the cartridge is accessed
    • Half-inch Barium Ferrite tape with up to 30 TB WORM compressed capacity in a single cartridge
  • Internal data buffer: There is a 1 GB internal data buffer in the Ultrium 8 full-high and half-high tape drive.
  • Digital speed matching: Speed matching on Ultrium 8 ranges from 112 MBps to up to 360 MBps.
  • Tunnel magnetoresistive (TMR) head design: LTO 8 has TMR head technology used for first time in LTO drives. Use of flat lap head technology in TMR heads from the enterprise tape drives for Ultrium 8 helps minimize contact, edge damage, debris accumulation, and wear on the tape as it moves over the read/write heads.
  • Dual-stage 32-channel head skew actuator: The actuator is designed to provide precision head alignment to help support higher track density and improved data integrity. The track following skew actuator supports flangeless tape guide rollers and dynamic skew to enable the head to follow skew tape motion and improve linear actuation.
  • Power management: The Ultrium 8 tape drive power management function is designed to control the drive electronics to be either completely turned off or in a low-power mode when the circuit functions are not needed for drive operation.

Proven IBM LTO Ultrium features in the IBM LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive include:

  • Servo and track layout technology: There are 6,656 data tracks in Ultrium 8 versus 3,584 data tracks in Ultrium 7. The high-bandwidth servo system features a low-mass servo to help more effectively track servo bands and improve data throughput with damaged media in less-than-optimal shock and vibration environments.
  • Surface Control Guiding Mechanism: The patented Surface Control Guiding Mechanism from IBM is designed to guide the tape along the tape path in the Ultrium 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 tape drive. This method is designed to use the surface of the tape, rather than the edges, to control tape motion to reduce tape damage (especially to the edges of the tape) and tape debris, which comes from the damaged edges and accumulation in the head area.
  • Robust drive components optimized for automation environments: With the most robust components available, steel ball bearings in loader, robust leader block design, and single circuit card, the drives offer enhanced reliability and prolonged life.
  • Separate writing of multiple filemarks: This is designed to cause any write command of two or more filemarks to cause a separate data set to be written containing all filemarks after the first. This feature helps improve performance if a subsequent append overwrites somewhere after the first filemark.
  • LTO Data Compression (LTO-DC): The Ultrium 8 uses LTO-DC, which is an implementation of a Lempel-Ziv class 1 (LZ-1) data compression algorithm. LTO-DC is an extension of Adaptive Lossless Data Compression (ALDC) and an improvement over previous IBM lossless compression algorithms. Patented "Scheme-Swapping" compression from IBM is designed to look ahead at incoming data and determine the most efficient storage method (either ALDC or pass-through mode) to help optimize data compression and increase data throughput. The compressed ratio is up to 2.5 to 1 for LTO Ultrium 8.
  • LTO Cartridge Memory (LTO-CM): Contained within the LTO Ultrium data cartridge is the LTO-CM, which is a passive, contactless silicon storage device that is physically a part of the cartridge. The LTO-CM is designed to hold information about that specific cartridge, the media in the cartridge, and the data on the media. The storage capacity of the Generation 8 LTO-CM is 16,320 bytes. Communication between the drive and the LTO-CM is via a low-level RF field transmitted by the drive to the cartridge.
  • Statistical Analysis and Reporting System (SARS): The Ultrium 8 tape drive uses SARS to help isolate failures between media and hardware. SARS uses the cartridge performance history saved in the cartridge memory module and the drive performance history kept in the drive flash to help determine the likely cause of failure. SARS is designed to cause the drive to request a cleaner tape, to mark the media as degraded, and to indicate that the hardware has degraded.
  • Highly integrated electronics using IBM-engineered copper technology: This technology is designed to reduce the total number of components in the drive, help lower chip temperatures, and reduce power requirements, resulting in a more reliable drive. The eighth-generation drive electronics are designed to provide error correction of soft errors in the memory arrays in data and control paths.
Ultrium 30 TB compressed data cartridge

The LTO Generation 8 media specification tape cartridge physical compressed capacity of up to 30 TB (with 2.5 to 1 compression) doubles the IBM Ultrium 7 data cartridge compressed capacity of up to 15 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression. IBM LTO Ultrium 8 tape drives can read and write Ultrium 7 data cartridges. LTO 8 data cartridges should be ordered using machine type 3589, or as a feature number for restricted resellers at the time of purchase.

Note: Actual degree of compression achieved is highly sensitive to the characteristics of the data being compressed.

These cartridges have been designed to provide several enhancements over previous tape technologies. They are designed to work with tape drives that have increased tape speeds and high-density data recording. The case is specially designed for use in automated libraries and is designed for repeated, unattended handling. The tape itself is a Barium Ferrite tape developed for durability and capacity.

Data cartridges are sold separately and subject to availability.

Path failover option

TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries will continue supporting Control Path and Data Path Failover for all generations of IBM LTO Ultrium half-high tape drives, including IBM LTO Ultrium 8.

Multipath support

The multipath feature of the libraries supports sharing of the library robotics. The library can be partitioned into one or more logical libraries, and can provide each logical library its own separate and distinct drives, storage slots, and control paths. You can partition the library into as many logical libraries as there are drives in the library. Each logical library must contain at least one drive.

Note: This type of partitioning is designed to enable heterogeneous applications to share the library robotics independent of each other. Cartridges under library control are not shared between logical libraries, nor allowed to be moved between logical libraries. An example of heterogeneous sharing is a Microsoft Windows application using the drive and storage slots of one logical library while a UNIX® application uses the drive and slots of another logical library.

Management software options

IBM Spectrum Archive: TS3100 and TS3200 leverage IBM Spectrum Archive for direct, intuitive, and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries by incorporating the IBM LTFS format standard. LTFS compatibility allows tape-stored data to be accessed as if it were on disk or flash storage.

IBM Spectrum Archive allows users of LTO Ultrium 8 tape library systems to inventory cartridges and read, write, and search data on any cartridge, enabling writing of metadata and tagging of individual files for easy and fast access to files stored on cartridges.

IBM Spectrum Protect: Spectrum Protect enables users to create, manage, and optimize archives, and provides management of concurrent copies of content, plus active, inactive, and off-site content.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries are capable, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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Product number

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Description Machine type Model Feature number
Ultrium 8 Half-High SAS Drive 3573 L2U, L4U 8547
Ultrium 8 Half-High Fibre Channel Drive 3573 L2U, L4U 8548



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Business Partner information

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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 117-079


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Publications

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The following publications are available:

Title Order number
IBM TS3100/TS3200 Tape Library Setup, Operator, and Service Guide GA32-0545
IBM TS3100/TS3200 Tape Library Getting Started Guide GA32-0548

The publication listed above and the following publications are also available at the Tape Storage website.

The device driver publications are also available at the IBM Support website.

Title Order number
IBM TS3100 Tape Library and TS3200 Tape Library SCSI Reference GA32-0547
IBM Tape Device Driver Programming Reference GC32-0566

IBM Knowledge Center provides you with a single point of reference where you can access product documentation for IBM systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, you can efficiently find information and personalize your access by going to IBM Knowledge Center for all your product information needs.

To access the IBM Publications Center Portal, go to the IBM Publications Center website.

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded.



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Services

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IBM Systems Lab Services

IBM Systems Lab Services offers a wide array of services available for your enterprise. It brings expertise on the latest technologies from the IBM development community and can help with your most difficult technical challenges.

IBM Systems Lab Services exists to help you successfully implement emerging technologies so as to accelerate your return on investment and improve your satisfaction with your IBM systems and solutions. Services examples include initial implementation, integration, migration, and skills transfer on IBM systems solution capabilities and recommended practices. IBM Systems Lab Services is one of the service organizations of IBM's world-renowned IBM Systems Group development labs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Lab Services website.

Global Technology Services

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an on-demand business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the IBM Global Technology Services® website.

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Resiliency Services website.

Details on education offerings related to specific products can be found on the IBM authorized training website.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries come with raven black covers.

TS3100 Model L2U and TS3200 Model L4U support the new Ultrium 8 half-high SAS and Fibre Channel and full-high Fibre Channel tape drives and can be attached to IBM Power Systems, System p, AIX®, Linux, and Windows servers, and non-IBM servers, workstations, and personal computers that support those interface specifications.

A current list of supported open system configurations is available at the Tape storage website.

Select the model, Product Details, then Independent Software Vendor (ISV) matrix for LTO for the product.

A power cord feature number, if applicable, should also be specified.

The TS3200 comes with one power supply and an additional power supply can be added with feature number 1901, Additional Power Supply. If ordered as an option, the additional power supply will come with a power cord based on the original order. If the Additional Power Supply feature is ordered, then two power cords will be supplied based on the power cord feature ordered.

Cables

Cables are required to attach tape drives in the TS3100 or TS3200 tape library to each server connection (up to the number of tape drives installed).

An interposer may also be required for attachment to various server adapters. One or more of the following Fibre Channel or SAS cables should be specified on the TS3100 or TS3200.

Fibre Channel cables: A Fibre Channel cable is required to attach a TS3100 or TS3200 Tape Library with Fibre Channel Ultrium tape drives to host Fibre Channel adapters, Fibre Channel switches, or other Fibre Channel components. At least one Fibre Channel cable should be specified on the initial Fibre Channel drive plant order. The IBM Ultrium 6, 7, or 8 (8 Gbps) Fibre Channel drive comes with an LC duplex connector.

Features for specifying Fibre Channel cables and their respective lengths are as follows:

  • 13 m LC-LC Fibre Channel Cable (feature #6013)
  • 25 m LC-LC Fibre Channel Cable (feature #6025)
  • 10 m OM3 fiber Cable (LC) (feature #AGK1)
  • 25 m OM3 fiber Cable (LC) (feature #AGK2)

SAS cables: A SAS cable is required to attach a TS3100 or TS3200 to the server SAS host bus adapter (HBA). SAS/Mini-SAS cables provide attachment from HBA with SFF-8470 to drives with SFF-8088. Mini-SAS/Mini-SAS cables provide attachment from HBA SFF-8088 to drives with SFF-8088. At least one SAS cable should be specified on the initial plant order.

The following cable options are available for SAS attachment:

  • 2 m SAS/Mini-SAS 1x Cable (from HBA with SFF-8470 to drive with SFF-8088) (feature #5402)
  • 2 m Mini- SAS/Mini- SAS 1x Cable (from HBA with SFF-8088 to drive with SFF-8088) (feature #5502)
  • 4 m Mini- SAS HD/ Mini-SAS 1x Cable (from HBA with SFF-8644 to drive with SFF-8088) (feature #5507)
  • 3 m Mini- SAS HD/ Mini-SAS 2x Cable (from HBA with SFF-8644 to two drives withSFF-8088) (feature #5509)

SAS interposers

A 1x4 interposer with either SAS/Mini-SAS or Mini-SAS/Mini-SAS connectors is available for connecting up to four Mini-SAS/Mini-SAS 1x cables and their respective SAS drives to a single host bus adapter port. Mini-SAS/Mini-SAS 1x cable (feature number 5502) connects the interposer to the drive, and needs to be ordered separately.

The following interposers are available:

  • SAS/Mini-SAS 4x Interposer (from HBA with SFF-8470 to maximum four cables with SFF-8088) (feature #5400)
  • Mini-SAS/Mini-SAS 4x Interposer (from HBA with SFF-8088 to maximum four cables with SFF-8088) (feature #5500)

See the Specify or Special features section of the Sales Manual for a detailed description of the above features.

Software requirements

For a current list of host software versions and release levels that support the TS3100 or TS3200, go to the Tape storage website.

Select the model, then Product Details, Independent Software Vendor (ISV) matrix for LTO for the product.

Spectrum Protect and other compatible software offerings can provide storage and tape management software for the TS3100 or TS3200. 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 Tape storage website.

Select the model, then Product Details, Independent Software Vendor (ISV) matrix for LTO for the product.

IBM continues to work together with the ISVs to support the TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries. Individual application vendors should be contacted for specific information and availability dates.

Note: All new IBM tape device drivers will only be posted to the web through the Fix Central download portal and not through the ftpsite. IBM maintains the latest levels of System Storage® tape drive and library device drivers and documentation on the Internet. Utilize the Fix Central download portal.

There are a few pull down menus to navigate to the correct download as follows:

  1. In the first pull down menu labeled Product Group, select Storage Systems.
  2. In the next pull down menu that appears which is labeled Product Family, select Tape Systems.
  3. With the next pull down menu, Product Type, select Tape Device Drivers and Software.
  4. This will bring up the "Product" menu, which provides selections for Platform drivers, Tools, or Software.
  5. In order to download your driver, select the correct operating system under Platform drivers.
  6. Two more pull down menus will appear with information. Click Continue.
  7. The next screen can be used to narrow the search, however just click Continue to view what is available.

The IBM Tape Device Drivers Installation and User's Guide can be found at the IBM Support website.

LTO Ultrium 8 encryption

Encryption for the TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries with SAS and Fibre Channel versions of the IBM LTO Ultrium 8, 7, 6, 5, or 4 tape drives is provided in AIX, Linux, and Microsoft™ Windows operating system environments.

The installation of an Ultrium 8 tape drive with encryption may require code updates for System p and supported open systems device drivers or storage management software. An update of the open systems device drivers can be obtained through anonymous FTP from

ftp.software.ibm.com

Look under the directory storage/devdrvr.

For details on supported software versions and release levels for the LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive, as well as hardware support information, go to the Tape storage website. .

Three modes of encryption management are supported:

  • System managed (available for AIX, Linux, Windows)
  • Library managed (available for OS/400®, i5/OS, AIX, Linux, and Windows)
  • Application managed (IBM Spectrum Protect)

Compatibility

IBM LTO Ultrium 8 tape drives can read and write IBM LTO Ultrium 8 or 7 data cartridges.

LTO Ultrium 8 tape drives support the LTO Generation 8 media specification.

Limitations

SAS cable lengths are limited to a maximum of 6 meters (20 feet).

With a data rate of 8 Gbps, Fibre Channel cable lengths are limited to 150 meters (492 feet) using an OM3 cable.

IBM Ultrium 7 tape cartridges can be used with IBM Ultrium 8 tape drives.

For LTO Ultrium 8, 7, 6, and 5, IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager V1.0 or V2.0 is required for enabling system-managed and library-managed encryption.

Path Failover is not supported on AIX attachment to SAS device.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Physical installation and service planning is a customer responsibility. Detailed planning information is in the IBM STS3100/TS3200 Tape Library Setup, Operator, and Service Guide (GA32-0545). The TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries are designated as a customer setup unit (CSU). It is the customer's responsibility to install and service, if required, the unit. Customers are responsible for obtaining the appropriate adapters, cables, and interposers (if required) for system attachment. Customers are also responsible for ordering media. For optimum performance, the customer must obtain the latest level of firmware prior to installing the unit and must update the unit as new firmware release become available.

Customers can download the latest level of drive and library firmware from the Tape Storage website.

Note: All new IBM tape device drivers will only be posted to the web through the Fix Central download portal and not through the ftpsite. IBM maintains the latest levels of System Storage tape drive and library device drivers and documentation on the Internet. Utilize the Fix Central download portal.

IBM offers IBM Installation and Maintenance support at an additional cost if the customer does not wish to install or maintain the TS3100 or TS3200 Tape Library.

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

A SAS cable for IBM Ultrium SAS tape drives is required to attach the TS3100 or TS3200 to the server. At least one cable should be specified on the initial plant order with the SAS drive feature. An interposer or interposers may be required for attachment to various server adapters. Customers are responsible for selecting and ordering the correct cables and interposers to match the IBM LTO Ultrium tape drive interface and the server interface.

A Fibre Channel cable is required to attach a TS3100 or TS3200 tape library with Fibre Channel Ultrium tape drives to host Fibre Channel adapters, Fibre Channel switches, or other Fibre Channel components. At least one Fibre Channel cable should be specified on the initial Fibre Channel drive plant order. The IBM Ultrium 8 (8 Gbps) Fibre Channel drive comes with an LC duplex connector.

See the Cables section at the end of the Hardware requirements section for a list of available cables and interposers.

See the Specify or Special Features section of the TS3100 or TS3200 Sales Manual for a detailed description of the cables and interposers available.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, or application software to which it is attached.

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

IBM Systems Lab Services

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Lab Services website.



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Terms and conditions

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MES discount applicable

Equal to the volume commitment discount


Field installable feature

Yes


Warranty period

Three years

To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your reseller or IBM.

An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to the full warranty period specified by IBM. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.


Customer setup

Yes


Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine



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Prices

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Description Machine type Model Feature number
Ultrium 8 Half-High SAS Drive 3573 L2U, L4U 8547
Ultrium 8 Half-High Fibre Channel Drive 3573 L2U, L4U 8548

Machine type Model Feature number Install type* MES removal Cables required CSU
3573 L2U, L4U 8547 Field Y Y Y
3573 L2U, L4U 8548 Field Y Y Y

*Install type

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

CSU = Customer setup

Trademarks

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