Disk drive enhancements for IBM Virtualization Engine TS7520 disk cache models are designed to increase storage capacity and help increase flexibility

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 107-674
October 23, 2007

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Publications
TOC link Overview TOC link Services
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Technical information
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information TOC link Order now
 
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At a glance

What's new in the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7520

  • IBM Virtualization Engine TS7520 Models SV6 Cache Controller and SX6 Cache Module — 12 TB unformatted storage capacity
  • F05 Tape Frames installed as TS7520 base units — 32 port fibre channel switch
  • TS7520 support for — IBM LTO generation 4 tape drives as virtual tape drives and as physical tape drives within IBM automated tape libraries attached to the TS7520.

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Overview

Disk drive enhancements for the IBM Virtualization Engine™ TS7520 Models SV6 Cache Controller and SX6 Cache Module are designed to increase the storage capacity and help increase the flexibility of the TS7520 solution. A newly introduced disk drive feature provides 12 TB of unformatted storage capacity (RAID 5 formatted capacity of 9.75 TB) using sixteen 750 GB/7200 rpm Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) Enhanced Disk Drive Modules (E-DDMs) per enclosure.

This feature satisfies the product preview in Hardware Announcement 107-235 , dated April 24, 2007, IBM Virtualization Engine TS7520 Models SV6 and SX6.

New fibre channel switch features are also available on IBM 3952 Model F05 Tape Frames installed as TS7520 base units. A new 32-port switch with 16 ports active may be ordered on the Model F05 Tape Frame. One or two optional 8 port enablement features may be added to activate additional fibre channel ports.

The TS7520 has also been enhanced to support Linear Tape-Open (LTO) IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drives. IBM LTO generation 4 tape drives are supported in IBM automated tape libraries directly attached to the TS7520. The TS7520 also supports virtual LTO generation 4 tape drives, emulating the cartridge format and capacity of physical LTO generation 4 tape drives.

This function satisfies the product preview in Hardware Announcement 107-236 , dated April 24, 2007, IBM Virtualization Engine TS7520 Model CV6.
 
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Key prerequisites

The IBM Virtualization Engine TS7520 solution requires a TS7520 Base Unit comprised of a 3952 Tape Frame containing one or two TS7520 Model CV6 Virtualization Engines and one or two TS7520 Model SV6 Cache Controllers. Optional TS7520 Cache Modules, Secondary Base Unit frames, and Expansion Unit frames may be added to increase the number of Virtualization Engines and the disk cache capacity of the TS7520 solution.

A customer-supplied management console and IBM Virtualization Engine TS7500 V2R1 software program (5697-N65 or 5697-N66) are also required. The TS7520 solution attaches to selected IBM System p™, RS/6000®, RS/6000 SP™, IBM System x™, Netfinity®, IBM System z™ (Linux™ only), Sun, HP-UX, Windows® 2003, Linux, and other UNIX® and PC servers. Appropriate levels of host software are required. Refer to the Technical information section for details.


 
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Planned availability date

December 7, 2007
 
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Description

The IBM Virtualization Engine TS7520 models have been enhanced with a new Fibre Channel Switch Kit, support for 750 GB SATA disk drives, and support for IBM LTO4 physical and virtual tape drives.

3952 Model F05 Tape Frame feature #1910, Fibre Channel Switch Kit, provides two 32-port switches with 16 ports enabled on each switch. Tape Frame feature #1911, Enable Additional 8 FC Switch Ports, is used to activate eight more ports on each switch in feature #1910, Fibre Channel Switch Kit. Up to two feature #1911 may be installed on a 3952 Model F05 Tape Frame with feature #1910.

12 TB SATA Storage, feature #7112, may be ordered on the TS7520 Model SV6 Cache Controller and the TS7520 Model SX6 Cache Module. Feature number 7112 includes sixteen 750 GB/7200 rpm SATA E-DDMs per TS7520 cache enclosure. There is one hot spare DDM to help provide RAID5 reliability and rebuild in each TS7520 cache drawer. Two disks in each drawer are used for RAID5 parity. Useable capacity is defined separately from raw capacity, and accounts for RAID5 overhead and hot spares. The useable capacity of each Model SV6 and Model SX6, using feature #7112, is 9.75 TB.

Linear Tape-Open (LTO) IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drives are supported by the TS7520. IBM LTO generation 4 tape drives installed within IBM TS3100, TS3200, TS3310, and TS3500 tape libraries may be directly attached to the TS7520. The TS7520 also supports virtual LTO generation 4 tape drives, emulating the cartridge format and capacity of physical LTO generation 4 tape drives.

A TS7520 Base Unit may contain up to two TS7520 Cache Controllers and up to six TS7520 Cache Modules. When feature #7112 is installed in each cache unit, the maximum storage capacity for a TS7520 Base Unit is 96 TB unformatted (78 TB usable).

A TS7520 Expansion Unit may contain up to two TS7520 Cache Controllers and up to ten TS7520 Cache Modules. When feature #7112 is installed in each cache unit, the maximum capacity for a TS7520 Expansion Unit is 144 TB unformatted (117 TB usable).

A TS7520 configuration with a single TS7520 Base Unit frame supports up to ten TS7520 Expansion Unit frames providing a total of 1,536 TB raw capacity (1,248 TB usable) when feature number 7112 is installed in all cache drawers. A TS7520 configuration with two base frames supports up to 1,632 TB of raw capacity (1,326 TB of useable capacity with ten expansion frames) when feature number 7112 is installed in all cache drawers.

The amount of disk cache configured for the TS7520 solution should be large enough to support the business need and environment that the system is being installed in. This could include the number of days of backup desired to keep on disk. An example sizing may be to keep three days of backup data in the disk cache and three weeks on real tape. If performance is the main consideration, then multiple TS7520 solutions may be needed to fulfill the requirements.

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Product positioning

The TS7520 Virtualization Engine solution is designed to provide a high-performance, high-capacity open systems virtual tape offering designed to augment the tape backup and restore process in large tape environments. The TS7520 solution is also designed to aid in the tape backup and restore process by helping provide you with significant operational and throughput efficiencies via tape virtualization, namely:

  • Backup window reduction
  • Restore time reduction
  • Data sharing and resource virtualization facilitation
  • Capability to allow multiple disparate backup applications to share the same physical resources
  • High availability options
  • Integrated server, disk, and tape solution for IT Optimization

The TS7520 solution is a tape virtualization solution for open systems attachment over Fibre Channel or iSCSI interfaces. It can achieve significant operational efficiencies by storing the recently used data in the TS7520 disk cache. As data ages, the older data may be migrated to real tape for longer term storage. Since data can now be written to virtual tape via the disk cache, heavy daily tape drive usage can be greatly reduced. Fewer personnel may be needed to administer the backup process when it includes virtual tape.

The TS7520 solution provides connectivity through the following:

  • Eight Fibre Channel ports per node for tape or host server attachment, or up to 18 Ethernet ports per node for iSCSI server attachment, Network Replication, or NDMP
  • Up to four Fibre Channel ports can be dedicated to physical tape connection or eight Ethernet ports
  • Up to eight Ethernet ports may be used for network replication

The TS7520 solution differs from many other open systems virtual tape offerings by enabling either direct tape attachment or parallel tape attachment. Direct tape attachment is where real tape drives or libraries are physically attached to the TS7520 solution. Parallel tape attachment is where real tape drives or libraries are attached to the host server and data is transferred from the TS7520 solution through the host server to real tape drives or libraries that are physically attached to the host server.

The TS7520 solution can help reduce the backup window in many installations. Since robotic movement, tape load/thread, and physical tape search and rewind are eliminated in virtual tape, the effective utilization of the Fibre Channel interfaces is high. That means more tape jobs can be run to virtual tape over a single interface than to real tape. If the backup window is reduced, the time allowed for migration to real tape is increased, thus potentially reducing the number of real tape drives needed for longer term data storage.

The TS7520 solution is also designed to improve business continuity by providing better restore times. By having the data in the disk cache, the TS7520 solution can help reduce restore times. With up to 4,096 virtual tape drives and up to 512 virtual tape libraries, each backup server can be allocated their own virtual resources, allowing multiple and disparate backup applications to use the same physical resources. This offers the potential for infrastructure simplification. Multiple different tape libraries and tape drives can be aggregated to one or more TS7520 solutions, helping centralize the backup resources.

The addition of the TS7520 solution into your tape backup architecture can help provide significant operational reductions and performance benefits.
 
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Reference information

Refer to:

  • The 3952 Tape Frame Model F05 Hardware Announcement 107-232 , dated April 24, 2007
  • IBM Virtualization Engine TS7520 Models SV6 and SX6 Hardware Announcement 107-235 , dated April 24, 2007

Business Partner information

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 IBM ID).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 107-674

Trademarks

 
Virtualization Engine, System p, SP, System x, and System z are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
RS/6000 and Netfinity are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Publications

The following publications are shipped with the product. Additional copies will be available by June 2007.

Title                                           Order number
 
IBM Virtualization Engine(TM) for Tape          GC26-7766-02
 TS7520 Problem Determination Guide
 
IBM Virtualization Engine for Tape TS7520       GC27-2067-01
 Introduction and Planning Guide
 
IBM Virtualization Engine for                   GC27-2068-02
 Tape TS7520 User Guide
 
IBM Virtualization Engine for Tape TS7500       GC27-2074
 Error Codes Customer Manual
 
IBM Virtualization Engine for Tape TS7500       GC27-2075
 Error Codes Technical Support Manual
 
IBM Virtualization Engine for Tape              GC26-7778-02
 TS7520 Installation Roadmap
 
Statement of Limited Warranty                   GC27-2131

 
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Services

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 visit

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or visit

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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

  • Width: 482.6 mm (19.0 in)
  • Depth: 571.5 mm (22.5 in)
  • Height: 129.5 mm (5.1 in)
  • Weight: 40 kg (88 lb)

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: 10° to 32°C (50° to 90°F) when installed in a 3952 Tape Frame Model F05
  • Relative humidity: 8% to 80%
  • Heat output: 1,516 BTU/hr
  • Electrical power: 443 watts

The following table shows the maximum (operating/idle) sound power level (in bels) and the average 1 meter bystander sound pressure level (in dB) for a TS7520:

  • Sound power level (LwAd):
    • Idle: 6.8 bels
    • Operating: 6.8 bels
  • Sound pressure level:
    • Idle: 68 dB(A)
    • Operating: 68 dB(A)

Hardware requirements

TS7520 configurations containing a TS7520 Secondary Base Unit, 3952 Model F05 Tape Frame feature #7320, or any TS7520 Expansion Units, 3952 Model F05 Tape Frame feature #7318, must include a Fibre Channel Switch Kit on the TS7520 Base Unit, 3952 Model F05 Tape Frame feature #7317. Either Fibre Channel Switch Kit (feature #1907 or feature #1910) may be used.

TS7520 Cache Controller, 3955 Model SV6, and TS7520 Cache Module, 3955 Model SX6, must include either 8TB SATA Storage (feature #7111), or 12TB SATA Storage (feature #7112).

For other TS7520 solution hardware requirements, refer to product documentation or visit

Software requirements

Support for these features and functions are provided by software patches to the TS7500 V2R1 software program. These patches may be downloaded from IBM Support Web site

From this web page, select "System Storage". From the System Storage™ support page, select:

  • Tape systems for the product family
  • TS7520 Virtualization Engine for the product
  • Press the "Go" button

From the TS7520 Support page, select the Download tab, and follow the link to the software patches.

The TS7520 Virtualization Engine supports the following operating systems at the minimum levels indicated.

Enterprise Edition

  • AIX 5L™ V5.1, V5.2, and V5.3
  • i5/OS™ V5R3 and V5R4
    • System i™ support is available under the IBM Request for Price Quotation program.
  • Sun Solaris 8, 9, and 10
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2003 (build 3790, or greater)
  • 64-bit HP-UX 11iv1 and 11iv2
  • Linux™ distributions:
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3
    • Linux Asianux 2.0

Limited Edition

  • AIX 5L V5.1, or later
  • i5/OS V5R3 and V5R4
    • System i support is available under the IBM Request for Price Quotation program.
  • Sun Solaris 8, 9, and 10
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 (build 3790, or greater)
  • 64-bit HP-UX 11iv1 and 11iv2
  • Linux distributions:
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3

Tivoli® Storage Manager and other compatible software offerings provide storage and tape management software for the TS7520. Supporting software and applications must be obtained separately from IBM, IBM Business Partners, or ISVs. A list of compatible software is available from your IBM representative or at

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: Physical planning is a customer responsibility. Detailed planning information is in the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7520 Introduction and Planning Guide (GC26-7767).

Customers are responsible for obtaining a management console (refer to the Hardware requirements section for detailed information). Customers are responsible for obtaining the appropriate adapters and cables.

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 Web site 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

Two Fibre Channel cables are required to attach the 3955 Models SX6 located in an expansion unit 3952 Frame Model F05 to components in the base unit 3952 Frame Model F05. Refer to the IBM 3952 Sales Manuals for details

Security, auditability, and control

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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IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Terms and conditions

MES discount applicable: Equal to the volume commitment discount.

Field installable feature: Yes

Warranty period: One year.

These feature assumes the same warranty or maintenance terms as the machine in which it is installed for the full warranty or maintenance period announced for such machine.

Customer setup: No.

Machine code: Same license terms and conditions as base machine.
 
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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

                                                      Field   Plant
                Machine       Feature Purchase        install install
Description     type    Model number  price    MMMC   only    only
 
IBM Tape Frame:
Fibre Channel   3952    F05   1910    $39,000  $299   N       N
 Switch Kit
Enable Addl 8   3952    F05   1911     20,000    NC   N       N
 FC Switch Port
 
TS7520 Cache Controller:
12 TB SATA      3955    SV6   7112     26,865   299   N       Y
 Storage
 
TS7520 Cache Module:
12 TB SATA      3955    SX6   7112     26,865   299   N       Y
 Storage
 
MMMC = Monthly minimum maintenance charge
NC = No charge

No cables are required with these feature numbers.

                                                            MES
                          Machine         Feature  MES      removal
Description               type     Model  number   removal  charge
 
IBM Tape Frame:
Fibre Channel Switch Kit  3952     F05    1910     N        N
Enable Addl 8 FC          3952     F05    1911     N        N
 Switch Port
 
TS7520 Cache Controller:
12 TB SATA Storage        3955     SV6    7112     N        N
 
TS7520 Cache Module:
12 TB SATA Storage        3955     SV6    7112     N        N

 
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Order now

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 Internet:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
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 Reference:  YE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
Virtualization Engine, System Storage, AIX 5L, i5/OS, System i, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Tivoli is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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