IBM Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z V1.1 provides automated tape media management for datacenters
Europe - Last revised on August 14, 2007
Last revised on August 14, 2007.
See final section for details of availability and limitations, if applicable.
The IBM Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z (IRMM) is a robust middleware product for the open systems environment that is designed to help reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for managing removable media in data centers.
IRMM helps enable function from the mainframe's z/OS operating system functional component IBM Data Facility Storage Management Subsystem (DFSMS) for open systems. IRMM collaborates with DFSMSrmm, which manages removable media resources for the z/OS environment. IRMM helps enable z/OS customers to manage tape media in the distributed environment and optionally tape media in the z/OS environment from a single point of control.
IRMM complements IBM's open storage software family to provide storage virtualization and advanced storage management for tape libraries and removable media. IRMM is an implementation of IEEE Standard 1244 for Media Management Systems. The IRMM package includes an adapter that enables Tivoli Storage Manager servers and storage agents to use the IRMM services. IRMM automatically configures drives for Tivoli Storage Manager and provides an audit trail and statistical data for the complete lifecycle of a tape cartridge.
Through its tape library virtualization capabilities, IRMM can increase drive utilization, availability, and administrator productivity and efficiency. In addition, it combines the capacity from multiple heterogeneous libraries into a single reservoir of tape storage that can be managed from a central point.
With IRMM, all applications can now share a common pool of tape drives. There is no longer a need for exclusively assigning drives to applications. Instead, IRMM is designed to distribute application workloads across all working tape drives so that users can gain substantial utilization benefits.
Advanced monitoring and reporting capabilities of IRMM can increase administrator productivity. IRMM also provides reporting capabilities for error statistics. This data can be used by an administrator to do root causal analysis for problems, identify and correct performance bottlenecks, and perform preventive and predictive maintenance.
For the most current information on IRMM, refer to the IRMM Web site at:
Refer to the Hardware Requirements and Software Requirements sections for details.
IRMM is designed to provide:
- Consolidated, mainframe-class media management services
- A centralized repository, access control and administration
- Centralized monitoring and reporting
- Integration with z/OS DFSMSrmm to provide a central point of management and control for open systems and z/OS removable media management
- Access to a cluster of multiple physical libraries as one large logical library
- Dynamic sharing of resources across heterogeneous application boundaries and heterogeneous operating systems
- Security features to permit or prevent application access to tapes
- Virtualization of the media changer interface
- Dynamic drive and drive path configuration and provisioning for Tivoli Storage Manager
Planned availability date: September 14, 2007
The need for a tape management system and/or library management system in the open systems environment has been a long-standing requirement by IBM customers. This is especially true for existing z/OS DFSMSrmm customers who have asked for extensions to their existing tape management procedures and policies so that they are able to manage open systems. IBM is responding with a new product for this environment with the IBM Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z (IRMM).
IRMM is designed to provide the following functions:
Consolidated, mainframe-class media management services
IRMM is designed to consolidate all media management services for open systems. Services include tracking of the whole cartridge lifecycle as well as tracking of state changes, such as scratch and private, and changes of the location. Therefore, it is possible to locate a single cartridge within the enterprise. Additionally, IRMM provides the capability for grouping and pooling of resources.
A centralized repository, with consolidated access control and administration
In large customer environments, removable media management systems must be able to catalog hundreds to thousands of media, storing not only the media and their attributes, but also a history of access, duration of use, corresponding data about errors, and other necessary information. In addition, since it is possible to store the media separately from drives, the location of a medium must be known at all times, whether the location is a manually-managed store or an automatic library.
IRMM's highly-scalable architecture provides such a central repository for tape resources in an enterprise. Furthermore, administrators are provided with a centralized tool for tape management related operations. These operations include access control as well as dynamic reconfiguration of the tape infrastructure.
Centralized monitoring and reporting
IRMM's advanced monitoring and reporting capabilities can increase administrator productivity. Drive utilization, data throughput, compression rates, error statistics, and much more information is stored in IRMM's database. By using this data, an administrator may be able to do faster root cause analysis in case of problems, to exhibit performance bottlenecks, and to implement preventive and predictive maintenance. With IRMM, storage administrators now have a tool that is designed to maximize the investment in tape resources by increasing tape resource utilization and reducing downtime. This is intended to help reduce operational costs by centralizing proactive tape resource management.
Integration with the z/OS DFSMSrmm priced feature
IRMM collaborates with DFSMSrmm, that helps enable management of removable media resources in the enterprise from one central control point. You get a unified treatment of all removable media resources in the enterprise because all cartridges are contained in the DFSMSrmm database. All of the DFSMSrmm reporting and monitoring tools and procedures that were previously available only to z/OS users are now available to the distributed environment as well. In addition, IRMM provides a command line interface (CLI) for z/OS that permits a z/OS administrator to fully administer, control, and monitor the distributed tape infrastructure from z/OS. All IRMM function is available through the command line interface so the z/OS and Linux on System z tape media can be managed from a central z/OS system.
Access to a cluster of multiple physical libraries as one large logical library
With IRMM's tape library virtualization features, applications can use a set of physical libraries as one large virtual library image. IRMM balances scratch-mount workload among all physical libraries. It is also possible to create multiple virtual libraries on top of one large physical library. In fact, logical libraries can be dynamically reconfigured such that a service provider could provide a library with 10 drives from 6 am to 6 pm and a library with 20 drives for the rest of the time to the client. This may help with implementing Service Level Agreements for tape usage and client charging.
Dynamic sharing of resources across heterogeneous application boundaries and heterogeneous operating systems
IRMM is an implementation of IEEE Standard 1244 for Media Management Systems. This standard was designed to not require any particular hardware, operating system, or application. IRMM's interface specification is published in this standard and helps enable third-party vendors to connect to the system and utilize IRMM services. When properly configured, Tivoli Storage Manager exploits the IRMM interface to make use of the services provided by IRMM.
Security features to permit or prevent application access to tape
Sharing resources among several applications connected to the storage network requires corresponding mechanisms for access control, access synchronization, and access prioritization. IRMM provides mechanisms to control who may access which hardware when. Thus, IRMM is designed to allow applications to access all resources available in the storage network. IRMM also manages private data and moves cartridges to a private pool as soon as a volume has been allocated by an application. Only the application that "owns" the volume is designed to access the cartridge while other applications are denied access to the private data.
Virtualization of the media changer interface
IRMM allows users to virtualize tape libraries by actually virtualizing the media changer interface application they are using to control libraries. Therefore, it is possible to combine the capacity from multiple heterogeneous libraries into a single reservoir of tape storage which can be managed from a central point. This allows all applications to share a common pool of tape drives and helps eliminate the need to exclusively assign drives to applications. Instead, IRMM can distribute application workload among all working tape drives.
Dynamic drive/path configuration and provisioning for Tivoli Storage Manager
IRMM is designed to automatically detect and configure drives and drive paths on every Tivoli Storage Manager (or LAN-free storage agent) host. This feature can reduce administration efforts, especially in large environments. For example, assume a setup with 3 Tivoli Storage Manager servers, 30 storage agents, and 30 drives. Without IRMM, nearly 1000 drive paths have to be defined and maintained. Furthermore, IRMM keeps track of the right path from the Tivoli Storage Manager server storage agent to the drive even if drive paths change because of connection problems, drive maintenance, or failures.
If you have multiple tape resources, IRMM provides a centralized management system for removable media management and dynamic sharing of tape resources. IRMM extends the IBM virtualization strategy to tape library resources (drives and cartridge pools) to complement Linux on System z consolidation efforts. IRMM provides integrated solutions and opportunities for existing z/OS DFSMSrmm and Tivoli Storage Manager users to be managed with Linux on System z. IRMM is an implementation of IEEE Standard 1244 for Media Management Systems. IRMM includes an adapter that enables Tivoli Storage Manager servers and storage agents to use the IRMM services.
IRMM is intended to enhance tape usage on the mainframe by integrating tape management for mainframe and open systems. IRMM helps enable you to select best-of-breed tape hardware and technology.
IRMM is intended to help reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) through infrastructure simplification and resource optimization. Benefits may include:
- Increased administrative productivity through centralized management and administration.
- Increased resource utilization due to IRMM's robust tape library virtualization capabilities that can increase drive utilization. You can implement a common scratch pool and still keep private cartridges in separate pools with the intent of preventing private data from being read by another application.
- Preventive failure analysis designed to provide you with a warning by Tivoli Enterprise Console alert or an e-mail, as well as a complete overview of the system from just one available console.
- New efficiencies with z/OS DFSMSrmm by having one consolidated view of all tape resources (mainframe and open). In addition, you can use the same policies for z/OS on the mainframe and open systems tape for retention, movement, and vaulting.
IRMM is designed to help you establish and protect the business continuity aspects of your investments by:
- Establishing System z as the management hub for removable media for z/OS and distributed systems
- Adding value to IBM tape hardware technology by providing extended function
- Providing integration with Tivoli Storage Manager products that can easily make use of the IRMM technology
Virtualization of servers and virtual images is a popular subject, but tape library virtualization is a relatively new concept in the IT field. In this relatively new realm of virtualizing tape libraries, IRMM is designed to:
- Combine the capacity from multiple heterogeneous libraries into a single reservoir of tape storage that can be managed from a central point
- Increase utilization, availability, administrator productivity, and efficiency
- Reduce downtime for planned and unplanned outages and maintenance
In summary, IRMM running on Linux for System z is positioned to help you manage open systems tape media in heterogeneous distributed environments, provide you with tape library virtualization, and help you enhance consolidated tape resource management.
IBM will provide IRMM client support for the following platforms in fourth quarter 2007: Tivoli Storage Manager (5608-ISM) V5.2, or later or Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition (5608-ISX) V5.2, or later on Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Sun Solaris 8, or later, and HP-UX 11.
All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.
For new capabilities available for z/OS DFSMSrmm, refer to the Programming Announcement letter ZP07-0335 dated August 07, 2007.
Program Program number VRM name ------------ ------- ---------------------------------------------- 5655-S57 V1.1.0 Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z 5655-S58 V1.1.0 Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z Subscription and Support
Subscription and Program PID number Support PID number ------------------ ------------------ 5655-S57 5655-S58
Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site
A printed copy of the following publication is supplied with the product:
Title Order number ------------------------------- ------------ Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z License Information GC53-1126The License Information document is also available on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site at:
The following publication is supplied in Adobe PDF format on the CD-ROM basic machine-readable material:
Title Order number ------------------------------- ------------ Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z User's Guide and Reference SA23-2235
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Systems supported: IRMM operates on the following servers:
- IBM System z9 Enterprise Class
- IBM System z9 Business Class
- IBM eServer zSeries 990
- IBM eServer zSeries 890
- IBM eServer zSeries 900
- IBM eServer zSeries 800
Tape library systems: IRMM supports the following tape library systems:
- IBM System Storage TS3400 Tape Library
- IBM System Storage TS1120 (encryption) tape drives and 3592 JA/JJ, JW/JR (WORM), and JB/JX media
- IBM System Storage TS3500 and IBM 3584 Tape Library
- IBM TotalStorage 3592 tape drives and 3592 JA/JJ and JW/JR media
- IBM System Storage TS1120 (encryption) tape drives and 3592 JA/JJ, JW/JR (WORM), and JB/JX media
- IBM LTO Ultrium 3580 tape drives (Generation 1, 2, and 3)
- IBM TotalStorage 3494 Enterprise Tape Library
- IBM TotalStorage 3592 tape drives and 3592 JA/JJ, JW/JR, and JB/JX media
- IBM System Storage TS1120 tape drives and 3592 JA/JJ and JW/JR media
- IBM TotalStorage 3590 tape drives (Models E1A and H1A)
- Sun(TM) StorageTek(TM) Automated Cartridge System Library
or LibraryStation (LS) managed libraries including L180, L700e,
SL500, SL8500, PowderHorn(TM) 9310, and TimberWolf 9740
- Sun StorageTek T9840 A/B/C tape drives
- Sun StorageTek T9940 A/B tape drives
- Sun StorageTek T10000 tape drives
- Sun StorageTek SN6000 tape drive virtualization engine
At a minimum, IRMM requires one of the following Linux distributions:
- Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 9 Service Pack 3 (64-bit)
- Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 (64 bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (Version 4.5) (64-bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (Version 5) (64-bit)
IRMM requires a DB2 database for data storage. DB2 can be run either on the same server where IRMM is operating or anywhere in the enterprise.
- If using z/OS DB2 for data storage:
- DB2 Universal Database for z/OS V8.1 (5625-DB2) or
- DB2 Universal Database for z/OS V9.1 (5635-DB2) or later
- If using Linux DB2 for data storage:
- DB2 Universal Database for Linux, UNIX, and Windows V8.1 Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) (5765-F41)
- DB2 Universal Database for Linux, UNIX, and Windows V9.1 Enterprise Server Edition (ESE) (5765-F41)
The following products are supported as IRMM clients:
Tivoli Storage Manager (5608-ISM) V5.2 or later or Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition (5608-ISX) V5.2 or later (optional) on:
- Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 8, or later
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (Version 4), or later
- AIX 5.2, or later
In fourth quarter 2007, IBM plans to provide IRMM client support for Tivoli Storage Manager (5608-ISM) V5.2, or later or Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition (5608-ISX) V5.2, or later on Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Sun Solaris 8, or later, and HP-UX 11.
The following products or services could be purchased with IRMM:
- z/OS V1.7 (5694-A01), or later
with the z/OS DFSMSrmm priced feature enabled
z/OS DFSMSrmm is required if tape media being used by IRMM is to be managed by DFSMSrmm from a centralized point of control.
- IBM Tivoli Tape Optimizer on z/OS V1.2 (5698-A73)
Tivoli Tape Optimizer on z/OS is a tape copy and stacking solution for data residing on tape storage devices that are managed by DFSMSrmm. IBM Tivoli Tape Optimizer on z/OS V1.2 can copy tape volume to other tapes or tape-compatible storage for the z/OS environment.
For additional information refer to "Usage restriction" in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site
Response time is dependent on a variety of the hardware server and data-communication load factors such as line speeds, the number and type of lines, and the organization of Tivoli Storage Manager servers/storage agents. Performance can also be impacted by the number of administrator consoles and the commands and exits used, and the amount of processing done by the monitoring and reporting applications.
Installability: Customers with an existing Tivoli Storage Manager environment would have to convert to an IRMM-controlled environment. Refer to the Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z User's Guide and Reference, SA23-2235 for setting up an environment for IRMM management of tape media managed by the Tivoli Storage Manager.
Packaging: IRMM is distributed with:
- International Program License Agreement (Z125-3301)
- License Information document (GC53-1126)
- CD-ROM (LCD8-0698) which contains the program product executable code
- Publications (refer to the Publications section)
The publication on the CD-ROM includes the softcopy of the IBM Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z User's Guide and Reference, SA23-2235 in Adobe PDF format.
Note: Prior to installing IRMM, refer to the IRMM Web site at
Demonstration: The Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z demonstration is planned to be available by September 14, 2007 at:
The announced program uses the security and auditability features inherent in the virtual machine and the System/370(TM), ESA/370, and ESA/390 architectures, and z/Architecture. The security and auditability of IRMM are the same for ESA/390 and z/Architecture. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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The products and features in this announcement have one pricing metric - Value Units based on the number of tape drives. Value Unit pricing offers a decreasing one-time charge (OTC) price per tape drive, subject to the tiers as documented in Value Unit Exhibit VUE028. Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.
Tape drive-based Value Unit pricing of IRMM is different than MSU-based or engine-based Value Unit pricing, which is available on other IBM software products.
Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric ---------------------------------- ---------- ------------- Integrated Removable Media Manager 5655-S57 Value Units for the Enterprise on System z
Note: In ordering systems, the above program name is found as "IBM Int Removable Media Mgr".
Value Unit pricing for IRMM provides a lower price per tape drive as more Value Units are licensed with IRMM. You may aggregate the capacity for all the tape drives under IRMM management across the enterprise to achieve a more economical price. There may also be a price benefit when you increase your capacity. Additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a flat price per unit. Instead, additional capacity is priced starting at the capacity on which IRMM has already been installed, which may result in a lower unit price.
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Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit --------- --------------------------- ------------------ 5655-S57 IBM Int Removable Media Mgr VUE028
For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following Value Unit exhibit:
Integrated Removable Media Manager for the Enterprise on System z Use-Based Scaling Definitions for Tape Drives
Usage level Minimum Maximum Value Units/Tape Drives --------------- ------- ------- ------------------------ 1 1 20 10 2 21 40 9 3 41 60 8 4 61 80 7 5 81 100 6 6 101 140 5 7 141 180 4 8 181 + 3
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The following information is a summary of all license options and pricing metrics offered for the above PID number.
Entitlement License options/ identifier Description Pricing metrics ----------- ----------------- ------------------------- S0147KP IBM Int Removable Basic OTC, Per Value Unit Media Mgr Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium --------------------- --------------- ----------------------- S0147CS English CD-ROM Subscription and Support PID 5655-S58 The following information is a summary of all license options and pricing metrics offered for the above PID number. Entitlement License options/ identifier Description Pricing metrics ----------- ----------------- ------------------------------ S0147KV IBM Int Removable Basic ASC, Per Value Unit Media Mgr Decline SW S&S (no charge) Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium --------------------- --------------- ----------------------- S0147KS English Paper
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Inject/eject function of Tivoli Storage Manager is not supported in IRMM V1.1.
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