IBM 3996 Optical Library offers higher capacity with a 60 GB UDO Gen 2 drive

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 107-425
July 10, 2007

 

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TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Terms and conditions
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At a glance

The IBM 3996 Optical Library uses optical disc technology and includes the following features:

  • 5.25-inch optical drive technology options:
    • Gen 2 drive can read or write on optical disc with a capacity of up to 60 GB
    • Gen 2 drive can read-only on an optical disc with a capacity of up to 30 GB
    • Gen 1 drive can read or write on optical disc with a capacity of up to 30 GB
  • Support for Write Once, Read Many (WORM) and rewritable optical disc recording technologies in a single library.
  • Three models with physical capacities of up to 1.9 TB, 4.8 TB, or 10.4 TB
    • 3996 Model 032 has one drive; 3996 Model 080 and 3996 Model 174 have two drives
    • Options for adding drives to improve library performance; one drive on the 3996 Model 032, and either one or two drives on 3996 Model 080 and 3996 Model 174 (only if feature number 9200 is specified)
    • Gen 1 and Gen 2 optical drives may be mixed in the same 3996 Optical Library
    • Note: Adding additional drives to either 3996 Model 080 or 3996 Model 174 reduces the maximum available storage capacity by up to 480 GB
  • An optional barcode reader
  • Low voltage differential (LVD) SCSI interface
  • Insertion and removal of cartridges via the entry/exit slot
  • Support for IBM System i and IBM System p family of workstations and servers

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
 
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Overview

The IBM 3996 Optical Library is a large-scale, externally attached device that offers multiple Ultra Density Optical (UDO) storage technology options. The optical drive options offer a capacity of up to 60 GB on the Gen 2 drive and 30 GB on the Gen 1 drive in a 5.25-inch form factor. Up to four drives may be installed in the IBM 3996 Library depending on which model is selected.

There are three models of the 3996 Library:

  • Model 032 has storage slots for up to 32 optical disc cartridges
  • Model 080 has storage slots for up to 80 optical disc cartridges
  • Model 174 has storage slots for up to 174 optical disc cartridges

Customers can choose the drive feature desired when ordering a model of the IBM 3996 Library. The 30 GB optical drive and 60 GB optical drives may also be mixed in the same library (1 GB = 1,000,000 bytes). The 3996 attaches to the IBM System i™ and IBM System p™ workstations and servers. Unique characteristics of the 3996 are:

  • Capable of reading or writing on optical discs providing up to 60 GB of optical storage if that library has either a 60 GB Gen 2 optical drive or a mix of both 60 GB Gen 2 and 30 GB Gen 1 optical drives
  • Provides compatibility of the two optical disc storage types: the UDO2 optical disc is designed to hold up to 60 GB per cartridge and is read and write compatible in a Gen 2 drive only. Gen 1 disc is designed to hold up to 30 GB per cartridge. Gen 1 media is read and write compatible in a Gen 1 UDO drive, and read only compatible in a UDO Gen 2 drive.
  • Support Write Once, Read Many (WORM) and rewritable recording technologies in a single library
  • Provide an orderable update feature to the microcode of an installed 3996 Optical Library (Model 032, 080, and 174) to the latest microcode firmware level
  • Include a barcode reader as an optional feature
  • Have a low voltage differential (LVD) SCSI interface

To help address your specific 3996 Library requirements, you can choose from three models:

  • The 3996 Model 032 has the capability of holding up to 32 optical discs.
    • If the 30 GB Gen 1 drive feature is selected in a Model 032, total maximum storage capacity is 960 GB.
    • If the 60 GB Gen 2 drive feature is selected in a Model 032, maximum storage capacity is 1.92 TB (one terabyte equals 1,000 GB).

The model 032 has one optical disc drive and an option for adding a second drive. If two drives are selected they may be either Gen 2, Gen 1, or a combination of one Gen 2 and one Gen 1. Maximum capacities achieved in the library will vary with the mix of optical disc media loaded in the library.

  • The 3996 Model 080 has the capability of holding up to 80 optical discs.
    • If the Gen 1 drive feature is selected in a Model 080, total maximum storage capacity is 2.4 TB.
    • If the Gen 2 drive feature is selected in a Model 080, maximum storage capacity is 4.8 TB.

The Model 080 has two optical disc drives with an option of increasing to up to four drives. Adding more drives reduces the number of disc slots to 72. If additional drives are selected, they may be either Gen 2 or Gen 1 drives. Maximum capacities achieved will vary with the mix of optical disc media and the number of optical drives installed in the library.

  • The 3996 Model 174 has the capability of holding up to 174 optical discs.
    • If the Gen 1 drive feature is selected in a Model 174, total maximum storage capacity is 5.2 TB.
    • If the Gen 2 drive feature is selected in a Model 174, maximum storage capacity is 10.4 TB.

The Model 174 has two optical disc drives with an option of increasing to up to four drives. Adding more drives reduces the number of disc slots to 166. If additional drives are selected, they may be either Gen 2 or Gen 1 drives. Maximum capacities achieved in the library will vary with the mix of optical disc media and the number of optical drives in the library.

Note: 3996 Optical Library models will ship with Gen 1 30 GB drives unless feature #9200 (Ship w/60 GB Gen 2 Drives) is specified. This feature only applies when ordering the base library. Feature numbers for additional drives are available and must also be specified.
 
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Key prerequisites

IBM System i:

  • The 3996 with Gen 1 30 GB drives is supported with IBM System i software level i5/OS™ V5.3, or later. The 3996 Optical Library with Gen 2 60 GB drives, or with a mix of Gen 1 and Gen 2 drives, is supported with IBM System i software level i5/OS V5.4, or later.

IBM System p:

  • AIX 5L™ V5.3, or later

Note: A library device driver for the 3996 in the AIX® environment is not available from IBM. Contact your application provider for availability. Currently installed 3996 Optical Libraries on an IBM System i are compatible with IBM System p. A library firmware upgrade may be required. The latest 3996 microcode firmware level is available by ordering feature #0520 (3996 Functional Enhancement Field).

Note: Feature #0520 (Field Upgrade of Microcode) must be specified when ordering firmware upgrades.


 
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Planned availability date

July 20, 2007
 
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Description

The 3996, offered in three models, is an externally attached storage library that uses 60-GB and 30-GB optical disc technology. It is available for use with the IBM System i and IBM System p family of workstations and servers, and attaches through an external system adapter.

The 3996 must be the only device attached to an adapter on an IBM System i or IBM System p. Attaching a second external device to the same adapter as 3996 is not supported.

The 3996 supports Write Once, Read Many (WORM), and rewritable recording technologies in a single library. A barcode reader is available as an option. The 3996 uses a low voltage differential (LVD) SCSI interface.

Media

  • Rewritable (Gen 1) 30 GB Media 10 pack — Provides ten rewritable 30 GB media
  • WORM (Gen 1) 30 GB Media 10 pack — Provides ten WORM 30 GB media
  • Rewritable (Gen 2) 60 GB Media 10 pack — Provides ten rewritable 30 GB media
  • WORM (Gen 2) 60 GB Media 10 pack — Provides ten WORM 30 GB media
  • Cleaner cartridge — Compatible with both Gen 1 and Gen 2 drives

Note: The maximum number of these features that may be ordered (in any combination) with the 3996 is two for the 3996 Model 032; for the 3996 Model 080 and 3996 Model 174, the maximum is four. If additional media are required, refer to the Supplies section for ordering instructions.

Microcode updates:

Microcode for the IBM 3996 Optical Library is preloaded prior to shipment. Microcode updates for the 3996 will be available for download from the Web site

Select Product Family = Tape & Optical, then select 3996. After selecting 3996, select the Download tab, then select:

  • 3996FIRMWARE (for the latest library firmware)
  • UDOFIRMWARE (for the latest drive firmware)

Note: Feature #0520 (Field Upgrade of Microcode) must be specified when ordering firmware upgrades.

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 107-425

Trademarks

 
System p, System i, i5/OS, and AIX 5L are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
AIX is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or 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.

                                                Part number/
                                                Publication
Title                                           number
 
IBM 3996 Models 032, 080, and 174 Optical       95P6897
 Library Setup and Operator Guide
 
IBM 3996 Models 032, 080, and 174 Optical       95P6896
 Library Maintenance Manual

The following publications are available. To order, contact your IBM representative.

                                                Part number/
                                                Publication
Title                                           number
 
IBM 3996 Models 032, 080, and 174 Optical       95P6897
 Library Setup and Operator Guide
 
IBM 3996 Models 032, 080, and 174 Optical       95P6896
 Library Maintenance Manual

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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

         Model 032          Model 080          Model 174
 
Width:   28.8 cm (11.1 in)  44.5 cm (17.5 in)  44.5 cm (17.5 in)
Depth:   79.2 cm (31.2 in)  79.2 cm (31.2 in)  79.2 cm (31.2 in)
Height:  77.5 cm (30.5 in)  77.5 cm (30.5 in)  138.8 cm (54.6 in)
Weight:  49.0 kg (108 lbs)  65.0 kg (143 lbs)  124 kg  (273 lbs)

Operating environment

  • Temperature: 10° to 38°C (50° to 100°F)
  • Relative Humidity: 20% to 80% (non-condensing)
  • Wet Bulb: 26.0°C (78°F)
  • Power Supply: 100 to 127 V ac or 200 to 240 V ac at 50 to 60 Hz
  • Drive Power:
    • +5 V @ 3.0 A max, +12 V @3.5 A peak
    • +5 V @ 1.9 A typical, 12 V @ 0.6 A typical
  • Btu Maximum: 95.1 Btu/hr (28 watts at 240 V ac)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,500 m (8,200 ft)
  • Operating acoustics: 6.9 Bels

Hardware requirements

IBM System p™ support of the 3996

The 3996 can be attached to the IBM System p models listed below. The appropriate SCSI cable must be specified on the initial order. Refer to the Cable orders section of this announcement.

The 3996 Optical Library is supported for attachment to the PCI-X Dual Channel ULTRA320 SCSI Adapters (feature number 5712 and 5736), used on the following IBM System p models:

  • pSeries® 630 (7028-6C4, 6E4) through the 7311-D20 I/O Drawer
  • pSeries 615 (7029-6C3,6E3)
  • p5 9110-510
  • p5 9111-520
  • pSeries 9112-265
  • p5 9113-550
  • pSeries 9114-275
  • p5 9115-505
  • p5 9116-561
  • p5 9117-570
  • p5 9118-575
  • p5 9119-595
  • p5 9124-720
  • p5 9131-52A
  • p5 9133-55A

The 3996 Optical Library is supported for attachment to the PCI-X Dual Channel ULTRA320 SCSI Adapters (feature number 5710), used on the following IBM System p models:

  • pSeries 630 (7028-6C4,6E4) through the 7311-D10 I/O Drawer
  • pSeries 690 (7040-681) through the 7040-61D I/O Drawer
  • p5 9118-575
  • p5 9119-590

The 3996 Optical Library is supported for attachment to the PCI-X Dual Channel ULTRA320 SCSI Adaptors (#1912 and #1974), used on the following IBM System p server models:

  • p5 9110-510
  • p5 9111-520
  • p5 9115-505
  • p5 9116-561
  • p5 9123-710
  • p5 9124-720
  • p5 9131-52A
  • p5 9133-55A

IBM System i™ support of the 3996

The 3996 is supported for attachment to IBM System i models listed below that have i5/OS™ V5.3, and newer, installed. Usage of the 60GB UDO2 drives and media in the 3996 Optical Library require i5/OS V5.4, and newer.

The appropriate SCSI cable must be specified on the initial order. Refer to the Cable orders section for details.

The 3996 is supported for attachment to the PCI-X Ultra Tape Controller (#5702) on the following IBM System i models:

  • 9406 — 820
  • 9406 — 830
  • 9406 — 840
  • 9406 — 800
  • 9406 — 810
  • 9406 — 825
  • 9406 — 870
  • 9406 — 890
  • 9406 — 520
  • 9406 — 525
  • 9406 — 550
  • 9406 — 570
  • 9406 — 595
  • 9407 — 515
  • 9411 — 100

The 3996 is supported for attachment to the PCI-X Tape/DASD Controller (#5705) on the following IBM System i models:

  • 9406 — 800
  • 9406 — 810

The 3996 is supported for attachment to the PCI-X Tape Controller (#5712) and the PCI-X Tape/DASD Controller (#5715) on the following IBM System i models:

  • 9405 — 520
  • 9406 — 520
  • 9406 — 525
  • 9406 — 550
  • 9406 — 570
  • 9406 — 595
  • 9411 — 100

The 3996 is supported for attachment to the PCI-X Disk/Tape Controller — With IOP (#5736) on the following IBM System i models:

  • 9406 — 820
  • 9406 — 830
  • 9406 — 840
  • 9406 — 800
  • 9406 — 810
  • 9406 — 825
  • 9406 — 870
  • 9406 — 890
  • 9405 — 520
  • 9406 — 520
  • 9406 — 525
  • 9406 — 550
  • 9406 — 570
  • 9406 — 595
  • 9407 — 515
  • 9411 — 100

The 3996 is supported for attachment to the PCI-X Tape Controller (#5766) on the following IBM System i models:

  • 9406 — 820
  • 9406 — 830
  • 9406 — 840
  • 9406 — 800
  • 9406 — 810
  • 9406 — 825
  • 9406 — 870
  • 9406 — 890

The 3996 is supported for attachment to the PCI-X Disk/Tape Controller — No IOP (#5775) on the following IBM System i models:

  • 9405 — 520
  • 9406 — 520
  • 9406 — 525
  • 9406 — 550
  • 9406 — 570
  • 9406 — 595
  • 9407 — 515
  • 9411 — 100

System cables and adapters

The appropriate SCSI cable must be selected. Refer to the Cable orders section for details.

The IBM 3996 Library can be attached to all IBM System p servers listed above that use feature numbers 1912, 1974, 5703, 5710, 5711, or 5736 Storage Controllers.

System i and p                 SCSI                  Cable
adapter feature                length                feature
 
All adapter                     4.5 m                5604
 features                      10.0 m                5610

Refer to the Special Features of the Sales Manual for a detailed description of the above features.

Software requirements

IBM System i:

  • The 3996 with Gen 1 30 GB drives is supported with IBM System i software level i5/OS V5.3, or later. The 3996 Optical Library with Gen 2 60 GB drives, or with a mix of Gen 1 and Gen 2 drives, is supported with IBM System i software level i5/OS V5.4, or later.

IBM System p:

  • AIX 5L™ V5.3, or later

Note: A library device driver for the 3996 in the AIX® environment is not available from IBM. Contact your application provider for availability. Currently installed 3996 Optical Libraries on an IBM System i are compatible with IBM System p. A library firmware upgrade may be required.

Microcode for the IBM 3996 Optical Library is preloaded prior to shipment. Microcode updates for the 3996 will be available for download from the Web site

Select Product Family = Tape & Optical, then select 3996. After selecting 3996, select the Download tab, then select:

  • 3996FIRMWARE (for the latest library firmware)
  • UDOFIRMWARE (for the latest drive firmware)

Note: Feature #0520 (Field Upgrade of Microcode) must be specified when ordering firmware upgrades.

Limitations: The IBM System p and IBM System i SCSI adapter used to attach the 3996 may have two SCSI (LVD) ports. The port to which the 3996 is attached may not be shared by other devices; the other (second) port on a dual-port adapter may be used for other devices.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: The 3996 is installed by a Customer Engineer (CE). Refer to the IBM 3996 Models 032, 080, and 174 Optical Library Setup and Operator Guide for site preparation information.

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: One SCSI cable must be ordered for the 3996 on the initial order.

Feature
number                   Description
 
5604                     4.5 m VHDCI/HD68
5610                     10 m VHDCI/HD68

Packaging

                                                      Number
                                                      of
Product  Ship group                                   boxes
 
3996     3996 Optical Library, publications, one CE   1
 base     test cartridge, one rewritable Gen 1 30 GB
 models   media cartridge, one power cord (as
          specified), and one SCSI cable (as
          ordered).  If feature number 9200 is
          specified, a Gen 2 60 GB media cartridge
          will be included instead of the Gen 1
          media cartridge.

Supplies

Additional supplies for the 3996 are:

IBM part
number          Supply item
 
23R2567         Gen 1 (UDO1) WORM 30 GB Media
23R2568         Gen 1 (UDO1) Rewritable 30 GB Media
59H5629         Gen 2 (UDO2) WORM 60 GB Media
59H5628         Gen 2 (UDO2) Rewritable 60 GB Media
23R7185         UDO Cleaning Cartridge

To purchase additional tape data, test, or cleaning cartridges go to

For additional media supplies, refer to

To purchase IBM-branded media and media supplies, call 888-IBM-MEDIA (426-6334) in the U.S. and Canada, or go to

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These products use the security and auditability features of the host system and application programs.

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: No

Field installable feature: Yes

Warranty period: One year

Customer setup: No

Machine Code: No license terms apply
 
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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.

                                                             Minimum
                                                             monthly
                           Machine          Feature Purchase maint.
Description                type    Model    number  price    charge
 
Remove Gen 1 30 GB Drive   3996    032, 080 1103         NC  NC
                                    174
Gen 2 Single Drive Kit     3996    032      1121    $ 5,010  NC
Gen 2 Two-Drive Kit        3996    080, 174 1122     10,020  NC
Remove Gen 2 60 GB Drive   3996    032, 080 1123         NC  NC
                                    174
Rewritable 60 GB Media     3996    032, 080 2520      1,460  NC
 Media 10-pack                      174
WORM 60 GB Media 10-pack   3996    032, 080 2521      1,280  NC
                                    174
Ship w/60 GB Gen 2 Drives  3996    032, 080 9200         NC  NC
                                    174

                 Plant/field           MES
Feature          install               Removal           CSU
 
1103             Field                 Yes               No
1121             Both                  No                No
1122             Both                  No                No
1123             Field                 Yes               No
2520             Plant                 No                No
2521             Plant                 No                No
9200             Plant                 No                No
 
NC = no charge

Note: No cables required for features.
 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:       IBM Americas Call Centers
             Dept. Teleweb Customer Support, 9th floor
             105 Moatfield Drive
             North York, Ontario
             Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference:  YE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
System p, System i, i5/OS, AIX 5L, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
pSeries and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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