IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive — offering reliable economical tape backup subsystems

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 108-272
April 15, 2008

 

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TOC link Overview TOC link Technical information
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Publications
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Prices
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At a glance

The new IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive is a tape backup subsystem ideal for mid-range to high-end data backup applications. This tape drive offers:

  • 5.25-inch, half-high form factor (internal installation)
  • Solid performance 800 GB native capacity, up to 120 MB/s native transfer rate, 1600 GB capacity and up to 240 MB/s with compression enabled
  • Easy to use and service
  • Support for SAS adapters
  • Support for leading operating systems and popular backup software

For technical support:


 
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Overview

IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive (44E8895)

The new IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive delivers enterprise-class capacity at an entry-level LTO Generation 4 price point. In addition, the condensed half-height form factor now allows internal installation into standard 5.25-inch HH bays on mid- to high-end System x™ servers, providing a high-capacity, high-performance, and high-reliability tape solution.

Take advantage of solid performance, excellent data storage capacity, a high-density form factor, and industry leading LTO backup technology with the IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive.

The drive offers is an attractively priced entry offering into LTO technology, designed for mid- to high-end System x servers requiring high-capacity, high-performance, and high-reliability tape solutions in a 5.25-inch, half-high form factor. Using its onboard hardware data compression feature and assuming a 2:1 compression ratio, this drive can store up to 1600 GB compressed per cartridge at a backup rate of up to 240 MB/s.

The LTO Generation 4 delivers strong performance with data transfers up to 120 MB/s in native mode (432 GB/hr) and up to 240 MB/s in compressed mode1 (864 GB/hr).

Key messages:

  • Mid- to high-end server class capacity, up to 1600 GB compressed, at an entry-level LTO Generation 4 price point
  • 2x transfer rate increase from current half-height LTO Generation 3
  • 5.25-inch half-height form factor for internal mounting in more System x Tower systems
  • SAS interface for improved performance and reliability

Features and functions:

  • Form factor: 5.25-inch half-height internal drive
  • Capacity: 800 GB (1600 GB compressed) capacity 2
  • Performance: Up to 120 MB/s (240 MB/s compressed) transfer rate
  • Interface: SAS
  • Backward compatibility: Read/Write compatible with LTO Generation 3 cartridges. Read compatible with LTO Gen 2, and 3 cartridges.
  • Service and support: One-year, customer replaceable unit (CRU)3
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Based on using the onboard hardware data compression feature and assuming a 2:1 compression ratio. Data compression is dependent on many factors and is often less than stated.
2
When referring to tape drive capacity, GB stands for one billion bytes. Total user-accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environments.
3
For information on IBM's Statement of Limited Warranty, call 800-IBM-SERV (800-426-7378) or contact your IBM representative or reseller. Copies are available upon request.

 
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Key prerequisites

Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive

  • SAS controller
  • LTO Generation 3 or LTO Generation 4 data cartridge (not supplied with drive option)
  • An available half-high drive bay or supported external tape enclosure

 
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Planned availability date

April 30, 2008
 
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Description

IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive (44E8895)

The new IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive delivers enterprise-class capacity at an entry-level LTO Generation 4 price point. In addition, the condensed half-height form factor now allows internal installation into standard 5.25-inch HH bays on mid- to high-end System x servers, providing a high-capacity, high-performance, and high-reliability tape solution.

Take advantage of solid performance, excellent data storage capacity, a high-density form factor, and industry-leading LTO backup technology with the IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive.

It offers:

  • 5.25-inch, half-high form factor (internal installation)
  • Solid performance 800 GB native capacity, up to 120 MB/s native transfer rate, 1600 GB capacity and up to 240 MB/s with compression transfer rate enabled
  • Easy to use and service
  • Support for SAS adapters
  • Support for leading operating systems and popular backup software

 
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Product positioning

Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive

The IBM Half-high Linear Tape Open (LTO) Generation 4 SAS tape drive is an entry-level offering into LTO technology.

This new tape product provides a breadth of performance and capacity to satisfy server tape backup requirements.

Additional information

All offers are subject to availability. IBM reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice. IBM is not responsible for photographic or typographic errors.

IBM makes no representation or warranty regarding third-party products or services.

Trademarks

 
System x is a 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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Technical information

IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive for System x™ (44E8895)

Energy Star-compliant: No

Performance specifications

  • Native transfer:
    • Up to 120 MB/s
    • Up to 432 GB/hr
  • Compressed:
    • Up to 240 MB/s
    • Up to 864 GB/hr
  • Native capacity: Up to 800 GB
  • Compressed: Up to 1600 GB

Physical specifications

  • Approximate height: 43.0 mm (1.75 in)
  • Approximate width: 149.0 mm (5.85 in)
  • Approximate depth: 210.0 mm (8.40 in)
  • Approximate weight: 1.5 Kg (3 lbs 5 oz)

Shipping dimensions

  • Approximate height: 228.6 mm (9.0 in)
  • Approximate width: 304.8 mm (12.0 in)
  • Approximate depth: 381.0 mm (15.0 in)
  • Approximate weight: 3.6 kg (8.0 lb)

Operating environment

  • Temperature: 10° to 40°C (50° to 104°F)
  • Relative humidity: 20% to 80%
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,048 m (10,000 ft.)

Electrical specifications (nominal — per power supply)

  • Power (idle) = 12 watt
  • Power (operating) = 22.5 watt

Agency approvals

  • UL
  • cUL or CSA
  • IEC 950
  • TUV
  • C-Tick

Hardware requirements: This product requires connection to a dedicated channel of an integrated SAS controller installed in the server.

Internal installation in an open 5.25-inch, half-high bay in the following servers is supported. For the latest, and most accurate, compatibility information, visit our web site

Then choose 'System x', and then 'Tape Backup Units'.

 
System name     Machine type             Model
 
x3200           4362, 4363, 4367         All
x3250           4364, 4365, 4190, 4191   All
x3400           7973, 7974, 7975, 7976   All
x3455           7984, 7940               All
x3500           7977                     All
x3550           7978                     All
x3650           7979                     All
x3655           7985                     All
x3755           8877                     All
x3800           8866                     All
x3850           8864, 8878               All
x3950           7141                     All
 
External attachment in the following Enclosures is supported:
 
  87651UX
  87664UX
  8767HHX

Software requirements: None

Supported tape backup applications

The following tape backup applications are compatible. However, backup applications are supported by the individual suppliers so please visit their respective certification Web sites for confirmation of compatibility with your specific application.

  • Symantec Backup Exec
  • Symantec NBU
  • CA Brightstor
  • TSM

Limitations: This product requires a dedicated SAS channel for optimum performance.

Planning information

Cable orders required: None

Installation time: Approximately 20 minutes

Packaging: One box

Shipment group

  • LTO Generation 4 SAS tape drive assembly
  • Multi-lingual User Manual CD
  • Clean cartridge
  • SAS internal cable
  • Bag of screws
  • Drive rails

 
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Publications

Online User and Installation manuals are available from our Web site at

Click servers, then the server family, then Online Publications.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of the server in which it is installed.

Terms and conditions

Field-installable feature                           Yes
Customer setup                                      Yes
Warranty period                                     1 year(1)
Service type                                        CRU(2)
Maintenance agreement                               No
Optional upgrade                                    No
Central facility maintenance service (CFMS) option  No
Licensed programs                                   No
 
(1) To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty,
    contact your reseller or call IBM.
 
    In the United States, call 800-IBM-SERV (426-7378), or write to:
 
    Warranty Information
    P.O. Box 12195
    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
    Attn: Dept. JDJA/B203
(2) Customer replacement unit

Note: Programs included with this product are licensed under the terms and conditions of the License Agreements that are shipped with the feature or option.

All other terms and conditions are the same as those applicable to the IBM machine type in which the feature is installed.

International Warranty Service (IWS): IWS is available during the warranty period to customers who travel or relocate to countries where their computer is sold and serviced by IBM or IBM resellers authorized to perform warranty service. Eligible IBM computers are identified by their four-digit machine type.

You can obtain IWS through the method of service, such as CRU, depot, carry-in or on-site, provided in the servicing country. Service methods and procedures vary by country, and some service or parts may not be available in all countries. Service centers in certain countries may not able to service all models of a particular machine type. In addition, some countries may have fees and restrictions that apply at the time of service.

To determine the eligibility of your computer and to view a list of countries where service is available, visit

Note: Due to the earth's magnetic field, CRT monitors are manufactured to work in northern, southern, and equatorial regions of the earth and may not produce a satisfactory image when moved between them. Any required adjustment (if possible) is not covered under IWS and may be subject to a chargeable action. The magnetic field does not affect flat panel LCD monitors.

Help and service information — Features and options

During the warranty period, technical support can be obtained by accessing IBM's on-line services or calling the IBM SupportCenter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer any questions regarding your new IBM option. Response time will vary depending on the number and nature of calls received. If you need warranty service, return or exchange is available. In addition, if your IBM option is installed in an IBM computer, you may be entitled to service at your location. Your technical support representative can help you determine the best alternative.

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Help and service information — Machine type

HelpWare® is a comprehensive set of offerings designed to provide you with a full range of service and support options, making your computing experience more productive and enjoyable. As part of IBM's commitment to provide the support you demand, many HelpWare services are complimentary during the warranty period of your IBM Personal Computer.
 
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Prices

For current prices, contact us at 888-Shop-IBM (746-7426) or visit

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Description                      number
 
IBM Half High LTO Generation 4   44E8895
 SAS Tape Drive

The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM System x 7973, 7974, 7975, 7976, and 7977 machine types:

                                  Machine       Feature
Description                       type    Model number
 
IBM Half High LTO Generation 4    7973    AC1   5397
 SAS Tape Drive                           MC1
                                  7974    AC1
                                          MC1
                                  7975    AC1
                                          MC1
                                  7976    AC1
                                          MC1
                                  7977    AC1
                                          MC1

The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM System x 4362, 4363, 4367, and 4368 machine types:

                                  Machine       Feature
Description                       type    Model number
 
 
IBM Half High LTO Generation 4    4362    AC1   5397
 SAS Tape Drive                           MC1
                                  4363    AC1
                                          MC1
                                  4367    AC1
                                          MC1
                                  4368    AC1
                                          MC1

The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM System x 8765 machine type:

                                  Machine       Feature
Description                       type    Model number
 
IBM Half High LTO Generation 4    8765    HC1   5397
 SAS Tape Drive

The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM System x 8766 machine type:

                                  Machine       Feature
Description                       type    Model number
 
IBM Half High LTO Generation 4    8766    HC1   5397
 SAS Tape Drive

The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM System x 8767 machine type:

                                  Machine       Feature
Description                       type    Model number
 
IBM Half High LTO Generation 4    8767    HC1   5397
 SAS Tape Drive

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Trademarks

 
System x is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
eServer, ServerProven, and HelpWare 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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