Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance ( IBM 3222 RV1) for tape library environments

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 111-130
July 12, 2011


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Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance

Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance allows users to maximize utilization of existing drive resources, correlate reported errors to pinpoint suspect media or degrading tape drives, and share existing resources to automatically validate readability of long-idle or suspect media.

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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Crossroads' ReadVerify Appliance (RVA), offered through IBM as 3222 RV1, provides visibility into the utilization, performance, and health of the tape drives and media in a tape library environment. The detailed insight provided by RVA can lead to operational improvements, such as completing backup jobs on time, minimizing purchases of unnecessary resources, and preventing premature wear of over-used resources. RVA collects data directly from the tape drives and library during data transactions, without impacting the storage applications. This 1U RVA is rack installable in a customer supplied rack and includes ReadVerify functionality for the first 500 tape cartridges in an IBM TS3500 or IBM TS3310 Tape Library. Additional ReadVerify tape capacities are supported with additional feature codes.

RVA also supports an optional feature called ArchiveVerify which offers the fully automated ability to verify readability of long-idle or suspect media, providing an audit trail which could be used for regulatory compliance policies. The ArchiveVerify function is available as additional feature codes.

The RVA can be ordered at the time of purchase of new TS3500 or TS3310 Tape Libraries, for already installed IBM TS3500 or TS3310 Tape Libraries, or as a standalone solution.

Although the Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance 3222 Model RV1 is available through IBM, product fulfillment, service, maintenance, and support will be provided by Crossroads.

ReadVerify enables the RVA to monitor the specified total number of cartridges situated within the library or libraries. The cartridge count is not associated with specific tape bar codes; it is measured by the total number of occupied tape slots in the library at any given time.

ArchiveVerify enables the RVA to verify the specified number of tapes within a library. Each unique tape bar code gets associated with an ArchiveVerify license at initial verification. Any tape can be verified an unlimited number of times, but once the specified number of tapes have been verified, then additional ArchiveVerify features must be ordered to provide the function for more cartridges.



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  • All tape libraries and drives to be monitored must be connected to a Fibre Channel switch with an available port for the RVA. With the Fibre Channel switch port accessible to the RVA, both LTO™ and 3592 tape drives and tape libraries, including the IBM TS3500 and the IBM TS3310 Tape Libraries can be monitored
  • For additional Fibre Channel tape libraries and drives supported visit Crossroads at
    http://www.crossroads.com/RVAPlanning/RVACompatibilityMatrix.pdf
  • An open N-port on the SAN switch connecting the tape drives to be monitored, to be allocated to the RVA
  • Available 10/100/1000 Ethernet connectivity and provisioned IP address for RVA management interface


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Planned availability date
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August 19, 2011



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Description
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Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance, (IBM 3222 RV1), provides a proactive method for monitoring, validating, and reporting on the performance, utilization, and health of the tape library environment. The detailed insight provided by RVA can lead to operational improvements, such as completing backup jobs on time, minimizing purchases of unnecessary resources, and preventing premature wear of over-used resources. RVA collects data directly from the tape drives and library during data transactions, without impacting the storage applications.

RVA also supports an optional feature called ArchiveVerify which offers the fully automated ability to verify readability of long-idle or suspect media, providing an audit trail for regulatory compliance policies. This 1U ReadVerify Appliance is rack installable in a customer supplied rack and includes ReadVerify functionality for the first 500 tape cartridges in an IBM TS3500 or IBM TS3310 Tape Library. Additional ReadVerify tape capacities are supported with additional feature codes. ArchiveVerify functionality is also available as additional feature codes. These functionality features can be ordered at time of purchase, stand alone solution, or for already installed IBM TS3500 or TS3310 Tape Libraries. Although the Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance 3222 Model RV1 is available through IBM, product fulfillment, service, and maintenance, and support will be provided by Crossroads.

ReadVerify license enables the RVA to monitor the specified total number of cartridges situated within the library or libraries. The cartridge count is not associated with specific tape bar codes, it is measured by the total number of occupied tape slots in the library at any given time.

ArchiveVerify license enables the RVA to verify the specified total number of tapes within a library. Each unique tape bar code gets associated with an ArchiveVerify license at initial verification. Any tape can be verified an unlimited number of times, but once the tape is retired, the associated license is consumed.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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                                 Machine            Feature
Description                      type     Model     number

Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance  3222     RV1
 
ReadVerify for 501 to 1,500      3222     RV1       3661
Cartridges
ReadVerify for 1,501 to 7,500    3222     RV1       3662
Cartridges
ReadVerify for 7,501 to 20,000   3222     RV1       3663
Cartridges
ReadVerify for 20,001 to 50,000  3222     RV1       3664
Cartridges
ReadVerify for 50,001 to         3222     RV1       3665
100,000 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 1 to          3222     RV1       3670
500 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 501 to        3222     RV1       3671
1,500 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 1,501         3222     RV1       3672
to 7,500 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 7,501         3222     RV1       3673
to 20,000 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 20,001        3222     RV1       3674
to 50,000 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 50,001        3222     RV1       3675
to 100,000 Cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance         3222     RV1       3680
One year maintenance renewal including up to 500 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance         3222     RV1       3681
One year maintenance renewal up to 1,500 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance         3222     RV1       3682
One year maintenance renewal up to 7,500 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance         3222     RV1       3683
One year maintenance renewal up to 20,000 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance         3222     RV1       3684
One year maintenance renewal up to 50,000 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance         3222     RV1       3685
One year maintenance renewal up to 100,000 cartridges
Crossroads Archive Verify        3222     RV1       3686
One year maintenance renewal
2.8M Power® Cord 125V US/Canada   3222     RV1       9800(1)
2.8M Power Cord 250V             3222     RV1       9820(1)
France/Germany
2.8M Power Cord 250V Denmark     3222     RV1       9821(1)
2.8M Power Cord 250V UK          3222     RV1       9825(1)
2.8M Power Cord 250V Switzerland 3222     RV1       9828(1)
2.8M Power Cord 250V Italy       3222     RV1       9830(1)
2.8M Power Cord 250V US/Canada   3222     RV1       9833(1)
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This feature has been previously announced on other machine type and models, but the description has changed.

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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=111-130


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The following Crossroads publication is shipped with the product. It is also available at

http://www.crossroads.com/RVAPlanning/RVASitePlanning.pdf
 
 Title

 RVA Quick Start Guide
 

The following Crossroads publications are available to registered customers at

https://register.crossroads.com/Registration/Content/RVA.asp
 
Title

RVA -  Configuration Guide
 Description: Provide procedures for config/setup
 needed for day-to-day use
 
RVA - Help Set
 Description: Provide task-specific help
 
RVA  - Quick Start Guide
 Description: Provide setup/hardware info through
 IP setup and UI access; gives instructions on
 how to access Config Guide or Online Help
 
RVA - Release Notes
 Description: Release Notes provide information on
 a particular release of a Crossroads product that
 include, but are not limited to, product enhancement,
 known issues, system requirements, and resolved issues.
 
RVA - Pre-Configuration Worksheet
 Description: Complete the form and email to support
 at least 4 business hours prior to the scheduled
 RVA Remote Configuration.
 


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Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance

Support services
  • Appliance maintenance

    Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance support and warranty is provided directly by Crossroads Systems, Inc. For more information, contact their help desk at

    http://www.crossroads.com/CustomerSupport/HelpDesk.asp
    Email support@crossroads.com

    Or call 1-800-417-2082 or 1-512-928-7777

  • Remote configuration at time of installation support

    Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance remote configuration support provided directly by Crossroads Systems, Inc. Remote sessions are required to be scheduled with Crossroads support. For more information, contact their help desk at

    http://www.crossroads.com/CustomerSupport/HelpDesk.asp
    Email support@crossroads.com

    Or call 1-800-417-2082 or 1-512-928-7777



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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

3222-RV1

The 3222-RV1 is a 1U appliance that should be installed in a customer-provided rack.

  • Width: 426 mm (16.8 in).
  • Depth: 358 mm (14.1 in).
  • Height: 43.1 mm (1.72 in, 1U).
  • Weight: 10.4 kg (23 lbs).

For more detailed information concerning physical specifications of the 3222 RV1, visit

http://www.crossroads.com/Products/RVA.asp
Operating environment
  • Temperature: 10° to 40° C (50° to 104° F)
  • Relative humidity: 20 to 80%
  • Wet bulb (caloric value): 564 kcal/hour or Btu
  • Electrical power: AC power 100-240 VAC auto-sensing 50/60 Hz, 4.0 Amps
Hardware requirements

For a complete list of hardware requirements, cross-product requirements prerequisites, and product dependencies, visit

http://www.crossroads.com/RVAPlanning/RVASitePlanning.pdf
http://www.crossroads.com/RVAPlanning/RVACompatibilityMatrix.pdf
http://www.crossroads.com/Products/RVA.asp
Software requirements

The RVA comes completely installed with operational firmware. Customers must register their units upon receipt and installation. Customers can register their units and gain access to product documentation and firmware updates at

http://register.crossroads.com

For a complete list of software requirements, cross product requirements prerequisites, and product dependencies, visit

http://www.crossroads.com/RVAPlanning/RVASitePlanning.pdf
http://www.crossroads.com/RVAPlanning/RVACompatibilityMatrix.pdf
http://www.crossroads.com/Products/RVA.asp
Compatibility

For a list of supported tape libraries, tape drives, and web browsers, visit

http://www.crossroads.com/RVAPlanning/RVACompatibilityMatrix.pdf

RVA does not interact with storage applications, so a compatibility matrix for applications is not required.

Limitations
  • In order for the RVA to collect data, the tape library or libraries and tape drives must be connected to the host applications servers via a Fibre Channel SAN switch
  • There must be an N-port available on the SAN switch for RVA attachment, and the RVA must be added to the zones, or new zones created, that includes the devices to be monitored
  • There must also be 10/100/1000 Ethernet connectivity provided and an IP address provisioned for the RVA management interface
  • The RVA will not operate in Fibre Channel environments where the tape drives are directly attached to the host application servers. The RVA will not operate in environments that are SCSI-only (no Fibre Channel)
  • Crossroads RVA Appliance is not supported for TS3500 logical libraries being used as the back-end tape storage for the IBM TS7740 Virtualization Engine™ and 3592 FICON® Tape Controllers

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Planning information, including customer responsibilities, physical planning, and installability is available in the specific product planning manuals at the following websites

http://www.crossroads.com/RVAPlanning/RVASitePlanning.pdf
http://www.crossroads.com/RVAPlanning/RVACompatibilityMatrix.pdf

Customer is responsible for registering the product and obtaining the appropriate license keys from the Crossroads registration site (register.crossroads.com). You will have access to product documentation and product firmware updates from the registration website as well. You may request Crossroads to assist installing firmware updates; however, you may be charged for that service.

Cable orders

A fiber optic cable is required for attaching the Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance to the Fibre Channel switch that is also connected to the tape drive and the library or libraries to be monitored. The fiber optic cable must be customer supplied, and must meet specifications defined by Crossroads Systems.

In many situations, the required lengths and installation of fiber optic cables will be unique to each customers configuration and facility specifications. Product support services can provide assistance for these unique cabling and installation requirements. Refer to Cable orders in the Planning information section or the Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance (machine type 3222) Sales Manual for a list of cables.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware, software, and application software.

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 Global Financing

Yes

Warranty period

Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance: One year

Warranty service

Service levels are response-time objectives and are not guaranteed. The specified level of warranty service may not be available in all worldwide locations. This product is covered by the following types of service

24x7 Help Desk with Advanced Hardware Exchange

Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance support and warranty is provided directly by Crossroads Systems, Inc. For more information, contact their help desk at

http://www.crossroads.com/CustomerSupport/HelpDesk.asp
Email support@crossroads.com

Or call 1-800-417-2082 or 1-512-928-7777

Warranty service upgrades

During the warranty period, warranty service upgrades provide an enhanced level of 24x7 Help Desk for an additional charge. Service levels are response-time objectives and are not guaranteed. Contact Crossroads Systems for additional details.

Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance support and warranty is provided directly by Crossroads Systems, Inc. For more information, contact their help desk at

http://www.crossroads.com/CustomerSupport/HelpDesk.asp
Email support@crossroads.com

Or call 1-800-417-2082 or 1-512-928-7777

Usage plan machine

No

IBM hourly service rate classification

Not applicable

Maintenance service offerings

When a type of service involves the exchange of a machine part, the replacement may not be new, but will be in good working order.

Field-installable features

Yes

Model conversions

No

Machine installation

Customer setup. Customers are responsible for installation according to the instructions provided with the machine.

Graduated program license charges apply

No

Licensed internal code and licensed machine code

This product does not contain Licensed Internal Code or Licensed Machine Code.

Educational allowance

A reduced charge is available to qualified education customers. The educational allowance may not be added to any other discount or allowance.



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Product charges
                                       Field   Plant
               Machine        Feature  Install Install
Description    Type    Model  number   only    only

Crossroads     3222     RV1            
ReadVerify Appliance
 
ReadVerify     3222     RV1   3661     N       N
for 501 to 1,500 Cartridges
 
ReadVerify     3222     RV1   3662     N       N
for 1,501 to 7,500 Cartridges
 
ReadVerify     3222     RV1   3663     N       N
for 7,501 to 20,000 Cartridges
 
ReadVerify     3222     RV1   3664     N       N
for 20,001 to 50,000 Cartridges
 
ReadVerify     3222     RV1   3665     N       N
for 50,001 to 100,000 Cartridges
 
Archive        3222     RV1   3670     N       N
Verify for 1 to 500 Cartridges
 
Archive        3222     RV1   3671     N       N
Verify for 501 to 1,500 Cartridges
 
Archive        3222     RV1   3672     N       N
Verify for 1,501 to 7,500 Cartridges
 
Archive        3222     RV1   3673     N       N
Verify for 7,501 to 20,000 Cartridges
 
Archive        3222     RV1   3674     N       N
Verify for 20,001 to 50,000 Cartridges
 
Archive        3222     RV1   3675     N       N
Verify for 50,001 to 100,000 Cartridges
 
Crossroads RVA 3222     RV1   3680     N       N
One year maintenance renewal including up to 500 cartridges
 
Crossroads RVA 3222     RV1   3681     N       N
Appliance One year maintenance renewal up to 1,500 cartridges
 
Crossroads RVA 3222     RV1   3682     N       N
Appliance One year maintenance renewal up to 7,500 cartridges
 
Crossroads RVA 3222     RV1   3683     N       N
Appliance One year maintenance renewal up to 20,000 cartridges
 
Crossroads RVA 3222     RV1   3684     N       N
Appliance One year maintenance renewal up to 50,000 cartridges
 
Crossroads RVA 3222     RV1   3685     N       N
Appliance One year maintenance renewal up to 100,000 cartridges
 
Crossroads     3222     RV1   3686     N       N
Archive Verify One year maintenance renewal
 
2.8M Power     3222     RV1   9800(1)  N       Y
Cord 125V US/Canada
 
2.8M Power     3222     RV1   9820(1)  N       Y
Cord 250V France/Germany
 
2.8M Power     3222     RV1   9821(1)  N       Y
Cord 250V Denmark
 
2.8M Power     3222     RV1   9825(1)  N       Y
Cord 250V UK
 
2.8M Power     3222     RV1   9828(1)  N       Y
Cord 250V Switzerland
 
2.8M Power     3222     RV1   9830(1)  N       Y
Cord 250V Italy
 
2.8M Power     3222     RV1   9833(1)  N       Y
Cord 250V US/Canada
 
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This feature has been previously announced on other models, but the description has changed.
                                                       MES
                                Machine                Feature
Description                     type         Model     number

ReadVerify for 501 to 1,500     3222         RV1       3661
Cartridges
ReadVerify for 1,501 to 7,500   3222         RV1       3662
Cartridges
ReadVerify for 7,501 to 20,000  3222         RV1       3663
Cartridges
ReadVerify for 20,001 to 50,000 3222         RV1       3664
Cartridges
ReadVerify for 50,001 to        3222         RV1       3665
100,000 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 1 to         3222         RV1       3670
500 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 501 to       3222         RV1       3671
1,500 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 1,501        3222         RV1       3672
to 7,500 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 7,501        3222         RV1       3673
to 20,000 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 20,001       3222         RV1       3674
to 50,000 Cartridges
Archive Verify for 50,001       3222         RV1       3675
to 100,000 Cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance        3222         RV1       3680
One year maintenance renewal including up to 500 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance        3222         RV1       3681
One year maintenance renewal up to 1,500 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance        3222         RV1       3682
One year maintenance renewal up to 7,500 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance        3222         RV1       3683
One year maintenance renewal up to 20,000 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance        3222         RV1       3684
One year maintenance renewal up to 50,000 cartridges
Crossroads RVA Appliance        3222         RV1       3685
One year maintenance renewal up to 100,000 cartridges
Crossroads Archive Verify       3222         RV1       3686
One year maintenance renewal
 

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