IBM TS7720 supports physical tape attachment

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 114-167
October 6, 2014


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(Corrected on October 8, 2014)

The paragraph for 25 GB logical volume size in the Description section has been updated.

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IBM® TS7700 Release 3.2 introduces support for:



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IBM TS7700 Release 3.2 supports options to attach back-end physical tape drives in a TS3500 library to a TS7720, and policies to manage up to eight separate partitions of the disk repository in a tape-attached TS7720. Users have the ability to direct different workloads to these partitions to address the needs of their business. Release 3.2 also supports logical volume sizes up to 25 GB.



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A TS7700 server attaches to FICON® channels on select IBM System z® servers with the appropriate levels of System z software. The host FICON channels must be capable of communicating at 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, or 8 Gbps. A minimum of 32 GB RAM is required in the TS7700 server when 8 Gb FICON adapters are installed.

Four to sixteen 3592 tape drives in a TS3500 Tape Library must be attached to the TS7720 system with the tape attachment option enabled and to the TS7740 system through specified Fibre Channel switches. Additional features may be required on the TS7700 components or tape library automation frames. Refer to the Technical information section for details.

TS7700 R3.2 machine code can only be installed on a TS7720 Model VEB and TS7740 Model V07. R3.2 machine code is not compatible with previous generation of TS7700 server models.



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December 5, 2014



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IBM System Storage Tape Frame

IBM TS7700 Release 3.2 includes the following enhancements to the TS7700 family:

25 GB logical volume size

25 GB logical volumes have been supported through RPQ for several releases. Release 3.2 will allow 25 GB volumes to be used in all clusters of any type, including TS7720, TS7740 and TS7720 with tape attach, without requiring an RPQ. To define logical volume sizes larger than 6 GB, all clusters in the grid must either be running Release 3.2 machine code, or have the previous RPQ installed. As part of this support, the grid will always queue an immediate mode volume that is larger than 6 GB as deferred. The grid will not enter into immediate-deferred state as a consequence of this queue change.

Tape-attached TS7720

Release 3.2 supports the ability to connect a TS3500 library with the TS1100 family drives to a TS7720. This configuration will mimic the behavior of a TS7740, with additional features that go beyond what a TS7740 can provide. A tape-attached TS7720 may be referred to as TS7720T. Features #5273, Enable TS7720 Tape Attach, and #9219, TS3500 Attach, are required on the TS7720 Server model VEB to define a TS7720T. Other TS7720T features are described below and in the Hardware requirements section.

The TS7720T is designed to support workloads that fall into four major groups:

Tape-attached TS7720 partitions

The four major groups described above often have different requirements on how their disk cache space is managed, how the data is copied to tape, and how the migration of data out of the disk cache is managed. Treating all content in each group the same could create scenarios where one workload pushes other workloads out of disk cache. To address this concern, another HSM managed concept has been created, breaking workloads down into groups or partitions. Up to eight cache partitions, CP0 through CP7, may be defined in a TS7720T. Each partition has a customer configurable capacity associated with it. The capacity or size assignment will determine how much content of the partition will reside in disk cache. Each partition's capacity is managed independently using its own size restraints and maintains a segregated LRU algorithm taking only into account those volumes assigned to that partition. CP0 will be viewed as the resident only partition where CP1 through CP7 will be customer sized tape managed partitions. The amount of capacity which remains within the disk cache after deducting the cumulative assigned capacities of CP1 through CP7 is the resulting size of the disk only residency partition CP0. Both PG0 and PG1 content will target a particular partition CP1 through CP7 and penalize only that partition with respect to capacity.

Cache resident partition (CP0)

The cache resident partition will always be present with a minimum size of 2 TB and a maximum size of the disk capacity minus the size of any configured tape managed partitions. The size of CP0 is calculated and is not configurable by the customer. The resident only partition will be treated as a disk only solution and all content residing within it will have automatic removal policy attributes associated with it. Pinned, retained, prefer keep and prefer remove will apply to content contained within the resident only partition.

Tape-attached partitions (CP1 through CP7)

Tape-attached partitions (CP1 through CP7) are only available when the tape attach feature is installed on a TS7720. CP1 is automatically created with a default capacity of 3 TB when the tape attach feature is installed. The customer can alter the size of CP1 and create optional additional partitions CP2 through CP7. The size of each partition is defined in 1 TB increments. Content landing in CP1 through CP7 will require a preference group assignment of PG1 or PG0 like the existing TS7740 supports. HSM manages the content of each partition independently.

Refer to IBM Knowledge Center and other product planning documentation for additional information on management and use of TS7720T cache partitions and associated concepts.

http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/

TS7720T physical tape encryption

TS7720T supports encryption of data residing on its physical tape cartridges. The same mechanisms for managing encryption used within the TS7740 are supported on the TS7720T. Feature #9900 is required to enable physical tape encryption. Disk encryption and back end tape encryption are independent of each other on the TS7720T, as they are on the TS7740.

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

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM TS7700 Release 3.2 is available as of December 5, 2014, when used in accordance with the associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via

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


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The TS7700 virtual tape solution is well-suited for:

The TS7700 is designed to provide the following benefits:

The TS7700 incorporates extensive self-management capabilities consistent with IBM On Demand initiatives. These capabilities are designed to help reduce the cost of a TS7700 solution and avoid the potential impact of human errors. A TS7700 can help improve the efficiency of mainframe tape operations by providing a large number of virtual devices which perform at disk speeds while still maintaining an enterprise level of business continuance. With the optional policy managed integration of physical tape, archival and data growth requirements can easily be contained. These features allow the TS7700 to meet a large spectrum of workloads from primary data migrations, archive, real-time logging and of course backup workloads. All of this can be supported with near continuous data protection and automated failover and recovery.

The TS7740 and TS7720T systems use disk storage with the performance and capacity of TS1140 tape drives to help reduce the total cost of ownership of tape solutions for System z environments. The TS7720 model uses large capacity disk drives to deliver high-capacity repositories for customers with rapid recall requirements.

Multiple interconnected TS7700 systems (called clusters) use the grid Communication feature for business continuance through metro and global volume replication. With the grid Communication feature, a TS7700 system operates in a grid configuration by interconnecting up to six TS7700s, automatically maintaining one to six volume replicas within the grid and delivering a flexible set of options for business continuance and hierarchal storage management. The redundant components of the TS7700 grid configuration can be separated, making it an excellent option for replication and disaster recovery, as well as local and metro availability. If you have, or plan to have, a GDPS operation, a TS7700 cluster is compatible with GDPS and is well-suited for the tape workload because of its remote replication capability. Alternatively, the entire TS7700 cluster can be used in a local environment to help improve data availability and recoverability.



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IBM does not intend to integrate data deduplication into the TS7700 product family in the near future, as previously committed in Hardware Announcement 112-160, dated October 03, 2012. Customers requiring deduplication should evaluate ProtecTIER® Mainframe Edition (ME) which enables HyperFactor® deduplication technology for the mainframe.

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                                Machine                     Plant or
Description                     type      Model   Feature   Field
 
Ship with R3.2 Machine Code     3952      F05     9115      Plant
Rackmount TS3000 System Console 3952      F05     2725      Both
Optical Drive                   3952      F05     2748      Both

 
                                Machine                     Plant or
Description                     type      Model   Feature   Field
 
Ship with R3.2 Machine Code     3957      V07     9115      Plant
 
 
  
                                Machine                     Plant or
Description                     type      Model   Feature   Field
 
Enable TS7720 Tape Attach       3957      VEB     5273      Both
1 TB Active Premigration Capacity                 5274      Both
Ship with R3.2 Machine Code                       9115      Plant
TS3500 Attach                                     9219      Both
Encryption Enablement                             9900      Both

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=114-167


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The following TS7700 publication is now available:

                                           Order
Title                                      number
 
IBM TS7700                                 GA32-0567
 Introduction and Planning Guide

To order, contact your IBM representative or access it on the web at

http://publibfp.dhe.ibm.com/epubs/pdf/a320567j.pdf

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

Title                                      Part number
 
IBM TS7700                                 2727083
 Customer Information Center CD
 
IBM TS7700                                 2727082
 Service Information Center CD

The IBM Systems Information Center provides you with a single information center where you can access product documentation for IBM systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, you can efficiently find information and personalize your access. IBM Knowledge Center is located at

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IBM Publications Center Portal

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided, as well as payment options via credit card. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.



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Homologation

This product is not certified for direct connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection. Contact an IBM representative or reseller for any questions.

Hardware requirements

TS7720 Minimum configuration with R3.2 Machine Code

Refer to Hardware Announcement 111-054, dated May 09, 2011, for the minimum configuration requirements for Machine Code R2.0/R2.1.

TS7720 upgrades

The following options may be installed to modify the minimum TS7720 Encryption capable configuration. These options may be installed in the plant or ordered as field upgrades unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Tape attached TS7720

Physical tape drives installed in a TS3500 Tape Library may be attached to the back-end of a TS7720, allowing the TS7720 to implement the full array of hierarchical storage management capabilities to handle the data within the cluster. A tape attached TS7720 (TS7720T) supports up to seven tape-managed partitions, defined by the user, to apply different management policies to the workloads directed to each partition. Another partition, required on every TS7720T, is a disk resident only partition where the data is never migrated to physical tape. Data in this partition is treated the same as data in a traditional TS7720. The following features are required for a TS7720T, and may be installed in the plant or in the field:

TS7720 encryption capable expansion frame

One or two TS7720 Encryption Capable Expansion frames may be attached to a TS7720 base frame running R3.2 machine code, using the following configurations:

TS7740 minimum configuration with R3.2 machine code
TS7740 upgrades

The following options may be installed to modify the minimum TS7740 Encryption capable configuration:

Cables

Refer to the IBM TS7700 Introduction and Planning Guide (GA32-0568) for cable planning information.

Software requirements

Software support is available for System z FICON channel attachment to the TS7740 and TS7720 servers. Operating system software support is available for the following release levels:

Operating
system      Release level
 
z/OS        V1R13, or later
z/VM        z/VM® 5.4.0, or later
z/VSE       V5.1, or later
z/TPF       V1.1, or later

With z/OS®, refer to OAM APAR OA44351 for the changes that are being provided in support of the 3.2 release of the TS7700. When Device Services APAR OA44353 is installed, all of the supporting APARs will be brought in.

In general, the recommendation is to install the z/OS host software support. Refer to the "VTS", "PTP", and "3957" PSP buckets for the latest information on Software Maintenance.

With z/VM, the TS7740 and TS7720 are transparent to host software.

With z/VSE®, the TS7740 and TS7720 are transparent to host software. z/VSE supports the TS7740 and the TS7720 as a standalone system in transparency mode. z/VSE 5.1 or later supports COPY EXPORT and Multi Cluster GRID.

With z/TPF the TS7740 and TS7720 are supported in both a single node and a grid environment with the appropriate software maintenance. The category reserve and release functions are not supported by the TS7700.

Limitations

Each TS7700 node must be located within 100 feet of the TSSC.

An empty cluster running R3.2 machine code can only be joined to a grid with up to three clusters running R3.2, R3.1, R3.0, or R2.1 machine code. No more than three machine code levels can be active across all clusters of a grid at any time.

All clusters involved in a grid merge (where data exists in two grids that are being combined into a single grid) must be running the same level of machine code.

Disk-based encryption requires 3956-CC9 or 3956-CS9 disk cache models to be installed as the exclusive disk cache models in the TS7700 system. Previous generation disk cache models do not support disk-based encryption.

Release 3.2 is not supported on the previous generation of TS7700 models, TS7740 Model V06 and TS7720 Model VEA.

4 Gb FICON adapters and 8 Gb FICON adapters may not be intermixed on the same TS7700 server.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

The customer is responsible for:

To utilize the remote support facility, phone lines need to be installed close to the TS3500 Tape Library or TS7700 Server.

This product may not be certified in your country for connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Further certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection.

Contact IBM for further 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 website 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

FICON cables for host attachment are available with features on the TS7720 Server (3957 Model VEB) and TS7740 Server (3957 V07).

Refer to the IBM TS7700 Introduction and Planning Guide (GA32-0568) for cable planning information.

Direct customer support

Eligible customers can obtain installation and usage assistance through ASK Support using the search word TS7700, TS7740, TS7720, 3956, or 3957.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of hardware, host software, and/or application software to which it is attached.

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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MES discount applicable

No

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

One year

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Customer setup

No

Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine.



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                                      Field   Plant
               Machine        Feature install install
Description    type    Model  number  only    only
 
Ship with R3.2 3952    F05    9115    N       Y
 Machine Code
Rackmount      3952    F05    2725    N       N
 TS3000 System Console
Optical Drive  3952    F05    2748    N       N
 

                                      Field   Plant
               Machine        Feature install install
Description    type    Model  number  only    only
 
Ship with R3.2 3957    V07    9115    N       Y
 Machine Code
 

                                      Field   Plant
               Machine        Feature install install
Description    type    Model  number  only    only
 
Enable TS7720  3957    VEB    5273    N       N
 Tape Attach
1 TB Active    3957    VEB    5274    N       N
 Premigration Capacity
Ship with R3.2 3957    VEB    9115    N       Y
 Machine Code
TS3500 Attach  3957    VEB    9219    N       N
Encryption     3957    VEB    9900    N       N
 Enablement
 

                                                            MES
               Machine          Feature  Install  MES       Removal
Description    type     Model   number   Type     Removal   Charge

Ship with R3.2 3952      F05     9115    Plant     No       No
 Machine Code
Rackmount      3952      F05     2725    Both      Yes      No
 TS3000 System Console
Optical Drive  3952      F05     2748    Both      Yes      No
 

                                                            MES
               Machine          Feature  Install  MES       Removal
Description    type     Model   number   Type     Removal   Charge
 
Ship with R3.2 3957     V07    9115       Plant    No        No
 Machine Code

                                                            MES
               Machine          Feature  Install  MES       Removal
Description    type     Model   number   Type     Removal   Charge

Enable TS7720  3957     VEB    5273       Both     No        No
 Tape Attach
1 TB Active    3957     VEB    5274       Both     No        No
 Premigration Capacity
Ship with R3.2 3957     VEB    9115       Plant    No        No
 Machine Code
TS3500 Attach  3957     VEB    9219       Both     No        No
Encryption     3957     VEB    9900       Both     No        No
 Enablement
 
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