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Which TS7700 functions became available in which code releases? Frequently Asked Question

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Addie M Richards
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# 3956; # 3957; # 3957-V06; Virtualization Engine; Virtualization Engine TS7700

FAQ: Which TS7700 functions became available in which code releases?

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R1.0 09/29/2006

    V06 Server (Power 5)
    CC6/CX6 Disk cache
6 TB disk cache capacity, uncompressed
1 Gb/s copper grid connection
2-way grid

4 Gb/s FICON adapters
3584 attach
16 3592 J1A drives

R1.1 01/26/2007

Autonomic Ownership Takeover
TS1120 native tape support, JB Media
2-drawer disk cache configuration
Cache increments 2-6 TB
Shortwave 1 Gb fiber grid connection
256 virtual devices

R1.2 03/09/2007

Tape drive AES256 encryption support
Broadband call home

R1.3 08/31/2007

3-way grid
Host console query (LI REQ)
Copy export (standalone)
1M logical volumes
Performance increment feature/MES
Cache increment MES
Secure data erase
FICON conversions
Fiber Grid
Cache drawer MES

R1.4 11/23/2007

Copy export (grid)
1-drawer cache configuration

R1.5 12/05/2008

Library Manager Convergence
TS7720 (disk only)
    VEA server (Power 5+)
    CS7/XS7 disk cache
TS7740 hardware refresh
    V06 server (Power 5+)
    CC7/CX7 disk cache
TS7720 70 TB disk cache capacity
TS7740 doubled cache size (13 TB)
TS1130 support
TS3500 HD support
4->6 drawer MES for CX6

R1.6 12/04/2009

4-way grid
TS7720/TS7740 Hybrid grid support
Logical WORM
Network load balancing

Cluster families
3494 by RPQ only

R1.7 06/04/2010

Disk cache refresh (3956 CC8 and CS8)

TS7740 28 TB disk cache capacity
TS7720 Expansion frame

TS7720 400 TB disk cache capacity
Single-drawer cache increments
Selective Write Protect
Additional Memory (feature)
N-1 Grid support

LDAP Support
6000MB logical volumes (RPQ 8B3580)

R2.0 6/3/2011

TS7740 server refresh - V07 (Power 7)

TS7720 server refresh - VEB (Power 7)
Server Swap V06 to V07 and, VEA to VEB
2x10Gb LW Optical Grid Ports
4x1Gb Grid Ports (SW optical or Copper)
Up to 2 million logical volumes
8 Gb Fibre Channel Tape Backend (V07 - standard)
5-way and 6-way grids (by RPQ to limit configurations)
Scratch Allocation Assist
TS1140 Support (No JA/JJ cartridges) (PGA1 9/9/11)

R2.1 EC 12/19/2011 BIP 2/24/2011

Sync Mode Copy
Remote Mount IP Link Failover
Grid Merge – Join two existing grids into a single grid
Copy Export Merge for Workload Moves
Preferred Migration of Scratch Volumes
TS1140 – MES and Migration – JA/JJ read support
Parallel Copies and pre-Migrations during Mounts for Read
Copy Export Acceleration

R3.0 12/7/2012

Disk cache refresh (3956 CC9/CX9 and CS9/XS9)

TS7740 28 TB disk cache capacity
TS7720 624 TB disk cache capacity
Disk Encryption for data at rest (Local key management – FDE - AES256)
Unified GUI for Management Interface
Four Million Logical Volumes
Native LDAP
Limited IPv6 support

R3.1 12/6/2013
This code level requires the Power7 processor (V07/VEB)

Second TS7720 expansion frame
TS7720 1 PB disk cache capacity
8 Gb/s FICON Adapters
Dual FICON port enablement
Two, Four, or Eight ports
512 paths per port
Flash Copy for DR Testing
Time Delayed Replication

R3.2 12/5/2014
This code level requires the Power7 processor (V07/VEB)

Physical tape attachment to TS7720 (feature code)
1 TB increments for TS7720 data pending premigration to tape (feature code)
Support for up to 8 disk cache partitions in a tape attached TS7720
25 GB logical volume size is standard (replaces previous RPQ)
Up to 496 logical devices (feature code - with RPQ corequisite)

RACF LDAP support

R3.3 9/4/2015
This code level requires the Power7 processor (V07/VEB)

TS1150 tape drive (10TB JD media)
Tape drive intermix (TS1150 with 1 older generation drive type)
External Key Managed Disk Encryption for data at rest
Grid to Grid Migration service offering

R4.0 6/3/2016
This code level requires the Power8 processor (VEC) or Power7 processor (V07/VEB)

TS7760 (Disk only or Tape attached)
    VEC server (Power 8)
    CSA/XSA disk cache
    Distributed RAID6
TS7760 1.3 PB disk cache capacity
TS4500 Tape Library support
Four 10 GB/s Grid connections




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