IBM TS3100 tape library

Entry-level LTO tape library designed to provide reliable, high-capacity, high-performance tape backup


The IBM® TS3100 tape library and its storage management applications are designed to exceed your capacity, performance, data protection, reliability, affordability and application requirements. The TS3100 is designed as a functionally rich, entry-level tape-storage solution incorporating LTO tape technology. The TS3100 is an excellent solution for large-capacity or high-performance tape backup with or without random access, as well as an excellent tape automation option for IBM Power Systems and other open systems.

The TS3100 is well-suited for handling the backup, restore and archive data-storage needs for small to midsize environments. With the use of one LTO full-height tape drive or up to two LTO half-height tape drives and with a 24-tape cartridge capacity, the TS3100 leverages LTO technology to cost-effectively handle growing storage requirements. The TS3100 is configured with two removable cartridge magazines, one on the left side (12 data cartridge slots) and one on the right (12 data cartridge slots). Additionally, the left magazine includes a single mail slot to help support continuous library operation while importing and exporting media. A bar code reader is standard in the library, supporting the library’s operation in sequential or random-access mode. The TS3100 also comes standard with remote management capabilities to allow for remote administration of the tape library through a web interface. Path failover is an optional feature for this library designed to provide automatic control path failover to a preconfigured redundant control path in the event that a host adapter or control path drive is lost, without aborting the current job in process.

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
LTO Ultrium 7, 6, 5 or 4 tape drives
Sequential or random-access mode with a standard bar code reader
2U form factor with 24 data cartridge slots
Support for IBM Spectrum Archive with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology
Remote library management through a web interface
LTO Ultrium 7 data capacities up to 360 TB with 2.5:1 compression (up to 144 TB native)
LTO Ultrium 6 data capacities up to 150 with 2.5:1 compression (up to 60 TB native)
LTO Ultrium 5 data capacities up to 72 with 2:1 compression (up to 36 TB native)
LTO Ultrium 4 data capacities up to 38.4 with 2:1 compression (up to 19.2 TB native)
LTO Ultrium 7 native data rate of 300 Megabytes per second (MBps)
LTO Ultrium 6 native data rate of 160 MBps
LTO Ultrium 5 native data rate of 140 MBps
LTO Ultrium 4 native data rate of 120 MBps
Drive options LTO Ultrium 7 full-height: 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Fiber Channel (FC) (FC # 8444)
LTO Ultrium 7 half-height: 6 Gbps Serial attached SCSI (SAS) (FC #8447): 8 Gbps FCl (FC# 8448)
LTO Ultrium 6 full-height: 8 Gbps FC (FC # 8344)
LTO Ultrium 6 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8347); 8 Gbps FC (FC # 8348)
LTO Ultrium 5 full-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8245); 8 Gbps FCl (FC # 8244)
LTO Ultrium 5 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8247); 8 Gbps FC (FC # 8248)
LTO Ultrium 4 full-height: Low Voltage Differential (LVD) SCSI (FC # 8143); 3 Gbps SAS (FC # 8145); 4 Gbps FC (FC # 8144)
LTO Ultrium 4 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8149); 8 Gbps FC (FC # 8148)
Available models TS3100 tape library model L2U
3573 L2U (MTM)
Optional feature codes
Path Failover feature FC # 1682
Transparent LTO encryption FC # 5900
Rack mount FC # 7002
Right-side magazine set
Left-side magazine
FC # 8106
FC # 8109
LTO Ultrium tape cartridges LTO Ultrium 7 media: MT 3589
LTO Ultrium 6 media: FC # 8605
LTO Ultrium 5 media: FC # 8505
LTO Ultrium 4 media: FC # 8405
LTO Ultrium cleaning cartridge FC # 8002
Tape drive type LTO Ultrium 7 half-height and full-height
LTO Ultrium 6 half-height and full-height
LTO Ultrium 5 half-height and full-height
LTO Ultrium 4 half-height and full-height
Number of drives 1 – 2
Number of tape cartridges 24
Number of mail slots 1
Physical capacity Capacity per cartridge
Up to 15 TB compressed 2.5:1 with LTO Ultrium 7; 6 TB native
Up to 6.25 TB compressed 2.5:1 with LTO Ultrium 6; 2.5 TB native
Up to 3 TB compressed 2:1 with LTO Ultrium 5; 1.5 TB native
Up to 1.6 TB compressed 2:1 with LTO Ultrium 4; 800 GB native
Library capacity
Up to 360 TB compressed 2.5:1 with LTO Ultrium 7; 144 TB native
Up to 150 TB compressed 2.5:1 with LTO Ultrium 6; 60 TB native
Up to 72 TB compressed 2:1 with LTO Ultrium 5; 36 TB native
Up to 38.4 TB compressed 2:1 with LTO Ultrium 4; 19.2 TB native
Data transfer rate Up to 300 MBps native with LTO Ultrium 7
Up to 160 MBps native with LTO Ultrium 6
Up to 140 MBps native with LTO Ultrium 5
Up to 120 MBps native with LTO Ultrium 4
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Standalone 17.6 in. (447.5 mm) × 3.84 in. (97.6 mm) × 31.9 in. (810 mm)
Rack mount 17.6 in. (447.5 mm) × 3.44 in. (87.6 mm) × 29.13 in. (740 mm)
Weight 33 lb (15 kg) without rack mount
Operating environment
Temperature 50°F - 113°F (10°C - 45°C)
Relative humidity (RH) 10% - 80% RH (noncondensing)
Electrical power 4.0 amps at 100 V ac, 2.0 amps at 240 V ac 0.1 KVA
Attachment support 8 Gbps Fibre Channel
6 Gbps SAS interfaces
LVD SCSI, 4 Gbps FC and 3 Gbps SAS interfaces (LTO Ultrium 4 full-height)
Operating systems (OS) support Native device driver support is available for selected IBM System servers and other Linux® and Microsoft® Windows® open-system servers.
Latest support information:
Warranty Three-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) service in most countries
Model Model description Cache Model includes
3573–L2U IBM TS3100 tape library    

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