IBM System Storage TS3310 Tape Library

Supporting Business Continuity and Information Lifecycle Management


The IBM System Storage™ TS3310 Tape Library is a modular, scalable tape library designed to address the tape storage needs of rapidly growing companies who find themselves space and resource constrained with tape backup and other tape applications.

Designed around a 5U high modular base library unit, the TS3310 is designed to scale vertically with expansion for LTO tape cartridges, drives and redundant power supplies.

The base library module, model L5B, is the entry point for the product family. It contains all of the necessary robotics and intelligence to manage the 5U high library system, which houses up to 41 cartridges (35 storage slots and 6 Input/Output slots) and two LTO generation 4 and/or generation 3 tape drives.

The TS3310 model L5B can be expanded with the addition of expansion units, the model E9U.

Each model E9U contains 92 physical LTO cartridge storage cells and space for up to four LTO 4 and/or LTO 3 tape drives. The TS3310 supports either the standard or WORM LTO data cartridge. Additionally, the E9U has space for up to two (one redundant) power supply modules. (At least one power supply module must be installed if a drive is present in the E9U.)

For organizations unsure of their short or long term tape capacity needs, the TS3310 Tape Library’s Capacity on Demand (COD) capability allows the system to scale as needs grow. In the initial shipped configuration, an E9U has half of its storage cells enabled. As your business grows, the purchase of a capacity on demand key allows you to enable the second half of the model E9U storage cells.

Building on the success of IBM’s patented Multi-path architecture, the TS3310 can be divided into one logical library per installed tape drive. These logical libraries can be simultaneously connected to a wide variety of different servers, running different operating systems and tape applications.

Designed for the ultimate in system availability, optional data path and control path feature can help support ongoing host connectivity under a variety of adverse conditions.

To help you measure and evaluate media and drive performance in the library, an Advanced Reporting may be activated via license key. This feature enables drive resource utilization reporting and media integrity analysis reporting functions. These user-configurable reporting functions provide graphical displays for both diagnostic and trend analysis data, designed to help evaluate tape drive, and media performance and drive utilization parameters. The drive resource utilization report can help you identify drives or groups of drives that are nearing 100% utilization. It will also help identify drive resources that are not being fully utilized and provide information necessary to determine if additional drives are necessary.

An Encryption Key Manager path diagnostic function is also available to assist administrative users in the setup, configuration, or troubleshooting of encryption enabled libraries.

Feature Benefits
Modular, scalable design
Designed for high density
Capacity on demand option
Vertical expansion over 400 LTO cartridges
Patented Multipath architecture
TS3310 Tape Library configurations
  3576 Model L5B 3576 Model L5B and four E9U models
Configuration Base library Base library and 4 expansion units
LTO storage slots (max) 35 401
LTO Input/Output slots (max) 6 54
Maximum tape drives 2 18
Total Physical Capacity (2:1 compression) 56 TB up to 641.6 TB
Capacity on Demand increments n/a 46 cartridges
Maximum logical libraries 2 18

Form factor/height (H x W x D)
Tape Drive Interface options
Network interface
Power supply (std/max)
Hot-swap components
RAID support
Systems management
Operating systems supported
Limited warranty

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