IBM TS4500 Tape Library

A next-generation tape solution that delivers high storage density and integrated management

Highlights

IBM TS4500 Tape Library is a next-generation storage solution designed to help midsized and large enterprises respond to storage challenges. These challenges include high data volumes and the growth in data centers (DCs), increasing cost of DC storage footprints, the difficulty of migrating data across vendor platforms and increased complexity of IT training and management as staff resources shrink.

In TS4500, IBM delivers the density that today’s and tomorrow’s data growth requires – along with the cost efficiency and the manageability to grow with business data needs while preserving existing investments in IBM tape library products. Now, organizations can achieve both a low cost per terabyte (TB) and a high TB density per square foot. In fact, TS4500 can store up to 5.5 PBs of data in a single 10 square-foot library, more than three times the capacity of IBM TS3500 Tape Library.

Feature Benefits
Flexibility to grow
Capacity on demand (CoD)
Advanced Library Management System
Support for IBM Spectrum Archive with IBM Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology
Frame definition L25 – Base frame for TS1150 and TS1140 (3592) drives and cartridges – includes 32 I/O slots
D25 – Drive-capable and storage expansion frame for TS1150 and TS1140 (3592) drives and cartridges
S25 – Storage-only expansion frame for 3592 cartridges
L55 – Base frame for LTO drives and cartridges – includes 36 I/O slots
D55 – Drive-capable and storage expansion frame for LTO drives and cartridges
S55 – Storage-only expansion frame for LTO cartridges
Tape drive types TS1150 and TS1140 (3592), LTO Ultrium 7, 6 and 5 tape drives
Number of frames per library One base frame, up to 17 expansion frames with maximum of 7 Dx5 frames
Number of drives Up to 16 per frame (up to 12 in frame 1)
Up to 128 per library
Number of tape cartridges L25 – up to 660 (up to 550 in frame 1)
D25 – up to 740 (up to 590 in frame 1)
S25 – up to 1,000 (up to 798 in frame 1)
Total supported per library: up to 17,550
L55 – up to 882 (up to 730 in frame 1)
D55 – up to 970 (up to 774 in frame 1)
S55 – up to 1,320 (up to 1,054 in frame 1)
Total supported per library: up to 23,170
Capacity* 3592 advanced cartridges: up to 175.5 PB per library (526.5 PB with 3:1 compression)
LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges: up to 139 PB per library (up to 347.5 PB with 2.5:1 compression)

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