IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700

Outstanding virtualization capabilities for continuous data protection of IBM System z data

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Highlights

To effectively protect data, deliver uninterrupted data access, address regulatory requirements and archive business data, organizations need a solution that can manage both primary and backup data that is active, inactive or even archived. As data centers and the data they store continue to grow, data protection often becomes more complex. This may include moving more primary data to tape, continuous backup, multiple metro and global sites, simplifying offsite recovery, disaster recovery verification, and many other objectives and processes to ensure an enterprise level of business continuance. This growth in complexity can in turn lead to higher data management overhead and costs.

IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 comprises a family of mainframe virtual tape solutions that optimize data protection and business continuance for System z data. Through the use of virtualization and disk cache, the TS7700 family operates at disk speeds while maintaining compatibility with existing tape operations. The TS7700 family of System z tape virtualization is offered in two models:

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
TS7740 offers tiered hierarchy of disk and tape storage
TS7720 offers large, scalable cache for workloads requiring rapid recall
4,000,000 virtual logical volumes regardless of the number of clusters in the grid
Advanced policy management (subset)
Up to six TS7700 systems can be configured to participate in a grid environment
Support for both disk and tape drive-based encryption
Copy export acceleration
Logical WORM capability helps satisfy compliance requirements
Synchronous mode copy
IBM FlashCopy support for disaster-recovery testing
Remote-mount IP link failover
Specifications Single node 2-cluster grid 3-cluster grid 4-cluster grid 5-cluster grid 6-cluster grid
Usable RAID 6 array cache* (TB) Up to 28 Up to 56 Up to 85 Up to 113 Up to 141 Up to 169
Virtual drives 256 512 768 1,024 1,280 1,536
TS1100 or 3592 tape drives 4 to 16 8 to 32 12 to 48 16 to 64 20 to 80 24 to 96
Virtual volumes 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000
FICON channels 8 16 24 32 40 48
Maximum logical paths 4,096 8,192 12,288 16,384 20,480 24,576
Warranty One year on-site repair
Physical specifications
Width 644 mm (25.4 in.)
Depth 1,102 mm (43.4 in.)
Height 1,804 mm (71.0 in.)
Weight 481.9 kg (1,062 lb)
Supported environments IBM z/OS
IBM z/VM®
IBM z/VSE®
IBM z/Transaction
Processing Facility (TPF)
Specifications Single node 2-cluster grid 3-cluster grid 4-cluster grid 5-cluster grid 6-cluster grid
Usable RAID 6 array cache* (TB) Up to 1,008 Up to 2,016 Up to 3,024 Up to 4,032 Up to 5,040 Up to 6,048
Virtual drives 256 512 768 1,024 1,280 1,536
Virtual volumes 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000
FICON channels 8 16 24 32 40 48
Maximum logical paths 4,096 8,192 12,288 16,384 20,480 24,576
Warranty One year on-site repair
Physical specifications
Width 644 mm (25.4 in.)
Depth 1,102 mm (43.4 in.)
Height 1,804 mm (71.0 in.)
Weight 669.1 kg (1,475 lb)
Supported environments IBM z/OS
IBM z/VM
IBM z/VSE
IBM z/TPF

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