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 that find themselves space- and resource-constrained with tape backup and other tape applications.

Designed around a 5U-high modular base library unit, the TS3310 can scale vertically with expansion for LTO Ultrium cartridges, drives and redundant power supplies.

For businesses challenged with rapidly growing data backup needs and limited physical space for a tape library, the IBM System Storage TS3310 offers simple, rapid expansion as processing needs grow.

This tape library allows you to start small with only a single five EIA rack unit high library. Over time, as your need for tape backup expands, you can add additional 9U expansion modules, each of which contains space for additional cartridges, tape drives and a redundant power supply. The entire system grows vertically. Currently, available configurations include the 5U base library module and a 5U base with up to four 9U expansion modules.

Feature Benefits
Modular, scalable design
Designed for high density
Capacity-on-demand (CoD) option
Vertical expansion over 400 LTO Ultrium cartridges
Patented multipath architecture
No. of drives Up to 18 LTO Ultrium tape drives (max. two drives for the base model L5B library)
Max. number of cartridges Base model L5B: 35 storage and six I/O. Expansion module, model E9U: 92 storage or 80 storage and 12 I/O
Max. system capacity (2.5:1 Compression) 2.5 PB in a 41U configuration or 256.25 TB in model L5B base library
Supported platforms SSIC
  3576 model L5B 3576 model L5B and four E9U models
Configuration Base library Base library and four expansion units
Maximum LTO Ultrium storage slots 41 409
Maximum LTO Ultrium I/O slots Six 54
Maximum tape drives Two 18
Total physical capacity (2.5:1 compression) Up to 256.25 terabytes (TB) Up to 2.55 petabytes (PB)
CoD increments N/A 46 cartridges
Maximum logical libraries Two 18
Form factor/height (H x W x D) L5B: 219.7 mm (8.65 in.) × 443.2 mm (17.45 in.) × 801.4 mm (31.55 in.)
L5B + E9U: 620.8 mm (24.4 in.) × 443.2 mm (17.45 in.) × 801.4 mm (31.55 in.)
Tape drive interface options 8 gigabits per second (Gbps) dual-port Fibre Channel (FC) (LTO Ultrium 6 and 5), 4 Gbps FC, 3 Gbps serial attached SCSI (SAS) and SCSI
Network interface Ethernet
Power supply L5B: one standard (two maximum) L5B + E9U: two standard (four maximum); L5B + E9U + E9U: three standard (six maximum); L5B + three E9U: four standard (eight maximum); L5B + four E9U: five standard (ten maximum)
Hot-swap components Power supplies, tape drives
Systems management Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) enabled
Operating systems supported Selected IBM servers and other Linux® and Microsoft® Windows® open-system servers.
Latest support information:
Limited warranty One year, 09:00 to 17:00, next business day
Weight L5B: 38.6 kg (85 lb) max
L5B + E9U: 88.5 kg (195 lb) max
1U appliance providing real time tape library monitoring and alerting
Individual drive utilisation and performance metrics, as well as comparison across drives in a system
Statistics correlating activity by drive and cartridge
Supports LTO Ultrium, IBM Enterprise TS11x0 and other enterprise-class tape drives
Tape or drive, read or write error correlation; drive-cleaning metrics
Policy-based alerting and reporting
Daily and weekly reporting on tape library system activity – load-balancing, drive performance and utilisation, hard and soft errors correlated to drives and tapes as well as alert activity
Configurable alerts on potential data recovery issues, such as communication loss, degrading device conditions, stuck tape and excessive tape loads
Accessible database of all monitored and derived statistics
ArchiveVerify optional feature
Enables users to ensure that the data written to tape media can be read for recovery or compliance audits
Offers a completely automated process to validate media readability based on administrator-applied policies
Verification procedures test the entire written length of written media with no disruption of existing operations, all while the data remains securely within the library
ReadVerify Advanced Reporting optional feature
Generates dynamic, customisable, multi-variable reports
Identifies complex relationships that may impact system behaviour, saving operation and capital expenses
Provides long-range data views to help project future budget and system needs
Physical characteristics
Storage area network (SAN) connectivity 1, 2, 4 gigabit (Gb) FC support
AC power 100–240 V ac auto-sensing
50/60 Hz, 4.0 amps
Dimensions (H x W x D) 43.1 mm (1.72 in.) (1U) × 426 mm (16.8 in.) × 358 mm (14.1 in.)
Weight 10.4 kg (23 lb)
Operating environment
Temperature 10°C – 40°C (50°F – 104°F)
Relative humidity 20% – 80% non-condensing
Heat output 564 British thermal units (BTU)
Warranty One year, provided directly by Crossroads Systems, Inc.

* Only available in US, Canada and Europe