IBM TS3500 tape library

Highlights

The IBM® TS3500 tape library is designed to provide a highly-scalable, automated tape library for mainframe and open-systems backup and archive that can scale from midsized to large enterprise (LE) environments.

Automates solutions for open and mainframe environments

TS3500 continues to lead the industry in tape drive integration with features such as persistent worldwide name, multipath architecture, drive/media exception reporting, remote drive/media management and host-based path failover. The L23 and D23 frames support IBM TS1150,1 IBM TS1140, IBM TS1130, IBM TS1120 or IBM 3592 J1A tape drives. The L53 and D53 frames support LTO Ultrium 6 tape drives as well as previous-generation LTO Ultrium tape drives. L-frame models support improved cartridge handling, hot-swappable drive packaging and the option of an additional 16-slot input/output (I/O) station. The TS3500 model D23 and D53 frames can be attached to existing model L22 or D52 frames. Mixed media is supported by combining LTO Ultrium tape drives and TS1150, TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592 J1A tape drives within the TS3500 library, frame by frame.

TS3500 supports IBM System z when used with the IBM 3953 tape system, the IBM TS7700 family of virtual tape servers or the IBM Tape Controller for System z with its embedded library manager. These systems enable System z hosts to access the TS3500 cartridge inventory and allow connection to TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 and IBM 3592 Model J1A tape drives. TS3500 can support up to four 3953 tape systems, up to eight TS7700 subsystems per physical library and up to 16 tape controllers for System z per logical library.

Tape Controller for System z offers IBM FICON attachments of TS1140 tape drives in a TS3500 or rack and reduces hardware and infrastructure requirements by sharing tape drives with FICON hosts. It can also add tape drives non-disruptively, which helps enhance configuration flexibility and availability.

Product highlights

Hardware summary

1 TS1150 supports open systems only

IBM TS3500 tape library
Key optional features Benefits
Shuttle connector
Dual robotic accessor
Advanced library management system
Capacity on demand (CoD)
Control-path and data-path automatic failover
Products enabling TS3500 to store System z data Benefits
IBM TS7700
3592 Tape Controller for System z
Key standard features of TS3500 Benefits
Flexible upgrades designed to minimise time offline
Remote, web browser-based management
Redundant power supplies and AC feeds
Simultaneously manages both LTO Ultrium and IBM Enterprise tape cartridges
IBM Tape System Library Manager Software for TS3500
Features Benefits
Simplified drive path management
IBM 3494 tape library emulation
Manage up to 15 interconnected TS3500 libraries
Security features
Management software options
IBM TS3500 command-line interface (CLI)
IBM Tape System Reporter
IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager
Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance
IBM Tape System Library Manager
IBM TS3500 tape library at a glance
Characteristics
Frame definition L23 – Base frame for TS1150, TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592
D23 – Drive-capable and storage expansion frame for TS1150, TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592
S24 – Storage-only expansion frame for 3592 cartridges
L53 – Base frame for Linear Tape-Open (LTO)
D53 – Drive-capable and storage expansion frame for LTO
S54 – Storage-only expansion frame for LTO cartridges
HA1 – High-availability service bay frame for use with the dual-accessor feature
SC1 – Library strings shuttle connector
Library shuttle connector IBM Tape Library Connector Model SC1
Tape drive types TS1150, TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592 tape drives or LTO Ultrium 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 tape drives
Number of frames per library One base frame, up to 15 expansion frames
(TS3500 Model HA1 installation provides one of the two additional frames required as service bays in a dual-accessor library)
Number of libraries per complex Up to 15 libraries
Number of drives Up to 12 per frame
Up to 192 per library string
Up to 2,700 per library complex
Number of tape cartridges L23 – up to 260
D23 – up to 400
S24 – up to 1,000
Total supported per library: >15,000
Total supported per complex: >225,000
L53 – up to 287
D53 – up to 440
S54 – up to 1,320
Total supported per library: >20,000
Total supported per complex: >300,000
Number of I/O slots Up to 224 per library (16 I/O slots standard)
Up to 3,360 per complex
Number of logical libraries Maximum of 192 per library (up to number of drives installed)
Maximum of 2,700 per complex
Number of 3953 systems Maximum of four per TS3500 subsystem
Number of TS7700 virtualisation engines Maximum of eight per TS3500 subsystem
Number of tape controllers for System z Maximum of 16 per TS3500 logical library
Capacity LTO Ultrium 6 cartridges: up to 50 PB per library (up to 125 PB with 2.5:1 compression), up to 1.875 EB per complex when compressed
3592 advanced cartridges: up to 150 PB per library (450 PB with 3:1 compression), up to 6.75 EB per complex when compressed
Media type L23/D23/S24 – IBM 3592 JA/JJ/JB/JC/JK/JD/JL and JW/JR/JX/JY/JZ WORM cartridges
L53/D53/S54 – LTO Ultrium 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 cartridges
Dimensions (all frames) 1,800 mm H × 782 mm W × 1,212 mm D (70.9 in. × 30.8 in. × 47.7 in.)
Maximum weight L23 – 490 kg (1,079 lb); D23 – 451 kg (994 lb), S24 – 526 kg (1,160 lb)
L53 – 481 kg (1,061 lb); D53 – 440 kg (970 lb), S54 – 563 kg (1,240 lb)
Warranty One-year limited warranty, on-site service, same-day all day every day, service upgrades available
Operating environment
Temperature 16°C – 32°C (61°F – 90°F)
Relative humidity 20% – 80% (non-condensing)
Wet bulb maximum 23.0°C (73.4°F)
Electrical power 8.0 A at 200 – 240 V ac; 1.6 kVA
Attachment and systems support Can attach to IBM Power Systems; IBM System p, IBM System i and IBM System x servers; and non-IBM servers and workstations
(Attachment to System z can be made via the 3953 tape system, TS7700 or Tape Controller for System z)
OS support Device driver support is available for:
IBM system platforms Other vendor platforms
IBM 3953 tape system at a glance
Characteristics
Frame 3953 Model F05 + feature code 5505 – base frame for the 3953 tape system, consisting of the mechanical frame, power and cabling infrastructure to support the library manager(s) and a single TS1120 tape controller(up to five additional F05s can be configured as expansion frames, each capable of supporting up to three TS1120 tape controllers)
Library manager 3953 Model L05 – single library manager; maximum of two (redundancy only) per 3953 tape system
Number of frames Six total – one base frame and up to five expansion frames
IBM TS3000 system console One per 3953 tape system
TS7700 virtualisation engine support Maximum of two TS7700 systems per 3953 tape system, maximum of eight per TS3500 tape library
TS1120 tape controller support Maximum of 14 with two TS7700 systems, up to 16 with 0 TS7700 systems
IBM TS3000 system console capability Yes, required
Dimensions (all frames) 1,804 mm H × 1,102 mm W × 644 mm D (71 in. × 43.4 in. × 25.4 in.)
Weight 3953 Model F05 – 282 kg (620.4 lb)
Warranty One-year limited warranty, on-site service, same day all day every day, service upgrades available
Operating environment
Temperature 16°C – 32°C (61°F – 90°F)
Relative humidity 20% – 80% (noncondensing)
Wet bulb maximum 23.0°C (73.4°F)
Electrical power 8.0 A at 200 – 240 V ac; 1.5 kVA
Attachment and systems support The 3953 tape system enables TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 and 3592 J1A tape drives within TS3500 to attach to System z hosts or TS7700
OS support IBM z/OS
Hardware requirements
Tape systems IBM TS3500
Tape drives IBM TS1150
IBM TS1140
IBM TS1130
LTO Ultrium 6
LTO Ultrium 5
LTO Ultrium 4
LTO Ultrium 3
Server Any System x, System p, IBM Power or Intel server
Host bus adapter Dependent on the server and OS selected
OS support (server) AIX 6.1, 7.1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x, 6.x
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
OS support (client) AIX 6.1, 7.1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x, 6.x
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
Windows Server 2008
Solaris 10 for SPAC processor
HP-UX 11i v3
Hard disk drive requirements File system Size
  /opt 5 gigabytes (GB)
  /home/db2inst1 20 GB
  /tmp 7 GB

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