IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library

A highly scalable, automated tape solution to address information availability, security, retention and compliance


The IBM System Storage 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 midsize to large enterprise (LE) environments.

Automates solutions for open and mainframe environments

The TS3500 Tape Library 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 the IBM System Storage TS1140, TS1130, 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 the TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592 J1A tape drives within the TS3500 library, frame by frame.

The TS3500 Tape Library supports IBM System z when used with the IBM 3953 Tape System, the IBM Virtualisation Engine TS7740 or the IBM System Storage Tape Controller for System z with its embedded library manager. These systems enable System z hosts to access the TS3500 Tape Library cartridge inventory and allow connection to TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 and IBM 3592 Model J1A tape drives. The TS3500 Tape Library can support up to four 3953 tape systems, up to eight Virtualisation Engine TS7740 subsystems per physical library and up to 16 System Storage tape controllers for System z per logical library.

The System Storage Tape Controller for System z offers IBM® FICON attachments of TS1140 tape drives in a TS3500 Tape Library 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.

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