IBM System Storage TS2900 Tape Autoloader Express

Low profile, entry-level IBM LTO tape storage supported in open system platforms

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The IBM® System Storage TS2900 Tape Autoloader Express is designed for entry-level automated backup for rack system and small to midsize business (SMB) environments. With a low-profile, high-density storage capacity, the TS2900 is ideally suited for backup and archival operations. The TS2900 is available with HH LTO Ultrium 6, 5 or 4 tape technology for a high capacity, entry-priced tape storage solution.

The TS2900 is equipped with standard features designed to provide ease of use and secured data backup. Web-based remote management, a bar code reader and a removable tape magazine help provide ease of use. The TS2900 can be used in a rack system or on a desktop next to a server in an office. These types of features help reduce the amount of required IT personnel, as well as help centralise backups in the data centre. The TS2900 is also designed to support the encryption of sensitive user data in combination with HH LTO Ultrium 6 or 5 tape technology. With a 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) serial attached SCSI (SAS) interface, the TS2900 is supported on IBM Power Systems, IBM System x, Intel® and other competitor open-system server platforms.

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Remote management
Bar code reader
Removable tape magazine
I/O station
Drive options HH LTO Ultrium 6: 6 Gbps SAS
HH LTO Ultrium 5: 6 Gbps SAS
HH LTO Ultrium 4: 6 Gbps SAS
Available models LTO Ultrium 6
3572 S6H (AAS – AP, LA)
3572S6R (HVEC – WW)
LTO Ultrium 5
3572 S5H (AAS – AP, LA)
3572S5R (HVEC – WW)
LTO Ultrium 4
3572 S4H (AAS – WW)
3572S4R (HVEC – WW)
Optional feature codes
Desk-side cover kit PN 45E3789
Additional tape magazine PN 45E3793
Rack-mount kit PN 45E3785
Number of tape drives One
Tape cartridge capacity Nine
I/O stations One
Physical capacity LTO Ultrium 6: Up to 22.5 TB (56.25 TB with 2.5:1 compression)
LTO Ultrium 5: Up to 13.5 TB (27 TB with 2:1 compression)
LTO Ultrium 4: Up to 7.2 TB (14.4 TB with 2:1 compression)
Data transfer rate LTO Ultrium 6: Up to 160 MBps
LTO Ultrium 5: Up to 140 MBps
LTO Ultrium 4: Up to 120 MBps
Dimensions (height × width × depth) 1.73 in. × 19.02 in. × 33.46 in. (44 mm × 483 mm × 850 mm)
Weight 28.6 lb (13 kg), without drive and cartridges
Attachment and systems support The TS2900 supports 6 Gbps attachment available for selected IBM System servers and other Linux® and Microsoft® Windows® open-system servers.

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