IBM TS3500 Tape Library

A highly scalable, automated tape solution addresses data protection and long-term retention


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 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 and media exception reporting, remote drive and media management and host-based path failover. The L23 and D23 frames support IBM TS1150, IBM TS1140, IBM TS1130, IBM TS1120 or IBM 3592 J1A tape drives. The L53 and D53 frames support Linear Tape-Open® (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. 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 z Systems when used with the IBM TS7700 family of virtual tape servers. These systems enable z Systems hosts to access the TS3500 cartridge inventory and allow connection to TS1150, TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 and 3592 J1A tape drives.

Product highlights

Hardware summary

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
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
IBM Tape System Library Manager Software for TS3500
Security features
Management software options
IBM TS3500 command-line interface (CLI)
IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager
IBM Tape System Library Manager
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IBM TS3500 Tape Library at a glance
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 7, 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 IBM TS7700 Virtualisation Engine systems Maximum of eight per TS3500 subsystem
Capacity* LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges: up to 120 PB per library (up to 300 PB with 2.5:1 compression), up to 4.5 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 write-once-read-many (WORM)
L53/D53/S54 – LTO Ultrium 7, 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 (1079 lb); D23 – 451 kg (994 lb), S24 – 526 kg (1160 lb)
L53 – 481 kg (1061 lb); D53 – 440 kg (970 lb), S54 – 563 kg (1240 lb)
Warranty One-year limited warranty, on-site service, same-day 24×7, 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 and non-IBM servers and workstations
(Attachment to z Systems can be made via TS7700)
Operating systems (OS) support Device driver support is available for IBM system platforms and other vendor platforms
Consult the IBM System Storage Interoperability Centre for details

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