IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library

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

Highlights

  • Support highly-scalable, automated data retention on tape using Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium and IBM 3592 tape drive families
  • Deliver extreme scalability and capacity, growing from one to 16 frames per library and from one to 15 libraries per library complex
  • Provide up to 900 PB of automated, low-cost storage under a single library image, improving floor space utilisation and reducing storage cost per TB with IBM 3592 JC Enterprise Advanced Data Cartridges
  • Enable data security and regulatory compliance via support for tape drive encryption and write-once-read-many (WORM) cartridges

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 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 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 nondisruptively, which helps enhance configuration flexibility and availability.

Product highlights

  • Massive scalability of cartridges and drives with the shuttle connector
  • Maximised sharing of library resources with IBM Multipath architecture
  • Ability to dynamically partition cartridge slots and drives with the advanced library management system
  • Maximum availability with path failover features
  • Supports multiple simultaneous, heterogeneous server attachment
  • Remote reporting of status using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Preserves tape drive names during storage area network changes
  • Built-in diagnostic drive and media exception reporting
  • Simultaneously supports TS1130, TS1140 and LTO Ultrium 6, 5 and 4 tape drive encryption
  • Remote management via web browser

Hardware summary

  • One base frame and up to 15 expansion frames per library; up to 15 libraries interconnected per complex
  • Up to 12 drives per frame (up to 192 per library, up to 2,700 per complex)
  • Up to 224 I/O slots (16 I/O slots standard)
  • IBM 3592 JA/JJ/JB/JC and JW/JR/JX/JY write-once-read-many (WORM) cartridges or LTO Ultrium 6, 5 and 4 cartridges
  • Up to 125 PB compressed with LTO Ultrium 6 cartridges per library, up to 1.875 EB compressed per complex
  • Up to 180 PB compressed with 3592 extended capacity cartridges per library, up to 2.7 EB compressed per complex
  • LTO Fibre Channel interface for server attachment
 IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library
Key optional features Benefits
Shuttle connector
  • Connects up to 15 TS3500 tape libraries as a single library complex for managing vast amounts of data centrally
  • Allows flexible library string lengths for customer floor layout flexibility
Dual robotic accessor
  • Helps increase the mount performance and overall system availability
  • Two accessors can operate simultaneously in multiple frame configurations
Advanced library management system
  • Enables dynamic partitioning (sharing) of the TS3500s total capacity
Capacity on demand
  • Provides entry and intermediate capacities in the first frame to grow the TS3500 as your storage needs grow
Control-path and data-path automatic failover
  • Helps to enhance availability of the library
Products enabling TS3500 to store System z data Benefits
TS7740 Virtualisation Engine
  • Creates a virtual tape library of up to four million cartridges accessible at disk speeds while storing the data via TS1140, TS1130, TS1120, or 3592 tape drives and cartridges in the TS3500
  • Enables quick access to active data on “virtual volumes” on disk and reduces your overall solution cost by storing inactive data on tape
  • Up to six TS7740s can be interconnected, each with its own TS3500 library for automated failover data protection and long term retention
3592 Tape Controller for System z
  • Enables the TS3500 to directly store System z data to tape using model TS1140, TS1130, TS1120, or 3592 tape drives and cartridges via a FICON connection to the System z host
Key standard features of the TS3500 Tape Library Benefits
Flexible upgrades designed to minimise time offline
  • Capacity expansion requires only a brief interruption of service; majority of new frame installation is done while the library is in service
Remote, web browser-based management
  • Access library management functions from any network-connected computer
Redundant power supplies and AC feeds
  • Designed to increase system reliability
Simultaneously manages both LTO Ultrium and IBM Enterprise tape cartridges
  • Helps protect current media investments
  • Supports a heterogeneous environment of open and System z tape storage
 IBM Tape System Library Manager Software for the TS3500
Features Benefits
Simplified drive path management
  • Decouples tape resources and applications
IBM 3494 tape library emulation
  • Allows 3494 users to change the hardware without changing all applications
Manage up to 15 interconnected TS3500 libraries
  • Enables shuttle-connected TS3500 library systems to be managed as one large logical library using IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager
Security features
  • Permits or prevents application access to tape
  • Helps enable common scratch pools and private pools for every application
  • Ensures secure usage and visibility
Management software options
IBM System Storage TS3500 command line interface (CLI)
IBM Tape System Reporter
IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager
Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance*
IBM Tape System Library Manager
IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library at a glance
Characteristics
Frame definition L23—Base frame for TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592
D23—Drive-capable and storage expansion frame for TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592
S24—Storage-only expansion frame for 3592 cartridges
L53—Base frame for 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 System Storage Tape Library Connector Model SC1
Tape drive types 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 60 PB per library (180 PB with 3:1 compression), up to 2.7 EB per complex when compressed
Media type L23/D23/S24—IBM 3592 JA/JJ/JB/JC and JW/JR/JX/JY WORM cartridges
L53/D53/S54—LTO Ultrium 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 cartridges
Dimensions (all frames) 70.9 in. H × 30.8 in. W × 47.7 in. D (1,800 mm × 782 mm × 1,212 mm)
Maximum weight L23—1,079 lb (490 kg); D23—994 lb (451 kg), S24—1,160 lb (526 kg)
L53—1,061 lb (481 kg); D53—970 lb (440 kg), S54—1,240 lb (563 kg)
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% (noncondensing)
Wet bulb maximum 23.0°C (73.4°F)
Electrical power 8.0 A at 200 V - 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, the Virtualisation Engine TS7740 or the System Storage Tape Controller for System z)
Operating systems support Device driver support is available for:
IBM system platforms Other vendor platforms
IBM System Storage 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 System Storage TS3000 System Console One per 3953 tape system
TS7700 Virtualisation Engine support Maximum of two TS7700s per 3953 tape system, maximum of eight per TS3500 Tape Library
TS1120 Tape Controller support Maximum of 14 with two TS7700s, up to 16 with 0 TS7700s
System Storage TS3000 System Console capability Yes, required
Dimensions (all frames) 71 in. H × 43.4 in. W × 25.4 in. D (1,804 mm × 1,102 mm × 644 mm)
Weight 3953 Model F05—620.4 lb (282 kg)
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% (noncondensing)
Wet bulb maximum 23.0°C (73.4°F)
Electrical power 8.0 A at 200 V - 240 V ac; 1.5 kVA
Attachment and systems support The 3953 Tape System enables the TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 and 3592 J1A tape drives within the TS3500 Tape Library to attach to System z hosts or the TS7700 Virtualisation Engine
Operating systems support IBM z/OS®
IBM Tape System Library Manager at a glance
Hardware requirements
Tape systems IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library
Tape drives IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive
IBM System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive
LTO Ultrium 6
LTO Ultrium 5
LTO Ultrium 4
LTO Ultrium 3
Server Any IBM System x, IBM System p or Intel server
Host bus adapter Dependent on the server and operating system selected
Operating systems support (server) AIX 6.1, 7.1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x, 6.x
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
Operating systems 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 GB
  /home/db2inst1 20 GB
  /tmp 7 GB

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