IBM Virtualisation Engine TS7700

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Highlights

To effectively protect data, deliver uninterrupted data access, address regulatory requirements and archive business data, organisations need a solution that can manage both primary and backup data that is active, inactive or even archived. As data centres (DCs) and the data they store continue to grow, data protection often becomes more complex. This may include moving more primary data to tape, continuous backup, multiple metro and global sites, simplifying offsite recovery, disaster-recovery (DR) verification and many other objectives and processes to ensure an enterprise level of business continuance. This growth in complexity can in turn lead to higher data management overhead and costs.

IBM TS7700 is a family of mainframe virtual tape solutions that optimise data protection and business continuance for System z data. Through the use of virtualisation and disk cache, the TS7700 family operates at disk speeds while maintaining compatibility with existing tape operations. Its fully integrated tiered storage hierarchy takes advantage of both disk and tape technologies to deliver performance for active data and best economics for inactive and archive data.

The TS7700 family of System z tape virtualisation is offered in two models:

Both models write data by policy to physical tape through attachment to high-capacity, high-performance IBM TS1140 and earlier IBM 3592 model tape drives installed in IBM TS3500 tape libraries. Physical tape support is optional on TS7720.

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
TS7700 offers tiered hierarchy of disk and tape storage
4,000,000 virtual logical volumes regardless of the number of clusters in the grid
Advanced policy management (subset)
Up to six TS7700 systems can be configured to participate in a grid environment
Support for both disk and tape drive-based encryption
Copy export acceleration
Logical WORM capability helps satisfy compliance requirements
Synchronous mode copy
IBM FlashCopy support for disaster-recovery testing
Remote-mount IP link failover
IBM TS7720 at a glance
Specifications Single node 2-cluster grid 3-cluster grid 4-cluster grid 5-cluster grid 6-cluster grid
Usable RAID 6 array cache* (TB) Up to 1,008 Up to 2,016 Up to 3,024 Up to 4,032 Up to 5,040 Up to 6,048
Virtual drives 496 992 1,488 1,984 2,480 2,976
TS1100 or 3592 tape drives 4 to 16 8 to 32 12 to 48 16 to 64 20 to 80 24 to 96
Virtual volumes 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000
8 Gbps FICON channels 8 16 24 32 40 48
Maximum logical paths 4,096 8,192 12,288 16,384 20,480 24,576
Warranty One-year on-site repair
Physical specifications
Width 644 mm (25.4 in.)
Depth 1,102 mm (43.4 in.)
Height 1,804 mm (71.0 in.)
Weight 669.1 kg (1,475 lb)
Supported environments IBM z/OS
IBM z/VM
IBM z/VSE
IBM z/Transaction Processing Facility (TPF)

IBM TS7740 at a glance
Specifications Single node 2-cluster grid 3-cluster grid 4-cluster grid 5-cluster grid 6-cluster grid
Usable RAID 6 array cache* (TB) Up to 28 Up to 56 Up to 85 Up to 113 Up to 141 Up to 169
Virtual drives 496 992 1,488 1,984 2,480 2,976
TS1100 or 3592 tape drives 4 to 16 8 to 32 12 to 48 16 to 64 20 to 80 24 to 96
Virtual volumes 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000
8 Gbps FICON channels 8 16 24 32 40 48
Maximum logical paths 4,096 8,192 12,288 16,384 20,480 24,576
Warranty One-year on-site repair
Physical specifications
Width 644 mm (25.4 in.)
Depth 1,102 mm (43.4 in.)
Height 1,804 mm (71.0 in.)
Weight 481.9 kg (1,062 lb)
Supported environments IBM z/OS
IBM z/VM
IBM z/VSE
IBM z/TPF

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