Tape systems

Tape storage, backup, and information management systems

Tape Backup and Automation solutions for System x servers can help protect your business with a full complement of tape technologies.


TS2260 Tape Drive

The IBM TS2260 Tape Drive is an external drive, incorporating the sixth generation of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology in a half-height form-factor. This external standalone or rack-mountable unit is the entry point for the IBM family of LTO Ultrium tape products. It is designed to provide greater capacity and an improved data transfer rate with the capability for data encryption and media partitioning with a 6 Gbps SAS interface connection. In addition, TS2260 can read and write LTO Ultrium 5 data cartridges and can read LTO Ultrium 4 data cartridges.

Cartridge capacity 2.5 TB native
Max. drive data rate 160 MBps
Interface SAS 6 Gb

TS2250 Tape Drive

The IBM TS2250 Tape Drive express is an external drive, incorporating the fifth generation of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium technology in a half-height form-factor. This external stand-alone or rack-mountable unit is the entry point for the family of IBM LTO Ultrium tape products. It is designed to provide greater capacity and improved data transfer rate with the capability of data encryption and media partitioning with a 6 Gbps SAS interface connection. In addition, TS2250 can read and write LTO Ultrium 4 data cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 3 data cartridges.

Cartridge capacity 1
Max. drive data rate 140 MBps
Interface SAS 6 Gb with optional USB-3 support

Half High LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive

The sixth-generation IBM® LTO® Half-High Ultrium® Drive delivers greater capacity with significantly greater performance than the preceding LTO generation extending its proven reliability and low-cost of ownership lineage to effectively meet the demanding backup, archival and regulatory compliance requirements of your System x® environment.This 5.25 inch Half High LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive is designed for internal installation in System x tower servers or external IBM 1U rack-mount enclosures.

Form Factor: 5.25 in. half-height internal
Cartridge capacity: 8.0 TB compressed1; 3.2 TB native
Max. drive data rate: Up to 280 MBps compressed1; 140 MBps native

Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive

The fifth-generation IBM LTO® Half-High Ultrium® Drive delivers twice the capacity with significantly greater performance than the preceding LTO generation extending its proven reliability and low-cost of ownership lineage to effectively meet the demanding backup, archival and regulatory compliance requirements of your System x® environment.

This 5.25 in. Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive is designed for internal installation in System x tower servers or external IBM 1U rack-mount enclosures.

Form Factor: 5.25 in. half-height internal
Cartridge capacity: 3.0 TB compressed1; 1.5 TB native
Max. drive data rate: Up to 280 MBps compressed1; 140 MBps native
Interface: 6 Gbps SAS

Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive

The fifth-generation IBM LTO® Half-High Ultrium® Drive delivers twice the capacity with significantly greater performance than the preceding LTO generation extending its proven reliability and low-cost of ownership lineage to effectively meet the demanding backup, archival and regulatory compliance requirements of your System x® environment.

This Half High LTO Gen 5 external SAS Tape Drive is a low-cost and space-efficient table-top or shelf-unit alternative to mounting a drive internally in your server.

Form Factor: Half-height external
Cartridge capacity: 3.0 TB compressed1; 1.5 TB native
Max. drive data rate: Up to 280 MBps compressed1; 140 MBps native
Interface: 6 Gbps SAS

Half High LTO Gen 4 Internal SAS Tape Drive

The 4th-generation IBM LTO Half-High Ultrium Drive doubles the capacity, provides up to 50% greater performance, and adds advanced hardware encryption capabilities over the preceding 3rd generation of LTO.

This 5.25-inch Half High LTO Gen 4 Internal SAS Tape Drive is designed for internal installation in IBM System x tower servers or external IBM 1U rack-mount enclosures.

Form Factor: 5.25 in. half-height internal
Cartridge capacity: 1.6 TB compressed1; 800 GB native
Max. drive data rate: Up to 240 MBps compressed1; 120 MBps native
Interface: 6 Gbps SAS

Half High LTO Gen 4 External SAS Tape Drive

The 4th-generation IBM LTO Half-High Ultrium Drive doubles the capacity, provides up to 50% greater performance, and adds advanced hardware encryption capabilities over the preceding 3rd generation of LTO.

This half-high LTO Gen 4 external SAS tape drive is a low-cost and space-efficient tabletop or shelf unit alternative to mounting a drive internally in your server.

Form Factor: Half-height external
Cartridge capacity: 1.6 TB compressed1; 800 GB native
Max. drive data rate: Up to 240 MBps compressed1; 120 MBps native
Interface: 6 Gbps SAS

RDX Backup Solutions

The IBM RDX solution provides all the benefits of disk with fast random access to data and drag-and-drop functionality, plus the expected portability and durability of tape.

Cartridge capacity: 320 GB, 500 GB, 1.0 TB, 1.5 TB
Form factor flexibility: Internal or standalone external
Durability: Shock resistant rugged cartridges

DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive

The IBM DDS Generation 6 Internal USB Tape Drive provides optimum capacity, performance, and a low total cost of ownership for small and medium business environments or enterprise workgroups requiring the highest capacity and performance DDS (DAT) drive available.

Form Factor: 3.5" & 5.25" Half-Height Internal Drive
Capacity: 80 GB (160 GB compressed) capacity
Performance: 6.9 MB/s (13.8 MB/s compressed) transfer rate
Backward Compatibility: Read/Write compatible with DDS-5 and DDS-4
Interface: USB 2.0

Multimedia Backup Enclosure

The IBM Multimedia Backup Enclosure features a low-profile design that can be configured with up to four storage devices.

Capacity Half-high LTO Ultrium 6 SAS—(6.25 TB with compression)
Half-high LTO Ultrium 6 Fibre Channel (6.25 TB with compression)
Half-high LTO Ultrium 5 SAS—(3.0 TB with compression)
Half-high LTO Ultrium 5 Fibre Channel (3.0 TB with compression)
DVD-RAM SATA—(9.4 GB)
DVD-RAM USB—(9.4 GB)
RDX drives—(320 GB and 500 GB, 1.0 TB and 1.5 TB)
Interface SAS Interface

USB Interface

Fibre Channel Interface

1Assuming 2:1 compressible data

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