IBM Spectrum Archive

Allows users and applications direct access to files and directories stored on tape


IBM® Spectrum Archive is a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage software portfolio designed to address data storage inefficiencies by changing the economics of storage with a layer of intelligent software. This software creates an efficient ‘data footprint’ that dynamically stores every bit of data at the optimal cost, helping maximize performance and ensuring security. The IBM Spectrum Archive family which features IBM Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology provides direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored on Linear Tape-Open® (LTO®) Ultrium® 7, 6 or 5 tape cartridges, as well as IBM 3592 tape cartridges. It eliminates the need for additional tape management and software to access data.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Graphical user interface
Operating system file system application programming interface utilization
IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition
Hardware requirements
Tape systems* IBM LTO Ultrium 7, 6 or 5 tape drives
IBM TS1150 or IBM TS1140 tape drives
Tape media LTO Ultrium 7, 6 and 5 and 3592 JC, JB, JD, JK and JL
Supported operating systems Linux®
Apple OS X
Microsoft® Windows®
Warranty Free download from IBM website: ‘as-is’ software
Open source for Linux and Mac OS versions
Object code only for Windows versions

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