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Do not share LUNs with other applications or systems. Use zoning and LUN masking to
isolate the TS7650G from other systems.
Avoid using SATA disks for metadata. Fibre Channel or SAS disks (15 K rpm) are wanted
and result in improved performance.
The general concept of a back-end disk storage configuration is described in IBM System
Storage TS7600 with ProtecTIER Version 3.1, SG24-7968. The best practices of how to get
the maximum performance from your ProtecTIER product with the existing disk storage
subsystem are described in Part 2, “Back-end storage subsystems” on page 101.
1.3 ProtecTIER models for open systems
In this section, we provide an overview of the existing models of ProtecTIER servers on the
market. We do not go in to all the technical details. For more technical details and
comprehensive information about each model, see IBM System Storage TS7600 with
ProtecTIER Version 3.1, SG24-7968 or go to:
1.3.1 ProtecTIER appliances
The IBM System Storage TS7600 ProtecTIER Appliances are delivered to clients with
already attached and pre-configured disk storage subsystems with a specific capacity.
IBM System Storage TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance
Available in two configuration options, the IBM System Storage TS7620 ProtecTIER
Deduplication Appliance Express (model 3959-SM2) is an integrated server and storage
hardware platform that ships with IBM ProtecTIER deduplication software preinstalled. With
an available repository capacity 5.4 or 11 TB, the appliance is targeted at small or medium
business backup environments. Clients can choose between VTL configuration, OST, or the
newly available File System Interface (FSI), which supports Common Internet File System
(CIFS) as a backup target.
The ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express is shown in Figure 1-2.
Figure 1-2 TS7620 Appliance Express
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The product features and hardware summary include:
VTL, OST, or FSI-CIFS support
A single 3U integrated appliance in 5.4 TB and 11 TB physical capacities
For VTL/CIFS Performance up to:
– 145 MBps backup
– 190 MBps restore
OST Performance up to:
– 130 MBps backup
– 170 MBps restore
Plug and Play installation
One LSI MegaRAID card and battery backup and six 8 GB memory DIMMs (a total of 48
GB of memory)
One-to-One, Many-to-One, and Many-to-Many replication feature
IBM System Storage TS7650 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance
The IBM System Storage TS7650 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance (machine type
3958-AP1) is a preconfigured solution of IBM storage products, IBM servers, and the IBM
ProtecTIER data deduplication software designed to improve backup and recovery
operations, including remote replication with disaster recovery functions.
The solution is available in four configurations (7 TB, 18 TB, 36 TB, or 36 TB dual nodes
cluster) designed to meet the disk-based data protection needs of various organizations, from
mid-sized IT environments to enterprise data centers.
Upgrading your appliance: With ProtecTIER Version 3.2, the TS7620 Appliance Express
(SM2) can replace the IBM System Storage TS7610 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance
Express (SM1). For a comparison of the two appliances, see IBM System Storage TS7610
and TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express V3.2, User and Maintenance
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Figure 1-3 shows a fully equipped TS7650 Appliance.
Figure 1-3 TS7650 Appliance
The TS7650 Appliance offers the following features:
Emulation of up to 12 virtual libraries, 256 virtual drives, and 128,000 virtual cartridges
when in a cluster configuration.
Up to 500 MBps or more inline data deduplication performance.
VTL (IBM TS3500), OST, or FSI-CIFS support.
One-to-One, Many-to-One, and Many-to-Many replication support disaster recovery.
Preconfigured with an IBM System Storage DS5020 storage subsystem as a repository.
1.3.2 ProtecTIER deduplication gateways
IBM ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway products offer clients the capability to use their
existing IBM or third-party disk storage subsystems and SAN infrastructure. For a list of
supported disk storage subsystems, see TS7650/TS7650G ISV and Interoperability Matrix at:
In this section, we provide a brief overview that describes the available gateways.