The IBM® TS4500 (TS4500) tape library is a next-generation tape solution that offers higher storage density and better integrated management than previous solutions.
This IBM Redbooks® publication gives you a close-up view of the new IBM TS4500 tape library. In the TS4500, IBM delivers the density that today's and tomorrow's data growth requires. It has the cost-effectiveness and the manageability to grow with business data needs, while you preserve investments in IBM tape library products.
Now, you can achieve a low cost per terabyte (TB) and a high TB density per square foot because the TS4500 can store up to 11 petabytes (PB) of uncompressed data in a single frame library or scale up to 2 PB per square foot to over 350 PB. The TS4500 offers the following benefits:
- High availability: Dual active accessors with integrated service bays reduce inactive service space by 40%. The Elastic Capacity option can be used to eliminate inactive service space.
- Flexibility to grow: The TS4500 library can grow from the right side and the left side of the first L frame because models can be placed in any active position.
- Increased capacity: The TS4500 can grow from a single L frame up to another 17 expansion frames with a capacity of over 23,000 cartridges.
- High-density (HD) generation 1 frames from the TS3500 library can be redeployed in a TS4500.
- Capacity on demand (CoD): CoD is supported through entry-level, intermediate, and base-capacity configurations.
- Advanced Library Management System (ALMS): ALMS supports dynamic storage management, which enables users to create and change logical libraries and configure any drive for any logical library.
- Support for IBM TS1160 while also supporting TS1155, TS1150, and TS1140 tape drive: The TS1160 gives organizations an easy way to deliver fast access to data, improve security, and provide long-term retention, all at a lower cost than disk solutions. The TS1160 offers high-performance, flexible data storage with support for data encryption. Also, this enhanced fifth-generation drive can help protect investments in tape automation by offering compatibility with existing automation.
The TS1160 Tape Drive Model 60E delivers a dual 10 Gb or 25 Gb Ethernet host attachment interface that is optimized for cloud-based and hyperscale environments.
The TS1160 Tape Drive Model 60F delivers a native data rate of 400 MBps, the same load/ready, locate speeds, and access times as the TS1155, and includes dual-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel support.
- Support of the IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 8 tape drive: The LTO Ultrium 8 offering represents significant improvements in capacity, performance, and reliability over the previous generation, LTO Ultrium 7, while still protecting your investment in the previous technology.
- Support of LTO 8 Type M cartridge (m8): The LTO Program introduced a new capability with LTO-8 drives. The ability of the LTO-8 drive to write 9 TB on a brand new LTO-7 cartridge instead of 6 TB as specified by the LTO-7 format. Such a cartridge is called an LTO-7 initialized LTO-8 Type M cartridge.
- Integrated TS7700 back-end Fibre Channel (FC) switches are available.
- Up to four library-managed encryption (LME) key paths per logical library are available.
This book describes the TS4500 components, feature codes, specifications, supported tape drives, encryption, new integrated management console (IMC), command-line interface (CLI), and REST over SCSI (RoS) to obtain status information about library components.
October 2020 - Added support for the 3592 model 60S tape drive that provides a dual-port 12 Gb SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) interface for host attachment.
Table of contents
- Front cover
Summary of changes
- July 2021, Ninth Edition (Update)
- October 2020, Ninth Edition (Update)
- June 2020, Ninth Edition
- January 2020, Eighth Edition
- December 2018, Seventh Edition
- May 2018, minor update
- January 2018, Sixth Edition
- August 2017, Fifth Edition
- July 2016, Fourth Edition
- November 2015, Third Edition
- January 2015, Second Edition
Chapter 1. IBM TS4500 tape library
- 1.1 Overview of IBM TS4500 tape library
1.2 TS4500 product description
- 1.2.1 TS4500 tape library frames for IBM LTO Ultrium Fibre Channel drives
- 1.2.2 TS4500 tape library frames for IBM 3592 drives
- 1.2.3 TS4500 tape library storage-only HD frames
- 1.2.4 TS4500 High Availability option
- 1.2.5 Mainframe-ready
- 1.2.6 External TSSC/IMC
- 1.2.7 TS4500 tape library top rack frame TR1 and TR2
- 1.3 TS4500 tape library components
- 1.4 Feature codes for the TS4500
- 1.5 Host platforms and device drivers
- 1.6 Specifications
Chapter 2. TS4500 Ultrium Linear Tape-Open and 3592 tape drives
2.1 IBM TS1100 tape drives for the TS4500 tape library
- 2.1.1 Technology enhancements
- 2.1.2 Reliability and availability
- 2.1.3 Capacity and performance features
- 2.1.4 Performance or capacity scaling
- 2.1.5 Physical attachment
- 2.1.6 Media
- 2.1.7 3592 media cartridge
- 2.1.8 WORM functions
- 2.1.9 Improved media Statistical Analysis and Reporting System
- 2.1.10 Tape encryption for TS1100
- 2.1.11 IBM Spectrum Archive and LTFS support
- 2.2 IBM TS1160 tape drive
- 2.3 IBM TS1155 and TS1150 tape drive
- 2.4 IBM TS1140 tape drive (Model 3592 EH7)
- 2.5 IBM LTO Ultrium tape drives for the TS4500 tape library
- 2.6 IBM LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive (Model 3588 F8C, F8S)
- 2.7 IBM LTO Ultrium 7 tape drive (Model 3588 F7C)
- 2.8 IBM LTO Ultrium 6 tape drive (Model 3588 F6C)
- 2.9 IBM LTO Ultrium 5 tape drive (Model 3588 F5C)
- 2.10 IBM Spectrum Archive
- 2.1 IBM TS1100 tape drives for the TS4500 tape library
Chapter 3. Encryption
- 3.1 Tape encryption overview
- 3.2 Encryption policy
Chapter 4. TS4500 management graphical user interface
- 4.1 Integrated management console
- 4.2 Using the TS4500 management GUI
- 4.3 Settings
- 4.4 Access menu
- 4.5 Cartridges menu
- 4.6 Drives menu
- 4.7 Library menu
- 4.8 Monitoring
- 4.9 Tape System Library Manager
- 4.10 Remote support
- Chapter 5. Command-line interface
- Chapter 6. TS4500 REST API
- Related publications
- Back cover
- Title: IBM TS4500 R7 Tape Library Guide
- Release date: July 2021
- Publisher(s): IBM Redbooks
- ISBN: 9780738458922
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