IBM TS7700 Release 4.0 Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available

Published 21 January 2017, updated 11 April 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738442135
ISBN-13: 9780738442136
IBM Form #: SG24-8366-00
(1002 pages)

Authors: Larry Coyne, Katja Denefleh, Derek Erdmann, Joe Hew, Sosuke Matsui, Aderson Pacini, Michael Scott, Chen Zhu


This IBM® Redbooks® publication highlights IBM TS7700 Release 4.0. The IBM TS7700 is part of a family of IBM Enterprise tape products. This book is intended for system architects and storage administrators who want to integrate their storage systems for optimal operation.

The IBM TS7700 offers a modular, scalable, and high-performance architecture for mainframe tape virtualization for the IBM z™ Systems environment. It is a fully integrated, tiered storage hierarchy of disk and tape. This storage hierarchy is managed by robust storage management microcode with extensive self-management capability. It includes the following advanced functions:

  • Policy management to control physical volume pooling
  • Cache management
  • Redundant copies, including across a grid network
  • Copy mode control

The IBM TS7700 offers enhanced statistical reporting. It also includes a standards-based Management Interface (MI) for IBM TS7700 management. IBM TS7700 R4.0 continues the next generation of IBM TS7700 for z Systems® tape:

  • The IBM TS7760 is an all new hardware refresh and features Encryption Capable, high-capacity cache that uses 4 TB serial-attached Small Computer System Interface (SAS) HDDs in arrays that use dynamic disk pool configuration. This setup can scale to large capacities with the highest level of data protection.
  • Release 4.0 introduces the option to attach to a TS4500 tape library, and to the previous TS3500 tape library, which contains back-end physical tape drives and policies to manage up to eight of the disk repositories in a tape-attached TS7760T. This TS7760T (Tape Attached) configuration mimics the behavior of a TS7740, with additional features that go beyond what a TS7740 can provide.

The TS7760T writes data by policy to physical tape through attachment to high-capacity, high-performance IBM TS1150 and IBM TS1140 tape drives installed in an IBM TS4500 or TS3500 tape library.

The TS7760 models are based on high-performance and redundant IBM POWER8® technology. They provide improved performance for most z Systems tape workloads when compared to the previous generations of IBM TS7700.

Table of contents

Part 1. Architecture and planning
Chapter 1. Introducing the IBM TS7700
Chapter 2. Architecture, components, and functional characteristics
Chapter 3. IBM TS7700 usage considerations
Chapter 4. Preinstallation planning and sizing
Chapter 5. Disaster recovery
Part 2. Implementation and migration
Chapter 6. IBM TS7700 implementation
Chapter 7. Hardware configurations and upgrade considerations
Chapter 8. Migration
Part 3. Operation
Chapter 9. Operation
Chapter 10. Host Console operations
Chapter 11. Performance and monitoring
Chapter 12. Copy Export
Chapter 13. Disaster Recovery Testing
Appendix A. Feature codes and RPQ
Appendix B. IBM TS7700 implementation for IBM z/VM, IBM z/VSE, and IBM z/TPF environments
Appendix C. JES3 examples and information
Appendix D. DEVSERV QLIB command
Appendix E. Sample job control language
Appendix F. Library Manager volume categories
Appendix G. IBM TS7700 parameter examples
Appendix H. Extra IODF examples
Appendix I. Case study for logical partitioning of a two-cluster grid

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