IBM Tape Library Guide for Open Systems

An IBM Redbooks publication

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


This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents a general introduction to Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology and the implementation of corresponding IBM products. The book highlights the new generation IBM LTO-7 tape drives, which are the next-generation storage solution that is designed to help midsize and large enterprises respond to storage challenges.

This twelfth edition includes information about the latest enhancements to the IBM Ultrium family of tape drives and tape libraries. In particular, it includes details of the latest IBM LTO Ultrium 7 tape drive technology and its implementation in IBM tape libraries. It contains technical information about each IBM tape product for open systems and includes generalized sections about Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel connections and multipath architecture configurations.

This book also covers tools and techniques for library management. It is intended for anyone who wants to understand more about IBM tape products and their implementation. It is suitable for IBM clients, IBM Business Partners, IBM specialist sales representatives, and technical specialists. If you do not have a background in computer tape storage products, you might need to read other sources of information. In the interest of being concise, topics that are generally understood are not covered in detail.

Table of contents

Part 1. Tape basics of open systems
Chapter 1. Tape technology introduction
Chapter 2. Overview of IBM LTO Ultrium tape drives
Chapter 3. IBM TS1100 tape drives
Chapter 4. IBM TS2270 tape drive
Chapter 5. IBM TS2260 tape drive
Chapter 6. IBM TS2360 tape drive
Part 2. IBM tape libraries for open systems
Chapter 7. IBM TS2900 tape autoloader
Chapter 8. IBM TS3100 tape library
Chapter 9. IBM TS3200 tape library
Chapter 10. IBM TS3310 tape library
Chapter 11. IBM TS3500 tape library
Chapter 12. IBM TS4500 tape library
Chapter 13. IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER Systems
Chapter 14. Library management
Part 3. Appendixes
Appendix A. IBM LTO Ultrium and 3592 media
Appendix B. IPv6 support
Appendix C. IBM tape product names
Appendix D. Data storage values

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Publish Date
26 January 2016

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