IBM Tape Library Guide for Open Systems

An IBM Redbooks publication

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

Published 16 March 2020, updated 15 July 2021

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ISBN-10: 0738458341
ISBN-13: 9780738458342
IBM Form #: SG24-5946-16
(376 pages)

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Authors: Larry Coyne, Robert Beiderbeck, Khanh Ngo, Jesus Eduardo Cervantes Rolon, Jeremy Tudgay, Fabian Corona Villarreal


This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents a general introduction to the latest (current) IBM tape and tape library technologies. Featured tape technologies include the IBM LTO Ultrium and Enterprise 3592 tape drives, and their implementation in IBM tape libraries.

This 17th edition includes information about the latest TS4300 Ultrium tape library, TS1155 Enterprise tape drive, and the IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 8 tape drive, along with technical information about each IBM tape product for open systems. It 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 TS2280 tape drive
Chapter 5. IBM TS2270 tape drive
Chapter 6. IBM TS2260 tape drive
Chapter 7. IBM TS2360 tape drive
Part 2. IBM tape libraries for open systems
Chapter 8. IBM TS2900 tape autoloader
Chapter 9. IBM TS4300 tape library
Chapter 10. IBM TS4500 tape library
Appendix A. Data storage values
Appendix B. IBM LTO Ultrium and 3592 media
Appendix C. IBM tape product names
Appendix D. IBM Fibre Channel storage area network product portfolio

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