IBM TS7700 Release 5.0 Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

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

Published 19 March 2020, updated 08 September 2020

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ISBN-10: 0738458325
ISBN-13: 9780738458328
IBM Form #: SG24-8464-00
(950 pages)

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Authors: Larry Coyne, Derek Erdmann, Joe Hew, Sosuke Matsui, Tomoaki Ogino, Alberto Barajas Ortiz, Aderson Pacini, Michael Scott, Joe Swingler, Taisei Takai, Nao Takemura, Takahiro Tsuda, Chen Zhu

IBM TS7700 – The F1 car in System Z data protection


This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers IBM TS7700 R5.0. 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.

Building on over 20 years of virtual tape experience, the TS7770 supports the ability to store virtual tape volumes in an object store. The TS7700 supported off loading to physical tape for over two decades. Off loading to physical tape behind a TS7700 is utilized by hundreds of organizations around the world.

By using the same hierarchical storage techniques, the TS7700 (TS7770 and TS7760) can also off load to object storage. Because object storage is cloud-based and accessible from different regions, the TS7700 Cloud Storage Tier support essentially allows the cloud to be an extension of the grid. As of this writing, the TS7700C supports the ability to off load to IBM Cloud™ Object Storage and Amazon S3.

Also, the TS7700 can be an optional target for an IBM DS8000® Transparent Cloud Tier using DFSMS.

TS7700 provides tape virtualization for the IBM z environment. Tape virtualization can help satisfy the following requirements in a data processing environment:

  • Improved reliability and resiliency
  • Reduction in the time that is needed for the backup and restore process
  • Reduction of services downtime that is caused by physical tape drive and library outages
  • Reduction in cost, time, and complexity by moving primary workloads to virtual tape
  • More efficient procedures for managing daily backup and restore processing
  • Infrastructure simplification through reduction of the number of physical tape libraries, drives, and media

New and existing capabilities of the TS7700 5.0 include the following highlights:

  • Eight-way Grid Cloud, which consists of up to three generations of TS7700
  • Synchronous and asynchronous replication
  • Full AES256 encryption for replication data that is in-flight and at-rest
  • Tight integration with IBM Z® and DFSMS policy management
  • Optional target for DS8000 Transparent Cloud Tier using DFSMS
  • Optional Cloud Storage Tier support
  • Optional integration with physical tape
  • 16 Gb IBM FICON® throughput up to 5 GBps per TS7700 cluster
  • IBM Z hosts view up to 3,968 common devices per TS7700 grid
  • Grid access to all data independent of where it exists
  • TS7770 Cache On-demand feature that is based capacity licensing
  • TS7770 support of SSD within the VED server

The TS7700T writes data by policy to physical tape through attachment to high-capacity, high-performance IBM TS1150, and IBM TS1140 tape drives that are installed in an IBM TS4500 or TS3500 tape library.

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. Operations
Chapter 9. TS7700 Management Interface operations part 1
Chapter 10. TS7700 Management Interface operations part 2
Chapter 11. TS7700 common operations and procedures
Chapter 12. zHost Console Operations
Chapter 13. Monitoring
Chapter 14. Performance considerations
Chapter 15. Copy Export
Chapter 16. Disaster recovery testing
Appendix A. Feature codes and requests for price quotation
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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