IBM Tape Library Guide for Open Systems

An IBM Redbooks publication

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

Published 31 August 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738442690
ISBN-13: 9780738442693
IBM Form #: SG24-5946-13
(530 pages)

Authors: Larry Coyne, Simon Browne, Michael Engelbrecht


This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents a general introduction to the latest 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 14th edition includes information about the latest TS4300 Ultrium tape library and new TS1155 Enterprise tape drive, along with 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 TS4300 tape library
Chapter 12. IBM TS3500 tape library
Chapter 13. IBM TS4500 tape library
Chapter 14. IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER Systems
Chapter 15. Library management
Appendix A. IBM LTO Ultrium and 3592 media
Appendix B. IBM tape product names
Appendix C. IBM Fibre Channel storage area network product portfolio
Appendix D. Data storage values

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