IBM TS7700 R5.1 Cloud Storage Tier Guide

A draft IBM Redpaper publication

Updated 26 January 2021

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IBM Form #: REDP-5573-01

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Authors: Ole Asmussen, Larry Coyne, Derek Erdmann, Monica Falcone, Rin Fujiwara, Nobuhiko Furuya, Lourie Goodall, Joe Hew, Kousei Kawamura, Sosuke Matsui, Marcelo Lopes de Moraes, Stefan Neff, Takeshi Nohta, Tomoaki Ogino, Alberto Barajas Ortiz, Aderson Pacini, Michael Scott, Joe Swingler, Taisei Takai, Nao Takemura, Takahiro Tsuda, Chen Zhu


Building on over 20 years of virtual tape experience, the TS7700 (TS7760, TS7770) now supports the ability to store virtual tape volumes in an object store. This IBM® Redpaper publication helps you set up and configure the cloud object storage support for IBM Cloud™ Object Storage (COS) or Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

The TS7700 supported off loading to physical tape for over two decades. Off loading to physical tape behind a TS7700 is used by hundreds of organizations around the world. By using the same hierarchical storage techniques, the TS7700 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.

In this IBM Redpaper publication, we provide a brief overview of cloud technology with an emphasis on Object Storage. Object Storage is used by a broad set of technologies, including those technologies that are exclusive to IBM Z®. The aim of this publication is to provide a basic understanding of cloud, Object Storage, and different ways it can be integrated into your environment.

This Redpaper is intended for system architects and storage administrators with TS7700 experience who want to add the support of a Cloud Storage Tier to their TS7700 solution.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Cloud overview
Chapter 2. Container resiliency
Chapter 3. IBM z/OS and object stores
Chapter 4. Introducing the TS7700 Cloud Storage Tier
Chapter 5. TS7700C planning considerations
Chapter 6. SSL certificate
Chapter 7. Setting up an IBM Cloud Object Storage Object Store
Chapter 8. Setting up an AWS Cloud Object Storage
Chapter 9. Configuring TS7700 for cloud storage tier
Chapter 10. Configuration examples
Chapter 11. Disaster recovery principles
Chapter 12. Monitoring the TS7700C
Chapter 13. Migration and upgrade considerations
Chapter 14. Troubleshooting
Chapter 15. Performance considerations
Chapter 16. Library Request Commands for use with Cloud Storage Tier
Chapter 17. Cloud Storage Tier Export, Recovery, and Testing

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