Ready-to-use Virtual Appliance for Hands-on Spectrum Archive Evaluation

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 11 July 2016, updated 18 July 2016

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ISBN-10: 0738455393
ISBN-13: 9780738455396
IBM Form #: REDP-5384-00
(66 pages)

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Authors: Takeshi Ishimoto, Hiroshi Araki, Hiroyuki Miyoshi


IBM® Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition for the IBM TS4500, IBM TS3500, and IBM TS3310 tape libraries provides seamless integration of IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) with IBM Spectrum™ Scale by creating an LTFS tape tier. You can run any application that is designed for disk files on tape by using Spectrum Archive. Spectrum Archive can play a major role in reducing the cost of storage for data that does not need the access performance of primary disk.

This Spectrum Archive Virtual Appliance can be deployed in minutes and you can try key features of Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition easily along with this user guide. The virtual machine has a pre-configured Spectrum Scale and a virtual tape library that allows to quickly test the Spectrum Archive features without connecting to a physical tape library. The trial VM is provided as a VirtualBox template image and you can create your own instance of the trial VM by importing the ova file.

Table of contents

Setting up Spectrum Archive Virtual Appliance
Spectrum Archive features
Migration policy rule variations
Stopping and restarting Spectrum Archive
Re-formatting tapes
Detail logs
Other technical notes
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