IBM TS3500 Tape Library with System z Attachment A Practical Guide to Enterprise Tape Drives and TS3500 Tape Automation

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 21 October 2008, updated 25 June 2009

cover image

ISBN-10: 0738431567
ISBN-13: 9780738431567
IBM Form #: SG24-6789-03
(596 pages)

More options

Rate and comment

Authors: Babette Haeusser, Wolfgang Kessel, Mauro Silvestri, Claudio Villalobos, Chen Zhu


The IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library, also known as the IBM System Storage 3584 Tape Library, is designed for medium to large automated tape storage and backup solutions and is part of a whole family of tape libraries for small to large tape automation solutions.

Originally designed for IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium Technology drives, the library was enhanced to also support the IBM System Storage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 in preparation of System z server attachment. Together with the IBM System Storage 3953 Tape System, the TS3500 Tape Library attaches to System z servers as well as to Open Systems hosts.

This book is intended for Hardware and Software Planners, System Programmers, Storage Administrators, and anyone involved in planning, implementing, and operating the TS3500 Tape Library in a System z environment. It is also suitable for everyone seeking detailed technical information about the TS3500 Tape Library and the IBM Tape System 3953 that allow attachment to System z hosts.

In this IBM Redbooks publication, we discuss the enhancements that allow attachment of the IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library to System z host systems through the IBM System Storage 3953 Tape System, which consists of the IBM System Storage 3953 Model L05 Library Manager and the Model F05 Frame. The IBM 3953 Tape System significantly broadens the attachment options of the TS3500 Tape Library, which is well established in Open Systems environments, and they allow nearly all platforms to share a single tape library. The latest version of the IBM Redbooks publication has been updated with the TS1130 Tape Drive (IBM 3592 Model E06/EU6) and Controller and enhancements to the TS3500 Tape Library, such as the High Density Frame that allows storage of up to 1320 cartridges in a single library.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library and IBM 3953 Tape System
Chapter 2. TS3500 Tape Library components and architecture
Chapter 3. Tape drives and controllers
Chapter 4. Tape Encryption
Chapter 5. IBM Tape Virtualization solutions
Chapter 6. Basic concepts of sharing and partitioning
Chapter 7. Preinstallation planning
Chapter 8. Hardware setup and Hardware Configuration Definition
Chapter 9. Software implementation in z/OS
Chapter 10. Software implementation: Other System z platforms
Chapter 11. Running z/OS production systems
Chapter 12. Migration
Chapter 13. Operation
Appendix A. Monitoring and reporting
Appendix B. IPv6 overview
Appendix C. Library Manager volume categories
Appendix D. JES3 examples and information
Appendix E. Installation worksheets
Appendix F. REXX utility to recover TCDB
Appendix G. Feature codes
Appendix H. IBM 3592 media and LTO Ultrium media
Appendix I. IEHINITT usage

Follow IBM Redbooks

Follow IBM Redbooks