IBM Tape Library Guide for Open Systems

A draft IBM Redbooks publication

Updated 31 December 2021

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IBM Form #: SG24-5946-17

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Authors: Ole Asmussen, Robert Beiderbeck, Albrecht Friess, Hans-Günther Hörhammer, Khanh Ngo, Jesus Eduardo Cervantes Rolon, Fabian Corona Villarreal, Larry Coyne


This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents a general introduction to the latest (current) 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 18th edition includes new chapter introducing the IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 9 tape drive, along with technical updates for each IBM tape product for open systems. It 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 TS2290 tape drive
Chapter 5. IBM TS2280 tape drive
Chapter 6. IBM TS2270 tape drive
Chapter 7. IBM TS2260 tape drive
Chapter 8. IBM TS2360 tape drive
Part 2. IBM tape libraries for open systems
Chapter 9. IBM TS2900 tape autoloader
Chapter 10. IBM TS4300 tape library
Chapter 11. IBM TS4500 tape library
Appendix A. Data storage values
Appendix B. IBM LTO Ultrium and 3592 media
Appendix C. IBM tape product names

These pages are Web versions of IBM Redbooks- and Redpapers-in-progress. They are published here for those who need the information now and may contain spelling, layout and grammatical errors. This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. Your feedback is welcomed to improve the usefulness of the material to others.

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