IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 with R1.7

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 29 March 2011, updated 12 April 2011

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ISBN-10: 0738435260
ISBN-13: 9780738435268
IBM Form #: SG24-7712-02
(982 pages)

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Authors: Alex Osuna, Babette Haeusser, Aderson J. C. Pacini, Jorma Salokari


The IBM® Virtualization Engine TS7700 provides tape virtualization for the IBM System z® environment. The IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 offers improved performance and capacity to help lower the total cost of ownership for tape processing. It introduces a modular, scalable, and high-performing architecture for mainframe tape virtualization. The TS7700 Virtualization Engine is available as the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7740 R1.7, which brings significant enhancements over its previous release.

The TS7700 Virtualization Engine integrates the advanced performance, capacity, and data integrity design of the 3592 Tape Drives, the IBM industry-leading tape technology, with high-performance disks and an advanced IBM System p® server to form a storage hierarchy, managed by robust storage management firmware with extensive self-management capability. It includes functions, such as advanced policy management to control physical volume pooling, cache management, dual copy, dual copy across a Grid network, and copy mode control. The TS7700 Virtualization Engine offers enhanced statistical reporting and a single, standards-based management interface for TS7700 Virtualization Engine management.

This IBM Redbooks® publication covers the TS7740 Virtualization Engine Release 1.7 and the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7720, includes information about supported tape drives and libraries. and discusses tasks involved with planning, implementing, and operating the TS7700 Virtualization Engine, and also migration considerations.

Table of contents

Part 1. Architecture and planning
Chapter 1. Introducing the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700
Chapter 2. Architecture, components, and functional characteristics
Chapter 3. Preinstallation planning and sizing
Part 2. Implementation and migration
Chapter 4. Hardware implementation
Chapter 5. Software implementation
Chapter 6. Upgrade considerations
Chapter 7. Migration scenarios
Part 3. Operation
Chapter 8. Operation
Chapter 9. Performance and monitoring
Chapter 10. Failover and disaster recovery scenarios
Appendix A. Feature codes
Appendix B. IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 implementation steps
Appendix C. TS3500 and TS7700 checklists
Appendix D. JES3 examples and information
Appendix E. IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 statistical record format
Appendix F. Sample JCLs
Appendix G. Library Manager volume categories
Appendix H. DEVSERV QLIB command

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