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IBM TS7700 Release 5.3 Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 27 February 2024

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ISBN-10: 0738419001
ISBN-13: 9780738419008
IBM Form #: SG24-8464-03

Authors: Larry Coyne, Yuki Asakura, Dave Brettell, Ramón A. Minjares Campos, Nielson ’Nino’ de Carvalho, Derek Erdmann, Rin Fujiwara, Nobuhiko Furuya, Lourie Goodall, Joe Hew, Kousei Kawamura, Tony Makepeace, Stefan Neff, Tomoaki Ogino, Shinya Ohri, Alberto Barajas Ortiz, Aderson Pacini, Trinidad Armando Rangel Ruiz, Michael Scott, Taisei Takai, Nao Takemura, Erina Tatsumi, Takahiro Tsuda, Shinsuke Ueyama and Chen Zhu

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    This IBM Redbooks® publication covers IBM TS7700 R5.3. The IBM TS7700 is part of a family of IBM Enterprise tape products. This book is intended for system architects and storage administrators who want to integrate their storage systems for optimal operation.

    Building on over 25 years of experience, the R5.3 release includes many features that enable improved performance, usability, and security. Highlights include the IBM TS7700 Advanced Object Store, an all flash TS7770, grid resiliency enhancements, and Logical WORM retention.

    By using the same hierarchical storage techniques, the TS7700 (TS7770 and TS7760) 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. As of this writing, the TS7700C supports the ability to off load to IBM Cloud Object Storage, Amazon S3, and RSTOR.

    This publication explains features and concepts that are specific to the IBM TS7700 as of release R5.3. The R5.3 microcode level provides IBM TS7700 Cloud Storage Tier enhancements, IBM DS8000 Object Storage enhancements, Management Interface dual control security, and other smaller enhancements. The R5.3 microcode level can be installed on the IBM TS7770 and IBM TS7760 models only.

    TS7700 provides tape virtualization for the IBM Z® environment. Off loading to physical tape behind a TS7700 is used by hundreds of organizations around the world.

    New and existing capabilities of the TS7700 5.3 release includes the following highlights:

    • Support for IBM TS1160 Tape Drives and JE/JM media
    • Eight-way Grid Cloud, which consists of up to three generations of TS7700
    • Synchronous and asynchronous replication of virtual tape and TCT objects
    • Grid access to all logical volume and object data independent of where it resides
    • An all flash TS7770 option for improved performance
    • Full Advanced Object Store Grid Cloud support of DS8000 Transparent Cloud Tier
    • Full AES256 encryption for data that is in-flight and at-rest
    • Tight integration with IBM Z and DFSMS policy management
    • DS8000 Object Store with AES256 in-flight encryption and compression
    • Regulatory compliance through Logical WORM and LWORM Retention support
    • Cloud Storage Tier support for archive, logical volume versions, and disaster recovery
    • Optional integration with physical tape
    • 16 Gb IBM FICON® throughput that exceeds 4 GBps per TS7700 cluster
    • Grid Resiliency Support with Control Unit Initiated Reconfiguration (CUIR) support
    • IBM Z hosts view up to 3,968 3490 devices per TS7700 grid
    • TS7770 Cache On Demand feature that uses capacity-based licensing
    • TS7770 support of SSD within the VED server

    The TS7700T writes data by policy to physical tape through attachment to high-capacity, high-performance IBM TS1160, IBM TS1150, and IBM TS1140 tape drives that are installed in an IBM TS4500 or TS3500 tape library.

    The TS7770 models are based on high-performance and redundant IBM Power9® technology. They provide improved performance for most IBM Z tape workloads when compared to the previous generations of IBM TS7700.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Architecture and planning

    Chapter 1. Introducing the IBM TS7700

    Chapter 2. Architecture, components, and functional characteristics

    Chapter 3. IBM TS7700 usage considerations

    Chapter 4. Preinstallation planning and sizing

    Chapter 5. Disaster recovery

    Part 2. Implementation and migration

    Chapter 6. Implementing IBM TS7700

    Chapter 7. Hardware configurations and upgrade considerations

    Chapter 8. Migration

    Part 3. Operations

    Chapter 9. IBM TS7700 Management Interface operations: Part 1

    Chapter 10. IBM TS7700 Management Interface operations: Part 2

    Chapter 11. IBM TS7700 common operations and procedures

    Chapter 12. IBM z/OS host console operations

    Chapter 13. Monitoring

    Chapter 14. Performance considerations

    Chapter 15. Copy Export

    Chapter 16. Disaster recovery testing in a grid configuration

    Chapter 17. RESTful API

    Chapter 18. IBM TS7700 support for zTape Air-GAP

    Appendix A. Feature codes and requests for price quotations

    Appendix B. IBM TS7700 implementation for IBM z/VM, IBM z/VSE, and IBM z/TPF environments

    Appendix C. JES3 examples and information

    Appendix D. DEVSERV QLIB command

    Appendix E. Sample job control language

    Appendix F. Library Manager volume categories

    Appendix G. IBM TS7700 parameter examples

    Appendix H. Extra IODF examples

    Appendix I. Case study for logical partitioning of a two-cluster grid

    Appendix J. Configuring externally managed encryption


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