Last updated on 10 August 2023
IBM Form #: REDP-5573-03
Authors: Yuki Asakura, Dave Brettell, Ramón A. Minjares Campos, Nielson "Nino" de Carvalho, Larry Coyne, 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
Building on over 25 years of virtual tape experience, the IBM® TS7700 (IBM TS7760 and TS7770) now can store virtual tape volumes in object storage. This IBM Redpaper Redbooks publication helps you set up and configure the cloud object storage support for IBM Cloud® Object Storage, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), or RSTOR.
The TS7700 supported offloading to physical tape for over two decades. Using a TS7700 to offload to physical tape is a process that is used by hundreds of organizations around the world. By using the same hierarchical storage techniques, the TS7700 also can offload 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.
In this publication, we provide a brief overview of cloud technology with an emphasis on Object Storage. Object Storage is used by a broad set of technologies, including those technologies that are exclusive to IBM Z®. The aim of this publication is to provide a basic understanding of cloud, object storage, and different ways it can be integrated into your environment.
This publication is intended for system architects and storage administrators with TS7700 experience who want to add the support of a cloud storage tier to their TS7700 solution.
Chapter 1. Cloud overview
Chapter 2. Container resiliency
Chapter 3. IBM z/OS and object stores
Chapter 4. Introducing the IBM TS7700 Cloud Storage Tier
Chapter 5. IBM TS7700C planning considerations
Chapter 6. SSL certificate
Chapter 7. Setting up an IBM Cloud Object Storage object store
Chapter 8. Setting up AWS cloud object storage
Chapter 9. Configuring IBM TS7700 for Cloud Storage Tier
Chapter 10. Configuration examples
Chapter 11. Disaster recovery principles
Chapter 12. Monitoring the IBM TS7700C
Chapter 13. Migration and upgrade considerations
Chapter 14. Troubleshooting
Chapter 15. Performance considerations
Chapter 16. Library Request Commands for use with Cloud Storage Tier
Chapter 17. Cloud Storage Tier export, recovery, and testing
The material included in this document is in DRAFT form and is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind. IBM is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the material, and may update the document at any time. The final, published document may not include any, or all, of the material included herein. Client assumes all risks associated with Client's use of this document.