IBM TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries for Lenovo combine IBM tape and automation reliability at a cost-effective price. Both libraries support entry-level, unattended backup, open system attachment flexibility, and enhanced capacity and performance.
This product guide describes the TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries that are available from Lenovo. It also provides essential pre-sales information to understand the structure of the offerings, their key features and specifications, components and options, and configuration guidelines.
This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, and IT architects who want to learn more about TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries and consider their use in backup solutions.
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IBM TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries for Lenovo (Machine Type 6173) combine IBM tape and automation reliability at a cost effective price. Both libraries support entry-level, unattended backup, open system attachment flexibility, and enhanced capacity and performance.
The TS3100 is a 2U rack mount library that can accommodate up to two Ultrium half-high tape drives or one Ultrium full-high tape drive with 24 cartridge slots in two removable magazines, including a standard one-cartridge I/O station, a remote management unit, and a barcode reader.
The TS3200 is a 4U rack mount library that can accommodate up to four Ultrium half-high tape drives or two Ultrium full-high tape drives with 48 data cartridge slots in four removable magazines, including a standard three-cartridge I/O station, a remote management unit, and a barcode reader.
The choice of the tape drives for the TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries includes IBM LTO Ultrium 7, Ultrium 6, Ultrium 5, and Ultrium 4 Half High (HH) and Full High (FH) tape drives with SAS or Fibre Channel host connectivity interfaces.
The TS3100 and TS3200 are ideal solutions if you need an entry-level larger capacity or higher performance tape backup with or without random access. These libraries are excellent choices for tape automation for Lenovo System x®, ThinkServer®, BladeCenter®, and Flex System™ servers.
The TS3100 Tape Library is shown in the following figure.
Figure 1. IBM TS3100 Tape Library for Lenovo
Featuring the latest LTO Ultrium 7 technology, the TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries provide up to 360 TB and 720 TB of 2.5:1 compressed backup storage, respectively.
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The TS3100 and TS3200 deliver the following features:
The TS3200 Tape Library is shown in the following figure.
Figure 2. IBM TS3200 Tape Library for Lenovo
The IBM LTO Ultrium Tape Drives includes the following other IBM LTO Ultrium features:
The 16-channel actuator (LTO Ultrium 4, 5, and 6) and 32-channel actuator (LTO Ultrium 7) provide precision head alignment to help support higher track density and improved data integrity.
These technologies helps improve the reliability of loading and unloading a cartridge, and to retain the pin even if tension is dropped. An independent loader motor, coupled with the positive pin retention, causes the tape to thread with a higher level of reliability.
If there is a power failure, reel motors maintain tension and gradually decelerate instead of stopping abruptly, which helps reduce tape breakage, stretching, or loose tape wraps during a sudden power outage.
There are 3584 data tracks in Ultrium 7, 2176 data tracks in Ultrium 6, 1280 data tracks in Ultrium 5, and 896 data tracks in Ultrium 4. The high-bandwidth servo system features a low mass servo to help more effectively track servo bands and improve data throughput with damaged media in less-than-optimal shock and vibration environments.
The IBM patented Surface Control Guiding Mechanism guides the tape along the tape path in the Ultrium 7, 6, and 5 Tape Drives. This method uses the surface of the tape (rather than the edges) to control tape motion. This configuration helps reduce tape damage (especially to the edges of the tape) and tape debris, which comes from the damaged edges and can accumulate in the head area.
IBM LTO Ultrium Tape Drives use GMR head technology with beveled contouring for reducing striction and friction. This head design was demonstrated in enterprise tape products to help minimize contact, edge damage, debris accumulation, and wear on the tape as it moves over the read/write heads.
The LTO Ultrium Tape Drives perform dynamic speed matching to adjust the drive's native data rate as closely as possible to the net host data rate (after data compressibility is factored out). This matching helps reduce the number of backhitch repositions and improve throughput performance.
To help enhance reliability and prolong the life of the drives, some of the most robust components available are used such as an all metal clutch, steel ball bearings in loader, robust leader block design, and a single circuit card.
The power management function of the Ultrium 7 and Ultrium 6 Tape Drives controls the drive electronics to be completely turned off or in a low-power mode when the circuit functions are not needed for drive operation.
This equalization automatically compensates for dynamic changes in readback signal response.
This compensation dynamically optimizes readback signals for linear readback response from MR read head transducers.
Separate writing of multiple filemarks evokes any write command of two or more filemarks to cause a separate data set to be written that contains all filemarks after the first. It helps improve performance if a subsequent append overwrites somewhere after the first filemark. This change helps prevent having to rewrite data sets that contain customer data and the first filemark, if such an append occurs.
The Ultrium LTO uses LTO-DC, which is an implementation of a Lempel-Ziv class 1 (LZ-1) data compression algorithm. LTO-DC is an extension of Adaptive Lossless Data Compression (ALDC) and an improvement over previous IBM lossless compression algorithms. IBM patented "Scheme-Swapping" compression looks ahead at incoming data and determines the most efficient storage method (ALDC or pass-through mode) to help optimize data compression and increase data throughput.
Contained within the LTO Ultrium data cartridge is the LTO-CM, which is a passive, contactless silicon storage device that is physically a part of the cartridge. The LTO-CM holds information about that specific cartridge, the media in the cartridge, and the data on the media. The storage capacity of the Generation 7 and 6 LTO-CM is 16320 bytes, which is double the capacity of Generation 5 and 4 LTO-CM 8160 bytes. Communication between the drive and the LTO-CM is via a low-level RF field transmitted by the drive to the cartridge.
The Ultrium Tape Drive uses SARS to help isolate failures between media and hardware. SARS uses the cartridge performance history that is saved in the CM module and the drive performance history that is kept in the drive flash EEPROM to help determine the likely cause of failure. SARS causes the drive to request a cleaner tape, mark the media as degraded, and indicate that the hardware degraded.
This technology reduces the total number of components in the drive, helps lower chip temperatures, and reduces power requirements to deliver a more reliable drive. The sixth-generation drive electronics provide error correction of soft errors in the memory arrays in data and control paths.
The following figure shows the front of the TS3100 Tape Library.
Figure 3. Front view of the TS3100 Tape Library
The following figure shows the front of the TS3200 Tape Library.
Figure 4. Front view of the TS3200 Tape Library
The following figure shows the rear of the TS3100 Tape Library with the full high SAS drive sled.
Figure 5. Rear view of the TS3100 Tape Library
The following figure shows the rear of the TS3200 Tape Library with the full high and half high Fibre Channel drive sleds, and the half high SAS drive sled.
Figure 6. Rear view of the TS3200 Tape Library
The following table lists the TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries system specifications.
The following table lists the ordering information for the TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Library models.
* Machine Type (first four digits); Model (last three digits and letters)
The part numbers for the TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Library models include the following items:
The TS3200 unit supports redundant power with the optional second power supply that can be ordered with the unit. A power cable is not included with the optional power supply (for ordering information, see Table 8).
The following table lists the rack mount kit for the TS3100 and TS3200 units and the optional power supply for the TS3200 unit.
The TS3100 Tape Library can accommodate up to two LTO Ultrium half-high tape drives or one LTO Ultrium full-high tape drive. The TS3200 Tape Library can accommodate up to four LTO Ultrium half-high tape drives, up to two LTO Ultrium full-high tape drives, or a combination of up to two LTO Ultrium half-high tape drives and one LTO Ultrium full-high tape drive.
The following table lists ordering information for the tape drives for the TS3100 and TS3200.
A SAS cable or Fibre Channel cable is required to attach a tape drive in the TS3100 or TS3200 Tape Library to a host. One cable is required per one drive. The following table lists supported cable options.
** The interposer is used on the host side to connect up to four SAS tape drives to a single Mini-SAS x4 port on a SAS HBA with up to four 2 m Mini-SAS to Mini-SAS cables (part number 00NA009). 5.5 m Mini-SAS to Mini-SAS cables (part number 00NV418) are not supported with the interposer.* The Y SAS HD cable is used to connect up to two SAS tape drives to a single Mini-SAS HD x4 port on a SAS HBA.
LTO Ultrium tape drives support the following backward compatibility for previous generations of tape media:
The TS3100 supports up to 24 data cartridges and comes standard with two removable tape magazine with 12 cartridge slots each. The TS3200 supports up to 48 data cartridges and comes standard with four removable tape magazines with 12 cartridge slots each. More removable tape magazines can be ordered with the TS3100 or TS3200, if needed.
The following table lists tape media options and extra magazines that can be ordered for the TS3100 and TS3200.
The functionality of the TS3100 and TS3200 can be expanded with the following optional software features:
The TS3100 and TS3200 offer an optional path failover feature that enables the host device driver to resend the command to an alternative control path for the same logical library to ensure smooth library operations if there is a communication error. With control path failover, the alternative control path can include another HBA, SAN, or library control path drive. The device driver starts error recovery and continues the operation on the alternative control path without interrupting the application.
IBM Ultrium 7, Ultrium 6, Ultrium 5, and Ultrium 4 tape drives are encryption-capable and they support the following modes of encryption management:
System Managed and Library Managed Encryption requires an optional Transparent LTO Encryption license. Application Managed Encryption does not require a license.
The following table lists ordering information for optional software features.
The TS3100 and TS3200 ship standard without power cables. The part numbers and feature codes to order the power cables are listed in the following table.
* With two power supplies in the TS3200.
The TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries have the following dimensions and weight (approximate):
The TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries are supported in the following environment:
The TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries have a three-year Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) and onsite warranty with 9x5/next business day (NBD) terms. Lenovo offers the service upgrades through warranty maintenance upgrades and post-warranty maintenance agreements with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.
Lenovo warranty service upgrade offerings are country-specific; that is, each country might have its own service types, service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of warranty service upgrades might be available in a particular country or area. For more information about Lenovo warranty service upgrade offerings that are available in your country, see the Lenovo Services Product Selector that is available at this website:https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac
The warranty service definitions for the TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries are listed in the following table.
Table 9. Warranty service definitions
In general, the following types of Lenovo warranty service upgrades for the TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries are available:
RTS provides comprehensive technical call center support. RTS can reduce problem resolution time, which decreases the cost to address technical problems and increasing uptime.
The TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries conform to the following regulations:
Lenovo provides end-to-end storage compatibility testing to deliver interoperability throughout the network. The TS3100 and TS3200 support attachment to Lenovo System x, ThinkServer, BladeCenter, and Flex System hosts by using SAS, Fibre Channel (FC), or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity.
Note: Tables that are provided in this section are for ordering reference purposes only. End-to-end storage configuration support must be verified through the System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC):http://ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic
The following table lists currently available System x and ThinkServer SAS adapters that are compatible with the TS3100 and TS3200 SAS tape drives (direct attach).
The TS3100 and TS3200 support FCoE connectivity via FCoE/FC gateways with native Fibre Channel ports.
Currently available converged FCoE adapters for BladeCenter and Flex System that are compatible with the TS3100 and TS3200 are listed in the following table. Other HBAs also might be supported (for more information, see the System Storage Interoperation Center).
Fibre Channel connectivity
The TS3100 and TS3200 support FC switch-based attachments. Brocade and QLogic SAN switches can be used to provide FC connectivity with the TS3100 and TS3200.
The System x, ThinkServer, BladeCenter, and Flex System FC adapters that are listed in the following table are compatible with the TS3100 and TS3200.
The following table lists currently available Ethernet and FC rack-mount switches that are offered by Lenovo that can be used in TS3100 and TS3200 solutions.
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Top-of-rack switches category:http://lenovopress.com/servers/options/switches
The following table lists currently available Ethernet and FC embedded switches and pass-thru modules for Flex System that can be used in TS3100 and TS3200 solutions.
The following table lists currently available Ethernet and FC embedded switches and pass-thru modules for BladeCenter that can be used in TS3100 and TS3200 solutions.
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the following categories:
The TS3100 and TS3200 support host attachments to the System x, ThinkServer, and BladeCenter servers and Flex System compute nodes with the following operating systems:
ISV backup software compatibility
The Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) indicate support for the TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries for the following ISV backup software:
For more information, see the ISV matrix for IBM LTO that is available at this website:http://www.ibm.com/systems/resources/lto_isv_matrix.pdf
The following table lists the rack cabinets that are offered by Lenovo that can be used in TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries solutions.
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Rack cabinets category:http://lenovopress.com/servers/options/racks
The following table lists the the power distribution units (PDUs) that are offered by Lenovo that can be used in TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries solutions.
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Power Distribution Units category:http://lenovopress.com/servers/options/pdu
The following table list the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units that are offered by Lenovo that can be used in TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries solutions.
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Uninterruptible Power Supply Units category:http://lenovopress.com/servers/options/ups
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