The family of IBM LTO Ultrium Tape Drives for Lenovo (type 6161) is external, stand-alone or rack-mountable tape drives that contain an LTO Ultrium 5 or Ultrium 6 Tape Drive that is designed for the heavy demands of backup tape storage. The drives deliver IBM tape reliability and performance at a cost-effective price.TS2250 Model H5S incorporates the LTO Ultrium 5 Half-High SAS Tape Drive. TS2260 Model H6S incorporates the LTO Ultrium 6 Half-High SAS Tape Drive. TS2360 Model S63 incorporates the LTO Ultrium 6 Full-High SAS Tape Drive. These tape drives use a dual-port 6 Gbps SAS interface for connection to a wide range of servers.The LTO Ultrium Tape Drives from Lenovo are excellent choices if you use tape drives that require larger-capacity or higher-performance tape backup. The TS2250, TS2260, and TS2360 Tape Drives are an excellent choice for tape backup solutions for Lenovo System x® and ThinkServer® servers.Figure 1. TS2360 Tape Drive for Lenovo
Featuring LTO Ultrium 6 technology, the TS2260 and TS2360 Tape Drives provide up to 6.25 TB of 2.5:1 compressed backup storage capacity. With LTO Ultrium 5, the TS2250 Tape Drive provides up to 3 TB of 2:1 compressed backup storage capacity.With IBM LTO Tape offerings that are available from Lenovo, Lenovo can be your trusted partner that offers "one stop shop" and single point of contact for delivery of leading edge technologies and innovations from Lenovo and other leading IT vendors. These offerings can satisfy the wide range of your end-to-end infrastructure needs, including handheld devices, notebooks, personal computers, servers, storage, networking, services, management software, and financing.
The TS2250, TS2260, and TS2360 deliver the following features:
The following figure shows the TS2260 Tape Drive.Figure 2. TS2260 Tape Drive for LenovoThe following figure shows the TS2250 Tape Drive.Figure 3. TS2250 Tape Drive for LenovoThe IBM LTO Ultrium Tape Drives include the following IBM LTO Ultrium features:
The actuator provides precision head alignment to help support higher track density and improved data integrity.
These technologies help improve the reliability of loading and unloading a cartridge and retain the pin, even if tension is dropped. An independent loader motor that is 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 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.
IBM patented Surface Control Guiding Mechanism guides the tape along the tape path in the Ultrium 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.
LTO Ultrium 5 introduces GMR head technology with beveled contouring for reducing striction and friction, especially with the smoother LTO5 media type. 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 Ultrium 6 Tape Drive performs dynamic speed matching at one of the 14 speeds similar to the Ultrium 5 Tape Drive. The Ultrium 4 Tape Drive performs dynamic speed matching at one of six speeds 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 the loader, robust leader block design, and a single circuit card.
The Ultrium 6 Tape Drive power management function 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.
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 6 LTO-CM is 16320 bytes, which is double 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 is degraded.
This technology reduces the total number of components in the drive, which 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 TS2260. The front view of the TS2250 is similar to the front view of the TS2260.Figure 4. Front view of the TS2260The following figure shows the front of the TS2360.Figure 5. Front view of the TS2360The following figure shows the rear of the TS2250 and TS2260.Figure 6. Rear view of the TS2250 and TS2260The following figure shows the rear of the TS2360.Figure 7. Rear view of the TS2360
The following table lists the TS2250, TS2350, and TS2360 Tape Drives system specifications.Table 1. System specifications
The following table lists the ordering information for the TS2250, TS2260, and TS2360 Tape Drives models.Table 2. Part numbers and feature codes for ordering LTO Ultrium Tape Drive models
* MTM = Machine Type (first four digits); Model (last three digits and letters)The part numbers for the tape drives models include the following items:
NotesConsider the following points:
The following table lists the rack mount kit for the TS2250, TS2260, and TS2360 Tape Drives.Table 3. Rack mount kit
A SAS cable is required to attach a TS2250, TS2260, or TS2360 Tape Drive to a SAS host adapter. The following table lists the supported cable options.Table 4. SAS cable options
* 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 supported SAS HBA.
LTO Ultrium Tape Drives support the following backward compatibility for the previous generations of tape media:
The following table lists tape media options that can be ordered for the TS2250, TS2260, and TS2360.Table 5. Tape media
If the TS2250, TS2260, or TS2360 is ordered with the rack mount kit, it includes one 10A/100-250V, C13 to IEC 320-C14 Rack Power Cable. A country-specific line cord also can be ordered, if needed.If the TS2250, TS2260, or TS2360 is ordered without a rack-mount kit, it does not include a power cable. A country-specific line cord, or a rack power cable must be ordered with the TS2250, TS2260, or TS2360.The part numbers and feature codes to order the power cables (one power cable per tape drive) are listed in the following table.Table 6. Part numbers and feature codes for ordering power cables
The LTO Ultrium Tape Drives have the following dimensions and weight (approximate):
The LTO Ultrium Tape Drives are supported in the following environment:
The TS2250, TS2260, and TS2360 Tape Drives have a three-year 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/servicepacThe warranty service definitions for the LTO Ultrium Tape Drives are listed in the following table.Table 7. Warranty service definitions
In general, the following types of Lenovo warranty service upgrades for the LTO Ultrium Tape Drives 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 TS2250, TS2260, and TS2360 Tape Drives conform to the following regulations:
Lenovo provides end-to-end storage compatibility testing to deliver interoperability throughout the network. The TS2250, TS2260, and TS2360 Tape Drives support attachment to Lenovo System x and ThinkServer hosts by using SAS storage connectivity interface.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 following System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) website:http://ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssicSAS connectivityThe following table lists currently available System x and ThinkServer SAS adapters that are compatible with the LTO Ultrium Tape Drives.Table 8. SAS adapters
Operating systemsThe LTO Ultrium Tape Drives support host attachments to the System x and ThinkServer servers with the following operating systems:
ISV backup software compatibilityThe Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) indicate support for the TS2250, TS2260, and TS2360 Tape Drives for the following ISV backup software:
For more information, see the Independent Software Vendor matrix for IBM LTO, which 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 LTO Ultrium Tape Drives solutions.Table 9. Rack cabinets
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category that is available at this website:http://lenovopress.com/systemx/rack
The following table lists the the power distribution units (PDUs) that are offered by Lenovo that can be used in LTO Ultrium Tape Drives solutions.Table 10. Power distribution units
The line cords that are available for the PDUs that ship without a line cord are listed in the following table.Table 11. Line cord part numbers for PDUs
For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Power infrastructure category that is available at this website:http://lenovopress.com/systemx/power
The following table list the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units that are offered by Lenovo that can be used in LTO Ultrium Tape Drives solutions.Table 12. Uninterruptible power supply units
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