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IBM Tape Library Guide for Open Systems

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Last updated on 05 December 2023

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IBM Form #: SG24-5946-18

Authors: Phil Gerrard, Ole Assmussen, Robert Beiderbeck, Albrecht Friess, Hans-Günther Hörhammer, Khanh Ngo, Jesus Eduardo Cervantes Rolon, Fabian Corona Villarreal and Larry Coyne

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents a general introduction to the latest (current) IBM® tape and tape library technologies. Featured tape technologies include the IBM LTO Ultrium and Enterprise 3592 tape drives, and their implementation in IBM tape libraries.

    This 19th edition includes information about the latest IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 9 tape drive, IBM Diamondback tape library, IBM TS4500 tape library, IBM TS4300 tape library, TS2900 tape autoloader, along with technical information about each IBM tape product for open systems. It also includes generalized sections about Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel connections, and multipath architecture configurations.

    This book also covers tools and techniques for library management. It is intended for anyone who wants to understand more about IBM tape products and their implementation. It is suitable for IBM clients, IBM Business Partners, IBM specialist sales representatives, and technical specialists. If you do not have a background in computer tape storage products, you might need to read other sources of information. In the interest of being concise, topics that are generally understood are not covered in detail.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Tape basics of open systems

    Chapter 1. Tape technology introduction

    Chapter 2. Overview of IBM Linear Tape-Open Ultrium tape drives

    Chapter 3. IBM TS1100 tape drives

    Chapter 4. IBM TS2290 tape drive

    Chapter 5. IBM TS2280 tape drive

    Chapter 6. IBM TS2270 tape drive

    Chapter 7. IBM TS2260 tape drive

    Chapter 8. IBM TS2360 tape drive

    Part 2. IBM tape libraries for open systems

    Chapter 9. IBM TS2900 tape autoloader

    Chapter 10. IBM TS4300 tape library

    Chapter 11. IBM TS4500 tape library

    Chapter 12. IBM Diamondback tape library

    Part 3. Appendixes

    Appendix A. Data storage values

    Appendix B. IBM LTO Ultrium and 3592 media

    Appendix C. IBM tape product names


    Special Notices

    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.