IBM TS7700 Release 5.2.2 Guide

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IBM Form #: SG24-8464-02

Authors: Larry Coyne, Yuki Asakura, Ole Asmussen, Nielson ’Nino’ de Carvalho, Derek Erdmann, Monica Falcone, Rin Fujiwara, Nobuhiko Furuya, Lourie Goodall, Joe Hew, Kousei Kawamura, Tony Makepeace, Erich Moraga, Stefan Neff, Tomoaki Ogino, Alberto Barajas Ortiz, Aderson Pacini, Trinidad Armando Rangel Ruiz, Michael Scott, Joe Swingler, Taisei Takai, Nao Takemura, Takahiro Tsuda, Chen Zhu

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers IBM TS7700 R5.2.. 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 virtual tape experience, the TS7770 supports the ability to store virtual tape volumes in an object store. The TS7700 supported off loading to physical tape for over two decades. Off loading to physical tape behind a TS7700 is utilized by hundreds of organizations around the world.

    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 TS7770 as of Release 5.2. Release 5.2.2 introduced the new TS7700 Advanced Object Storage for DS8000® enhancements. In addition, it includes features previously released in R5.2.1 such as an all flash TS7770, Grid Resiliency improvements, Cloud Storage Tier recovery enhancements and Logical WORM Retention:

    • Improved reliability and resiliency
    • Reduction in the time that is needed for the backup and restore process
    • Reduction of services downtime that is caused by physical tape drive and library outages
    • Reduction in cost, time, and complexity by moving primary workloads to virtual tape
    • Increased efficient procedures for managing daily batch, backup, recall, and restore processing
    • On-premises and off-premises object store cloud storage support as an alternative to physical tape for archive and disaster recovery

    New and existing capabilities of the TS7700 5.2 include the following highlights:

    • Eight-way Grid Cloud, which consists of up to three generations of TS7700
    • Synchronous and asynchronous replication of both virtual tape and TCT Objects
    • Grid access to all logical volume and object data independent of where it exists
    • 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 AES256 in-flight encryption and compression
    • Regulatory compliance through Logical WORM and LWORM Retention support
    • Cloud Storage Tier support for archive, logical volume version and disaster recovery
    • Optional integration with physical tape
    • 16 Gb FICON throughput that exceeds 5 GBps per TS7700 cluster
    • Grid Resiliency Support with Control Unit Initiated Reconfiguration (CUIR) support
    • IBM Z hosts view up to 3,968 common devices per TS7700 grid
    • TS7770 Cache On-demand feature that is based capacity 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 libraries.

    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. IBM TS7700 implementation

    Chapter 7. Hardware configurations and upgrade considerations

    Chapter 8. Migration

    Part 3. Operations

    Chapter 9. TS7700 Management Interface operations: Part 1

    Chapter 10. TS7700 Management Interface operations: Part 2

    Chapter 11. TS7700 common operations and procedures

    Chapter 12. zHost console operations

    Chapter 13. Monitoring

    Chapter 14. Performance considerations

    Chapter 15. Copy Export

    Chapter 16. Disaster recovery testing in a grid configuration

    Appendix A. Feature codes and requests for price quotation

    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


    Special Notices

    This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a client responsibility and depends upon the client's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the client's operational environment.