IBM Linear Tape File System Library Edition Version 2.1.4 now available for use on non-IBM tape librariesIBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa Software Announcement ZP14-0493
September 9, 2014
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IBM® Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Library Edition (LE) Version 2.1.4 now offers support for customers using non-IBM libraries to enable faster data access by splitting the cartridge into two media partitions with media partitioning.
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IBM LTFS LE version 2.1.4 now extends tape library support to third-party tape libraries. This support is added for LTFS Library Edition for Windows with LTO5 and LTO6 tape drives, sharing the benefits of media partitioning to allow for faster data access by splitting the cartridge into two media partitions.
In addition to IBM tape libraries, IBM LTFS LE version 2.1.4 is designed to be compatible with third-party tape libraries, enabling read, write, search, and indexing of user metadata, in addition to access to the data on non-IBM hardware.
Third-party tape library customers can order LTFS LE software as stand-alone product through IBM direct or IBM Business Partner.
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|Planned availability date|
September 19, 2014
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IBM LTFS LE extends its capability to tape library support to third-party tape libraries. With LTFS LE, LTO data stored in select non-IBM tape libraries can be indexed for ease of use. LTFS LE enables mounting of the library as a file system, while the file manager manages the automation and provides operating system-level access to all the content in the library. LTFS LE is based on the LTFS format specification, so tape library cartridges are 100 percent interchangeable with cartridges written with the open source, single drive versions of LTFS.
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IBM LTFS Library Edition V2.1 Program Program number VRM name 5639-LT1 2.1.4 IBM LTFS Library Edition Software Maintenance: 5639-LT2 IBM LTFS Library Edition 1year Registration and Renewal 5639-LT3 IBM LTFS Library Edition 1year After License 5639-LT4 IBM LTFS Library Edition 2year Registration 5639-LT5 IBM LTFS Library Edition 3year Registration 5639-LT6 IBM LTFS Library Edition 3year Renewal 5639-LT7 IBM LTFS Library Edition 3year After License 5639-LT8 IBM LTFS Library Edition 4year Registration 5639-LT9 IBM LTFS Library Edition 5year Registration
Product identification number
IBM LTFS Library Edition First Yr Reg and Maintenance 1 year Maintenance 1 year After License Program PID number Renewal PID number PID number 5639-LT1 5639-LT2 5639-LT3 Maintenance 3 year Maintenance 3 year Registration PID number Renewal PID number 5639-LT5 5639-LT6 Maintenance 3 year After License PID number 5639-LT7 Maintenance 2 year Maintenance 4 year Registration PID number Registration PID number 5639-LT4 5639-LT8 Maintenance 5 year Registration PID number 5639-LT9
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Specified operating environment
General platform prerequisites
The runtime memory and disk space requirements may be found in documentation accompanying the program.
Operating system prerequisites
IBM LTO Ultrium 6 and Ultrium 5 drives in supported Dell Tape Libraries and Fibre Channel switches are listed in the LTFS landing pages located at
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
For additional information, refer to Usage restriction in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the license information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Detailed planning information and IBM LTFS LE documentation is available online in IBM Knowledge Center
For new orders of IBM LTFS Library Edition V2.1.4 (5639-LT1), the following media is shipped with media feature 5806:
This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.
Security, auditability, and control
IBM LTFS Library Edition uses the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, or application software to which it is attached. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.
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IBM LTFS Library Edition
Program name: IBM Linear Tape File System Library Edition Program PID: 5639-LT1
Contact your local IBM representative for the applicable charges.
The current billing features and pricing information for IBM LTFS Library Edition remain unchanged.
5639-LT1: IBM LTFS LE Use Authorizations with One Year Software Maintenance One-time charge features IBM LTFS Library Edition per Install and per 250 Installs with 1 Year SW Maintenance OTC Feature Feature description code LTFS LE Other Vendors Library UCAPC1 Libraries Per Install with 1Yr SW Maintenance LTFS LE Other Vendors Library BCAPF2 Libraries Per 250 Install with 1 Yr SW Maintenance
The current billing features and pricing information for IBM Linear Tape File System Library Edition remain unchanged. For details, refer to Software Announcement ZP11-0301, dated July 12, 2011, IBM Linear Tape File System Library Edition (LTFS LE) software PID (5639-LT1).
This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.
Extending coverage for a total of three years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to extend coverage for your software licenses. If maintenance has expired, specify the after license feature number.
IBM Linear Tape File System Library Edition (LTFS LE) Software Maintenance
5639-LT2: IBM LTFS LE Other Vendors Library No Charge Registration, 1 year Renewal Software Maintenance OTC Feature Feature description number LTFS LE Other Vendors Library UCARC2 Per Install SW Maintenance No Charge Registration LTFS LE Other Vendors Library LCARF4 Per 250 Install SW Maintenance No Charge Registration LTFS LE Other Vendors Library UCARC3 Per Install SW Maintenance 1 Year Renewal LTFS LE Other Vendors Library LCARF5 Per 250 Install SW Maintenance 1 Year Renewal 5639-LT3: IBM LTFS LE Other Vendors Library 1 year After License Software Maintenance OTC Feature Feature description number LTFS LE Other Vendors Library UCASC4 Per Install SW Maintenance 1 Year After License LTFS LE Other Vendors Library LCASF6 Per 250 Install SW Maintenance 1 Year After License 5639-LT4: IBM LTFS LE Other Vendors Library 2 years Registration Software Maintenance OTC Feature Feature description number LTFS LE Other Vendors Library MCATTA Per Install SW Maintenance 2 years Registration LTFS LE Other Vendors Library XCAT41 Per 250 Install SW Maintenance 2 years Registration 5639-LT5: IBM LTFS LE Other Vendors Library 3 years Registration Software Maintenance OTC Feature Feature description number LTFS LE Other Vendors Library UCAUC5 Per Install SW Maintenance 3 years Registration LTFS LE Other Vendors Library LCAUF7 Per 250 Install SW Maintenance 3 years Registration 5639-LT6: IBM LTFS LE Other Vendors Library 3 years Renewal Software Maintenance OTC Feature Feature description number LTFS LE Other Vendors Library UCAVC6 Per Install SW Maintenance 3 years Renewal LTFS LE Other Vendors Library LCAVF8 Per 250 Install SW Maintenance 3 years Renewal 5639-LT7: IBM LTFS LE Other Vendors Library 3 years After License Software Maintenance OTC Feature Feature description number LTFS LE Other Vendors Library UCAWC7 Per Install SW Maintenance 3 years After License LTFS LE Other Vendors Library LCAWF9 Per 250 Install SW Maintenance 3 years After License 5639-LT8: IBM LTFS LE Other Vendors Library 4 years Registration Software Maintenance OTC Feature Feature description number LTFS LE Other Vendors Library MCAXTB Per Install SW Maintenance 4 years Registration LTFS LE Other Vendors Library XCAX42 Per 250 Install SW Maintenance 4 years Registration 5639-LT9: IBM LTFS LE Other Vendors Library 5 years Registration Software Maintenance OTC Feature Feature description number LTFS LE Other Vendors Library MCAYTC Per Install SW Maintenance 5 years Registration LTFS LE Other Vendors Library XCAY43 Per 250 Install SW Maintenance 5 years Registration
Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric IBM LTFS 5639-LT1 Per Install Library Edition Per 250 Installs V2.1.4
Install is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. An install is an installed copy of the program on a physical or virtual disk made available to be executed on a computer. Licensee must obtain an entitlement for each install of the program.
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|Terms and conditions|
The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.
IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.
This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).
Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance
The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures.
These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.
License Information number
The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Limited warranty applies
IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.
IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at
IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).
Program technical support
This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) also provides you with access to updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.
For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.
Volume orders (IVO)
Yes. Contact your IBM representative.
Passport Advantage applies
IBM LTFS Library Edition (5639-LT1) for other Vendors Libraries is licensed on a per Install and per 250 installs basis.
For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Software Subscription and Support applies
Yes. All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.
While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at
Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.
For more information about the Passport Advantage Agreement, visit the Passport Advantage website at
System i® Software Maintenance applies
Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
Yes. When ordering through the program number process, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
Education Software Allowance Program applies when ordering through the program number process.
Yes, to qualified customers.
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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.
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The billing features and pricing information for IBM Linear Tape File System Library Edition remain unchanged. For details, refer to Software Announcement ZP11-0301, dated July 12, 2011, IBM Linear Tape File System Library Edition (LTFS LE) software PID (5639-LT1).
For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.
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