IBM Spectrum Archive product family supports LTO 9 tape drives

IBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP21-0306
September 7, 2021

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At a glance

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IBM Spectrum® Archive enables direct, intuitive, and graphical access to data stored in IBM® tape drives and libraries by incorporating the IBM Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format standard for reading, writing, and exchanging descriptive metadata on formatted tape cartridges. IBM Spectrum Archive eliminates the need for additional tape management and software to access data.

In addition to LTO® 9 tape drive support, IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition (EE)1.3.2 delivers support of system migration by SOBAR, and Recommended Access Order (RAO) for bulk recall.

IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition (LE) 2.4.4 and IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition (SDE) 2.4.4 deliver additional support for RHEL 8.4.



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Overview

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IBM Spectrum Archive extends its support to IBM LTO 9 tape drives. IBM Spectrum Archive is a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage software portfolio designed to address data storage inefficiencies. IBM Spectrum Archive changes the economics of storage by adding a layer of intelligent software that enables the storage infrastructure with economical tape hardware in nonproprietary format that is suitable for long-term retention of archival data.

The IBM Spectrum Archive software family supports base and software maintenance (SWMA) license part numbers supporting new orders of TS4300 libraries in Passport Advantage® (PPA).

The software family supports the LTO generation 9 tape technology with following versions:

  • IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition (EE) 1.3.2
  • IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition (LE) 2.4.4
  • IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition (SDE) 2.4

Additionally, IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition (EE) 1.3.2 offers:

  • Support for system migration using SOBAR, relocating GPFS file system to different disks (system migration requires review and detailed instructions by IBM Support)
  • RAO for bulk recall


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Key requirements

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IBM Spectrum Archive EE 1.3.2

  • Tape drives
    • IBM LTO Ultrium® generations 5 through 9
    • IBM Enterprise Tape TS1140, TS1150, TS1155*, and TS1160
  • Tape libraries
    • TS4500 and TS4300
    • TS3500 and TS3310
  • Server with following operating system and separately licensed software
    • RHEL 7 or 8 (64-bit, x86-64 and ppc64le platform)
    • IBM Spectrum Scale 5.x.x (up to 5.1.1)

IBM Spectrum Archive LE 2.4.4

  • Tape drives
    • IBM LTO Ultrium generations 5 to 9
    • IBM Enterprise Tape TS1140, TS1150, TS1155*, and TS1160
  • Tape libraries
    • TS4500 and TS4300
    • TS3500, TS3310, TS3200, and TS3100
    • TS2900
  • Server with one of following operating system
    • RHEL 7 or 8 (64-bit, x86-64 or ppc64le platform)
    • Windows™ Server 2016

IBM Spectrum Archive SDE 2.4

  • Tape drives
    • IBM LTO Ultrium generations 5 to 9
    • IBM Enterprise Tape TS1140, TS1150, TS1155*, and TS1160

*Only Fibre Channel interface

For complete details about supported hardware and configurations, see the IBM Spectrum Archive SDE documentation, IBM Spectrum Archive LE documentation, and IBM Spectrum Archive EE documentation in IBM Documentation website.



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Planned availability date

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  • September 10, 2021: Electronic download from Fix Central for the upgrade of existing installation
  • September 17, 2021: For new installation (AAS or Passport Advantage)


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Description

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IBM Spectrum Archive extends its support to IBM LTO 9 tape drives. IBM Spectrum Archive, a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage family, enables direct, intuitive, and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries by incorporating the LTFS format standard for reading, writing, and exchanging descriptive metadata on formatted tape cartridges. IBM Spectrum Archive eliminates the need for additional tape management and software to access data.

Spectrum Archive EE also supports base and software maintenance license part numbers to exclusively support orders of the TS4300 library through Passport Advantage.

IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 1.3.2

  • Enhanced interoperability with support of LTO 9 tape drives
  • Support system migration by using SOBAR
  • RAO for bulk recall

IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 2.4.4

  • Interoperability enhancements:
    • Support for LTO 9 tape drives
    • Support for RHEL 8.4

IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition 2.4

  • Interoperability enhancements:
    • Support for LTO 9 tape drives
    • Support for RHEL 8.4

Accessibility by people with disabilities

Accessibility Compliance Reports (previously known as a VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance to standards, including the Worldwide Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, European Standard EN 301 349, and US Section 508, can be found on the IBM Accessibility Conformance Report Request website.



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Product positioning

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IBM Spectrum Archive is a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage software portfolio, designed to address data storage inefficiencies by changing the economics of storage with a layer of intelligent software. This software helps to create an efficient data footprint that dynamically stores every bit of data at the optimal cost, helping to maximize performance and supports security capabilities of tape infrastructure like air-gap, WORM and encryption.

IBM Spectrum Archive EE

IBM Spectrum Archive EE gives organizations an easy way to use cost-effective IBM tape drives and libraries within a tiered storage infrastructure. By using tape libraries instead of disks for Tier 2 and Tier 3 data storage that is stored for long-term retention, organizations can improve efficiency and reduce costs related to storing growing amounts of data. IBM Spectrum Archive EE seamlessly integrates with the scalability, manageability, and performance of IBM Spectrum Scale, an IBM enterprise file management platform that enables organizations to move beyond simply adding storage, to optimizing data management.

  • Enable cost-effective tape storage for cloud and analytics infrastructures with IBM Spectrum Archive combined with the scalability, manageability, and performance of IBM Spectrum Scale
  • Help reduce IT costs by replacing tiered disk storage (Tier 2 and Tier 3) with IBM tape libraries
  • Expand archive capacity in up to two libraries without impacting the availability of data in the pool
  • Improve data availability and total capacity with support for up two libraries in a single file system

With IBM Spectrum Archive EE, accessing data stored on an IBM tape cartridge, instead of on disk, is transparent. IBM Spectrum Scale keeps a pointer to the data on tape and, if requested, retrieves the data without user or operator intervention. By leveraging the capabilities of IBM Spectrum Scale, IBM Spectrum Archive EE enables high-performance and reliable access across the storage infrastructure. In turn, IBM Spectrum Archive EE enables IBM Spectrum Scale installations to add extensive capacity with lower media, floor space, and power costs. With policy-based migration, archive capacity can be expanded without impacting data availability.

IBM Spectrum Archive EE enables organizations to improve the cost-effectiveness of their cloud and analytics infrastructures by delivering:

  • Operational storage tiers with tape, rather than storing cold data on costly disk storage
  • Storage of digital assets for the long term so that assets can be referenced and monetized for years to come
  • Creation of copies of data on operational storage, improving the efficiency and cost effectiveness of a tiered storage infrastructure

IBM Spectrum Archive LE

IBM Spectrum Archive LE represents a significant step in moving tape storage away from its reputation as complex and difficult to use. Unlike disk storage, tape has previously required device-specific software to read, write, and manage data stored on its cartridges in libraries. IBM Spectrum Archive sets a new standard for ease of use and portability for open-systems tape storage. Users can run any application designed for disk files against tape data without concern for the fact that the data is physically stored on tape.

Similar to using a USB drive or memory stick, IBM Spectrum Archive enables users to share data across platforms by simply dragging and dropping files. Access to data is faster and easier, and when a library loads a tape into the drive and mounts it into the file system, files become visible as if they were on a disk.

IBM Spectrum Archive LE can support data either on single tape cartridges or multiple cartridges in a tape library, automatically loading the cartridges per file access.

IBM Spectrum Archive SDE

IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition (IBM Spectrum Archive SDE) allows access to all data on a tape cartridge in a stand-alone drive attached directly to a server or through bridge box as easily as if it were on disk. IBM Spectrum Archive SDE uses the file system’s format and operating system (OS) resources to graphically display the contents of a tape cartridge in the OS’s graphical user interface (GUI) format, typically a folder-tree structure. The metadata of each cartridge, once mounted, is cached in server memory. Metadata operations such as directory browsing and filename search do not require tape movement.

Similar to using a USB drive or memory stick, IBM Spectrum Archive SDE enables users to share data across platforms by simply dragging and dropping files. Access to data is faster and easier. Users just load a tape into the drive and mount it into the file system, and then files become visible as if they were on a disk. Because access is not through backup software, cartridges formatted with IBM Spectrum Archive can be exchanged more easily between users working in different operating systems, using different software and in different locations. Users’ operational agility and efficiency is increased because using IBM Spectrum Archive does not require extensive knowledge of tape.



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Reference information

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For more information about IBM Spectrum Archive EE and IBM Spectrum Archive LE, see Software Announcement AP17-0415, dated October 10, 2017.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5639-LT1 2.4.4 IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition
5639-LP1 1.3.2 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition
5725-X69 1.3.2 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition (for Passport Advantage)
Program number Maintenance 1 year PID number Maintenance 2 year PID number Maintenance 3 year PID number Maintenance 4 year PID number Maintenance 5 year PID number
5639-LP1 5639-LP2 5639-LP4 5639-LP5 5639-LP8 5639-LP9
  5639-LP3   5639-LP6    
      5639-LP7    

Program number Maintenance 1 year PID number Maintenance 2 year PID number Maintenance 3 year PID number Maintenance 4 year PID number Maintenance 5 year PID number
5639-LT1 5639-LT2 5639-LT4 5639-LT5 5639-LT8 5639-LT9
  5639-LT3   5639-LT6    
      5639-LT7    


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Publications

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The IBM Documentation website provides you with a single point of reference where you can access product documentation for IBM systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, you can efficiently find information and personalize your access by going to IBM Documentation for all your product information needs.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 2.4.4

  • One supported tape library
  • One or more supported tape drives, supported HBAs (FC or SAS), and switches
  • One or more supported tape media
  • One x86-64 Server or POWER® Server in little endian mode

IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 1.3.2

  • One or two supported tape libraries
  • One or more supported tape drives, supported HBAs (FC, SAS, or RoCE), and switches
  • One or more supported tape media
  • One or more x86-64 server, or POWER Server in little endian mode (each server requires a per-node license)

IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition 2.4

  • Tape drives
    • IBM LTO Ultrium generations 5 to 9
    • IBM Enterprise Tape TS1140, TS1150, TS1155 and TS1160
Software requirements

IBM Spectrum Archive EE 1.3.2

Operating system prerequisites

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) 7 or 8 (64-bit, x86-64, or ppc64le platform)

Connectivity prerequisites

For complete details about supported hardware and configurations, see the IBM Spectrum Archive EE documentation in IBM Documentation website.

IBM Spectrum Archive LE 2.4.4

Operating system prerequisites

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 or 8 (64-bit, x86-64 or ppc64le platform)

Connectivity prerequisites

For complete details about supported hardware and configurations, see the IBM Spectrum Archive LE documentation in IBM Documentation website.

IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition 2.4

Operating system prerequisites

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 or 8 (64-bit, x86-64 or ppc64le platform)

Connectivity prerequisites

For complete details about supported hardware and configurations, see the IBM Spectrum Archive SDE documentation in IBM Documentation website.

Limitations

IBM Spectrum Archive EE 1.3.2

  • For TS1155 tape drives, IBM Spectrum Archive EE only supports Fibre Channel interface
  • Tape media in different formats or generations need to be grouped and separated by tape pool
  • The system has to have at least one tape drive which can both read and write the tape for each tape format and generation
  • Write protected tapes are not supported

IBM Spectrum Archive LE 2.4.4

WORM tapes are not supported.

IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition 2.4

WORM tapes are not supported.

For additional information, see the license information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website.

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Planning information

Packaging

IBM Spectrum Archive EE

  • For AAS orders: New orders of IBM Spectrum Archive EE 1.3.2 (5639-LP1) are shipped with media feature 5806 - IBM Spectrum Archive EE 1.3.2 (Part Number LCD7-5639).
  • For PPA orders: Only electronic software delivery is supported for IBM Spectrum Archive EE 1.3.2 (5725-X69).

IBM Spectrum Archive LE

For new orders of IBM Spectrum Archive LE (5639-LT1), IBM Spectrum Archive LE 2.4.4 (CD-ROM Part number LCD7-5224) media is shipped with feature 5806.

IBM Spectrum Archive SDE

Not applicable.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Spectrum Archive EE, IBM Spectrum Archive LE, and IBM Spectrum Archive SDE use the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, or application software to which it is attached.

The client 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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Ordering information

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Products announced as dual-pipe are available for ordering by program number and feature number or by part number. Products can be obtained by part number through Passport Advantage.

For more information, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

These programs are available only through Passport Advantage.


Passport Advantage

There is no new ordering information in this release. For available part numbers, see Software Announcement AP17-0415, dated October 10, 2017.


Previously announced part numbers

As a convenience, the following table lists all previously announced part numbers.

Part number description Part number
IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition TS4300 Tape library per Install License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D1VEVLL
IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition TS4300 Tape library per Install SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D1VEWLL
IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition TS4300 Tape library per Install Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal E0NXYLL


IBM Configurator for e-business (e-config)

There is no new ordering information in this release.

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

Extending coverage for a total of five years from the date of acquisition may be selected. 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 Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition

Maintenance PID Description

Maintenance PID number Description
5639-LP2 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 1 year Registration and Renewal
5639-LP3 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 1 year After License
5639-LP4 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 2 year Registration
5639-LP5 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 3 year Registration
5639-LP6 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 3 year Renewal
5639-LP7 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 3 year After License
5639-LP8 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 4 year Registration
5639-LP9 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 5 year Registration

Ordering information for Software Maintenance licenses, as previously announced in Software Announcement AP15-0156, dated May 5, 2015, remains unchanged.

IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition

Maintenance PID Description

Maintenance PID number Description
5639-LT2 IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 1 year Registration and Renewal
5639-LT3 IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 1 year After License
5639-LT4 IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 2 year Registration
5639-LT5 IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 3 year Registration
5639-LT6 IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 3 year Renewal
5639-LT7 IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 3 year After License
5639-LT8 IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 4 year Registration
5639-LT9 IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 5 year Registration

Ordering information for Software Maintenance licenses for IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition, as previously announced in Software Announcement AP15-0156, dated May 5, 2015, remains unchanged.

Charge metric

The charge metrics for these licensed products can be found in the following License Information documents:

Program name PID number Charge metric License Information document number
IBM Spectrum Archive Library Edition 2.4.4 5639-LT1 Per Install and Per 250 Install L-KNGN-C49LVC (Linux)

L-KNGN-C49KBJ (Windows)

IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 1.3.2 5639-LP1 Per Install and Per Secondary Node L-KNGN-C48SJY
IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 1.3.2 (for Passport Advantage) 5725-X69 Per Install and Per Secondary Node L-KNGN-C48SJY

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.



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Terms and conditions

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The terms and conditions for IBM Spectrum Archive EE and IBM Spectrum Archive LE, as previously announced in Software Announcement AP15-0156, dated May 5, 2015, are unchanged.



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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion 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 regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices

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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.

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