IBM TS4500 Tape Library supports IBM Ultrium Linear Tape-Open (LTO) 9 tape drive technology

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 121-069
September 7, 2021

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At a glance

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IBM® LTO®-9 models F9C, F9S, and S9C are designed for the heavy demands of backup and archive tape storage, and can help improve data center economics. The number of tape drives, cartridges, and associated floor space may be reduced with LTO-9 models, delivering higher performance and greater capacity as compared to IBM LTO-8 tape drive models.

IBM LTO-9 features help improve performance and reliability:

  • Native data transfer rate of up to 400 MBps for full-height (FH) tape drives
  • LTO Generation 9 media specification tape cartridge compressed capacity of up to 45 TB (18 TB native)
  • 8 Gbps Fibre Channel dual-ported drive attachment on models F9C and F9S
  • 12 Gbps dual-ported SAS attachment on model S9C
  • A 1 GB internal buffer
  • Support for media partitioning and self-describing tape with IBM Spectrum® Archive Enterprise Edition
  • LTO-9 encryption support
  • Open Recommended Access Order (oRAO) allowing any compatible applications to retrieve content stored on the tape in a more efficient way
  • Support for new and field merge IBM LTO-9 (3588-F9C, 3588-F9S, and 3588-S9C) drives into 3584 models L55 and D55
  • LTO-9 cartridge capacity of up to 417 PB per library (up to 1.04 EB with 2.5 to 1 compression)



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Overview

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IBM LTO-9 models F9C, F9S, and S9C are designed to be installed in an IBM TS4500 tape library to deliver high capacity and performance for midrange to hyperscale open-systems environments. These models incorporate IBM LTO-9 tape drives with enhanced maximum tape drive throughput over IBM LTO Generation 8 tape drives, delivering a native data transfer of up to 400 MBps for FH tape drives.

IBM LTO-9 tape drives support the LTO Generation 9 media specification with a 50% increase of the compressed capacity of up to 45 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression (up to 18 TB native capacity) as compared to previous LTO-8 compressed capacity of up to 30 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression (up to 12 TB native capacity) per tape cartridge. LTO-9 tape drives can read and write LTO-8 data cartridges.



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Key requirements

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Appropriate levels of host and drive software are required to attach LTO-9 models F9C, F9S, and S9C to a wide range of environments, including select IBM Power® Systems and other servers running Linux® and Microsoft™ Windows™ operating system environments that support Fibre Channel interfaces.

Prerequisites for using encryption

Certain hardware and software prerequisites must be met before using encryption with TS4500 tape libraries.

With TS4500 tape libraries, encryption is managed at the logical library level. All encryption-enabled drives that are assigned to a logical library use the same method of encryption. The rules for setting up encryption differ based on whether you use library-managed encryption (LME) or application-managed encryption (AME). The following prerequisites apply:

  • Tape drives must be enabled for encryption from the logical libraries page of the TS4500 management GUI
  • Feature number 1604, LTO Library Managed Encryption, is required for LTO tape drives if using LME
  • IBM Guardium® Key Lifecycle Manager is required as the key manager when using LME with LTO


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Planned availability date

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September 10, 2021



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Description

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IBM LTO-9 models F9C, F9S, and S9C with IBM LTO-9 tape drives are designed for the heavy demands of backup and archive tape storage.

LTO-9 Model F9C can be mounted in a TS4500 tape library and has an 8 Gbps Fibre Channel dual-ported interface for attachment to a wide range of environments, including select IBM Power Systems and other servers running Linux and Microsoft Windows operating system environments.

Model F9S is an LTO-9 tape drive enabled with single-mode fiber, designed for the heavy demands of backup and archive tape storage applications that require high bandwidth over long distances. Model F9S can be installed in a TS4500 tape library and delivers maximum throughput with a native data transfer of up to 400 MBps.

Unlike the conventional multimode fiber optics, single-mode fiber optics permits only one mode or ray of light to be transmitted. The small core and the single light wave virtually eliminate any distortion that could result from overlapping light pulses, providing the least signal attenuation and the highest transmission speeds of any fiber cable type. These benefits make it suitable for long distance, higher bandwidth applications such as those in modern hyperscale environments, reaching distances up to 50 times farther than multimode fiber applications.

Model S9C is an LTO-9 tape drive with a dual-port 12 Gb SAS interface for businesses with substantial storage, backup, and archiving demands. Model S9C offers more versatility to the enterprise data center by providing additional options for the communications interface that helps simplify storage management and system performance.

IBM Spectrum Archive incorporates the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format standard for reading, writing and exchanging descriptive metadata on formatted tape cartridges. IBM Spectrum Archive software leverages LTO-9 tape partitioning. It is designed to enable a self-describing tape file format and to deliver an easy tape storage and distribution solution without the use of additional database applications. IBM Spectrum Archive software is a great choice for clients requiring a standard tape cartridge format at a low cost and will use standalone LTO-9 tape drives. IBM Spectrum Archive is the perfect solution for those in the media and entertainment industry, and other fields that need massive data storage on tape for long retention periods, such as banking, scientific research, and government sectors. For further information and list of supported operating systems, go to the IBM Spectrum Archive website.

LTO-9 models incorporate ninth-generation IBM LTO technology and are supported by second-generation high-density (HD2) frames of the TS4500 tape library. They offer the following features:

  • Increased performance: Maximum tape drive throughput native data rate performance of up to 400 MBps for FH tape drives. Data tracks are written 32 at a time. LTO-9 tape drives can read and write LTO-8 data cartridges at LTO-8 capacities and rates.

    Note: Although LTO-9 tape drives deliver the capability for excellent tape performance, other components of the system may limit the actual performance achieved. Although the compression technology used in the tape drive can typically compress 2.5 times the amount of data that can be stored on the media, the actual degree of compression achieved is highly sensitive to the characteristics of the data being compressed.

  • Increased tape cartridge capacity: LTO Generation 9 media specification tape cartridge physical capacity is up to 45 TB compressed physical capacity, 50% higher capacity of LTO-8 data cartridges. This is achieved by increasing the linear and track density. IBM 9 tape itself is an advanced Barium Ferrite tape developed to help deliver durability and increased capacity.
  • Encryption: LTO-9 tape drives support data encryption on the base drive with LTO-8 media. Library-managed encryption and associated IBM Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager access are all available as a chargeable licensed key (feature 1604, LTO Library Managed Encryption) under the TS4500 tape library L-frames. IBM Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager is required with this feature.
  • Attachment options: IBM LTO-9 tape drives come with 8 Gbps Fibre Channel dual-ported attachment models for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers, a dual-port 12 Gb SAS interface for businesses with substantial storage, backup, and archiving demands, or with a 8 Gbps Fibre Channel single-mode fiber, designed for the heavy demands of backup and archive tape storage applications that require high bandwidth over long distances. They are supported on a wide range of environments including select IBM Power Systems and other servers running Linux and Microsoft Windows operating system environments.
  • WORM media support: LTO Generation 9 WORM tape cartridge delivers up to 18 TB native capacity, up to 45 TB in compressed mode, and up to 400 Mbps native data rate for FH tape drives. IBM LTO-9 WORM tape cartridges are designed for archiving and data retention applications, as well as those applications requiring an audit trail. These cartridges work with LTO-9 tape drives to help prevent the alteration or deletion of user data. IBM LTO-9 WORM tape cartridges can be ordered with barcode labels with a specified volume serial number range.

    Note: IBM LTO-9 WORM tape cartridges can be ordered via the authorized media reseller network using part number information.

  • Internal data buffer: There is a 1 GB internal data buffer in LTO-9 tape drives.
  • Digital speed matching: LTO-9 tape drives are designed to perform dynamic speed matching from 180 to 400 MBps to adjust the drive's native data rate as closely as possible to the net host data rate after data compressibility has been factored out. This helps reduce the number of backhitch repositions and improve throughput performance. Speed matching on LTO-8 ranges from 112 to 360 MBps.
  • oRAO: LTO-9 tape drive models F9C, F9S, and S9C will support oRAO allowing any compatible applications to retrieve content stored on the tape in a more efficient way.

IBM maintains the latest levels of Storage tape drive and library device drivers and documentation on the Internet. Utilize the Fix Central download portal.

There are several menus to navigate to the correct download as follows:

  1. On the first menu item Click Select Product > Product Group > System Storage
  2. On the first menu item Click Select Product > Product Group > System Storage
  3. Expand Select from System Storage > Tape Systems
  4. Expand Select from System Storage > Tape Systems
  5. Expand Select from Tape systems > Tape drivers and software
  6. Expand Select from Tape systems > Tape drivers and software
  7. Expand Select from Tape drivers and software > user product
  8. Expand Select from Tape drivers and software > user product
  9. Expand Platform > user operating system
  10. Expand Platform > user operating system
  11. Click Continue to view what drivers are available

See the IBM Tape Device Drivers Installation and User's Guide website.

The following IBM LTO features are included in LTO-9 tape drives:

  • Positive pin retention and independent tape loader and threader motors: These are designed to help improve the reliability of loading and unloading a cartridge, and to retain the pin even if tension is dropped. An independent loader motor, coupled with the positive pin retention, is designed to cause the tape to thread with a higher level of reliability.
  • Graceful dynamic braking: In the event of power failure, reel motors are designed to maintain tension and gradually decelerate instead of stopping abruptly, helping reduce tape breakage, stretching, or loose tape wraps during a sudden power outage.
  • Servo and track layout technology: There are 8,960 data tracks in LTO-9. 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.
  • Surface Control Guiding Mechanism: The patented Surface Control Guiding Mechanism from IBM is designed to guide the tape along the tape path in the LTO-7, 8, and 9 tape drives. This method uses the surface of the tape, rather than the edges, to control tape motion. This helps to 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.
  • Optimized robust drive components for automation environments: Using some of the most robust components available, steel ball bearings in the loader, robust leader block design, and a single circuit card, helps to enhance reliability and prolong the life of drives.
  • Adaptive read equalization: This feature is designed to automatically compensate for dynamic changes in readback signal response.
  • Dynamic amplitude asymmetry compensation: This feature optimizes readback signals for linear readback response from magnetoresistive read head transducers.
  • Separate writing of multiple filemarks: This is designed to cause any write command of two or more filemarks to cause a separate data set to be written containing all filemarks after the first. This feature helps improve performance if a subsequent append overwrites somewhere after the first filemark.
  • LTO Data Compression (LTO-DC): The LTO-9 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. Scheme-Swapping compression, patented by IBM, is designed to look ahead at incoming data and determine the most efficient storage method (either ALDC or pass-thru mode) to help provide optimal data compression and increase data throughput. The compression ratio for LTO-9 is 2.5 to 1.
  • LTO Cartridge Memory (LTO-CM): Contained within the LTO data cartridge is the LTO-CM, which is a passive, contactless silicon storage device that is part of the cartridge. The LTO-CM is designed to hold information about that specific cartridge, the media in the cartridge, and the data on the media. The storage capacity of the Generation 9 LTO-CM is 32,640 bytes. Communication between the drive and the LTO-CM is through a low-level RF field transmitted by the drive to the cartridge.
  • Statistical Analysis and Reporting System (SARS): LTO-9 tape drives use SARS to help isolate failures between media and hardware. SARS uses the cartridge performance history saved in the cartridge memory module and the drive performance history kept in the drive flash to help determine the most likely cause of failure. SARS is designed to cause the drive to request a cleaner tape, to mark the media as degraded, and to indicate that the hardware has degraded.
  • Highly integrated electronics using IBM-engineered copper technology: This technology is designed to reduce the total number of components in the drive, help lower chip temperatures, and reduce power requirements to deliver a more reliable drive. The seventh-generation drive electronics are designed to provide error correction of soft errors in the memory arrays in data and control paths.

With support for LTO format tape data cartridges, LTO-9 models F9C, F9S, and S9C with the TS4500 tape library can be a cost-effective solution for backup, save-and-restore, and archiving functions.

LTO-9 data cartridges

The physical compressed capacity of LTO-9 data cartridges have increased over the capacity of IBM LTO-8 data cartridges by 50% with a capacity of up to 45 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression. LTO-9 tape drives can read and write LTO-8 data cartridges. LTO-9 cartridges can be resident in the same TS4500 tape libraries with the LTO-8. LTO-9 data cartridges can be ordered using IBM machine type 3589, IBM LTO tape cartridges.

These cartridges have been designed to deliver several enhancements over previous tape technologies and to work with tape drives that have increased tape speeds and high-density data recording. The case is specially designed for use in automated libraries and is designed for repeated, unattended handling.

LTO-9 media optimization

Media optimization is a new feature for the LTO9 tape drive with L9/LZ media. The increased number of tracks used to write data on tape requires greater precision. Media optimization creates a referenced calibration for each cartridge that enables the tape drive’s intelligent alignment to optimize data placement. LTO-9 media optimization enhances LTO tape long-term media durability.

TS4500 features and functions

TS4500 supports LTO-5 and higher LTO tape drives.

LTO-5 and later tape drives are dual-ported drives that facilitate 8 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity and 12 Gbps SAS on LTO-9 Model S9C. These drives are differentiated from other LTO drives by their machine type and model numbers. You can identify LTO tape drives by the logo at the front of the drive or by the label at the rear of the drive's canister.

LTO tape drives communicate with TS4500 tape libraries through an internal Ethernet interface and use SARS to isolate failures between media and hardware. They read and write non-WORM media, so you can load WORM-capable firmware on your tape drives and use any media that is supported by these drives. In this case, only the data that is written on WORM media is treated as WORM data. Data that is written on other types of media can be overwritten.

LTO tape drives do not read from or write to 3592 tape cartridges, and 3592 tape drives do not read or write to LTO tape cartridges. LTO tape drives can read tapes that were written by non-IBM LTO drives. They also write to tapes that can be read by non-IBM LTO drives.

All supported generations of LTO tape drives and cartridges can reside in the same frame.

When a cartridge is labeled according to IBM bar code label specifications, the last character of its VOLSER number indicates the generation of the medium. For example, a cartridge with a VOLSER of 000764L9 is an LTO-9 cartridge and a cartridge with a VOLSER of 000764L8 is an LTO 8 cartridge.

To enhance library performance, LTO tape drives include speed matching, channel calibration, and power management. Speed matching dynamically adjusts the drive's native (uncompressed) data rate to the slower data rate of a server. Channel calibration customizes each read and write data channel for optimum performance. The customization enables compensation for variations in the recording channel transfer function, media characteristics, and read/write head characteristics. Power management reduces the drive's power consumption during idle power periods.

To ensure that your tape drive conforms to IBM specifications for reliability, use only IBM LTO tape cartridges. You can use other LTO-certified data cartridges, but they might not meet IBM standards of reliability.

Encryption

LTO-5 and later LTO tape drives are encryption capable, which means they can convert data into a cipher that ensures data security.

A key is required to encrypt and decrypt the data. How a key is generated, maintained, controlled, and transmitted depends on the operating environment where the tape drive is installed. Some data management applications are capable of performing key management.

For an alternative solution, IBM provides a key manager that works in conjunction with the keystore of your choice to perform all necessary key management tasks. There is no recovery for lost encryption keys. See the IBM Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager (formerly IBM Security™ Key Lifecycle Manager) publications in IBM Documentation.

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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As you compare competitive tape solutions, consider:

  • Capacity and performance requirements
  • Data integrity and encryption, reliability, and availability
  • Data partitioning, formatting, and management, such as LTFS
  • Storage usage and application requirements
  • Affordability
  • Loyalty to legacy or existing tape formats

TS4500 tape libraries and IBM software applications excel in addressing these requirements and deliver a functionally rich tape storage solution incorporating LTO and 3592 tape technology. You also gain flexibility of automated tape library management and unattended save, restore, and archive operations.

TS4500 tape library models are a smart choice in tape automation for select IBM Power Systems, IBM System i, or IBM z Systems® products, and other open systems. TS4500 utilizes patented multipath architecture designed to enable homogeneous or heterogeneous open systems applications to share the library robotics, with Advanced Library Management System for storage slot pooling and flexible drive assignment.

TS4500 is part of a family of IBM tape products and can be the answer to growing storage requirements and shrinking backup windows.

If you have existing digital linear tape experience or require high-performance automated tape backup, the TS4500 tape library constitutes an excellent tape storage solution.

Additional TS4500 features include advanced electronics, HD frames, Capacity on Demand entry library frames, and LTO and 3592 drive technology choices and integration.

Depending on capacity requirements, a wide spectrum of tape libraries are available from the IBM Tape family of products based on your storage usage and requirements. Lower capacity tape automation products to choose from include the IBM TS4300 Tape Library.

For high duty-cycle and start/stop intensive tape applications, with mission-critical data protection requirements, consider the IBM TS1150 or TS1160 3592 Tape Drive with the IBM TS4500 Tape Library.



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Reference information

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For more information, see the following announcements:

  • IBM TS4500 Tape Library, Hardware Announcement 114-072, dated May 19, 2014
  • IBM TS1080 Tape Drive Model F8C Hardware Announcement 117-078, dated October 10, 2017
  • IBM TS1160 Tape Drive Model 60F, Hardware Announcement 118-103, dated November 20, 2018

For IBM statement on compliance with European Union Directive on Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2002/95/EC) (RoHS), go to the IBM and the Environment website.



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Product number

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The following are newly announced features and models on the specified models of the IBM System Storage 3584 and 3588 machine types:

Description Machine type Model Feature
3588 F9C Drive Plant Install 3584 D55 9613
3588 F9S Drive Plant Install 3584 D55 9615
3588 S9C Drive Plant Install 3584 D55 9617
3m Mini-SAS HD/Mini-SAS HD 4X Cable 3584 D55 AGKA
LTO-9 tape drive support 3584 L25 1409
LTO-9 tape drive support 3584 L55 1409
3588 F9C Drive Plant Install 3584 L55 9613
3588 F9S Drive Plant Install 3584 L55 9615
3588 S9C Drive Plant Install 3584 L55 9617
3m Mini-SAS HD/Mini-SAS HD 4X Cable 3584 L55 AGKA
3588-F9C MMF LTO-9 Tape Drive 3588 F9C  
TAA Compliance 3588 F9C 0983
3588 F9C Drive Plant Install 3588 F9C 9613
3588 F9C Drive Field Install 3588 F9C 9614
BP Post-Sale Services 3588 F9C SVBP
IBM Systems Lab Services Post-Sale Services 3588 F9C SVCS
Other IBM Post-Sale Services 3588 F9C SVNN
3588-F9S SMF LTO-9 Tape Drive 3588 F9S  
TAA Compliance 3588 F9S 0983
3588 F9S Drive Plant Install 3588 F9S 9615
3588 F9S Drive Field Install 3588 F9S 9616
BP Post-Sale Services 3588 F9S SVBP
IBM Systems Lab Services Post-Sale Services 3588 F9S SVCS
Other IBM Post-Sale Services 3588 F9S SVNN
3588-S9C SAS LTO-9 Tape Drive 3588 S9C  
TAA Compliance 3588 S9C 0983
3588 S9C Drive Plant Install 3588 S9C 9617
3588 S9C Drive Field Install 3588 S9C 9618
BP Post-Sale Services 3588 S9C SVBP
IBM Systems Lab Services Post-Sale Services 3588 S9C SVCS
Other IBM Post-Sale Services 3588 S9C SVNN



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Business Partner information

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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBMid).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 121-069


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Education support

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Call IBM IT Education Services at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.



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Publications

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Information about IBM LTO-9 Models F9C, F9S, and S9C is contained in the TS4500 Tape Library publications. See the TS4500 documentation in IBM Docs.

Title Form number
TS4500 Introduction and Planning Guide SC27-5990-06

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.

To access the IBM Publications Center Portal, go to the IBM Publications Center website.

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded.



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IBM Lab Services

IBM Lab Services offers a wide array of services available for your enterprise. It brings expertise on the latest technologies from the IBM development community and can help with your most difficult technical challenges.

IBM Lab Services can help you successfully implement emerging technologies so as to accelerate your return on investment and improve your satisfaction with your IBM systems and solutions. Services examples include initial implementation, integration, migration, and skills transfer on IBM systems solution capabilities and recommended practices. IBM Lab Services is one of the service organizations of IBM's world-renowned IBM Systems Group development labs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Lab Services website.

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IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an on-demand business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Services and Consulting website.

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Services and Consulting website.

Details on education offerings related to specific products can be found on the IBM Training website.



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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

LTO-9 tape drives

  • Width: 156 mm (6.1 in.)
  • Depth: 366 mm (14.4 in.)
  • Height: 84.76 mm (3.3 in.)
  • Weight: 3.29 kg (7.25 lb)
Standards
  • FCC (United States)
  • ICES (Canada)
  • CE (European Economic Area)
  • UKCA (United Kingdom)
  • CM (Morocco)
  • KC (South Korea)
  • BSMI (Taiwan)
  • VCCI (Japan)
  • RCM (Australia / New Zealand)
Operating environment

Equipment environment specifications for TS4500 with LTO-9 tape drives:

  • Dry bulb temperature allowable: 16°C to 32°C (60°F to 90°F)
  • Dry bulb temperature recommended: 16°C to 25°C (60°F to 77°F)
  • Maximum dew point temperature: 22°C (72°F)
  • Relative humidity allowable: 20% to 80% noncondensing
  • Relative humidity recommended: 20% to 50% noncondensing

Hardware requirements

LTO-9 Models F9C, F9S, and S9C are designed for installation in TS4500 tape library model L55 or D55. There can be up to 16 LTO-9 models installed in one of these frames (up to 12 in frame 1) for a total of up to 128 LTO tape drives. LTO-9 can be installed and intermixed within the same frame with other LTO-5 or higher tape drives.

A Quad Drive Mounting Kit feature (#1531, #1532, #1533, or #1534) is required on a TS4500 tape library frame to install up to four IBM LTO-9 tape . LTO-9 models F9C, F9S, and S9C must be ordered separately. When ordered, one of the following feature numbers should be specified:

  • Feature number 9613 (3588-F9C Plant Install) should be specified on the IBM LTO-9 Fibre Channel and the TS4500 tape library frame into which it will be installed if it is going to be shipped with the TS4500 tape library frame.
  • Feature number 9614 (3588 F9C Field Install) should be specified on the IBM LTO-9 Fibre Channel if it is going to be shipped for installation into an already installed TS4500 tape library frame. Feature number 9690 (3588/3592 Field Install) should be specified on the TS4500 tape library frame into which it will be installed.
  • Feature number 9615 (3588 F9S Plant Install) should be specified on the IBM LTO-9 single-mode Fibre Channel and the TS4500 tape library frame into which it will be installed if it is going to be shipped with the TS4500 tape library frame.
  • Feature number 9616 (3588 F9S Field Install) should be specified on the IBM LTO-9 single-mode Fiber Channel if it is going to be shipped for installation into an already installed TS4500 tape library frame. Feature number 9690 (3588/3592 Field Install) should be specified on the TS4500 tape library frame into which it will be installed.
  • Feature number 9617 (3588-S9C Plant Install) should be specified on the IBM LTO-9 SAS and the TS4500 tape library frame into which it will be installed if it is going to be shipped with the TS4500 tape library frame.
  • Feature number 9618 (3588 S9C Field Install) should be specified on the IBM LTO-9 SAS if it is going to be shipped for installation into an already installed TS4500 tape library frame. Feature number 9690 (3588/3592 Field Install) should be specified on the TS4500 tape library frame into which it will be installed.

Labeled or bulk quantities of LTO cartridges can be ordered using machine type 3589 or purchased through distributors. See the Supplies section for additional information.

Note: The TS4500 requires that cartridges have appropriate bar code labels.

LTO-9 models F9C, F9S, or S9C in TS4500 tape libraries can be attached to a wide range of environments, including select IBM Power Systems or other servers running Linux and Microsoft Windows operating system environments that support Fibre Channel or SAS interfaces.

A current list of supported open system configurations for models F9C, F9S, and S9C is available at the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) website.

Select the model, then Interoperability Matrix and view the Supported Servers and Operating Systems for the product.

Cables

Cables are required to attach tape drives in the TS4500 tape library to each server or SAN connection, up to the number of tape drive attachments installed.

Fibre Channel cables

A Fibre Channel cable is required to attach LTO-9 models F9C or F9S in TS4500 tape library models L55 or D55 to host Fibre Channel adapters, the IBM 2109 SAN Fibre Switch, or other Fibre Channel components. The cable can be client supplied or ordered with the TS4500 tape library in the lengths shown. The attaching Fibre Channel cable for the F9C model must be a 50.0/125 micrometer, short wavelength fiber-optic cable suitable for distances up to 500 meters, and a single-mode fiber cable with 10 micrometer core diameter for the F9S model that permits only one mode or ray of light to be transmitted and allows reaching up to 80 km, and even farther. These tape drives come with LC Duplex connectors.

The following features are available for Fibre Channel cables in the TS4500 frame:

  • Feature number AGK1 - 10 m OM3 fiber cable (LC)
  • Feature number AGK2 - 25 m OM3 fiber cable (LC)
  • Feature number AGK3 - 80 m OM3 fiber cable (LC)

See the Special Features section of the TS4500 or 3584 tape library Sales Manual for detailed descriptions of these features.

SAS cables

A Mini-SAS HD to Mini-SAS HD cable is required for attaching LTO-9 Model S9C to host adapters or other storage area network components. The cable can be ordered with feature #AGKA or supplied by the client.

Patch panel is not required for attaching SAS cables. Client must specify feature #9713 - No Patch Panel Cables for direct host or SAN connection to the tape drives.

See the Special Features section of the TS4500 or 3584 tape library Sales Manual for detailed descriptions of these features.

Host bus adapter (HBA) support

For a current list of HBAs that support LTO 9 and TS4500, go to the IBM SSIC website.

Software requirements

LTO or enterprise tape drives in the TS4500 Tape Library

For the latest supported hardware interoperability configurations, go to the IBM SSIC website.

The installation of a TS4500 or 3584 tape library may require code updates for supported open systems device drivers or storage management software. According to the Solutions Assurance Product Review (SAPR) Guide, the account team or Business Partner should ensure that the client checks the support levels required for their particular software environment prior to the installation of the IBM LTO-9. A Solutions Assurance call is required at a minimum for the installation of the first IBM LTO-9 in an account.

IBM Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager and other industry-leading compatible software offerings provide storage and tape management software for the TS4500 (machine type 3584). Supporting software and applications must be obtained separately from IBM, IBM Business Partners, or ISVs. A list of compatible software is available from your IBM representative or at the IBM Tape Storage website.

See the IBM Tape Device Drivers Installation and User's Guide website.

Application software

For a list of compatible software, operating systems, and servers for LTO tape drives, go to the IBM Tape Storage website.

  1. Click IBM TS4500 Tape Library > Product details
  2. Library > Product details
  3. Click Learn more > Interoperability matrix
  4. Click Learn more > Interoperability matrix or ISV matrix for LTO

For a list of compatible software, operating systems, and servers for 3588 tape drives, go to the IBM Tape Storage website.

  1. Click the appropriate tape drive > Product
  2. Click the appropriate tape drive > Product details
  3. Click Learn more > Interoperability
  4. Click Learn more > Interoperability matrix or ISV matrix

For complete IBM storage interoperability information, including operating systems, servers, switches, and adapters supported by the TS4500 tape library in a SAN configuration, go to the IBM SSIC website.

Compatibility

Compatible servers and software

TS4500 tape libraries are supported by a wide variety of servers, operating systems, and adapters. There are many ways to determine the servers and software that support the TS4500 tape library.

These attachments can change throughout the lifecycle of the product. To determine the latest attachments, or to get a comprehensive list of compatible software, perform one of the following actions:

  • For a list of compatible software, operating systems, and servers for LTO and 3588 tape drives, see the IBM Tape storage website.
  • For complete IBM storage interoperability information, including operating systems, servers, switches, and adapters supported by the TS4500 tape library in a SAN configuration, go to the IBM SSIC website.
  • Contact your IBM sales representative.

Notes:

  1. IBM does not provide application software with the TS4500 tape library. To order software, contact your IBM sales representative, IBM Business Partner, or an Independent Software Provider.
  2. If you attach your library to a non-IBM platform with non-IBM software, it is recommended that you contact your software vendor to obtain a matrix of compatible hardware, software, firmware revisions, and adapter cards.
Limitations
  • The TS4500 tape library supports a mixture of LTO drive types in a logical library, but it does not support a mixture of LTO and 3592 tape drives in a logical library. Some ISVs support mixed drive types within logical libraries; others do not. Some ISVs that support mixed drive types do so with restrictions. For details, contact your ISV.
  • For situations where the ISV support does not exist or does not meet your requirements, the TS4500 tape library provides another option to protect your investment by partitioning the tape drives into separate logical libraries. You can customize the partition to any number of slots by using menus.
  • Although the compression technology can increase the amount of data stored on the media, the actual degree of compression achieved is highly sensitive to the characteristics of the data being compressed.
  • Multimode Fibre Channel cable lengths are limited to 500 meters (1,650 ft).
  • Although multiple systems may be attached to a tape drive, the systems cannot use the drive simultaneously.
  • A Model S24 or Model S54 frame cannot be an end (left-most or right-most) frame in a TS4500 tape library.
  • LTO-9 tape drives can not read or write M8 media cartridges.

Planning information

Client responsibilities

Physical planning is a client responsibility. Detailed planning information is in the IBM TS4500 Introduction and Planning Guide (SC27-5990-06). Current levels of the open systems device drivers should be obtained to ensure that LTO-9 tape drives are supported.

Clients are responsible for obtaining the appropriate adapters, cables, and interposers (if required) for system attachment. Clients are also responsible for ordering media.

You are responsible for downloading or obtaining from IBM, and installing designated Machine Code (microcode, basic input/output system code (called BIOS), utility programs, device drivers, and diagnostics delivered with an IBM machine) and other software updates in a timely manner from an IBM internet website or from other electronic media, and following the instructions that IBM provides. You may request IBM to install Machine Code changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

Cable orders

Cables are required to attach tape drives in TS4500 tape libraries to each server connection, up to the number of tape drive attachments installed.

Fiber cables are required for a column of 4 drives, they can be ordered via feature #1536 (MMF Quad Drive-to-Patch Panel cables) for model F9C, or feature #1537 (SMF Quad Drive-to-Patch Panel cables) for model F9S, or feature #9713 (No Patch Panel Cables) for model S9C.

Installability

Installation time for each field-installed LTO-9 tape drive in a TS4500 tape library is approximately 0.5 to 0.7 hours.

Direct client support

Eligible clients can obtain installation and usage assistance through ASK Support using the search word 3584, 3588, TS4500, or LTO-9.

Packaging
Product Shipment group Number of boxes
3588 Model F9C 3588 Tape Drive Model F9C 1
3588 Model F9S 3588 Tape Drive Model F9S 1
3588 Model S9C 3588 Tape Drive Model S9C 1

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware, host software, application software.

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

IBM Lab Services

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the IT Infrastructure website.



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Terms and conditions

Top rule

Volume orders

Contact your IBM representative.

IBM Global Financing

Yes

Products - terms and conditions

Warranty period
Warranty and additional coverage options Coverage summary1
Warranty period:

Service Level:
1 year2

IBM On-Site, 24x7 Same Day
Service upgrade options  
Warranty Service Upgrade Yes1
Maintenance Services (Post-Warranty) IBM On-Site Repair, Next Business Day and Same Day options
IBM Hardware Maintenance Services - Committed maintenance3 Yes
1 See complete coverage details below
2 Known exception: Turkey (Warranty period: 2 years)
3 Not offered in the US

One year

To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your reseller or IBM. An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to the full warranty period specified by IBM. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.

Warranty service

If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service depending on the types of warranty service specified for the machine. IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone, or electronically via an IBM website. Certain machines contain remote support capabilities for direct problem reporting, remote problem determination, and resolution with IBM. You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Following problem determination, if IBM determines on-site service is required, scheduling of service will depend upon the time of your call, machine technology and redundancy, and availability of parts.

Service levels are response-time objectives and are not guaranteed. The specified level of warranty service may not be available in all worldwide locations. Additional charges may apply outside IBM's normal service area. Contact your local IBM representative or your reseller for country-specific and location-specific information.

On-site Service

IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well lit, and suitable for the purpose.

Service level is:

  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 4 hour average, same day response.

Warranty service

IBM is now shipping machines with selected non-IBM parts that contain an IBM field replaceable unit (FRU) part number label. These parts are to be serviced during the IBM machine warranty period. IBM is covering the service on these selected non-IBM parts as an accommodation to their customers, and normal warranty service procedures for the IBM machine apply.

International Warranty Service

International Warranty Service allows you to relocate any machine that is eligible for International Warranty Service and receive continued warranty service in any country where the IBM machine is serviced. If you move your machine to a different country, you are required to report the machine information to your Business Partner or IBM representative.

The warranty service type and the service level provided in the servicing country may be different from that provided in the country in which the machine was purchased. Warranty service will be provided with the prevailing warranty service type and service level available for the eligible machine type in the servicing country, and the warranty period observed will be that of the country in which the machine was purchased.

The following types of information can be found on the International Warranty Service website

  • Machine warranty entitlement and eligibility
  • Directory of contacts by country with technical support contact information
  • Announcement Letters
Warranty service upgrades

During the warranty period, warranty service upgrades provide an enhanced level of On-site Service for an additional charge. Service levels are response-time objectives and are not guaranteed. See the Warranty services section for additional details.

IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone or electronically by access to an IBM website. Certain machines contain remote support capabilities for direct problem reporting, remote problem determination, and resolution with IBM. You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Following problem determination, if IBM determines on-site service is required, scheduling of service will depend upon the time of your call, machine technology and redundancy, and availability of parts.

  • On-Site Repair, 7 days a week, 24hrs/day, 2 hour response objective. Response times are objectives and are not guaranteed.

Maintenance service options
On-site Service

IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well-lit, and suitable for the purpose. The following on-site response-time objectives are available as warranty service upgrades for your machine. Available offerings are:

  • On-Site Repair, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8 AM to 5 PM, next business day.
  • On-Site Repair, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8 AM to 5 PM 4 hour response objective. Response times are objectives and are not guaranteed.
  • On-Site Repair, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • On-Site Repair, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 2 hour response objective. Response times are objectives and are not guaranteed.
Usage plan machine

No

IBM hourly service rate classification

Three

When a type of service involves the exchange of a machine part, the replacement may not be new, but will be in good working order.

General terms and conditions

Field-installable features

Yes

Model conversions

Yes

Machine installation

Installation is performed by IBM. IBM will install the machine in accordance with the IBM installation procedures for the machine. In the United States, contact IBM at 1-800-IBM-SERV (426-7378). In other countries, contact the local IBM office.

Graduated program license charges apply

No

Licensed Internal Code and Licensed Machine Code

This product does not contain Licensed Internal Code or Licensed Machine Code.

Educational allowance

A reduced charge is available to qualified education customers. The educational allowance may not be added to any other discount or allowance.

The educational allowance is 15% for the products in this announcement.



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Prices

Top rule

For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

The following are newly announced features of the IBM System Storage 3584 machine type:

Description Model number Feature numbers Initial / MES / Both / Support CSU RP MES
3588 F9C Drive Plant Install D55 9613 Initial No No
3588 F9S Drive Plant Install D55 9615 Initial No No
3588 S9C Drive Plant Install D55 9617 Initial No No
3m Mini-SAS HD/Mini-SAS HD 4X Cable D55 AGKA Both No No
LTO-9 tape drive support L25 1409 Both No No
LTO-9 tape drive support L55 1409 Both No No
3588 F9C Drive Plant Install L55 9613 Initial No No
3588 F9S Drive Plant Install L55 9615 Initial No No
3588 S9C Drive Plant Install L55 9617 Initial No No
3m Mini-SAS HD/Mini-SAS HD 4X Cable L55 AGKA Both No No

The following are newly announced features and models on the specified models of the IBM System Storage 3588 machine type:

Description Model number Feature numbers Initial / MES / Both / Support CSU RP MES
3588-F9C MMF LTO-9 Tape Drive S9C   Initial No  
3588-F9S SMF LTO-9 Tape Drive F9C   Initial No  
3588-S9C SAS LTO-9 Tape Drive F9S   Initial No  
TAA Compliance F9C 0983 Initial No No
3588 F9C Drive Plant Install F9C 9613 Initial No No
3588 F9C Drive Field Install F9C 9614 Initial No No
BP Post-Sale Services F9C SVBP Initial Yes No
IBM Systems Lab Services Post-Sale Services F9C SVCS Initial Yes No
Other IBM Post-Sale Services F9C SVNN Initial Yes No
TAA Compliance F9S 0983 Initial No No
3588 F9S Drive Plant Install F9S 9615 Initial No No
3588 F9S Drive Field Install F9S 9616 Initial No No
BP Post-Sale Services F9S SVBP Initial Yes No
IBM Systems Lab Services Post-Sale Services F9S SVCS Initial Yes No
Other IBM Post-Sale Services F9S SVNN Initial Yes No
TAA Compliance S9C 0983 Initial No No
3588 S9C Drive Plant Install S9C 9617 Initial No No
3588 S9C Drive Field Install S9C 9618 Initial No No
BP Post-Sale Services S9C SVBP Initial Yes No
IBM Systems Lab Services Post-Sale Services S9C SVCS Initial Yes No
Other IBM Post-Sale Services S9C SVNN Initial Yes No

CSU = Customer setup

RP MES = Returnable parts MES

Alternative service

Machine type-model IOR IBM Same day On-site Repair (IOR, 24 x 7)
3588-F9C  
3588-F9S  
3588-S9C  

ServiceElect (ESA) charges

For ServiceElect (ESA) maintenance service charges, contact IBM Global Services at 888-IBM-4343 (426-4343).

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified clients to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all client segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or go to the IBM Global Financing website for more information.

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates are based on a client's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

Financing solutions from IBM Global Financing can help you stretch your budget and affordably acquire the new product. But beyond the initial acquisition, our end-to-end approach to IT management can also help keep your technologies current, reduce costs, minimize risk, and preserve your ability to make flexible equipment decisions throughout the entire technology lifecycle.

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Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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