IBM offers EchoLeaf Archive technology for software-defined storage

IBM United States Software Announcement 221-379
November 9, 2021

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At a glance

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EchoLeaf Archive software is a single software-defined approach that makes it possible to manage rapid data expansion, easily recover from cyberattacks, and keep data secure but accessible, all with cost-effective, standard-based tape technology.

EchoLeaf provides the following benefits:

  • Rapid restoration
  • Media reliability and online-offline options
  • Low cost and sustainable low-energy consumption
  • Enhanced data isolation capabilities that support forensic analysis, numerous encryption options, and multiple redundancy modes allowing for on- and off-premises duplicate file copies

With EchoLeaf, even smaller organizations and workgroups can leverage big system capabilities and benefits at an affordable price.

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Organizations of every size are facing the growing challenges of rapid data growth, malware, and ransomware threats. Connected data-management systems expose organizations of all sizes to cyber risks, resulting in unpredictable rising costs. A single software-defined approach makes it possible to manage rapid data expansion, easily recover from cyberattacks, and keep data secure but accessible, all with cost-effective standards-based technology.

EchoLeaf Archiving System is delivered as a server plus tape-library solution, built on top of IBM Spectrum® Archive Library Edition (LE) and IBM® Linear Tape File System (LTFS) performing as active archive storage. EchoLeaf can be used as primary or tertiary backup storage, as on-premise backup to cloud storage, or a combination of both. It can also be used as a deep archive capable of migrating data to newer and more dense tapes through a simple media upgrade, rather than interrupting storage services or data hierarchies. EchoLeaf will work with both IBM Enterprise tapes and Linear Tape-Open® (LTO®) media, including LTO9.

Designed for organizations or work-groups managing hundreds of terabytes and up to several petabytes, EchoLeaf virtualization technology provides a network target for host applications like backup and archive software. EchoLeaf can be used to meet both data recovery and data retention requirements, and can be deployed as a fully managed service that includes maintenance, upgrades, and system monitoring. For added recovery resilience post-breach, EchoLeaf stores information needed for system restoration on its own air-gapped backup tapes, including EchoLeaf software, database indices, the entire file system cache, and all backed-up data and archive files.

EchoLeaf provides all the advantages of tape:

  • Low cost, secure air-gapped cartridges
  • Sustainable low-energy consumption
  • Media reliability and online-offline options
  • Software-enhanced, intuitive SSD-based front end

EchoLeaf acts in harmony with both disk-based or flash on-premises systems and cloud data retention strategies. This low-cost storage tier, air-gapped against ransomware encryption threats, provides much needed resilience to organizations and work-groups of all sizes. EchoLeaf solves multiple problems with one simple solution, providing a seamless user experience, affordability to the client, and better data security, along with the added benefit of environmental sustainability for the growing amount of data every organization is required to gather and preserve. Everyone should have the opportunity to keep everything forever, safely and affordably. EchoLeaf is a data-management software that lets our clients do just that.

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Key requirements

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  • x86_64 Server
  • 16 GB memory server storage commensurate to the amount of data (12 TB, 24 TB, 36 TB)
  • Fibre Channel host bus adapter for attachment to up to four tape drives
  • KVM switch or standard interface connectivity
  • IBM TotalStorage series tape automation and tape drives:
    • TS2900
    • TS4300
    • TS4500 drives (Linear Tape-Open or TS1160)
  • HDD or SSD
  • Ethernet connectivity

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Planned availability date

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November 12, 2021

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

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Accessibility by people with disabilities

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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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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5900-AMX 1.0.0 EchoLeaf Archive Software Per Server (for Passport Advantage®)

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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) operating system is required.

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Planning information


This offering is delivered through the internet as an electronic download.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which 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

EchoLeaf Archive software uses 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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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or go to the Passport Advantage website.

These programs are available only through Passport Advantage.

Passport Advantage

EchoLeaf Archive software 1 introduces the following part number:

Part number description Part number
EchoLeaf Archive Software Per Server 40 Slots D08FYZX

Charge metric

Charge metric for vendor products
Program number Program name Charge metric
5900-AMX EchoLeaf Archive Software Per Install and Per Secondary Node

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

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Terms and conditions for the vendor program

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 of IBM and the vendor.

This product is available only through Passport Advantage.


Vendor's license terms apply.

Limited warranty

Not warranted by IBM. Warranty, if any, provided by vendor.

Volume orders


Educational allowance

Contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner for special education prices, if available.

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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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Regional availability

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American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, United States, and US Virgin Islands


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