Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements!
- IBM TS7760 Virtual Tape System
The IBM TS7760, the world's best virtual tape system for IBM mainframe environments, now supports 8TB drives.
This raises the maximum capacity of a TS7760 system to 2.45 PB. That is 600TB for the base frame, and 925 TB for each of the two expansion frames, for a total of three frames.
The drives are configured using Distributed RAID (DRAID) which drastically reduces the time needed for rebuilds.
The TS7760 can optionally attach to a TS3500 or TS4500 physical tape library for added capacity via 16 Gbps Fibre Channel.
To learn more, see [IBM TS7700 delivers maximum capacity] press release.
- TS1155 Tape Drive models
The new TS1155 enterprise tape drive can write up to 15 TB uncompressed data to existing JD/JZ/JL media.
It can read/write existing 10TB-formatted JD media, and 7TB-formatted JC media, written by former TS1150 drives. It also can offer read-only support for older 4TB-formatted JC media from TS1140 drives.
These are uncompressed capacities, and some clients achieve 2x or 3x compression on top of these capacities. This depends heavily on the type of data. Your mileage may vary, as they say.
Most of the rest of the features of the TS1150 drives carry forward., The performance 360 MB/sec is similar, encryption via IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager (SKLM) is similar, and support for IBM Spectrum Archive via Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format is similar.
An interesting development is that the TS1155, in addition to standard 8Gb Fibre Channel attach, is the first IBM enterprise drive to also offer 10Gb Ethernet support. IBM will offer both RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) as well as iSCSI support.
To learn more, see [ TS1155 Tape Drive models deliver up to 15 TB native capacity] press release.
- IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management V2.2.6
The newest member of the IBM Spectrum Storage software family, IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management automates the creation of snapshot images (FlashCopy for those familiar with IBM terminology) on IBM, NetApp and EMC storage arrays. These copies can be made for various uses, such as DevOps, Dev/Test, Backup/Restore, and Disaster Recovery.
At some data centers, these copies can consume as much as 60 percent of your total storage space, because often each developer and tester are generating their own copies. Instead, having copies automated, registered, cataloged, and made available to developers and testers eliminates rogue copies.
This release adds support for additional databases, including Microsoft SQL Server on physical machines, SAP HANA in-memory databases, and Epic/Caché from InterSystems used in Electronic Health Records (EHR) management systems.
IBM also adds support for long-distance Vmotion for VMware virtual machine images. The target for this movement is IBM Spectrum Accelerate running on IBM Bluemix Cloud, supporting Hybrid Cloud configurations.
To learn more, see [IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management V2.2.6 ] press release.
To learn more about these and other recent enhancements, come to the IBM Systems Technical University, May 22-26, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. I'll be there!
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