Linear Tape File System: Installation and Configuration
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The IBM® Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) is the first file system
that works in conjunction with Linear Tape-Open (LTO) tape technology to
set a new standard for ease of use and portability for open systems
tape storage. In 2011, LTFS won an Engineering Emmy Award for Innovation
from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The IBM Linear Tape File System: Installation and Configuration, SG24-8090 Redbooks® publication helps you install, tailor, and configure the new IBM Linear Tape File System Single Drive Edition
(LTFS SDE), Library Edition (LTFS LE), and Storage Manager (LTFS SM). LTFS is a file system that is implemented on dual-partition linear tape (IBM LTO Ultrium 5 tape drives (LTO-5), IBM LTO Ultrium 6 tape drives (LTO-6), and IBM TS1140 tape drives). LTFS makes tape look and work like any removable media, for example, a USB drive. Files and directories appear on the desktop as a directory listing. It is now simple to drag files to and from tape.
Any application that is written to use disk files works with the same files on tape. LTFS SDE supports stand-alone drives only. LTFS LE supports tape libraries. LTFS LE presents each cartridge in the library as a subdirectory in the LTFS file system. The LTFS SM software solution provides storage lifecycle management of archive files.
The IBM Linear Tape File System Storage Manager integration with LTFS Library Edition as shown in the figure below is described in detail in this IBM Redbooks Publication.