Feature spotlights

Virtual backhitch support

Improve performance for small file reads/writes and help reduce media wear with virtual backhitch support when used on TS1120 and newer tape drives.

Industry standard encryption

Enable your users to address security concerns by writing encrypted data to tape. Compatible across all TS1120 and newer tape drives.

High resolution tape directory

Leverage high-speed search and increased system performance by retrieving data faster when used on TS1140 and newer tape drives.

Statistical Analysis and Reporting System (SARS)*

Use the tape drive to monitor cartridge life and usage and help eliminate data loss due to cartridge failure when used on TS1120 and newer tape drives.

Scaled media

Leverage the ability to use a standard tape in a rapid access mode.

Economy cartridge

Reduce cost of ownership through a lower cost per cartridge. IBM 3592 tape cartridge providers faster access to data by reducing the length of the media.

Data safe mode

Gain write-once-read-many- (WORM) like protection using a standard 3592 cartridge.

Reinforced cartridge

Safeguard against accidental drops and help protect your data with a reinforced cartridge.

Multiple model and format options

Available in rewritable and WORM cartridge models and three formats including fast access, standard capacity and extended capacity.

Partitioning/IBM Spectrum Archive

Eliminate middleware and reduce tape management costs through partitioning with IBM Spectrum Archive™ when used on TS1140 and newer tape drives. The solution also improves usability by displaying the data stored on the tape in a file tree structure and opens new opportunities for leveraging tape technology in entertainment, manufacturing and medical environments.

Technical details

Software requirements

Warranty: Limited lifetime: Free from manufacturing and material defects useful life of product

    Hardware requirements

    IBM 3592 tape cartridge characteristics:

    • Weight: 239 g (8.4 oz)
    • Estimated archive life: Up to 30 years
    • Load/Unload: 20,000 load, unload and initialization cycles
    • Dimensions: 24.5 mm H × 109 mm W × 125 mm D (0.97 in. × 4.3 in. × 4.9 in.)
    • Toxicity: Nonhazardous to human health in anticipated use

    Technical specifications

    Tape length: JD/JZ: 1,072 m nominal (3,527 ft); JK: 146 m nominal (479 ft); JL: 281 m nominal (922 ft); JJ/JR: 246 m nominal (807 ft); JB/JX: 825 m nominal (2,706 ft); JC/JY: 880 m nominal (2,887 ft); JA/JW: 610 m nominal (2,001 ft)

    • Flammability: Self-extinguishing per UL94
    • Temperature: 16°C - 32°C (60°F - 90°F)
    • Wet bulb maximum: 23°C (73.4°F)
    • Relative humidity: 20% - 80%
    • See the IBM 3592 Datasheet for cartridge capacities:

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