IBM® TS7700 mainframe

What IBM TS7700 can do for your business

IBM® TS7700 is a mainframe virtual tape solution that optimizes data protection and business continuance for IBM Z® data. TS7770, the latest generation of the family, operates at disk speeds while maintaining compatibility with existing tape operations. IBM TS7700's grid communication facility provides access from any host to all data in the grid, supporting superior business continuance. The seventh generation is built with POWER9 processors and IBM FlashSystem 5000 disk cache, providing increased performance, denser disk capacity, as well as improving storage economics and data security in mission-critical hybrid cloud environments.

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Mission-critical performance

Designed to match IBM Z mission-critical capabilities, TS7770 combine the performance of disk-based operations with the capacity and scalability of physical tape to deliver high availability storage.

Cyber resiliency

Cyber resilient shield with Secure Data Transfer and cloud-based disaster recovery, full replication across up to 8 distinct clusters, and air-gap for physical isolation of systems.

Always-on availability

Operate without interruptions. The TS7770 offers 8-way grid cloud configuration that automatically switches over, full redundancy and near 0-second failover/failback for fast recovery.

Seamless cloud integration

IBM TS7770 now integrates up to 256 cloud object stores with DS8000 Object Store feature to access to any object in the grid from any TS7700 regardless of whether it has a copy of the object.

Flexible storage

Deploy mission-critical storage solutions through a variety of flexible racked and rack-mounted configurations with capacity and high performance models for businesses of all sizes.

All-flash infrastructure

TS7770 All Flash faster data protection with less infrastructure. Experience a better performance as 1 flash drawer performs better than 10 drawers with SAS HDDs, a 20U space reduction in datacenter.


Key features of IBM TS7770

8-cluster grid for business continuity

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The grid communication feature is designed to help keep data available, even if one of the remote sites experiences an outage; up to eight TS7700 systems can be configured to participate in a grid environment. This function helps maintain availability during planned maintenance, service or system upgrades, or unexpected outages and helps avoid the physical transportation of tape cartridges in the event of a disaster.

All flash high performance solution

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Additional to the traditional HDD cache solution, a new all flash version with SSD based cache drawers has been designed to deliver higher performance, to help to reduce batch processing times, and to improve TCO and management overhead for IBM Z workloads.

Flexible client-based rack mounted configurations

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The TS7770 offers smaller footprint, lower entry cost option. Flexible deployments for organizations of all sizes with different needs. The powerful capabilities of TS7770 virtual tape are delivered as pre-packaged racked solutions or client-supplied 19” industry standard rack configurations.

DS8000 Object Store

Simplify and accelerate data movement while providing savings in IBM Z CPU utilization with DS8000 Object Store. The DS8900F uses Transparent Cloud Tiering (TCT) to move DFSMShsm object data to the TS7700, sharing both FICON logical volume data and DS8900F object data on the same TS7770 cluster.

Transparent Cloud tiering

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Leveraging Transparent Cloud Tiering (TCT) for storage of virtual tape data in public or private clouds. The server-less direct data transfer from TS7770 to a cloud may improve business efficiency while reducing capital and operating expense. When data is stored in the cloud by a cluster, all clusters in the grid which are cloud-attached enabled have access to that object store instance.

Cloud-based disaster recovery for tape

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Add a layer of security ensuring critical data is always available. Restore outside the grid in case of a disaster having copies of the data in the cloud and ensure your critical data is available where and when it is needed while building up your grid. Use Copy point-in-time backups from TS7770 Cloud Connect to the cloud and restore to any empty TS7770 Cloud Connect outside the grid. This feature supports IBM Cloud, AWS S3, IBM Cloud Object Storage and RStor.

Capacity on demand

Increase capacity in 20 TB and 100 TB increments concurrently on the new TS7770 cache subsystem delivering new larger 10 TB 7.2K SAS Drives with 150 TB usable capacity per drawer pair.

Data encryption at-rest and in-flight

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TS7700 now receives encrypted data from the host, supported by FICON technology protects it in-flight across the network over Ethernet. And finally, helps secure sensitive at-rest data with support for both disk and tape drive-based encryption.

Optimized data compression options available

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Choose between multiple compression engines in order to match a variety of factors such as use case, block size, and performance requirements to the unique traits of each compression algorithm. Options are the standard compression built into the FICON adapters used by TS7770, LZ4 compression and ZSTD compression algorithms. Finally, IBM DS8900F has added the capability to compress data prior to transfer across TCP/IP connections to TS7770/60 systems configured as Object Storage targets expecting CAPEX by 55% and OPEX over 3-year period by 44%.

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