Preserve and protect your data cost effectively with IBM tape storage

Full range of tape storage products

Including drives, autoloaders, libraries, virtual tape systems, and IBM Spectrum Archive software.

Tape-based data storage for powerful data protection

Discover a simple, inexpensive technology that is virtually impervious to cyberattacks and is already in your data center – tape storage.

Tape storage goes high speed

'Flape' storage uses intelligent software-defined storage to combine the cost and performance advantages of flash, tape and SDS.

More than 60 years of tape storage innovation

IBM continues to push the limits of capacity and the boundaries of tape technology innovation going forward.

IBM TS7700 virtual tape storage family

Leverage TS7700 powerful capabilities with enhanced deployment flexibility, the TS7700 family offer new smaller footprint, lower entry cost option for organizations of all sizes with different needs. TS7700 solutions are designed to match the performance, resiliency and security capabilities of mainframe environments, delivering a perfect foundation for your mission-critical hybrid multicloud.

Maximum capacity (native) 3.94 PB
Drive type: TS1100

IBM TS7700 Virtual Tape Family

IBM Tape Libraries

Reduce the cost of storing growing amounts of data.

IBM TS4500 Tape Library

Next-generation cloud storage library

  • Maximum capacity with LTO-8 / TS1160: 278 PB / 351 PB
  • Drive Type(s): LTO and/or TS1100
  • Maximum number of drives: 128

IBM TS4300 Tape Library

High-density, highly scalable and easy-to-manage

  • Maximum capacity with LTO-8: 3.36 PB
  • Drive Type(s): LTO FH & HH
  • Maximum number of drives: 21

TS2900 Tape Autoloader

Low-profile, entry-level IBM LTO tape storage

  • Maximum capacity with LTO-8: 108 TB
  • Drive Type(s): LTO HH SAS
  • Maximum number of drives: 1

IBM LTO® Tape Drives

IBM TS2280 Tape Drive

  • Maximum format capacity (native): 12 TB
  • Other format capacities (native): 6 TB (LTO-7), 9 TB (LTO-7 Type M)
  • Native data rate: Up to 300 MB/s

IBM TS2270 Tape Drive

  • Maximum format capacity (native): 6 TB
  • Other format capacities (native): 2.5 TB (LTO-6), 1.5 TB (LTO-5 R/O)
  • Native data rate: 300 MB/s

IBM TS2260 Tape Drive

  • Maximum format capacity (native): 2.5 TB
  • Other format capacities (native): 1.5 TB (LTO-5), 800 GB (LTO-4 R/O)
  • Native data rate: 160 MB/s

IBM TS1100 Tape Drives

IBM TS1160 Tape Drive

  • Maximum format capacity (native):  20 TB (JE), 15 TB (JD)
  • Other format capacities (native): 10 TB (JD), 7 TB (JC)
  • Native data rate:  400 MB/s
  • FC-16 Gb or Ethernet 10Gb interface attachment

IBM TS1150 Tape Drive

  • Maximum format capacity (native): 10 TB (JD), 7 TB (JC)
  • Other format capacities (native): 4 TB (JC)
  • Native data rate: 360 MB/s

IBM TS1155 Tape Drive

  • Maximum format capacity (native): 15 TB (JD), 7TB (JC)
  • Other format capacities (native): 10 TB (JD), 4 TB (JC, R/O)
  • Native data rate: 360 MB/s

IBM 7226 Multimedia Storage Enclosure

Deploy a low-profile design configuration, with up to four storage devices in a 1U space in a 19-inch rack.

Enable the performance and capacity enhancements of half-high Linear Tape-Open (LTO)® Ultrium®, DVD-RAM or Remote DBA Experts, LLC (RDX) removable disk drives.

IBM Spectrum Archive

Get direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries. IBM Spectrum Archive makes tape storage as easy to use as disk storage by incorporating the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format standard for reading, writing and exchanging metadata on formatted tape cartridges.

Get storage your way with IBM Storage Utility Offering

Transform your virtual tape library CAPEX costs to OPEX as you better align capacity costs to business needs. IBM Storage Utility Offering delivers a cloud-like consumption model as your storage demands change to meet your business requirements. Get the IBM Cloud experience, on demand and always available, while focusing on driving business value through your data and business applications. Discover our cloud-like consumption, pay-as-you-grow capacity pricing.

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IBM Storage tape TCO calculator

How much could you be saving? Answer the questions in the tape calculator to get a personalized estimate of your total cost of ownership.

VU University Medical Center Amsterdam

Learn how this medical center helped researchers migrate from NAS drives to a centralized storage platform based on IBM Spectrum Storage solutions.

IBM Spectrum Storage

Improve data management and reduce costs with IBM Spectrum software-defined storage, which is fully integrated with IBM Tape Storage.

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