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HPE, IBM, and Quantum Ultrium Generation 9 (LTO-9) drive configuration information for IBM Spectrum Protect server

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Abstract

Configuration Information for Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium Generation 9 tape drives and associated tape media.

Content

NOTE: For Ultrium 9 (LTO-9) drive support information in a library, consult the technote pertaining to the perspective library.

Support information for the following Ultrium 9 (LTO-9) drives is detailed in the sections below.
HPE StoreEver 4500 LTO-9 Tape Drive
IBM TS1090 LTO-9 Tape Drive
IBM TS2290 LTO-9 Tape Drive
IBM ULT3580-HH9 LTO-9 Tape Drive
IBM ULT3580-TD9 LTO-9 Tape Drive
IBM ULTRIUM-HH9 LTO-9 Tape Drive
IBM ULTRIUM-TD9 LTO-9 Tape Drive
QUANTUM ULTRIUM-HH9 LTO-9 SAS Tabletop Tape Drive
Required Spectrum Protect versions:
IBM Ultrium 9 (LTO-9) drive support requires IBM Spectrum Protect version 8.1.12 or a subsequent maintenance release.
HPE StoreEver 4500 LTO-9 drive support requires IBM Spectrum Protect version 8.1.14.100 or a subsequent maintenance release.
Quantum LTO-9 drive support requires IBM Spectrum Protect version 8.1.14.100 or a subsequent maintenance release.
Ultrium 9 (LTO-9) drive is supported with the following features and formats:
  • IBM Spectrum Protect application-managed encryption
  • Logical Block Protection (LBP)
  • Append-only mode
Defining a device class:
When defining a device class for an LTO-9 drive, use the following values.
DEVType=LTO
FORMAT=< DRIVE | ULTRIUM9 | ULTRIUM9C | ULTRIUM8 | ULTRIUM8C >
DRIVE - The server selects the highest format that is supported by the drive on which a volume is mounted.
ULTRIUM9 - Specifies that Spectrum Protect writes data that uses the ULTRIUM9 recording format. Only Ultrium 9 media can be written to with the ULTRIUM9 format.
ULTRIUM9C - Specifies that Spectrum Protect writes data that uses the ULTRIUM9C recording format with compression. Only Ultrium 9 media can be written to with the ULTRIUM9C format.
ULTRIUM8 - Specifies that Spectrum Protect writes data that uses the ULTRIUM8 recording format. Only Ultrium 8 media can be written to with the ULTRIUM8 format.
ULTRIUM8C - Specifies that Spectrum Protect writes data that uses the ULTRIUM8C recording format with compression. Only Ultrium 8 media can be written to with the ULTRIUM8C format.

Examples:
DEFine DEVClass;devclass_name LIBRary=library_name DEVType=LTO FORMAT=ULTRIUM9
DEFine DEVClass;devclass_name LIBRary=library_name DEVType=LTO FORMAT=ULTRIUM9C

Capacity of Ultrium 9 tape cartridges
Format
Media
Est. Capacity
ULTRIUM9
ULTRIUM 9
18 TB
ULTRIUM9C
ULTRIUM 9
Varied - depending on data compressibility


Encryption support:
Application-managed encryption is supported by IBM Spectrum Protect if it is supported by the drive. Check with your hardware vendor to determine whether this method is supported by hardware.

Supported media:
Spectrum Protect Server supports the following media for LTO-9 drives:
Ultrium 8 - 12 TB Read-Write data cartridge
Ultrium 8 - 12 TB WORM data cartridge

Ultrium 9 - 18 TB Read-Write data cartridge
Ultrium 9 - 18 TB WORM data cartridge

image 7005 Important:
1. LTO-8 drives have two media types: Ultrium 8(LTO-8)  and Ultrium M8(LTO-M8)
2. LTO-9 drives do not support read and write data to Ultrium M8(LTO-M8) media
3. LTO-9 drives only  support read and write data to Ultrium 8( LTO-8) and  Ultrium 9( LTO-9) media

Restrictions on WORM media:
Pre-labeled WORM media are not supported.
WORM media are not compatible with encryption.

Read format supported:
ULTRIUM8
ULTRIUM8C
ULTRIUM9
ULTRIUM9C

Write format supported:
ULTRIUM8
ULTRIUM8C
ULTRIUM9
ULTRIUM9C

Compatibility and mixed generation considerations:
LTO-9 drives can read and write to Ultrium 9 and 8 media, but can't read or write to Ultrium M8 and 7 media.

In a library in which mixed generation LTO's is not supportedall scratch volumes and volumes with read-write access must be readable and writable by all drives.

If all drives are LTO-9, read-write media can be Ultrium 9 and 8. 

If LTO-9 drives are mixed with LTO-8 drives,  all read-write media must be Ultrium 8 only and not Ultrium M8 media. This is because  only  Ultrium 8 media can read or write to by both Ultrium 9 and 8 drives.

In a library in which mixed generation LTO's is supported, if LTO-9 drives are mixed with LTO-8 drives, the read-write media can be Ultrium generation 9, 8, and 7.  Ultrium M8(LTO-M8) media is not supported in this configuration.

Logical Block Protection:
Logical Block Protection is supported by LTO-9 drives. Consult the following document for more information on how to use Logical Block Protection, Enabling and disabling logical block protection.

Append-Only Mode:
Append-Only mode is supported by LTO-9 drives. Consult the following document for more information on how to use Append-Only mode, Enabling and disabling append-only mode.


Device Specific Notes:

Drive identifications and firmware levels used during validation process:
IBM TS1090 LTO-9 Tape Drive
Drive ID: IBM ULT3580-TD9
Firmware: N8V0 (validated with IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.12)

HPE StoreEver 4500 LTO-9 Half-Height SAS Standalone Tape Drive
Drive ID: HPE Ultrium 9-SCSI
Firmware: NCA1 (validated with IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.15.100)

Quantum LTO-9 Half-Height SAS Tabletop Tape Drive
Drive ID: QUANTUM ULTRIUM-HH9
Firmware: N9BA (validated with IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1.15)

Device Driver:
The IBM device driver is required for IBM Libraries and IBM LTO-9 drives. IBM device drivers are available at IBM Fix Central . Choose the following options from the drop-down menus.

  • Product Group -> System Storage
  • System Storage -> Tape systems
  • Tape systems -> Tape drivers and software
  • Tape drivers and software -> Tape device drivers
  • Platform -> Select the OS platform for the device driver

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Document Information

Modified date:
08 November 2022

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