Feature spotlights

Uncompressed data storage in a single frame

Store up to 8.25 petabytes (PBs) of uncompressed data in a single frame library or scale up at 1.5 PB per square foot to over 263 PBs.

Policy-based automatic media verification

Proactively monitor archived data with policy-based automatic media verification.

Data encryption and WORM media

Strengthen security and regulatory compliance with data encryption and write-once-read-many (WORM) media.

Support for multiple tape drive combinations

Support any combination of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 7, 6, and 5, and IBM TS1155, TS1150, and TS1140 tape drives.

IBM Spectrum Archive support

Simplify user access to data stored on tape cartridges via IBM Spectrum Archive™ featuring IBM Linear Tape File System™ technology.

Optional 10U of rack space available above the library

Reduce the storage footprint and simplify cabling with 10U of rack space on top of the library.

Supports most open-system servers including IBM Z®

Helps to simplify the storage environment and enable flexibility for growth and change in your data center.

Technical details

Software requirements

Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) enabled. Selected IBM servers and other Linux and Microsoft Windows open-system servers supported. See link for interoperation support information.

    Hardware requirements

    Frame definition:
    • L25: Base frame for TS1155, TS1150 and TS1140 (3592) drives and cartridges, includes 32 I/O slots
    • D25L: Drive-capable and storage expansion frame for TS1155, TS1150, TS1140 (3592) drives/cartridges
    • S25: Storage-only expansion frame for 3592 cartridges
    • L55: Base frame for LTO drives and cartridges, includes 36 I/O slots
    • D55: Drive-capable and storage expansion frame for LTO drives and cartridges
    • S55: Storage-only expansion frame for LTO cartridges

    Technical specifications

    Number of tape drive cartridges: L25—up to 660 (up to 550 in frame 1); D25—up to 740 (up to 590 in frame 1); S25—up to 1,000 (up to 798 in frame 1)/Total supported per library: up to 17,550; L55—up to 882 (up to 730 in frame 1); D55—up to 970 (up to 774 in frame 1); S55—up to 1,320 (up to 1,054 in frame 1)/Total supported per library: up to 23,170. *Capacity depends on drives installed, number and type of cartridges used, and compression ratio achieved. Listed capacity is physical. Usable capacity may be less.
    • Tape drive type: TS1155, TS1150 and TS1140 (3592), LTO Ultrium 7, 6 and 5 tape drives
    • Number of frames per library: One base frame, up to 17 expansion frames with maximum of 7 Dx5 frames
    • Number of drives: Up to 16 per frame (up to 12 in frame 1); Up to 128 per library
    • Capacity*: 3592 advanced cartridges; up to 263.25 PB per library (789.75 PB with 3:1 compression)
    • Capacity*: LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges; up to 139 PB/library (up to 347.5 PB with 2.5:1 compression)
    • Operating systems support-See the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center:
    See a complete list of technical specifications

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