Feature spotlights

Cloud storage tier

Leverage transparent cloud tiering for storage of virtual tape data in public or private clouds. The server-less direct data transfer from TS7700 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.

Advanced policy management

Enable cache management for volume retention and deletion with advanced policy management. Volume pooling allows grouping of logical volumes on physically separate cartridges or cartridge pools. Copy export allows sets of logical volumes to be written to physical tape for movement to remote sites. Logical write-once-read-many (WORM) can protect volumes from deletion. Cross-site replication creates a copy of a logical volume at different sites.

Grid communications

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.

Disk and tape drive encryption

Help secure sensitive at-rest data with support for both disk and tape drive-based encryption.

Copy export acceleration

Improve the speed of large copy export operations and reduce the number of physical volumes that contain a copy of the database used for recovery.

Synchronous mode copy

Leverage true synchronous copy through real-time duplexing (simultaneous local mount and remote mount) and copy consistency at two locations up to any implicit or explicit sync point providing a zero recovery point objective.

IBM FlashCopy support for disaster-recovery testing

Perform disaster-recovery tests without interfering with production runs.

Remote-mount IP link failover

Improve remote read/write operations by utilizing alternate links in the event of path failure. If a failure occurs, the failover path searches another IP link to continue the job, without stopping or impacting the host or customer.

Enhanced compression options available

In addition to the standard compression built into the FICON adapters used by TS7700, two enhanced compression options are available to balance performance requirements with storage requirements: LZ4 compression and ZSTD compression algorithms. All clusters in a grid must be running R4.1.2 machine code, or higher, before either enhanced compression option may be selected.

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Technical details

Software requirements

See Hardware and Technical Specifications;

    Hardware requirements

    Hardware summary:

    • More than 2.4 PB of user data capacity, before compression
    • More than 13 PB capacity after compression (depending on data compressibility characteristics)
    • Attach up to 128 IBM TS1100 tape drives in an 8-way grid configuration
    • Supports both IBM TS3500 and IBM TS4500 tape libraries
    • Up to 4 GB/second throughput rates
    • Up to 64 FICON channels based on 8-cluster grid configurations

    Technical specifications

    IBM TS7760 Physical Characteristics:

    • Width: 616 mm (24.25 in)
    • Depth: 1425 mm (56.1 in)
    • Height: 1,930.4 mm (76.0 in.)
    • Weight: 746 kg (1645 lb) when fully configured
    • Supported environments: IBM z/OS, IBM z/VM, IBM z/VSE, IBM z/TPF

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