Preface – IBM TS4500 R7 Tape Library Guide

The IBM® TS4500 (TS4500) tape library is a next-generation tape solution that offers higher storage density and better integrated management than previous solutions.
This IBM Redbooks® publication gives you a close-up view of the new IBM TS4500 tape library. In the TS4500, IBM delivers the density that today’s and tomorrow’s data growth requires. It has the cost-effectiveness and the manageability to grow with business data needs, while you preserve investments in IBM tape library products.
Now, you can achieve a low cost per terabyte (TB) and a high TB density per square foot because the TS4500 can store up to 11 petabytes (PB) of uncompressed data in a single frame library or scale up to 2 PB per square foot to over 350 PB. The TS4500 offers the following benefits:
High availability: Dual active accessors with integrated service bays reduce inactive service space by 40%. The Elastic Capacity option can be used to eliminate inactive service space.
Flexibility to grow: The TS4500 library can grow from the right side and the left side of the first L frame because models can be placed in any active position.
Increased capacity: The TS4500 can grow from a single L frame up to another 17 expansion frames with a capacity of over 23,000 cartridges.
High-density (HD) generation 1 frames from the TS3500 library can be redeployed in a TS4500.
Capacity on demand (CoD): CoD is supported through entry-level, intermediate, and base-capacity configurations.
Advanced Library Management System (ALMS): ALMS supports dynamic storage management, which enables users to create and change logical libraries and configure any drive for any logical library.
Support for IBM TS1160 while also supporting TS1155, TS1150, and TS1140 tape drive: The TS1160 gives organizations an easy way to deliver fast access to data, improve security, and provide long-term retention, all at a lower cost than disk solutions. The TS1160 offers high-performance, flexible data storage with support for data encryption. Also, this enhanced fifth-generation drive can help protect investments in tape automation by offering compatibility with existing automation.
The TS1160 Tape Drive Model 60E delivers a dual 10 Gb or 25 Gb Ethernet host attachment interface that is optimized for cloud-based and hyperscale environments.
The TS1160 Tape Drive Model 60F delivers a native data rate of 400 MBps, the same load/ready, locate speeds, and access times as the TS1155, and includes dual-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel support.
Support of the IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 8 tape drive: The LTO Ultrium 8 offering represents significant improvements in capacity, performance, and reliability over the previous generation, LTO Ultrium 7, while still protecting your investment in the previous technology.
Support of LTO 8 Type M cartridge (M8): The LTO Program introduced a new capability with LTO-8 drives. The ability of the LTO-8 drive to write 9 TB on a brand new LTO-7 cartridge instead of 6 TB as specified by the LTO-7 format. Such a cartridge is called an LTO-7 initialized LTO-8 Type M cartridge.
Integrated TS7700 back-end Fibre Channel (FC) switches are available.
Up to four library-managed encryption (LME) key paths per logical library are available.
This book describes the TS4500 components, feature codes, specifications, supported tape drives, encryption, new integrated management console (IMC), command-line interface (CLI), and REST over SCSI (RoS) to obtain status information about library components.
You learn how to accomplish the following specific tasks:
Improve storage density with increased expansion frame capacity up to 2.4 times, and support 33% more tape drives per frame.
Manage storage by using the ALMS feature.
Improve business continuity and disaster recovery with dual active accessor, automatic control path failover, and data path failover.
Help ensure security and regulatory compliance with tape-drive encryption and Write Once Read Many (WORM) media.
Support IBM LTO Ultrium 8, 7, 6, and 5, and IBM TS1160, TS1155, TS1150, and TS1140 tape drives.
Provide a flexible upgrade path for users who want to expand their tape storage as their needs grow.
Reduce the storage footprint and simplify cabling with 10 U of rack space on top of the library.
This publication is for anyone who wants to understand more about the IBM TS4500 tape library. It is particularly suitable for IBM clients, IBM Business Partners, IBM specialist sales representatives, and technical specialists.
This book was produced by a team working at the IBM Tucson Development Lab.
Robert Beiderbeck is an IBM Senior Accredited Specialist for the Product Service profession, and works as a Team Leader for the EMEA RMSS Product Field Engineering (PFE) group in Germany. He joined IBM in 1989 as a Customer Service Representative for Mainframe (IBM z Systems®) and worked later in the z Systems Hardware Support Center, responsible for Server, ESCON, and IBM FICON® Switches and Infrastructure. Robert then became a Storage Specialist for Tape Libraries, VTS, and Drives in the field before he joined second-level support in 2002. His areas of expertise include Enterprise Tape Systems, such as TS7700, TS3500, 3494, VTS (P2P), and 3590/3592 Drives and Control Units.
Khanh Ngo is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor in Tucson, Arizona. Khanh is the Tape Storage Test Architect, which includes IBM Spectrum® Archive Development. He sets test strategies, designs tests, tests solutions, and creates customer solutions for the tape drive, tape library, and IBM Spectrum Archive product lines. He joined IBM in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Later, he received a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. Because of his design and implementation work with many IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition (EE) customers across multiple industries worldwide, Khanh is often sought out for his expertise to lead, execute, and successfully complete proof of concepts and custom engineering solutions integrating IBM Spectrum Archive EE into customers’ production environments.
Jesus Eduardo Cervantes Rolon is an IBM Software Test Engineer in Guadalajara, Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from CETI (Mexico) and he is a certified ISTQB FL Tester. He has been with IBM since 2012. During the last 7 years, he has been collaborating with the IBM next generation of storage management systems, the IBM TS4500 tape library in the Product Test area (focused in Functional Verification Test) where he has served as the team leader for the last 3 years.
Jeremy Tudgay is an IBM Senior Technical Support Specialist and works as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for IBM’s Tape Storage business. He joined IBM in 1986 as a Customer Service Representative for ATM’s and Office Products, and following that worked as a System Service Representative (SSR) for mid-range systems (IBM RS/6000™ and AS/400). Since 2003, Jeremy has been dedicated to providing technical support on IBM Tape Libraries and Tape Drives. Initially this was in the field, before he became a remote technical specialist. His areas of expertise include all Open Systems Tape Products, and in particular the TS3500 and TS4500. Before joining IBM, Jeremy completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship.
Fabian Corona Villarreal is a Test Engineer for the IBM Mexico Software Lab, he joined IBM in 2004 and he has been being involved in multiple test projects since then. He started working on Storage products in 2010 when he joined the ProtecTIER team. There, he served as a test engineer, project leader and team leader during the different releases of the product. In 2014, he moved to the physical tapes area as the RAS team lead for the 3584, 3576, 3573, 3572, and 3555 tape libraries. Fabian holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Universidad de Guadalajara. He also is a certified ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager.
Erwin Zwemmer is an IBM Technical Support Specialist and has worked as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for IBM tape storage business in Kelsterbach, Germany since 2001. Before coming to his position with IBM Germany, he was an AS/400 Technical Support Representative. He joined IBM Holland in 1995 as an IBM Customer Engineer for AS/400 systems and multivendor products. Starting in 2009, he was a second level Support Engineer for IBM ProtecTIER. His expertise also includes TS4300, TS3500, and TS4500 in installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting in his current role as a SME.
Larry Coyne is a Redbooks Project Leader in the IBM World Wide Client Experience Centers organization, Tucson, Arizona, center. He has over 35 years of IBM experience, with 23 years in IBM storage software management. He holds degrees in Software Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and Project Management from George Washington University. His areas of expertise include client relationship management, quality assurance, development management, and support management for IBM storage management software.
Thanks to the following people for their contributions to this project:
Lee Jesionowski
Silvia E. Sánchez López
Stefan Neff
IBM Systems
Special thanks to Michael Engelbrecht, Simon Browne, and Illarion Borisevich for their contributions to the prior editions.
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