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IBM 3588-F4A TS1040 Ultrium LTO4 Tape Drive Fibre

****Backward Compatibility to LTO3:

The Ultrium 4 Tape Drive can read and write Ultrium 3 cartridges.

The IBM 3588 Model F4A, aka 3588-F4A incorporates the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drive, with enhanced maximum tape drive throughput over the IBM LTO generation 3 Tape Drive (Ultrium 3). It has a native data transfer of up to 120 MB/sec. In addition, with the use of the IBM LTO Ultrium 800 GB Data Cartridge, the TS1040 doubles the maximum tape cartridge capacity providing up to 800 GB native physical capacity (1,600 GB with 2:1 compression), as compared to the IBM Ultrium 3 Tape Drives and cartridges. IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drives can read and write LTO Ultrium 3 Data Cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 2 Data Cartridges. The TS1040 has a 4-Gbps Fibre Channel interface for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers.

At a glance

The IBM System Storage TS1040 is an IBM LTO Ultrium 4 Tape Drive that combines IBM tape reliability and performance at open systems prices. The new Ultrium 4 Tape Drive:

Increases maximum data transfer rate, providing to up to 120 MB/sec native as compared to LTO Ultrium 3
Provides up to 800 GB native physical capacity per cartridge (1,600 GB with 2:1 compression) with Ultrium 4 800 GB cartridge
Includes a 4-Gbps Fibre Channel interface attachment
Supports encryption capabilities designed to work with the IBM Encryption Key Manager Component
Adheres to LTO specifications
Mounts in TS3500 Tape Library Model L53 or D53, and in 3584 Tape Library Model L52, L32, D52, or D32

 

Overview of the 3588-F4A


The IBM System Storage™ TS1040 (machine type 3588, Model F4A) is designed to be installed in an IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library (machine type 3584) to offer high capacity and performance for the midrange open systems environment. This model incorporates the new Linear Tape-Open (LTO) IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drive, with enhanced maximum tape drive throughput over the IBM LTO generation 3 Tape Drive (Ultrium 3). It has a native data transfer of up to 120 MB/sec. In addition, with the use of the IBM LTO Ultrium 800 GB Data Cartridge, the TS1040 doubles the maximum tape cartridge capacity providing up to 800 GB native physical capacity (1,600 GB with 2:1 compression), as compared to the IBM Ultrium 3 Tape Drives and cartridges. IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drives can read and write LTO Ultrium 3 Data Cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 2 Data Cartridges. The TS1040 has a 4-Gbps Fibre Channel interface for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers.

The IBM System Storage TS1040 LTO Ultrium 4 Tape Drive supports data encryption on the base drive with Ultrium 4 media meeting LTO consortium specifications and Application Managed Encryption. System Managed and Library Managed Encryption and associated IBM Encryption Key Manager access are available as a chargeable licensed key (feature 1604 — Transparent LTO Encryption) under the TS3500 Tape Library L-frames.

Support for the TS1040 encryption function requires a minimum level of microcode firmware that is your responsibility to load, configure, and maintain on the TS3500 Tape Library.

The TS1040 Tape Drive's encryption capability and its subsystem integration support help provide you with a flexible tape data encryption solution that supports encryption and key management across a variety of environments, supporting a single point of control for all encryption keys, and most importantly can help customers protect tape data in a cost effective way.

The TS1040 can be installed in new or installed TS3500 Tape Library Models L53 and D53, and also in 3584 Tape Library Models L52 L32, D52, and D32.

In summary, IBM Ultrium 4 enhancements that help improve performance and reliability include:

Native data transfer rate up to 120 MB/sec
Ultrium 4 tape cartridge native physical capacity of 800 GB
4-Gbps Fibre Channel drive attachment
A larger 256 MB internal buffer
LTO Ultrium 4 encryption support
8 KB cartridge memory with Ultrium 4 media
Better integrated electronics using IBM-engineered copper technology

Description of the 3584-F4A

The IBM TS1040 is an IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 4 Tape Drive designed for the heavy demands of backup tape storage. The TS1040 is designed to mount in a TS3500 Tape Library and has a 4-Gbps Fibre Channel interface for attachment to IBM System p, IBM System i, IBM System z, or IBM System x products, and HP-UX, Sun, UNIX, Linux, or Windows servers.

The TS1040 incorporates fourth-generation IBM LTO Ultrium technology. It offers the following significant improvements over the Ultrium 3 Tape Drive:

Increased performance — Maximum tape drive throughput native data rate performance is up to 120 MB/sec. Data tracks are written 16 at a time. IBM Ultrium 4 Tape Drives can read and write LTO Ultrium 3 Data Cartridges at Ultrium 3 capacities and rates, and read LTO Ultrium 2 Data Cartridges at Ultrium 2 capacities with improved rates.
Note: Although the Ultrium 4 Tape Drive provides the capability for excellent tape performance, other components of the system may limit the actual performance achieved. Also, although the compression technology used in the tape drive can typically double the amount of data that can be stored on the media, the actual degree of compression achieved is highly sensitive to the characteristics of the data being compressed.


Increased tape cartridge capacity — The tape cartridge physical capacity is up to 800 GB native physical capacity (1,600 GB with 2:1 compression), with the use of the new IBM LTO Ultrium 800 GB Data Cartridge, double that of the Ultrium 3 Data Cartridge. This is achieved by increasing the linear density and the media length. The tape itself is an advanced metal particle tape developed to help provide durability and capacity.

Ultrium 3 cartridge compatibility — The Ultrium 4 Tape Drive can read and write Ultrium 3 cartridges.

Encryption supported on Ultrium 4 Fibre Channel tape drives — The IBM System Storage TS1040 LTO Ultrium 4 Tape Drive supports data encryption on the base drive with Ultrium 4 media, meeting LTO consortium specifications and Application Managed Encryption. System Managed and Library Managed Encryption and associated IBM Encryption Key Manager access are available as a chargeable licensed key (feature 1604, Transparent LTO Encryption) under the TS3500 Tape Library L-frames.
Support for the TS1040 encryption function requires a minimum level of microcode firmware and is a customer's responsibility to load, configure, and maintain on the TS3500 Tape Library.


Attachment options — The TS1040 Tape Drive comes with 4 Gbps Fibre Channel attachment models, for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers. They are supported on IBM System p, IBM System i, IBM System x, or IBM System z products, and Sun Solaris, HP-UX, Microsoft Windows 2003, Linux, and other open systems.

WORM media support — The IBM 3589 Ultrium 4 800 GB WORM Tape Cartridges are designed for applications such as archiving and data retention, as well as those applications requiring an audit trail. These cartridges work with the IBM LTO Ultrium 4 Tape Drive to help prevent the alteration or deletion of user data. IBM Ultrium 800 GB WORM Tape Cartridges can be ordered as unique 3589 models with the following features:
Pre-labeling, with the ability to specify a starting volume serial and color coding
Packaging in individual jewel cases or in bulk
Cartridge memory, built into every cartridge, which helps to enhance functionality and media reliability by storing access history and media performance information for use by the tape drive every time the cartridge is accessed
Half-inch particle tape with a 800 GB WORM native capacity in a single cartridge

Larger internal data buffer — There is a 256 MB internal data buffer in the Ultrium 4 Tape Drive.
Highly integrated electronics using IBM engineered copper technology — This technology is designed to reduce the total number of components in the drive, help lower chip temperatures, and reduce power requirements, helping to provide for a more reliable drive. The fourth-generation drive electronics are designed to provide error correction of soft errors in the memory arrays in data and control paths.
Proven IBM LTO Ultrium features enhanced in the IBM LTO Ultrium 4 Tape Drive include:

Dual-stage 16-channel head actuator — The actuator is designed to provide precision head alignment to help support higher track density and improved data integrity.
Independent tape loader and threader motors and positive pin retention — These are designed to help improve the reliability of loading and unloading a cartridge, and to retain the pin even if tension is dropped. An independent loader motor, coupled with the positive pin retention, is designed to cause the tape to thread with a higher level of reliability.

Graceful dynamic braking — In the event of power failure, reel motors are designed to maintain tension and gradually decelerate instead of stopping abruptly, helping reduce tape breakage, stretching, or loose tape wraps during a sudden power outage.

Servo and track layout technology — There are 704 data tracks in Ultrium 4 and Ultrium 3 versus 512 data tracks in Ultrium 2. The high-bandwidth servo system features a low-mass servo to help more effectively track servo bands and improve data throughput with damaged media in less-than-optimal shock and vibration environments.

Surface Control Guiding Mechanism — IBM's patented Surface Control Guiding Mechanism is designed to guide the tape along the tape path in the Ultrium 4 Tape Drive. This method uses the surface of the tape, rather than the edges, to control tape motion. This helps reduce tape damage (especially to the edges of the tape) and tape debris, which comes from the damaged edges and can accumulate in the head area.

Magneto Resistive (MR) head design — Use of flat lap head technology in MR heads for Ultrium 4 helps minimize contact, debris accumulation, and wear on the tape as it moves over the read/write heads.

Digital speed matching — The Ultrium 4 Tape Drive is designed to perform dynamic speed matching (at one of six speeds: 30, 48, 66, 84, 103, or 120 MB/sec) to adjust the drive's native data rate as closely as possible to the net host data rate (after data compressibility has been factored out). This helps reduce the number of backhitch repositions and improve throughput performance. Speed matching on Ultrium 4 ranges from 30 to 120 MB/sec versus 30 to 80 MB/sec on Ultrium 3.

Robust drive components optimized for automation environments — To help enhance reliability and prolong the life of drives, uses some of the most robust components available, such as (1) all metal clutch, (2) steel ball bearings in loader, (3) robust leader block design, (4) single circuit card.

Power management — The Ultrium 4 Tape Drive power management function is designed to control the drive electronics to be either completely turned off or in a low-power mode when the circuit functions are not needed for drive operation.

Adaptive read equalization — Designed to automatically compensate for dynamic changes in readback signal response.

Dynamic amplitude asymmetry compensation — This is designed to optimize readback signals for linear readback response from MR read head transducers.

Separate writing of multiple filemarks — Separate writing of multiple filemarks is designed to cause any write command of two or more filemarks to cause a separate data set to be written containing all filemarks after the first. This feature has two advantages. First, it helps improve performance if a subsequent append overwrites somewhere after the first filemark. Second, write of multiple filemarks typically indicates a point where an append operation might occur after the first of these filemarks. This change helps prevent having to rewrite datasets containing customer data and the first filemark, if such an append occurs.

LTO Data Compression (LTO-DC) — The Ultrium 4 uses LTO-DC, which is an implementation of a Lempel-Ziv class 1 (LZ-1) data compression algorithm. LTO-DC is an extension of Adaptive Lossless Data Compression (ALDC) and an improvement over previous IBM lossless compression algorithms. IBM's patented "Scheme-Swapping" compression is designed to look ahead at incoming data, and determine the most efficient storage method (either ALDC or pass-thru mode) to help provide optimal data compression and increase data throughput.

LTO Cartridge Memory (LTO-CM) — Contained within the LTO Ultrium data cartridge is the LTO-CM, which is a passive, contactless silicon storage device that is physically a part of the cartridge. The LTO-CM is designed to hold information about that specific cartridge, the media in the cartridge, and the data on the media. The storage capacity of the LTO-CM is 8 KB. Communication between the drive and the LTO-CM is via a low-level RF field transmitted by the drive to the cartridge.

Statistical Analysis and Reporting System (SARS) — The Ultrium 4 Tape Drive uses SARS to help isolate failures between media and hardware. SARS uses the cartridge performance history saved in the CM module and the drive performance history kept in the drive flash EEPROM to help determine the most likely cause of failure. SARS is designed to cause the drive to request a cleaner tape, to mark the media as degraded, and to indicate that the hardware has degraded.

With support for LTO Ultrium-format tape data cartridges, the TS1040 with the TS3500 Tape Library can be a cost-effective solution for backup, save-and-restore, and archiving functions.

Ultrium 800 GB Data Cartridge

The tape cartridge physical capacity of the IBM Ultrium 800 GB Data Cartridge has doubled over the IBM Ultrium 400 GB Data Cartridge to 800 GB native physical capacity (1,600 GB with 2:1 compression). IBM LTO Ultrium 4 Tape Drives can read and write Ultrium 3 data cartridges, and read only Ultrium 2 data cartridges. Ultrium 4 cartridges can be resident in the same TS3500 Tape Library with the Ultrium 3 and Ultrium 2 data cartridges. LTO Ultrium 800 GB data cartridges can be ordered using machine type 3589, LTO Ultrium tape cartridges.

These cartridges have been designed to provide several enhancements over previous tape technologies. They are designed to work with tape drives that have increased tape speeds and high-density data recording. The case is specially designed for use in automated libraries and is designed for repeated, unattended handling.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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