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IBM TS4300 Tape Library
Supports secure, long-term data storage in a highly scalable tape library


IBM TS4300 Tape Library

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Overview:

IBM TS4300 Tape LibraryIBM TS4300 Tape Library is a high-density, highly scalable, easy-to-manage solution designed to keep data securely stored long-term, while helping reduce the costs associated with data center space and utilities. Its modular design enables you to increase cartridge and drive capacity as needed—scale vertically up to seven modules with expansion for Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium cartridges, drives and redundant power supplies. IBM TS4300 enhanced data protection helps meet security and compliance requirements.

  • Highly scalable solution with one 3U base module and up to six expansions
  • Help meet compliance requirements with secure, long-term data storage
  • Deploy a storage solution that offers ease of installation and management
  • Help reduce data center costs with a high-density solution

Requirements for secure, long-term data retention—especially in the financial services, healthcare and life sciences industries—are common and increasingly stringent, with data volumes growing massively as a result. Tape storage offers a less costly long-term storage option than disk drives or flash. And data stored on tape kept offline, or on write-once media, is nearly invulnerable to hacking. IBM TS4300 Tape Library is a high-density, highly scalable, easy-to-manage tape library designed to keep data securely stored long-term, while helping reduce the costs associated with data center space and utilities.

Its modular design enables users to increase cartridge and drive capacity as needed. Built around a 3U-high modular base library, TS4300 can scale vertically with up to seven modules (including the base library), with expansion for Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium cartridges, drives and redundant power supplies. A single robot manages all modules in the stack.

In a seven-module configuration, TS4300 offers a capacity of up to 280 LTO cartridges. A wizard for installation and configuration enables users to install, expand and service the library without special training.

To help meet security and compliance requirements, TS4300 supports write-once-read-many (WORM) cartridges to enhance data protection, and provides library-managed encryption with IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager.

Also, improve business continuity with IBM TS4300 Tape Library-supported features like automatic control-path and data-path failover to provide automatic control in the event of a loss of a host adapter or control path.

Start with a base library

The TS4300 base library contains all of the necessary robotics and intelligence to manage the base library system, with a maximum of 40 slots of LTO cartridge capacity per module, up to five input/output (I/O) slots, and support for three combinations of full- and/or half-height (FH or HH) LTO drives per module. The TS4300 base library is rack- or tabletop mountable. Module expansions are rack-mountable only.

Quickly locate stored data

TS4300 leverages IBM Spectrum Archive for direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries by incorporating the IBM Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format standard. LTFS compatibility allows tape-stored data to be accessed as if it were on disk or flash storage.

Simplify tape storage deployment and management

TS4300 is based on an embedded, open-source software architecture to help speed deployment and simplify management. Best-in-class error recovery and reporting, library health monitoring and alerting, and auto-recovery features help to speed diagnostics and resolution. An automation drive interface significantly increases drive communication speed for faster code updates and log downloads.

IBM offers diverse management software solutions for TS4300 to enhance the use of multipath architecture, as well as the use of a single TS4300 library. The library software includes application programming interface (API) hooks that enable easy integration of IBM software.

Features:

Modular design for scalability

The modular design enables users to increase cartridge and drive capacity as needed. Built around a 3U-high, modular base library, TS4300 can scale vertically with up to seven modules, with expansion for Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 8, 7 and 6 cartridges, drives and redundant power supplies. A single robot manages all modules in the stack. In a seven-module configuration, TS4300 offers a capacity of 280 LTO cartridges.

Security and compliance capabilities

Supports WORM cartridges to enhance data protection and provides library-managed encryption with IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager.

Base library for complete management of system

The TS4300 base library contains all of the necessary robotics and intelligence to manage the base library system, with a maximum of 40 slots of LTO cartridge capacity per module, five input/output (I/O) slots, and support for three combinations of full- and/or half-height (FH or HH) LTO drives per module. The TS4300 base library is rack or tabletop mountable. Module expansions are only rack mountable.

Intuitive and graphical access to stored data

TS4300 leverages IBM Spectrum Archive™ for direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries by incorporating the IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) format standard. LTFS compatibility allows tape-stored data to be accessed as if it were on disk or flash storage.

Fast deployment and simplified management

The embedded, open-source software architecture helps speed deployment and simplify management. Best-in-class error recovery and reporting, library health monitoring and alerting, and auto-recovery features help to speed diagnostics and resolution. An automation drive interface significantly increases drive communication speed for faster code updates and log downloads.

Compatibility with the latest IBM LTO Ultrium technology

This tape library supports generation 8 of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology, offering up to 30 TB of data storage per cartridge (12 TB native), twice the compressed capacity of the previous LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges. Also a new initialization feature will allow you to use new LTO-7 cartridges as LTO-7 Type M media cartridges to increase capacity from 6 TB to 9 TB native.

Benefits:

Scale tape storage capacity as needed

The modular design enables you to increase cartridge and drive capacity as needed. The TS4300 can scale vertically with up to seven modules, with expansion for LTO Ultrium 8, 7 and 6 cartridges.

Meet compliance requirements

Supports WORM cartridges to enhance data protection and provides library-managed encryption with IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager.

Simplify deployment and management

TS4300 is based on an embedded, open-source software architecture to help speed deployment and simplify management.

Reduce costs for data center space

TS4300 is a high-density, highly scalable, easy-to-manage tape library designed to keep data securely stored long-term, while helping reduce the costs associated with data center space and utilities.

Specifications:


TS4300 Tape Library Specifications
Configurations Minimum configuration - Base module Maximum configuration - TS4300 base module with 6 expansion modules
LTO Ultrium cartridge capacity 40 280
Reduction in cartridges for I/O slots 0 or 5 0 - 35
Tape drives 1 FH LTO, 3 HH LTO, or 1 FH and 1 HH LTO 7 FH LTO or 21 HH LTO HH/FH drive mixture range 19/1 or 7/7
Total physical capacity 480 TB 3.36 PB
Logical libraries Up to the number of drives Up to the number of drives
Management Software Options
IBM Spectrum Archive
  • Enables users of LTO Ultrium 8, 7 and 6 tape library systems to inventory cartridges and read, write and search data on any cartridge
  • Enables writing metadata and tagging of individual files for easy and fast access to files stored on cartridges
IBM Spectrum Protect
  • Enables users to create, manage and optimize archives
  • Provides management of concurrent copies of content, plus active, inactive and off-site content
IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager
  • Enhances data security while dramatically reducing the number of encryption keys to be managed
  • Simplifies encryption key management with an intuitive user interface for configuration and management
  • Helps minimize the risk of loss or breach of sensitive information
Hardware Specification
Form factor 3U
Physical capacity
  • 12 TB native capacity/up to 30 TB compressed capacity (LTO Ultrium 8)
  • 6 TB native capacity/up to 15 TB compressed capacity (LTO Ultrium 7)
  • 2.5 TB native capacity/up to 6.25 TB compressed capacity (LTO Ultrium 6)
Network interface Ethernet
Power supply 1 standard power supply, optional 2nd redundant supply
Hot-swap components Power supplies, tape drives
Systems management Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) enabled
Operating systems supported Selected IBM servers and other Linux and Microsoft Windows open-system servers
Limited warranty Three-year in-warranty coverage of select parts
Weight Base module maximum 28 kg (61.5 lb)
Expansion module maximum 22.6 kg (49.6 lb)
Dimensions (H x W x D) 114 mm (4.48 in.) x 446 mm (17.56 in.) x 873 mm (34.37 in.)

Views:

TS4300 Tape Library Base Module Front

TS4300 Tape Library Base Module Front


TS4300 Tape Library Base Module Rear

TS4300 Tape Library Base Module Rear


TS4300 Tape Library Expansion Module Front

TS4300 Tape Library Expansion Module Front


TS4300 Tape Library Expansion Module Rear

TS4300 Tape Library Expansion Module Rear

Documentation:

Download the IBM TS4300 Tape Library Datasheet (.PDF)

Pricing Notes:

IBM Products
IBM Tape Libraries
IBM TS4300 Tape Library - 45 TB
Contact us for Pricing!
IBM TS4300 Tape Library - 180 TB
Contact us for Pricing!