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IBM System Storage TS3100 Tape Library Express Model

Entry-level LTO tape library designed to providereliable, high capacity, high performance tape backup.


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The IBM System Storage®TS3100 Tape Library Express Model and its storage management applications are designed to exceed your capacity,performance, data protection, reliability, affordability and application requirements. The TS3100 is designed as a functionally rich, entry-level tape-storage solution incorporating LTO tape technology. The IBM TS3100 Express model is an excellent solution for large-capacity or high-performance tape backup with or without random access. The TS3100 is also an excellent choice for tape automation for IBM Power Systems, IBM System x®and other open systems.
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The IBM TS3100 Tape Library Express is well-suited for handling the backup, restore and archive data-storage needs for small to medium-size environments. With the use of one LTO full-height tape drive or up to two LTO half-height tape drives and 24 tape cartridge capacity, the IBM TS3100 is designed to take advantage of LTO technology to cost-effectively handle growing storage requirements. The TS3100 Tape Library is configured with two removable cartridge magazines, one on the left side (12 data cartridge slots) and one on the right (12 data cartridge slots). Additionally, the left magazine includes a single mail slot to help support continuous library operation while importing and exporting media. A bar-code reader is standard in the library, supporting the library’s operation in sequential or random access mode. The TS3100 also comes standard with remote management capabilities to allow for remote administration of the tape library through a Web interface. Path Failover, a new optional feature for this library, is designed to provide automatic control path failover to a preconfigured redundant control path in the event that a host adapter or control path drive is lost, without aborting the current job in process.

The IBM Ultrium 5 technology is designed to provide greater capacity with continued support for encryption of data. The hardware encryption and decryption core and control core reside in the IBM Ultrium 5 tape drive (available to the TS3100 with the 6 Gbps SAS and 8 Gbps FC interface). A larger internal data buffer in the full-height drive helps improve data access rates and reduce cartridge fill and rewind times along with dynamic channel calibration designed to help increase data throughput. In addition to reading and writing to LTO Ultrium 5 tape cartridges, the LTO 5 tape drive can read and write to LTO 4 cartridges and read LTO 3 cartridges with improved data rates. The IBM Ultrium 5 tape drive is designed to support up to 140 MBps native data-transfer rates and up to 1.5 TB native physical capacity when using the IBM System Storage Ultrium 1.5 TB Data Cartridge (3.0 TB with 2:1 compression). The TS3100 featuring Ultrium 5 tape drives has a capacity of up to 36 TB native (72 with 2:1 compression).

Manufacturer IBM
Part No. ts3100
Width 447.5
Height 740
Depth 87.6
Weight [Kg] 15.00
Rack Units 2 U
Cassette Type Ultrium 5 media: 46C2084 or FC # 8505;
Ultrium 4 media: 95P4278 or FC # 8405;
Ultrium 3 media: 95P2020 or FC # 8305
# of Cartridge Slots 1
# of Tape Drives 1-2
Storage Capacity Up to 3.0 TB per cartridge compressed; 1.5 TB native with LTO 5;
Up to 1.6 TB per cartridge compressed; 800 GB native with LTO 4;
Up to 800 GB per cartridge compressed; 400 GB native with LTO 3;
Up to 72 TB per tape library compressed; 36 TB native with LTO 5;
Up to 38.4 TB per tape library compressed; 19.2 TB native with LTO 4;
Up to 19.2 TB per tape library compressed: 9.6 TB native with LTO 3
Throughput Per Hour Up to 140 MBps native with LTO 5 Full Height and Half Height;
Up to 120 MBps native with LTO 4 Full Height and Half Height;
Up to 80 MBps native with LTO 3 Half Height
Drive Bays IBM LTO Ultrium 5 Half Height and Full Height; IBM LTO Ultrium 4 Half Height and Full Height; IBM LTO Ultrium 3 Half Height
HDD Suitability Ultrium 5 Full Height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8245 or 46X2683); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8244 or 46X2682);
Ultrium 5 Half Height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8247 or 46X2685); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8248 or 46X2684);
Ultrium 4 Full Height: LVD SCSI (FC # 8143 or 95P5002), 3 Gbps SAS (FC # 8145 or 95P5006); 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (8144 or 95P5004);
Ultrium 4 Half Height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8149 or 46X7117), 8 Gbps FC (FC # 8148 or 46X6912 );
Ultrium 3 Half Height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8049 or 46X7122)

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