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    IBM 3592 Family of Tape Drives

     
     




    Models Available now:

    3592-C06
    3592-C07
    3592-C14
    3592-C20
    3592-E05
    3592-E06
    3592-E07
    3592-E08
    3592-EH8
    3592-EU6
    3592-J1A
    3592-J70



    With its higher performance and greater capacity as compared to TS1130 Tape Drive Model E06, the use of the TS1140 Tape Drive can help save costs as the number of tape drives, cartridges, and associated floor space are all reduced. Enhancements of the TS1140 Tape Drive include:

    The high reliability of the 3592 tape drive and media is maintained and improved with these features:

    Overview

    IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive Model E07(machine type 3592) is the fourth generation of the highly successful IBM 3592 Enterprise Tape Drive. It is supported for integration in the IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library or racks that enable stand-alone installations.

    The TS1140 Tape Drive is designed to provide higher levels of performance, reliability, and cartridge capacity than the TS1130 Model E06 Tape Drive. It has a high-technology 32-channel GMR head design and provides a native data rate performance of up to 250 MB/sec versus the 160 MB/sec data rate of the TS1130 Tape Drive Model E06. The TS1140 E07 Tape Drive has a dual-port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel interface for Fibre Channel attachment to host systems or a switched fabric environment.

    With the use of the IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Advanced Data (Type C), TS1140 Model E07 can format a cartridge uncompressed up to 4.0 TB (12.0 TB with 3:1 compression). TS1140 E07 is designed for automation and uses a tape cartridge with a form factor similar to other 3592 tape cartridges, allowing it to be used in the IBM TS3500 Tape Library.

    The TS1140 Tape Drive also supports drive-based data encryption to help protect your data. The TS1140-based encryption and associated IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager component are supported in a wide variety of operating system environments, including IBM Power, IBM System i, IBM System x, IBM System p, HP-UX, Oracle, Linux, and Microsoft Windows. Application, System, or Library Managed encryption management methods are supported. The encryption capability is supported when the TS1140 Tape Drive is integrated or attaches to selected IBM supported tape libraries, subsystems, or controllers.

    For the latest version of the IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager, refer to


    http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/key-lifecycle-mgr/
    Key prerequisites

    The TS1140 Tape Drive Model E07 is supported in a wide range of environments including selected IBM Power Systems -, IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x, and other servers running AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments. Refer to the Software requirements section for details.

    Description

    TS1140 Tape Drive (machine type 3592) is the fourth generation for the highly successful 3592 Tape Drive. It is designed for high-performance tape applications, including:

    Capacity

    The TS1140 is designed to provide up to 4.0 TB uncompressed capacity with the new IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Advanced Data (Type C) media. The exact ratio depends on which cartridge is used with the tape drive.

    The following table compares the cartridge capacity (native and with 3:1 compression) of the TS1140, TS1130, and TS1120:

         TS1120  TS1130  TS1140      Model E05 Model E06 Model E07      
    native native native cartridge cartridge cartridge
    capacity capacity capacity (native / (native / (native / compressed) compressed) compressed)
    IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 800 GB 1 TB 1.6 TB (Extended) 2.1 TB 3 TB 4.8 TB
    IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Type C NA NA 4.0 TB (Advanced Data) NA NA 12.0 TB
    IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 Type K NA NA 500 GB (Advanced Economy) NA NA 1.5 TB NA = Not Applicable

    Performance

    TS1140 E07 uses a design that increases the native data rate up to 250 MB/sec (up to 650 MB/sec compressed) versus the 160 MB/sec data rate of TS1130 Tape Drive Model E06. It is designed to offer improved access characteristics in search velocity and rewind time versus the TS1130 E06, with other enhancements designed to help aid small file and Hierarchical Storage Manager performance.

    Note: The actual throughput achieved is a function of many components, such as system processor, disk data rate, data block size, data compressibility, I/O attachments, SAN, and the system or application software used. Although the drive is capable of a 250 MB/sec native data rate, other components may limit the actual effective data rate.

    Capacity scaling

    TS1140 Model E07 is designed to support capacity scaling of an individual tape cartridge to 20% of maximum capacity (800 GB for advanced tape cartridges). Capacity scaling lets the utilized length of tape to be logically shortened, allowing improved data access times in trade off for reduced capacity. The tapes can subsequently be scaled back to full capacity as needed.

    The TS1140 Model E07 Tape Drive allows an application to issue a command to scale the IBM Tape Data 3592 cartridge. This allows capacity scaling to be exploited by an application that permits media pools to be defined by VOLSER range. You can exploit the capacity scaling capability of the TS1140 E07. For more information on using capacity scaling, refer to IBM 3592 Model E07 Tape Drive Customer Information Center.

    Media and cartridge capacity

    The TS1140 E07 provides capacity leadership with media reuse and uses Type C tape cartridge with tape specifically optimized for the enterprise tape environment. This provides a native cartridge capacity of 4.0 TB (or up to 12.0 TB with 3:1 compression) and can be beneficial in space savings and economy of data storage since it can help lower the cost of storage per megabyte. For applications that fill current data cartridges, this can help reduce the number of tape cartridges required. The reduced number of cartridges may also help free up floor space for other requirements and reduce the number of automation slots used.

    The robust cartridge shell is designed to sustain a 1 meter drop. IBM Tape Cartridge 3592 contains cartridge memory that is a passive, contactless silicon storage device. It is used to hold information about the specific cartridge, including the VOLSER, the media in the cartridge, and the drive.

    Attachment options

    The TS1140 E07 has dual-ported 8 Gbps native switched fabric Fibre Channel interfaces to offer attachment flexibility in an open systems environment. The drives can be directly attached to open systems servers with Fibre Channel.

    The TS1140 is supported in a wide range of environments, including selected IBM Power, System i, System p, and System x systems, Oracle, and Hewlett Packard servers, as well as Intel compatible servers running Linux and Microsoft Windows operating system environments.

    Statistical Analysis and Recording System

    The TS1140 E07 uses Statistical Analysis and Recording System to assist in isolating failures between media and hardware. It is designed to use the cartridge performance history saved in the cartridge and drive performance history kept in the drive to determine the more likely cause of failure. It is designed to cause the drive to mark the media as degraded, and to indicate that the hardware has degraded.

    High-availability data path failover

    High-availability data path failover is available with the AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows IBM tape device drivers. The failover mechanism is designed to enable configuration of multiple redundant paths in a SAN environment that includes the TS1140. In the event of a path or component failure, the failover mechanism is designed to automatically enable error recovery to retry the current operation using an alternate, preconfigured path without aborting the current job in progress. This supports flexibility in SAN configuration, availability, and management.

    Dynamic load balancing

    Dynamic load balancing is a function in the AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Oracle Solaris tape device drivers that is also available for TS1140 E07 Tape Drives used in a SAN environment. Dynamic load balancing support is designed to improve resources for devices that have physical connections to multiple Host Bus Adapters (HBA) in the same machine. When an application opens a device that has multiple HBA paths configured, the device driver determines which path has the HBA with the lowest usage, and assigns that path to the application. The device driver is designed to dynamically track the usage on each HBA as applications open and close devices, and balance the number of applications using each HBA in the machine. This can help optimize HBA resources and improve overall performance.

    Additional enhancements

    The TS1140 E07 incorporates the following tape enhancements that were introduced with the 3592 Tape Drive and are designed to help improve performance, capacity, and availability:

    In addition, the TS1140 E07 offers the following enhancements over other 3592 Model Tape Drives:

    Product positioning

    The TS1140 E07 Tape Drive is the next generation of the highly successful 3592 Enterprise Tape Drive. The TS1140 is supported in a wide range of environments, including IBM Power Systems, IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x, and other servers running AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments. It has significant performance and capacity benefits over the IBM TS1130, as well as other half-inch tape drives.

    The TS1140 is designed for high-performance computing environments where high reliability, capacity, and performance are mandated. It should be considered in the following environments:

    Other target customers for the TS1140 Tape Drive are encryption opportunities in medium to large enterprises in the financial sector, government and public sector, and other industries that must protect their customer tape data from loss or theft.

    Reference information

    For more information on the following products, refer to:
    Product number

           Machine Description     type  Model Feature 
    TS1140 Tape Drive
    3592 E07 Drive Microcode Update
    3592 E07 0500* Install 3592 in rack
    3592 E07 4674** 3592 E07 Additional
    3592 E07 4684 Rackmount Hardware Remove 3592 from rack
    3592 E07 4772** Rack Left Cradle
    3592 E07 4802** Rack Right Cradle
    3592 E07 4812** Encryption
    3592 E07 5596** Configuration/Field 13 M LC/SC Fibre Cable
    3592 E07 5913* 22 M LC/SC Fibre Cable
    3592 E07 5922* 61 M LC/SC Fibre Cable
    3592 E07 5961* 13 M LC/LC Fibre Cable
    3592 E07 6013* 25 M LC/LC Fibre Cable
    3592 E07 6025* 61 M LC/LC Fibre Cable
    3592 E07 6061* Attached to HP-UX System
    3592 E07 9210* Attached to Solaris System
    3592 E07 9211* Attached to Windows System
    3592 E07 9212* Attached to Other Non-IBM
    3592 E07 9213* Attached to Linux System
    3592 E07 9215* Attached to i5/OS or
    3592 E07 9400* OS/400 System Encryption
    3592 E07 9596* Configuration/Plant Attached to IBM AIX System
    3592 E07 9600* Plant Install 3592 in 3584
    3592 E07 9677** Field Merge 3592 in 3584 3592 E07 9689**

    * This feature has been previously announced on other models.

    ** This feature has been previously announced on other models, but the description has changed.

    Model conversions

    From  To model  model 3592-E06 3592-E07

    Parts removed as a result of a model conversion become the property of IBM.

    The following publications are shipped with the product:

    Title README - One-page pointer to the Customer Information Center Installation 
    Instructions converting an E06 to an EO7
    Installation Instructions for Installing an E07 in a Rack
    TS1120, TS1130, TS1140 Maintenance Information Manual
    TS11x0 Product Information CD

    The IBM Systems Information Center provides you with a single information center where you can access product documentation for IBM systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, you can efficiently find information and personalize your access. The IBM Systems Information Center is at

    http://publib14.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/systems

    IBM Publications Center Portal

    The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided, as well as payment options via credit card. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.

    Publications in national languages will be available with thirty days after the Planned Availability date.

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    For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or visit

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    http://www.ibm.com/services/continuity

    For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

    http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/index.html

    Select your country, and then select the product as the category.

    Technical information

    EMC conformance

    Specified operating environment

    Physical specifications

    TS1140 E07 Tape Drive canister:

    To assure installability and serviceability in non-IBM industry-standard racks, review the installation planning information for any product-specific installation requirements.

    Operating environment

    Note: * External AC/DC power supply losses and heat output not included.
    Hardware requirements

    TS1140 E07 Tape Drive

    Each TS1140 E07 Tape Drive comes with GMR head technology and dual-ported switched fabric 8 Gbps Fibre Channel attachments, for attachment to multiple servers or a single server with redundancy. It can be attached to IBM Power Systems, IBM System i, IBM System p, IBM System x and other servers running AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments.

    For the latest details on specific hardware, software, and Fibre Channel support for the TS1140 E07, refer to

    http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/config/ssic/index.jsp

    The TS1140 E07 Tape Drive is for installation in a TS3500 or racks that enable stand-alone installations. For all installations, the tape drive comes enclosed in a canister. For rack installation, a left drive cradle with a shelf must be installed before the right drive cradle can be installed. For both installations, cradles include redundant hot-swappable power supplies for both tape drives, as well as logic cards for management of power, serial numbers, and ID identifiers, and must be installed before the tape drive canisters can be installed.

    For installation in a rack, feature #4674, up to two TS1140 E07 Tape Drives can be installed in each cradle feature (#4802 or #4812). The cradle requires 10 EIA units of rack space. Two cradles can be mounted on a shelf, for a total of 4 tape drives on a shelf. A 2.0 meter rack, without a tape controller, can thus contain up to 16 tape drives. A 2.0 meter rack with a tape controller, or a 1.6 meter to 1.8 meter rack without a tape controller can contain up to 12 tape drives. A 1.6 meter to 1.8 meter rack with a tape controller can contain up to 8 tape drives. If space is available, an existing customer rack may be used. Refer to 3592 Sales Manuals for further information.

    Up to twelve TS1140 drives can be installed in a 3584 Model L22, L23, D22, or D23 frame. The 3584 Model L22 or L23 Base Frame and Model D22 or D23 Expansion Frame are designed for TS1140 Model E07, TS1130 Model E06, TS1120 Model E05, and 3592 Model J1A Tape Drives and 3592 cartridges. Each frame supports up to twelve tape drives with an incremental reduction of storage slots for each set of four drives installed.

    A 3592 Fibre Drive Mounting Kit feature is required for installing a TS1140, TS1130, TS1120, or 3592 Tape Drive in a TS3500:

    Note: For Models L23 and D23, the previous version of 3592 Fibre Drive Mounting Kit feature (#1513) is not compatible with TS1130 and TS1140.

    Each TS1140, TS1130, TS1120, or 3592 Tape Drive must be ordered separately, and is installed in a 3584 frame with one of the following feature numbers:

    Appropriate Fibre Channel cables should be ordered for each tape drive. Refer to the Cables section for a list of available cables. Also, refer to the Fibre Channel Cables section of the Special Feature Codes in the 3592 Model E07 Sales Manual for Fibre Channel cable information.

    Labeled or initialized cartridges for TS1140 E07 or TS1130 E06 Tape Drives can be ordered using machine type 3599. 

    Cables

    A fiber optic cable is required for attaching a TS1140 E07 Tape Drive to host Fibre Channel adapters or other storage area Fibre Channel components. The cable can be customer supplied, or ordered with the TS1140 E07 Tape Drive in the lengths available. The attaching fiber cable must be 50.0/125 micrometers for distances up to 150 meters at 8 Gbps. The connector on the TS1140 E07 Tape Drive is a LC duplex connector type. The Fibre Channel cables with LC or SC duplex connectors can be ordered on the TS1140 E07 Tape Drive in the lengths indicated with the following feature numbers:

    IBM Networking Services are designed to deliver convenient, packaged services to help reduce the complexity of planning, ordering, and installing fiber optic cables. The appropriate fiber cabling is selected based upon the product requirements and the installed fiber plant. IBM Networking Services has a comprehensive set of scalable solutions to address IBM cabling requirements, from product level to enterprise level. IBM Network Integration and Deployment Services for enterprise fiber cabling provides planning, IBM Fiber Transport System trunking components, and installation services for small, medium, and large enterprises.

    IBM Global Services has the expertise and personnel available to effectively plan and deploy the appropriate cabling with the future in mind. These services may include planning, consultation, cable selection, installation, and documentation, depending upon the services selected. These services are designed to be right-sized for your products or the end-to-end enterprise, and to take into consideration the requirements for all of the protocols and media types whether the focus is the data center, the SAN, the LAN, or the end-to-end enterprise. Contact your IBM representative for additional information on these services.

    TS1140 Tape Drive

    Each TS1140 Tape Drive comes with dual-ported switched fabric 8 Gbps Fibre Channel attachments, for attachment to multiple servers or a single server with redundancy. It can be attached to IBM System i, System p, System x, and non-IBM servers, workstations, and personal computers that support Fibre Channel interfaces. For the latest details on specific hardware, software, and Fibre Channel support for the TS1140 Tape Drive, refer to

    http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/config/ssic/index.jsp

    TS3500 or 3584 Tape Library encryption installations

    The TS1140 Tape Drive may be installed and is supported in the IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library Models L22, L23, D22, and D23. The TS1130 encryption function requires a minimum level of microcode firmware level and is a customer's responsibility to load, configure, and maintain on the TS3500 Tape Library.

    Non-IBM 3584 encryption open systems installations

    Support for the TS1140 encryption function installed in a 19-inch Rack open-systems attached requires a minimum level of microcode firmware for any 3592 J1A Enterprise Tape Drive, TS1120 Tape Drive, TS1130, or TS1140 Tape Drive where you intend to use tape cartridges from a common tape cartridge scratch pool.

    A minimum level of microcode firmware is required and may be ordered as follows for service assisted installation:

    Fibre Channel Switch attachment

    The TS1140 E06 Tape Drive is supported by a variety of Fibre Channel Switches and Fibre Channel Directors. The support is dependent on server, operating system, and host bus adapter that is being used.

    Software requirements

    For a current list of host software versions and release levels that support the TS1140, refer to the following website

    http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/config/ssic/index.jsp

    IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and other compatible software offerings can provide storage and tape management software for the TS1140. Supporting software and applications must be obtained separately from IBM, IBM Business Partners, or Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). A list of compatible software is available from your IBM representative or at

    http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/tape/library.html#compatibility

    Select "Compatibility Information", then "Independent Software Vendor Matrix (ISV) for 3592 Tape Drive" for the product.

    IBM continues to work together with the ISVs to support the TS1140 Tape Drive. Individual application vendors should be contacted for specific information and availability dates.

    IBM maintains the latest levels of System Storage tape drive and library device drivers and documentation on the Internet. Utilize the Fix Central download portal by accessing the following website

    There are a few pull down menus to navigate to the correct download as follows:

    The IBM Tape Device Drivers Installation and User's Guide can be found at the following website

    http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=577&uid=ssg1S7002972

    Encryption

    Encryption support for the TS1140 Tape Drive in the TS3500 Tape Library, with Fibre Channel, is provided in i5/OS, AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments.

    Three modes of encryption management are supported:

    The installation of a TS1140 Tape Drive with encryption may require code updates for System i, System p and supported open systems device drivers or storage management software.

    IBM maintains the latest levels of System Storage tape drive and library device drivers and documentation on the Internet. Obtain them by accessing the IBM Fix Central website

    http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral

    For details on supported software versions and release levels for the TS1140 Tape Drive, as well as hardware support information, refer to the following website

    http://www.ibm.com/storage/tape
    Limitations

    Planning information

    Customer responsibilities

    Physical planning is a customer responsibility. Current levels of the open systems device drivers should be obtained to ensure the TS1140 E07 is supported. For information on these requirements, refer to IBM System Storage 3592 Tape Drive and Controller Introduction and Planning Guide 3592 Models J1A, E05, E06, EU6, E07, J70 and C06,GA32-0555.

    You are responsible for downloading or obtaining from IBM, and installing designated Machine Code (microcode, basic input/output system code (called BIOS), utility programs, device drivers, and diagnostics delivered with an IBM machine) and other software updates in a timely manner from an IBM Internet Web site or from other electronic media, and following the instructions that IBM provides. You may request IBM to install Machine Code changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

    Cable orders

    Appropriate Fibre Channel cables should be ordered for each tape drive. Refer to the Cables section for a list of available cables. Also refer to the Fibre Channel Cables section of the Special Feature Codes in the 3592 Model E07 Sales Manual for Fibre Channel cable information.

    For users and remarketers: IBM TS1140 media supplies can be ordered directly through AAS using machine type 3599.

    IBM TS1140 media supplies can be also purchased through Priority Fulfillment Services and its distribution channel in North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. These TS1140 media supplies can be purchased through Forex Telegistics BV and its distribution channel in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

    For information about Priority Fulfillment Services distribution channels, call +81-3-3808-8486 in Japan or 1-972-881-0733 outside of Japan.

    Security, auditability, and control

    This product uses the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, and application software.

    The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

    Terms and conditions

    This product does not contain Licensed Internal Code or Licensed Machine Code.

    Educational allowance

    A reduced charge is available to qualified education customers. The educational allowance may not be added to any other discount or allowance.

    The educational allowance is 15% for the products in this announcement. 3592 E07 tape drives

    3592 E07 tape drives

    Contents

    1. Drive attachments
    2. Characteristics
    3. Operator controls
    4. Drive compatibility3592 E07 tape drives

    3592 E07 tape drives

    General reference information for the 3592 E07 tape drives.

    With higher performance, reliability, cartridge capacity, and smaller size as compared to the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise tape drive 3590 models, the 3592 tape drives allow a reduction of your number of tape drives and cartridges, and the associated floor space while greater overall storage capacity is achieved.

    Enhancements include

    Enhancements over the 3590 drives to improve availability, performance, and capacity include

    Note: The actual throughput that you can achieve is a function of many components, such as system processor, disk data rate, data block size, data compressibility, input/output (I/O) attachments, storage area network (SAN), and the system or application software. Although the drives can achieve rates of 240 MB/s (Model E07), other components might limit the actual effective data rate.

    The Model E07 tape drive comes with dual ported, switched 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel attachments for attachment to multiple servers or a single server with redundancy. The E07 can attach to the 3592-C07 or TS1120 (3592 C06) controller. The 3592-C07 tape controller supports only FICON channels for attachment to ES/3090, ES/9000, S/390, or zSeries systems. The 3952-C06 tape controller uses ESCON or FICON ESCON or FICON channels for attachment to ES/3090, ES/9000, S/390, or zSeries systems.

    Note: This product might not be certified in your country for connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Further certification might be required by law before making any such connection. Contact IBM for information. Note: Do not connect an IBM tape drive directly to a public optical network. Use a connectivity device between an IBM tape drive optical fibre adapter and an external public network, such as a patch panel, a router, or a switch. You do not need an extra connectivity device for optical fibre connectivity that does not pass through a public network.

    Figure 1 illustrates the 3592 tape drive.

    Figure 1. 3592 tape drive Figure. 3592 tape driveParent topic:Overview1 One gibibyte (GiB) = 2 30 bytes = 1,073,741,824 bytes = 1024 mebibytes (MiB). See Data storage values.
    Drive attachments

    1. Drive attachments

    The maximum number of 3592 tape drive attachments in environments with and without a tape controller.

    Table 1 summarizes the maximum number of 3592 tape drive attachments in environments without a tape controller. Note: The 3592 E07 drive is not supported in 3494 or TS3400 tape libraries. Table 1. Maximum 3592 tape drive attachments in environments without a tape controller
    EnvironmentNumber of 3592 drives
    2.0-meter rack (IBM Model 7014-T42)Up to 16
    1.6-meter rack (IBM Model 7014-S00)Up to 12
    1.8-meter rack (IBM Model 7014-T00)Up to 12
    3584 Model L22/L23 See note 1.
    3584 Model D22/D23See note 2.
    Note:
    1. The number varies depending on the number of I/O slots, the number of storage slots, and the type of "Capacity On Demand" feature installed. The absolute maximum number is 12.
    2. The number varies depending on the number of storage slots installed. The absolute maximum number is 12.
    Table 2 summarizes the maximum number of 3592 tape drive attachments in environments with a tape controller. Note: The 3592 E07 drive is not supported in 3494 or TS3400 tape libraries.Table 2. Maximum 3592 tape drive attachments in environments with a tape controller
    EnvironmentNumber of drives
    2.0-meter rack (IBM Model 7014-T42)Up to 12 Note: A total of 16 drives can be attached with multiple racks.
    1.6-meter rack (IBM Model 7014-S00)Up to 8
    1.8-meter rack (IBM Model 7014-T00)Up to 8
    >Parent topic:3592 E07 tape drives

    Characteristics

    2. Characteristics

    Characteristics of the 3592 tape drives.

    Table 1 shows the Enterprise Tape Cartridge 3592 characteristics, including capacities.

    Table 1. 3592 tape drive characteristics with Enterprise Tape Cartridge 3592
    Characteristics3592 E07 Tape Drive Specifications3592 E06 Tape Drive Specifications3592 J1A Tape Drive Specifications
    Display panel8-character alphanumeric LED display
    MediaEnterprise Tape Cartridge 3592
    Host attachmentsFibre Channel attach; FICON via 3592-C07 Tape Controller

    Fibre Channel attach; ESCON or FICON via TS1120 (C06) Controller

    Fibre Channel attach; FICON via 3592 C07 or Fibre Channel attach; ESCON or FICON via 3592 C06 or J70 controller sFibre Channel attach; ESCON or FICON via 3590 A60 or 3592 C06 or J70 controller s
    Uncompressed Data capacity (Enterprise Tape Cartridge 3592)4000 GB (3725.3 GiB1) per data cartridge media JC/JY, 1600 GB (1490.12 GiB) per extended data cartridge media JB/JX, 500 GB (465.66 GiB) per Advanced economy cartridge media JK1000 GB (931.32 GiB) per extended cartridge media JB/JX, 640 GB (596.04 GiB) per data cartridge media JA/JW, 128 GB (119.21 GiB) per economy cartridge media JJ/JR700 GB (651.93 GiB) per extended cartridge media JB/JX, 500 GB (465.66 GiB) per data cartridge media JA/JW, 100 GB (93.13 GiB) per economy cartridge media JJ/JR300 GB (279.39 GiB) per data cartridge media JA/JW, 60 GB (55.88 GiB) per economy cartridge media JJ/JR
    Device data rate (native)250 MB/s160 MB/s100 MB/s40 MB/s
    Data transfer rate (maximum instantaneous)800 MB/s 400 MB/s200 MB/s
    Tape speed read/write maximum8.55 m/s6.21 m/s4.74 m/s
    Approximate usable tape length842 m (advanced), 570 m (standard), 775 m (extended), 108/124 m (advanced/standard/economy)
    Load/ready19 seconds13 seconds19 seconds
    Search/rewind speed (middle of tape)12.4 m/s (488 in./s)10 m/sec. (393 in./s)8 m/sec. (315 in./s)
    Maximum cartridge rewind time, Data cartridge55 seconds66 seconds77 seconds
    Device data rate (3:1 compression sustained)700 MB/s350 MB/s280 MB/s120 MB/s
    1 One gibibyte (GiB) = 230 bytes = 1,073,741,824 bytes = 1024 mebibytes (MiB).

    Parent topic:Operator controls

    3. Operator controls

    An overview of the operator controls for the 3592 tape drives.

    The 3592 tape drive is installed in a canister, which is a hot-swappable/quick disconnect field-replaceable unit (FRU). Installation and replacements are completed by qualified IBM Service Representatives only. The tape drive and canister do not have their own power supply, but are powered on when the canister is plugged into a drive cradle or frame installation. Once power is supplied to the unit, the drive runs several self-tests.

    The 3592 tape drive is typically managed through an automated library manager or host, and its associated software. A display, buttons, and indicators are available on the front of individual drives when manual operation is required.

    The front panel of the drive has an 8 character Display panel, an Unload button, a Reset button, and an LED power indicator. See Table 1 for a description of their functions.

    Table 1. 3592 Tape drive front panel component functions
    ComponentFunctions
    Display panelAn 8-character light-emitting diode (LED) display panel, which displays drive status codes and also a limited actions menu. Mount messages, attention messages, drive status messages, and FID (failure ID) messages can also be displayed.
    Unload buttonThe Unload button is used to manually unload a tape from the drive. If you press this button while a tape is loaded, the drive completes any operation in progress, rewinds, and unloads the tape cartridge.
    Reset buttonThe Reset button generates a drive reset. Current tape motion is terminated and stopped before the drive is reset. The button is recessed to prevent accidental activation. Use a pencil or small screwdriver to press the reset button.
    LED power indicatorA green LED power indicator shows whether power is provided to the drive. As part of the power-on process, the LED automatically lights and the drive completes various power-on self tests.
    3592 E07 tape drives

    Drive compatibility

    4. Drive compatibility

    Tape cartridges and tape formats that are compatible with the 3592 tape drives.

    The 3592 tape cartridge has external dimensions (form factor) that allow it to be used within existing storage cells of libraries that contain 3590 tapes. However, the 3592 tape drives must be installed in frames separate from any 3590 drives. The 3592 tape drive cartridges are not compatible with 3590 tape drives cartridges, and, likewise, 3590 tapes cannot be used in the 3592 drives. Other compatibility considerations include


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