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IBM Virtual Tape Libraries

IBM Virtual Tape solutions offer high capacity, high performance, reliability and security while helping to lower storage TCO via scalability, energy efficiency, footprint reduction and lowest cost per TB.

IBM invented the concept of magnetic tape storage back in 1952. Since then, IBM has delivered many innovations in tape storage and that innovation continues today.

 

IBM Virtual Tape Libraries systems:

Enterprise

  • IBM System Storage TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway.
  • IBM TS7700 Virtual Tape Library system.

 

Midrange

  • IBM System Storage TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway.
  • IBM TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express.

 

Entry libraries

  • IBM TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express.

 

Enterprise Virtual Tape Libraries systems:

IBM System Storage TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway

The IBM® System Storage® TS7650G ProtecTIER® Deduplication Gateway is designed to meet the disk-based data protection needs of the enterprise data center while enabling significant infrastructure cost reductions. The solution offers industry-leading inline deduplication performance and scalability up to 1 petabyte (PB) of physical storage capacity per system, and can provide up to 25 PB or more backup storage capacity. Combined with IBM or third-party storage, the TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway provides a powerful disk-based repository to improve the performance, retention and availability of backup and archive data.

 

Advantages

  • Up to 2,500 megabytes per second (MBps) or more—9 terabytes per hour (TBph)—virtual tape library (VTL) sustained inline deduplication backup performance
  • Up to 3,200 MBps or more (11.4 TBph) VTL sustained recovery performance
  • Capacity that easily scales to provide up to 25 PB or more backup storage
  • Non-hash-based approach that supports data integrity by avoiding the possibility of data loss due to a hash collision
  • Inline approach that ensures backup windows are met and existing operations are not disrupted
  • Symantec OpenStorage support to simplify administration of backup, restore and replication operations
  • File System Interface (FSI) for network-attached storage (NAS)-based backup environments, support for both Network File System (NFS) v3 interface for UNIX clients and Common Internet File System (CIFS) for Microsoft Windows-based environments
  • Tested and proven performance in thousands of production environments around the globe since 2005

 

IBM TS7700 Virtual Tape Library system

IBM TS7700 is a family of mainframe virtual tape solutions that optimize data protection and business continuance for z Systems data. Through the use of virtualization and disk cache, the TS7700 family operates at disk speeds while maintaining compatibility with existing tape operations. Its fully integrated tiered storage hierarchy takes advantage of both disk and tape technologies to deliver performance for active data and best economics for inactive and archive data.

To effectively protect data, deliver uninterrupted data access, address regulatory requirements and archive business data, organizations need a solution that can manage both primary and backup data that is active, inactive or even archived. As data centers and the data they store continue to grow, data protection often becomes more complex. This may include moving more primary data to tape, continuous backup, multiple metro and global sites, simplifying offsite recovery, disaster-recovery verification, and many other objectives and processes to ensure an enterprise level of business continuance. This growth in complexity can in turn lead to higher data management overhead and costs.

 

The TS7700 family of z Systems tape virtualization is offered in two models:

  • IBM TS7720 features encryption-capable high-capacity cache using 3 TB SAS disk drives with RAID 6, providing the ability to scale to very large capacities with the highest level of data protection.
  • IBM TS7740 features encryption-capable 600 GB SAS drives with RAID 6 protection.

 

Both models write data by policy to physical tape through attachment to high-capacity, high-performance IBM TS1150 and earlier IBM 3592 model tape drives installed in IBM TS3500 tape libraries. Physical tape support is optional on TS7720.

 

Advantages

  • Gain innovative data protection and business continuance for IBM® z Systems™ servers
  • Keep data secure, continuously available and easy to manage
  • Simplify z Systems-connected tape operations and improve batch window performance
  • Support disk and physical tape
  • May be attached to supported IBM z Systems servers
  • Maximum 4,000,000 virtual volumes
  • Maximum of 1,536 virtual drives in a 6-way grid configuration
  • Web-based management tools
  • Advanced policy management
  • IBM TS3000 System Console
  • Synchronous mode copy
  • Remote-mount IP link failover

 

Midrange Virtual Tape Libraries systems:

IBM System Storage TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway

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IBM TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express

Designed for mid-sized companies needing a more holistic approach to data protection, the IBM® System Storage® TS7620 ProtecTIER® Deduplication Appliance Express leverages unique data deduplication technology to help solve critical backup and recovery challenges.

Available in two configuration options, the TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express is an integrated server and storage hardware platform that ships with IBM ProtecTIER deduplication software preinstalled. This solution has a preconfigured repository and can be configured with either a Virtual Tape Library or Symantec OpenStorage interface. The TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express provides the essential capacity, price/performance, reliability, availability and scalability features your business demands.

 

Advantages

  • Improves backup and recovery performance with high-speed, disk-based data protection
  • Accelerates recovery of critical data
  • Optimizes storage infrastructure and helps reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Helps achieve business resilience objectives without changing existing backup procedures and practices
  • Leverages data deduplication technology to help solve backup and recovery challenges in mid-sized environments
  • Single 3U integrated appliance in 6 TB and 12 TB physical capacities, upgradeable to 35 TB
  • Plug-and-play installation
  • Virtual Tape Library (VTL), Symantec OpenStorage (OST) or File System Interface CIFS/NFS support
  • Easily managed from ProtecTIER Graphical User Interface Manager

 

Entry Virtual Tape Libraries systems:

IBM TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express

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