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IBM RDX Removable Disk Backup Solution
IBM System x at-a-glance guide
The new IBM RDX removable disk backup solution is designed to reliably and cost-effectively help protect
your business's valuable assets. It uses a rugged removable disk cartridge and docking station to provide
an easy-to-use, highly secure, fast and portable answer to your data protection needs.
The IBM RDX Internal and External USB removable disk drives are shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. IBM RDX internal and external USB drives
Did you know?
IBM RDX features high-capacity shock-resistant 160 GB, 320 GB, and 500 GB cartridges, making your
storage options extremely flexible. Each is ruggedized to withstand a drop from up to 0.9 meters (36 in.)
without damage. The RDX USB docking stations are offered in external stand-alone as well as internal
5.25-inch half height units to seamlessly integrate into your System x or BladeCenter S environment. The
USB interface ensures a simple installation, while providing high performance with sustained transfer
rates of up to 90 GB per hour.
The standard Yosemite Backup Basic with Disaster Recovery for IBM RDX application provides a
wizard-based management approach to backup and recovery. The software includes advanced
functionality such as bare metal disaster recovery and cartridge encryption features.
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Part number information
Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
Description
Part number
Feature code
IBM RDX160 Internal USB bundle (carrier/dock + 160 GB cartridge)
46C5364
Not applicable
IBM RDX320 Internal USB bundle (carrier/dock + 320 GB cartridge)
46C5387
Not applicable
IBM RDX500 Internal USB bundle (carrier/dock + 500 GB cartridge)
46C5388
Not applicable
IBM RDX160 External USB bundle (carrier/dock + 160 GB cartridge)
362516X
Not applicable
IBM RDX320 External USB bundle (carrier/dock + 320 GB cartridge)
362532X
Not applicable
IBM RDX500 External USB bundle (carrier/dock + 500 GB cartridge)
362550X
Not applicable
IBM RDX internal carrier/dock only
Not available
5710
IBM RDX 160 GB Cartridge
46C5366
5707
IBM RDX 320 GB Cartridge
46C5367
5708
IBM RDX 500 GB Cartridge
46C5368
5709
The part numbers for the IBM RDX Internal USB Bundle include the following items:
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One internal carrier/dock (drive) to fit into a 5.25" HH bay
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One cartridge (either 160 GB, 320 GB, or 500 GB capacity)
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Documentation CD
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Software CD
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Four USB cables for internal tape connectivity:
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14-inch USB cable with type 2x3 connector x3200 and x3200 M2
28-inch USB cable with type B connector for x3400 and x3500
12.5-inch USB cable with type 1x6 connector x3650 and x3655
40-inch USB cable with type A locking connector for x3400 M2, x3500 M2, x3650 M2, and other
systems
Mounting screws
The internal drive can be converted to a 3.5" form factor for use in some rack-optimized servers as
described below in Supported Servers.
The part numbers for the IBM RDX External USB Bundle include the following items:
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One external carrier/dock (drive)
One cartridge (either 160 GB, 320 GB, or 500 GB capacity)
Documentation CD
Software CD
AC adapter (12 output; 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz input)
3 m external USB cable
The part numbers for the IBM RDX cartridges include the following item:
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One cartridge (either 160 GB, 320 GB, or 500 GB capacity)
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Figure 2 shows the three available cartridge sizes.
Figure 2. IBM RDX cartridges
Features
The IBM RDX drives have the following features:
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Affordable capacity: 160 GB, 320 GB, and 500 GB disk cartridges.
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Simplicity: With only the native OS, RDX provides random access to data and the convenience of
drag-and-drop functionality through persistent drive letter access. It can also be addressed like
traditional removable tape media, when used in conjunction with any of the supported backup
applications.
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Flexibility: Internal and external RDX installation alternatives.
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Plug-and-Play connectivity: USB 2.0 interface for increased ease of use.
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Inexpensive performance: USB sustained transfer rate of up to 25 MBps.
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Portability and durability: RDX disk cartridges are shock-resistant, rugged, and removable for safely
transporting offsite. Each is ruggedized to withstand a drop from up to 0.9 meters (36 in.) without
damage.
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Investment protection: Carrier will support next generation capacities of cartridges.
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Effortless ordering: Internal and external single-cartridge bundles by capacity; additional cartridges
can be ordered separately.
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Includes Yosemite Backup Basic with Disaster Recovery, a powerful and intuitive backup application.
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Secure: Cartridges can be password protected and software encrypted for extra security.
Specifications
The IBM RDX drives have the following specifications:
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Up to 25 MBps native USB transfer rate
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Up to 500 GB native capacity
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Standard Yosemite Backup Basic with DR for IBM RDX application
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Hot-plug capability
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5.25-inch Internal form factor, convertible to 3.5-inch form factor in certain configurations
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External USB stand-alone offering or internal docks can be used with external enclosure
Physical specifications
IBM RDX Internal USB drive:
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Height: 41 mm (1.6 in)
Width: 146 mm (5.75 in)
Depth: 172 mm (6.8 in) - including bezel
Weight: 635 g (1 lb 6 oz)
IBM RDX External USB drive:
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Height: 52 mm (2.0 in)
Width: 110 mm (4.3 in)
Depth: 177 mm (7.0 in) - including bezel
Weight: 540 g (1 lb 3 oz)
IBM RDX cartridge:
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Height: 24 mm (0.9 in)
Width: 87 mm (3.4 in)
Depth: 119 mm (4.7 in)
Weight: 173 g (6.0 oz)
Operating environment
The IBM RDX drives are supported in this environment:
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Temperature:
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Operating: 10° to 40°C (50° to 104°F)
Non-operating: -40° to 65°C (-40° to 149°F)
Relative humidity:
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Operating: 20% to 80% (non-condensing)
Non-operating: 10% to 90% (non-condensing)
Warranty
Warranty on the IBM RDX Internal Dock: 1-year customer-replaceable unit (CRU) limited warranty, or
when installed in an IBM System x server or IBM external tape enclosure the internal dock would assume
your system's or enclosures' base warranty and any ServicePac upgrade.
Warranty on the IBM RDX External Dock: Three year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) limited warranty.
Warranty on the IBM RDX cartridges: RDX cartridges come standard with a 1-year limited warranty, or
assume your IBM System x server, IBM external Tape enclosures, or IBM external RDX docks base
warranty and warranty ServicePac upgrades during the base warranty period. RDX cartridges are not
covered under post warranty maintenance contracts.
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Supported servers
The IBM RDX Internal and External Docks are supported in the IBM System x servers listed in Table 2.
Table 2. Supported System x servers (Part 1)
Adapter
IBM RDX External Dock
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
IBM RDX Internal Dock in an external
enclosure (see Table 4)
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
IBM RDX Internal Dock installed internally in
the server (see Table 3)
N
Y
Y
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Table 2. Supported System x servers (Part 2)
Adapter
IBM RDX External Dock
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y*
IBM RDX Internal Dock in an
external enclosure (see Table 4)
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y*
IBM RDX Internal Dock installed
internally in the server (see Table
3)
N
N
Y†
N
Y†
N
Y†
Y†
Y†
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
* Connectivity to the BladeCenter S chassis is via the USB port in the media tray on the front of the
chassis.
† To use the drive internally in these servers, the drive is converted to a 3.5-inch form factor, as described
in the next section
See IBM ServerProven for the latest information about the devices supported by each System x server
type. Either view by server or select the Tape backup units link:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/
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Internal installation
The IBM RDX Internal Dock can be installed internally in specific servers as listed in Table 2. Except
where noted, the Internal Dock is installed in its standard 5.25-inch form factor.
As listed with a † symbol in Table 2, various servers support the Internal Dock mounted internally with the
addition of a 3.5-inch enablement kit. Table 2 also lists the servers in which each enablement kit is
supported.
Table 3. The 3.5-inch enablement kits for use with the IBM RDX Internal Dock when installed internally in
the server
Description
Part
number
Feature code
IBM DDS Tape Enablement Kit
43V5959
5387 or 4873
N
Y
N
N
Y*
IBM System x3650 M2 RDX-DDS Tape Enablement Kit
49Y9883
7551
N
N
Y
N
N
Tape Enablement Kit option for IBM System x3650 M3
59Y3806
1746
N
N
N
Y
N
IBM x3620 M3 Tape Enablement Kit
69Y0798
6419
Y
N
N
N
N
* The installation of IBM DDS Tape Enablement Kit in an x3655 is in the field only. Installation is not
available as a factory installation (CTO) option.
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External use
The IBM RDX External Dock is designed to be used externally connected to the server or BladeCenter S
chassis as listed in Table 2. The IBM RDX Internal Dock can also be used externally connected to
supported servers (see Table 2) when installed inside one of the following enclosures and as listed in
Table 4:
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IBM 1U Rackmount Tape Enclosure
IBM 4U Rackmount Tape Enclosure (now withdrawn)
IBM Half High Tabletop Tape Enclosure
Note: Each of these enclosures also requires an IBM USB Enclosure Adapter Kit, 44E8869, to route the
USB cabling from the tape drive to the rear of the enclosure. The IBM USB Enclosure Adapter Kit includes
the following components:
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USB adapter/connector
One 3 m (12 ft) USB cable
One 25 cm (1 ft) USB cable
Table 4. External enclosures for use with the IBM RDX Internal Dock
Description
Part number
Feature code
IBM 1U Rackmount Tape Enclosure
87651UX (AG)*
87651NX (AP and EMEA)†
8765HC1 fc 2290
IBM 4U Rackmount Tape Enclosure (withdrawn)
87664UX (AG)*
87664NX (AP and EMEA)†
Not available
(product is
withdrawn)
IBM Half High Tabletop Tape Enclosure
8767HHX (AG)*
87671NX (AP and EMEA)†
8767HC1 fc 2287
IBM USB Enclosure Adapter Kit‡
44E8869
5396
* These models are for customers in the Americas Group (AG - Canada, U.S., and countries in South
America). These models ship with a NEMA 5-15P line cord.
† These models are for customers in the countries known collectively as Asia Pacific (AP) and Europe,
Middle East, Africa (EMEA). These models do not ship with a line cord.
‡ See the above note.
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Popular configurations
This section illustrates how the IBM RDX USB Drives can be used in configurations.
External USB drive
Figure 2 shows the IBM RDX External USB Drive connected to a supported System x server.
Figure 2. The IBM RDX External USB Drive connected to an x3200 M2 server
The parts used are listed in Table 3.
Table 3. Components used when connecting IBM RDX External USB Drive to an x3200 M2 server (as
shown in Figure 2)
Diagram
reference
Part
number/machine
type
Description
Quantity
Varies
x3200 M2 (or other supported server)
1
362516X or
362532X or
362550X
IBM RDX External USB Drive (includes USB cable)
1
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Internal USB drive
Figure 3 shows the IBM RDX Internal USB Drive installed in an IBM 1U Tape Drive External Enclosure
and connected to an x3550 M2 server.
Figure 3. The IBM RDX Internal USB Drive installed in an IBM 1U Tape Drive External Enclosure and
connected to an x3550 M2 server
The parts used are listed in Table 4.
Table 4. Components used when connecting RDX Internal USB Drive installed in External Tape Drive
Enclosure to an x3550 M2 server (as shown in Figure 3)
Diagram
reference
Part
number/machine
type
Description
Quantity
Varies
x3550 M2 or other supported server
1
44E8869
USB Enclosure Adapter Kit
1 per drive
46C5364 or
46C5387 or
46C5388
IBM RDX Internal USB Drive
1
87651UX or
87651NX
IBM 1U Tape Drive External Enclosure
1
Supported software products
The IBM RDX USB Drive supports the following software products:
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Symantec Backup Exec
CA ArcServe
Yosemite Backup
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Yosemite Backup Basic with DR
The IBM RDX USB removable disk back-up solution includes Yosemite Backup Basic with DR (disaster
recovery).
The Yosemite Backup Basic with DR for the IBM RDX application provides a powerful, intuitive
wizard-based management approach to backup and recovery, as shown in Figure 4. This enables you to
effortlessly back up and restore all of your data quickly.
Figure 4. Yosemite Backup - wizards
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Yosemite Backup Basic with DR makes scheduling backups easy through a simple calendar interface, as
shown in Figure 5. For RDX, Yosemite Backup can automate and guide your cartridge rotation strategy.
Automated email notifications can keep you informed of your backup completions or any problems
encountered during backup operations.
Figure 5. Yosemite Backup - scheduling properties of a backup job
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The advanced data encryption feature (Figure 6) helps safeguard against costly security breaches and
exposure of proprietary data if a cartridge is stolen or lost. Yosemite Backup Basic with DR also provides
software data compression to get the most efficient use of your RDX media.
Figure 6. Yosemite Backup - encryption properties of a backup job
Supported operating systems
The IBM RDX USB Drive and Yosemite Backup software support the following operating systems:
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SUSE Linux
Red Hat Linux
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
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Related publications
For more information, refer to these documents:
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IBM RDX Removable Disk overview and data sheet
http://www.ibm.com/systems/storage/tape/rdx
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IBM RDX Removable Disk specification
http://www.ibm.com/systems/storage/tape/rdx/specifications.html
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IBM RDX Removable Disk User's Guide
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5079206
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Installation Guide for IBM 1U Rackmount Tape Enclosure
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-64787
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Installation Guide for DDS Tape Enablement Kit
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5072866
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IBM US Announcement Letter
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-008
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