Low profile, entry-level IBM LTO tape storage supported in open
system platforms
IBM System Storage TS2900 Tape
reader, and a removable tape magazine
help provide the autoloader flexibility in
application. The TS2900 can be used in
a rack system, or on a desktop next to
the office server. These types of fea­
The IBM® System Storage™ TS2900
■ 1U slim profile designed for
rack system environments for
automated, high-capacity tape
■ Features IBM half-high
LTO technology designed
for reliable performance in
Tape Autoloader is designed for entrylevel automated backup for rack system
and small-to-medium business environ­
ments. With a low profile, high density
storage capacity, the TS2900 is ideally
suited for backup and archival opera­
tions. The TS2900 is available with
IBM HH LTO 3 or HH LTO 4 tape tech­
nology for a reliable, low entry-priced
tures help reduce the requirements of IT
personnel staff, as well as help central­
ize backup in the data center. The
TS2900 also is designed to support the
encryption of sensitive user data in
combination with HH LTO 4 tape tech­
nology from IBM. With 3 Gbps SAS
attach, the TS2900 is supported on
IBM Power Systems, IBM System x™,
Intel®, and other competitive open sys­
tem server platforms.
small-to-medium open system
■ Lowest entry price of any
IBM tape automation offering
IBM HH tape technology
The TS2900 is equipped with standard
features designed to provide ease-of­
use and secured data backup. Webbased remote management, a bar code
The TS2900 Tape Autoloader has a
9 data slot cartridge capacity for a total
storage capacity of up to 14.4 TB, as
well as a single I/O station designed to
provide undisturbed library operation
when extracting or inserting data car­
tridges. The TS2900 utilizes one
IBM Half-high LTO drive, either an
are designed to read and write data at
current investments in LTO media.
IBM half-high LTO generation 3 or an
a transfer rate of up to 120 MBps and
The IBM half-high Ultrium 3 technology
IBM half-high LTO generation 4. The
store up to 800 GB native on a single
can read and write data up to 60 MBps
TS2900 is shipped as a rack mount
Ultrium 4 data cartridge (1.6 TB with
for a data cartridge capacity of up
unit, with the option of a desktop con­
2:1 compression). IBM Ultrium 4 tech­
to 400 GB native (800 GB with
version kit.
nology is designed with the ability to
2:1 compression). In addition,
read and write data to Ultrium 3 data
IBM Ultrium 3 tape drives can read and
The 2900 supports Half-high LTO 4 and
cartridges as well as read Ultrium 2
write data to Ultrium 2 data cartridges
Half-high LTO 3 tape technology from
data cartridges, thus helping to protect
and read Ultrium 1 data cartridges.
IBM. IBM half-high Ultrium 4 tape drives
IBM System Storage TS2900 Tape Autoloader at a glance
Drive Options
Ultrium 3 Half high: 3 Gbps SAS
Ultrium 4 Half high: 3 Gbps SAS
Available Models
3572S3R (HH LTO3)
3572S3E (HH LTO3 with desktop kit)
3572S4R (HH LTO4)
3572S3E (HH LTO4 with desktop kit)
Optional Feature Codes
Deskside Cover kit
PN 45E3789
Additional Tape Magazine
PN 45E3793
Rack Mount Kit
PN 45E3785
Number of Tape Drives
Tape Cartridge Capacity
I/O Stations
Physical Capacity
LTO 3: Up to 3.6 TB (7.2 TB with 2:1 compression)
LTO 4: Up to 7.2 TB (14.4 TB with 2:1 compression)
Data Transfer Rate
LTO3: Up to 60 MBps
LTO4: Up to 120 MBps
Dimensions (W x H x D)
19.02 in x 1.73 in x 33.46 in (483 mm x 44 mm x 850 mm)
28.6 lbs. (13 kg), without drive and cartridges
Attachment and Systems Support
The TS2900 supports 3 Gbps attachment to IBM Power Systems, IBM System x, Intel and
other open systems server platforms.
For more information
To learn more about the IBM System
Storage TS2900 Tape Autoloader,
please contact your IBM marketing rep­
resentative or IBM Business Partner, or
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