IBM TS2280 Tape Drive - Qualstar Corporation

Data Sheet
IBM TS2280 Tape Drive
Eighth-generation LTO Ultrium, half-height
tape drive
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Provide long-term backup and archival
storage for data while lowering overall
storage costs
Simplify data management with
IBM® Spectrum Archive™ utilizing
IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS)
Store up to 30 TB (compressed) per
cartridge—twice the capacity of
previous-generation LTO cartridges
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Help meet compliance requirements
with data encryption and write-once,
read-many (WORM) support
Storage requirements have inevitably grown alongside rising data
volumes in today’s information-driven enterprises. Besides primary
storage, backups have become increasingly important for disaster
recovery and regulatory compliance. IBM TS2280 Tape Drive answers
those business needs by incorporating the latest generation of industryleading LTO technology that will help organizations handle the growing
data demands of modern tape use cases like big data, cloud computing,
Internet of Things (IoT), media and entertainment, digital video surveillance, active file archiving and, of course, for backup.
TS2280 provides even higher capacity than the previous generation.
For small and midsized businesses requiring backup and low-cost
archival storage of data, TS2280 is an excellent tape-storage solution,
providing a physical storage capacity of up to 30 TB per cartridge
(with 2.5:1 compression). The drive boasts an uncompressed data transfer
rate of up to 300 MBps (up to 750 MBps with 2.5:1 compression) with
6 Gbps SAS interface connectivity. For flexible network integration, this
compact external drive offers both two SAS ports and one Ethernet port,
and can be rack mounted or used in stand-alone configuration. The dual
SAS ports allow daisy-chaining a second SAS device.
Data Sheet
Advanced features
The TS2280 6 Gbps SAS interface enables it to connect to a
wide spectrum of open-system servers. The LTO Ultrium 8
tape media provides partitioning support, which, in conjunction
with IBM Spectrum Archive, provides users with file-level
access to tape data. This support helps users quickly locate and
update information on the tape media. LTO Ultrium 8
technology is also designed to natively support data encryption,
with core hardware encryption and decryption capabilities resident in the LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive itself.
Software support
Management solutions such as IBM Spectrum Protect™ or
third-party storage management software can extend the power
of TS2280. IBM Spectrum Archive helps simplify access and
management of TS2280 by enabling text-based file tagging,
enabling more intuitive searches of drive content. This software
creates an efficient “data footprint” to dynamically store every
bit of data, helping maximize performance and ensure security.
Anyone who needs fast and reliable access to inactive, ‘cold,’
data—like movie and music producers, post production editors,
broadcasters, digital video surveillance managers, and cloud and
storage managers—now has an affordable solution to access and
more easily archive high-quality files. LTFS opens the door to
new uses and applications for LTO Ultrium tape, making tape
easy and intuitive.
Archiving enables storage of digital assets for the long term,
so assets can be referenced and monetized for years to come.
TS2280 Tape Drive supports the LTO Consortium compressed
specification for LTO Ultrium 8, offering up to 30 TB of data
storage per cartridge (12 TB native), twice the compressed
capacity of the previous LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges. In addition
to reading and writing to LTO Ultrium 8 tape cartridges,
TS2280 can read and write to LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges.
TS2280 supports the self-describing features of LTO tape
cartridges for operational simplicity.
IBM Spectrum Archive supports the tape-oriented LTFS and
helps reduce complexity by enabling a graphical user interface
to the tape drive’s contents using the operating system file
manager. These features together help make tape-based data as
easy to find and access as disk- or flash-based data. In addition,
LTFS-capable tape drives are designed to be interchangeable
among compatible LTO tape drives and supported operating
systems, so administrators do not have to worry about hardware
or software compatibility. With LTFS, managers can quickly
access, store or archive files on tape, and transport files to
and from different locations in a very easy to use format.
Data Sheet
IBM TS2280 Tape Drive at a glance
Available configuration
Model 3580 H8S—One LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive, 6 Gbps SAS interface
Tape drive type
LTO Ultrium 8
Physical capacity
12 TB native; 30 TB with 2.5:1 compression
Number of tape drives
Number of tape cartridges
Data transfer rate
Up to 300 MBps native, up to 750 MBps with 2.5:1 compression
Media Type
Read and write:
LTO Ultrium 8
12 TB data cartridge
12 TB WORM cartridge
LTO Ultrium 7
6 TB data cartridge
6 TB WORM cartridge
Also available:
LTO Ultrium cleaning cartridge
4.3 kg (9.4 lb)
Power Requirements
100 – 240 V ac, 50 – 60 Hz auto-ranging
213 mm x 58 mm x 332 mm (8.4 in. x 2.3 in. x 13.1 in.)
Three-year limited warranty, customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site service in most countries,
next-business-day 9x5, service upgrades available
Why IBM?
The capacity, speed and reliability of your backup and
archiving solutions are critical to your enterprise, along
with the performance of your storage infrastructure as a
whole. IBM offers market-leading experience to help you
handle the storage challenges that your network or company
faces with a broad portfolio of proven software, hardware and
solutions offerings. Innovative technology in tune with recent
innovations, a commitment to open standards and high
performance—all backed by IBM with its recognized
expertise—are just a few of the reasons why you should
consider IBM storage offerings.
For more information
To learn more about IBM TS2280 Tape Drive please contact
your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit:
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