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IBM TS3200 tape library
Entry-level LTO tape library designed to provide
reliable, high-capacity, high-performance tape backup
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Support the latest Linear Tape-Open
(LTO) technology with up to four LTO™
Ultrium™ 7 tape drives using a 4U form
Gain outstanding capacity, performance
and reliability for a cost-effective backup,
restore and archive for midrange storage
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Simplify user access to data stored on
LTO Ultrium 7, 6 and 5 cartridges through
the use of IBM® Spectrum Archive™
featuring IBM Linear Tape File System™
Manage library remotely through a
standard web interface with flexibility
and greater administrative control of
storage operations
The IBM TS3200 tape library leverages the latest generation of LTO
technology to help cost-effectively handle growing storage requirements.
The TS3200—and its storage management applications—is designed to
address capacity, performance, data protection, reliability, affordability
and application requirements. It is a functionally rich, high-capacity,
entry-level tape-storage solution incorporating the latest LTO Ultrium
tape technology. The TS3200 is an excellent solution for large-capacity
or high-performance tape backup with or without random access, as well
as an excellent choice for tape automation for IBM Power Systems™,
and other open systems.
The TS3200 tape library is well-suited for handling the backup, restore
and archive data-storage needs for small to midsize environments.
With the use of up to two LTO Ultrium full-height tape drives or up to
four LTO Ultrium half-height tape drives and with 48 tape cartridge
capacity, the TS3200 tape library is designed to use LTO technology
to cost-effectively handle growing storage requirements. It is configured
with four removable cartridge magazines, two on the left side (24 data
cartridge slots) and two on the right (24 data cartridge slots). Additionally,
the lower left magazine includes a three-slot I/O station to help support
continuous library operation while importing and exporting media. A bar
code reader is standard in the library, supporting its operation in sequential or random-access mode. The TS3200 also comes standard with
remote management capabilities to allow for remote administration of
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the tape library through a web interface. The optional Path
Failover feature is designed to provide automatic control path
failover to a preconfigured redundant control path in the event
that a host adapter or control path drive is lost, without aborting the current job in process.
The LTO Ultrium 7 technology is designed to provide greater
capacity with continued support for data encryption. The hardware encryption and decryption core and control core reside in
the LTO Ultrium 7 tape drive (available to the TS3200 with a
6 Gbps SAS interface). A large internal data buffer helps
improve data access rates and reduce cartridge fill and rewind
times along with dynamic channel calibration to help increase
data throughput. In addition to reading and writing to LTO
Ultrium 7 tape cartridges, the LTO Ultrium 7 tape drive can
read and write to LTO Ultrium 6 cartridges and read LTO
Ultrium 5 cartridges with improved data rates. The LTO
Ultrium 7 tape drive is designed to support up to 300 MBps
native data-transfer rates and up to 6 TB native physical capacity when using the LTO Ultrium 6 TB data cartridge (15 TB
with 2.5:1 compression). The TS3200, featuring LTO Ultrium
7 tape drives, has a capacity of up to 288 TB native (720 TB
with 2.5:1 compression).
The TS3200, featuring full- and half-height technology offers
8 Gbps Fibre Channel for LTO Ultrium 7, 6, 5, and 4 and
6 Gbps SAS interfaces for LTO Ultrium 7, 6, 5 and 4. It can
be attached to a wide variety of open-system servers. The
sequential or random-access library comes in a standalone or
optional rack-mountable configuration. The TS3200 also has
an LCD display and indicators for power, drive and activity,
error status and message information.
IBM TS3200 tape library model at a glance
Drive options
LTO Ultrium 7 full-height: 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC#8444)
LTO Ultrium 7 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC #8447): 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC# 8448)
LTO Ultrium 6 full-height: 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8344)
LTO Ultrium 6 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8347); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8348)
LTO Ultrium 5 full-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8245); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8244)
LTO Ultrium 5 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8247); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8248)
LTO Ultrium 4 half-height: 6 Gbps SAS (FC # 8149); 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC # 8148)
Available models
TS3200 tape library model L4U
3573 L4U (MTM)
Optional feature codes
Path failover
FC # 1682
Transparent LTO Ultrium encryption
FC # 5900
Rack mount
FC # 7002
Right-side magazine set
Left-side magazine, upper
Left-side magazine, lower
FC # 8106
FC # 8107
FC # 8108
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IBM TS3200 tape library model at a glance
LTO Ultrium tape cartridges
LTO Ultrium 7 media: MT 3589
LTO Ultrium 6 media: FC # 8605
LTO Ultrium 5 media: FC # 8505
LTO Ultrium 4 media: FC # 8405
LTO Ultrium cleaning cartridge
FC # 8002
Additional power supply
FC # 1901
Tape drive type
LTO Ultrium 7 half-height and half-height
LTO Ultrium 6 full-height and half-height;
LTO Ultrium 5 full-height and half-height;
LTO Ultrium 4 full-height and half-height
Number of drives
Number of tape cartridges
Number of mail slots
Physical capacity
Cartridge capacity
15 TB compressed 2.5:1 with LTO Ultrium 7; 6 TB native
6.25 TB compressed 2.5:1 with LTO Ultrium 6; 2.5 TB native
3.0 TB compressed 2:1 with LTO Ultrium 5; 1.5 TB native
1.6 TB compressed 2:1 with LTO Ultrium 4; 800 GB native
Library capacity
720 TB compressed 2.5:1 with LTO Ultrium 7; 288 TB native
300 TB compressed 2.5:1 with LTO Ultrium 6; 120 TB native
144 TB compressed 2:1 with LTO Ultrium 5; 72 TB native
76.8 TB compressed 2:1 with LTO Ultrium 4; 38.4 TB native
Data transfer rate (per drive)
Up to 300 MBps native with LTO Ultrium 7
Up to 160 MBps native with LTO Ultrium 6
Up to 140 MBps native with LTO Ultrium 5
Up to 120 MBps native with LTO Ultrium 4
Dimensions (W x H x D)
17.6 in. (447.5 mm) x 7.29 in. (185.2 mm) x 31.9 in. (810 mm)
Rack mount
17.6 in. (447.5 mm) x 6.89 in. (175.2 mm) x 29.13 in. (740 mm)
47 lb (21.3 kg) without rack mount
Operating environment
50°F - 113°F (10°C - 45°C)
Relative humidity
10% RH - 80% RH (noncondensing)
Electrical power
4.0 amps at 100 V ac, 2.0 amps at 240 V ac 0.1 KVA
Attachment support
8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 6 Gbps SAS interface, LVD SCSI, 4 Gbps Fibre Channel and 3 Gbps SAS interface
(LTO Ultrium 4 full-height)
Operating systems support
Native device-driver support is available for selected IBM System servers and other Linux and Microsoft
Windows open-system servers Latest support information:
Three-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) service in most countries
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