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The IBM Linear Tape File System provides direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries using Linear Tape- Open (LTO) generation 5 tape cartridges, as well as 3592 cartridges when read by an IBM TS3500 Tape Library. It eliminates the need for additional tape management and software to access data...

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IBM Linear Tape File System

  1. 1. IBM Systems and Technology Data SheetSystem Storage IBM Linear Tape File System Helping improve digital content storage and management The IBM Linear Tape File System provides direct, intuitive and graphical Highlights access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries using Linear Tape- Open (LTO) generation 5 tape cartridges, as well as 3592 cartridges Simplifies direct access and management ●● ● ● when read by an IBM TS3500 Tape Library. It eliminates the need for of selected tape drives and tape libraries and their data additional tape management and software to access data.1 Incorporates the IBM Linear Tape File The Linear Tape File System is the first file system that works in con- ●● ● ● System™ format standard for reading, writing and exchanging descriptive junction with LTO generation 5 tape technology to set a new standard metadata on certified tape cartridges for ease of use and portability for open systems tape storage. With this system, accessing data stored on an IBM tape cartridge is as easy and Enables tagging of files with any text, ●● ● ● allowing for more intuitive searches of intuitive as using a USB flash drive. And with the operating system’s cartridge, drive and library content graphical file manager, reading data on a tape cartridge is as easy as drag- ging and dropping. Users can run any application designed for disk files against tape data without concern for the fact that the data is physically stored on tape. The Linear Tape File System offers two different editions. The Single Drive Edition adds support for IBM tape automation in addition to the single drive-use. The Library Edition allows access to all of the data in a tape library as if it were on disk. Both editions use the file system’s format and resources of the operating system (OS) on which it is running to graphically display the contents of a tape library in the OS’s graphical user interface (GUI) format, typically a folder/tree structure.
  2. 2. IBM Systems and Technology Data SheetSystem Storage Device directory Tape contents LTFS Tape browsing on LinuxA graphical user interface is supported by the ability to write metadata on tape.The metadata of each cartridge, once mounted, is cached in on the tape, the Linear Tape File System Storage Manager pro-server memory. Metadata operations, such as browse directory vides the tools that utilize metadata to arrange, search and man-and filename search, do not require tape movement. The age the files at users’ convenience according to the policies theyLibrary Edition supports LTO generation 5 as well as an decide.IBM TS1140 System Storage® Tape Drive in an IBM SystemStorage TS3500 Tape Library. Linear Tape File System is a significant step in moving tape storage away from its reputation as complex and difficult to use.The Linear Tape File System provides a software solution— Unlike disk storage, tape has required device-specific softwareIBM Linear Tape File System Storage Manager—to manage to read, write and manage data stored on its cartridges in librar-and monitor archive and restore files. This software solution ies. Even with tape management software, file access was notprovides storage life-cycle management of multimedia files to intuitive, as it required users to know which cartridge volumereduce the cost of digital content archive software licensing contained the files they needed. Further, because operatingwhile also reducing video tape cartridge costs. systems were not typically shipped with built-in tape library support, standard OS disk interfaces did not enable directThis new software offers a more integrated solution to tape reading and writing to tape cartridges stored in tape libraries.library users. While both the Single Drive Edition and theLibrary Edition of the Linear Tape File System can write data 2
  3. 3. IBM Systems and Technology Data Sheet System Storage Why IBM? As a continuous innovator, IBM invented the Linear Tape“LTFS provides physical transportability, File System format standard, and was first to market the open readability, and easy access through the standard file system for single LTO generation 5 tape drives. network.” The Linear Tape File System is an outgrowth of a decade of leadership as a founding member of the LTO Consortium and market-leading supplier of LTO tape drives, libraries and Source: From Boston Consulting Group interviews at NAB, September 2010 cartridges. IBM continually upgrades the file system in order to offer IBM recognizes that in order to be an attractive, more widely more benefits to suit today’s business needs. Now, for usable storage medium, tape must be as easy to use as any other Linear Tape File System, IBM has productized a version of medium, such as disk or removable flash. Such ease of use IBM System Storage Archive Manager2 for Linear Tape File requires a file system interface that behaves like disk, as well System Solution, a multi-format file management application as the f lash-drive-like ability to share data without regard to focused on processing and archiving media files in the broad- platform. casting area. Designed to meet these needs, the Linear Tape File System With Linear Tape File System Storage Manager, users can Library Edition, along with Linear Tape File System Storage increase infrastructure flexibility with enterprise-wide manage- Manager, enables users to: ment of archived files with special support for media files. ●● ● Manage scheduling and access of tape cartridges in IBM invented the concept of using tape recording media for multiple drives data storage in 1952 and has been leading the IT industry ever ●● ● Recognize the cartridges in a library at library mount time since. Innovative IBM data storage products help customers and create a file system directory under the library for each back up and restore data for business continuity, recover their cartridge; optionally, the cartridges’ file system directories data in times of disaster and archive data for long-term recall. can be pre-populated with information from the cached index at library mount time, allowing users to list and search the contents of all known tape cartridges without having to physically load each cartridge into a tape drive “LTFS enables you to graphically browse files ●● ● Support on-disk metadata, an option which enables storing not supported by a more expensive file data on disk space instead of memory space, allowing the system.” Linear Tape File System to handle a larger number of cartridges Source: From Boston Consulting Group interviews at NAB, September 2010 ●● ● Support data path failover, in addition to control path failover, by using an IBM tape drive 3
  4. 4. IBM Systems and Technology Data SheetSystem StorageFeature BenefitsIBM Linear Tape File System Single Drive Edition and Library EditionGraphical user interface ●● ● Helps reduce complexity by enabling an icon-based view of the tape library, including tape cartridges and files, using the operating system’s file managerStandalone ●● ● Helps reduce costs as it does not require any additional tape management software or utilitiesOS file system ●● ● Provides a basic read/write interface to the tape library for applications without any additional OS enhancements likeAPI utilization “plug-ins” or service packs“Mountless” cartridge ●● ● Once the tape library is inventoried, eliminates the need to remount2 tape cartridges to retrieve content index data orinquiry for fast access basic cartridge information such as volume name or serial numberIBM Linear Tape File System Library EditionOS browser interface ●● ● Helps reduce complexity by enabling an icon-based directory tree view of IBM System Storage TS3500, TS3310, TS3100/3200 and TS2900 libraries displaying tape cartridges and files by using the OS GUIOS file system ●● ● Simplifies storing data on tape cartridges by providing a basic read/write interface to the tape library for applicationsAPI utilization without any additional OS enhancements, “plug-ins,” service packs or similar requirementsPortability for ●● ● Provides cartridge compatibility with tape management solutions based on the Linear Tape File System formatLTO Ultrium 5 specification and existing standalone versions of Linear Tape File System (on IBM, HP, Quantum, FOR_A, 1 Beyond and other platforms)Performance for ●● ● Mainframe attachTS1140 Tape Drive on a ●● ● Large capacity (4 TB vs. 1.5 TB [LTO5])TS3500 Tape Library ●● ● Usable capacity (after partitioning by Linear Tape File System and without compression) of 3400 GB (JC cartridge) vs. 1425 GB (LTO5) ●● ● High data range (240 MB/s vs. 140 MB/s [LTO5])IBM Linear Tape File System Storage ManagerLower costs ●● ● Optimizes storage and reduces costs by using a shared, highly-scalable, open-standards-based storage poolImproved file control ●● ● Improves transparency and control over processes and transactions by using workflow and business rules at the file levelBetter integration ●● ● Eliminates islands of content and provides flexible and open interfaces to enterprises applicationsIBM Linear Tape File System specifications at a glanceIBM Linear Tape File System Single Drive EditionHardware requirementsTape systems IBM System Storage TS2250 Tape Drive (3580S5E) IBM System Storage TS2350 Tape Drive (3580S5X)Tape media LTO-5IBM System x® For details on supported hardware configurations please refer to the System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC).or Intel® serversApple Macintosh server For details on supported hardware configurations please refer to the SSIC.Host bus adapter For details on supported hardware configurations please refer to the SSIC.Supported Linux:operating systems RHEL 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, and 6.1 SLES 11 Service Pack 1 Apple Mac OS X: 10.5 Leopard (32-bit) Mac OS X: 10.6 Snow Leopard (32-bit) Mac OS X: 10.7 Lion (32-bit or 64-bit) Microsoft Windows: 7.0 SP1(32-bit or 64-bit) Microsoft Windows Server 2008: R2 SP1Warranty AS IS software Open source for Linux and Mac OS X versions Object code only for Windows version 4
  5. 5. IBM Systems and Technology Data SheetSystem StorageIBM Linear Tape File System Library EditionHardware requirementsTape systems IBM System Storage TS2900 Tape Autoloader Express IBM System Storage TS3100 Tape Library Express IBM System Storage TS3200 Tape Library Express IBM System Storage TS3310 Tape Library IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library* IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive support on IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape LibraryTape media LTO-5, IBM 3592 JB, JC and JKIBM System x or Intel server For details on supported hardware configurations please refer to the SSIC.Host bus adapter For details on supported hardware configurations please refer to the SSIC.Supported operating systems Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 and 6.1 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 Service Pack 1Warranty Multi-year warranty agreement Object code only license under International Program License Agreement (IPLA)IBM Linear Tape File System Storage ManagerHardware requirementsTape systems IBM System Storage TS2900 Tape Autoloader Express IBM System Storage TS3100 Tape Library Express IBM System Storage TS3200 Tape Library Express IBM System Storage TS3310 Tape Library IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive support on IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape LibraryTape media LTO-5, IBM 3592 JB, JC and JKIBM System x or Intel server For details on supported hardware configurations please refer to the SSIC.Host bus adapter For details on supported hardware configurations please refer to the SSIC.Supported operating systems Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 and 6.1 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 Service Pack 1Software requirements IBM Linear Tape File System Library Edition is a pre-requisite in order to install IBM Linear Tape File System Storage Manager. 5
  6. 6. For more informationTo learn more about the IBM Linear Tape File System,please contact your IBM representative or IBM BusinessPartner, or visit the following website:ibm.com/systems/storage/tape/ltfs/index.htmlAdditionally, IBM Global Financing can help you acquire theIT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effectiveand strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit-qualifiedclients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your busi-ness goals, enable effective cash management, and improve yourtotal cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your smartestchoice to fund critical IT investments and propel your businessforward. For more information, visit: ibm.com/financing Please Recycle TSD03128-USEN-05

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