IBM Finally With LTO-5 Drives (and Subsystems)
All the actors of devices and media ready, just awaiting for
With the announcement of IBM, everybody is ready for
LTO-5: IBM ((as well as partner Tandberg) and HP (as well as partner Quantum)
for the drives, FujiFilm, Imation, Maxell, Sony and TDK for the media, and
library manufacturers (Overland, Quantum, Spectra Logic and all others to come).
IBM Corp. is the
last big LTO company to finally launched its LTO-5 drive (1.5TB and 140MB/s
native), and more precisely two units: a
full height drive and the only half height device on the market, with SAS and FC
interfaces. They are already integrated by
Big Blue in several external subsystems and automation products to be available
this month. Tandberg just announced the HH device for $2,995 with the media
The IBM System Storage TS2350 Tape Drive Express Model S53
is a full-eight external drive with 6Gb dual port SAS attachment and 512MB
internal buffer. A 2U 19-inch rack mount shelf option can accommodate two TS2350
side by side in the rack. It attaches to System p5, Power System Model p6, and
Power System Model p7, and to System x and PC servers, and supports Microsoft
Windows, HP-UX, Sun Solaris, and Unix.
IBM System Storage TS2350 Tape Drive Express Model
The IBM System Storage TS2250 Tape Drive Express Model H5S has
the same basic specs but in an half-inch form factor with only 256MB of cache.
IBM System Storage TS2250 Tape Drive Express Model
The IBM System
Storage TS3100 tape library accommodates up
to two LTO-5 half-high or one full-high FC or SAS drive with 24 cartridge slots
in two removable magazines, including a standard one-cartridge I/O station, a
remote management unit and a barcode reader. The bigger TS3200 can receive
up to four HH or two FH drives with 48
IBM System Storage TS3100/3200 Tape Libraries
And finally the IBM TS3500 Tape Library
Model L53 or D53, and 3584 Tape Library Models L52, L32, D52, or D32 can be
filled with five LTO-5 FC tape drives.