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IBM Spectrum Archive Supports LTO-9

Incorporating LTFS

IBM Spectrum Archive product family supports LTO 9 tape drives

IBM Spectrum Archive extends its support to IBM LTO-9 tape drives.

It is a member of the Spectrum Storage software portfolio designed to address storage inefficiencies. It changes the economics of storage by adding a layer of intelligent software that enables the storage infrastructure with economical tape hardware in non proprietary format that is suitable for long-term retention of archival data.

The Spectrum Archive software family supports base and software maintenance (SWMA) license part numbers supporting new orders of TS4300 libraries in Passport Advantage (PPA).

The software family supports the LTO gen 9 tape technology with following versions:

  • Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition (EE) 1.3.2
  • Spectrum Archive Library Edition (LE) 2.4.4
  • Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition (SDE) 2.4

Additionally, Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition (EE) 1.3.2 offers:

  • Support for system migration using SOBAR, relocating GPFS file system to different disks (system migration requires review and detailed instructions by IBM Support)
  • RAO for bulk recall

Key requirements

Spectrum Archive EE 1.3.2

  • Tape drives
    • LTO Ultrium gens 5 through 9
    • Enterprise Tape TS1140, TS1150, TS1155*, and TS1160
  • Tape libraries
    • TS4500 and TS4300
    • TS3500 and TS3310
  • Server with following OS and separately licensed software
    • RHEL 7 or 8 (64-bit, x86-64 and ppc64le platform)
    • Spectrum Scale 5.x.x (up to 5.1.1)

Spectrum Archive LE 2.4.4

  • Tape drives
    • LTO Ultrium gens 5 to 9
    • Enterprise Tape TS1140, TS1150, TS1155*, and TS1160
  • Tape libraries
    • TS4500 and TS4300
    • TS3500, TS3310, TS3200, and TS3100
    • TS2900
  • Server with one of following OS
    • RHEL 7 or 8 (64-bit, x86-64 or ppc64le platform)
    • Windows Server 2016

Spectrum Archive SDE 2.4

  • Tape drives
    • LTO Ultrium gens 5 to 9
    • Enterprise Tape TS1140, TS1150, TS1155*, and TS1160

*Only FC interface

For complete details about supported hardware and configurations, see the Spectrum Archive SDE documentation, Spectrum Archive LE documentation, and Spectrum Archive EE documentation.

Planned availability date
September 10, 2021: Electronic download from Fix Central for the upgrade of existing installation
September 17, 2021: For new installation (AAS or Passport Advantage)

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