The 3590 Model B11, B1A, E11, and E1A Tape Drives shipped on or after March 3, 2000 support IBM’s new Extended High Performance Cartridge tape, which provides:
- 20 GB native capacity per cartridge on B Models (up to 60 GB capacity with 3:1 compression)
- 40 GB native capacity per cartridge on E Models (up to 120 GB capacity with 3:1 compression)
An Extended Media Support feature can also be added to installed 3590 Model B11, B1A, E11, or E1A Tape Drives.
When it comes to your tape cartridge capacity, more is definitely better. So you’ll be glad to know that the IBM Magstar® 3590 Tape Drive now supports the new 3590 Extended High Performance Cartridge Tape (Extended Length Cartridge).
This new tape has a native capacity of 40 GB on the 3590 Model E11 and E1A Tape Drives (E Models) and 20 GB on the 3590 Model B11 and B1A Tape Drives (B Models). All 3590 B Models and E Models shipped on or after March 3, 2000, will support the Extended Length Cartridge. The 3590 Extended Media Support is also available as an MES upgrade feature on currently installed Magstar 3590 B Model and E Model Tape Drives, thus protecting your current investment.
But IBM protects your investment in tape cartridges, too. All models of the Magstar 3590 Tape Drive will continue to support the 3590 High Performance Cartridge Tape (Standard Length Cartridge).
High performance, reliability, data integrity and cartridge capacity are recognized hallmarks of IBM’s Magstar Tape Subsystem. Support for this new tape cartridge takes those qualities to the next level, delivering increased price performance for 3590 customers.
The IBM Magstar 3590 Tape Subsystem with 3590 Extended High Performance Tape Cartridge support continues to be supported on selected S/390®, AS/400®, RS/6000®, Sun, Hewlett Packard, and Windows NT™ systems. It also continues to be supported in both stand-alone and automation solutions. The appropriate attachment adapter and software are required. The Extended Length Cartridge is not supported for use in the 3495 Tape Library or the 3494 Model B16 or B18 Virtual Tape Server. It is also not supported on 3590 Tape Drives attached to the 3591 Model A01 Tape Control Unit.
The IBM Magstar 3590 Tape Subsystem with 3590 Extended High Performance Cartridge Tape support now provides:
- 20 GB native cartridge capacity for the Magstar 3590 Model B11 and B1A Tape Drives, with up to 60 GB cartridge capacity (with 3:1 compression).
- 40 GB native cartridge capacity for the Magstar 3590 Model E11 and E1A Tape Drives, with up to 120 GB cartridge capacity (with 3:1 compression).
- Continued support for the 3590 High Performance Cartridge Tape.
- Intermix of both types of cartridges in IBM and StorageTek automation solutions.
The new 3590 Extended High Performance Cartridge Tape (Extended Length Cartridge) is distinctly labeled with green labels, a green leader block, and two green inserts with identification notches. All 3590 Model B11, B1A, E11, and E1A Tape Drives shipped on or after March 3, 2000, will support the 3590 Extended Length Cartridge. Features are available to add support of the Extended Length Cartridge to all 3590 Tape Drives installed prior to March 3, 2000. When doing a model conversion of a 3590 B Model to an E Model, the Extended Media Support must now also be added to that conversion.
Features are also available to add support of the Extended Length Cartridge to the 3590 Tape Subsystem or 3494 Tape Library, for any tape subsystem that will contain the new Extended Length Cartridges. These features will provide the subsystem maintenance information and microcode updates required to support the new cartridges.
The Extended Length Cartridge is not supported for use in the 3495 Tape Library or the 3494 Model B16 or B18 Virtual Tape Server. It is also not supported on 3590 Tape Drives attached to the 3591 Model A01 Tape Control Unit.
The Magstar 3590, IBM’s highest performance tape subsystem, provides high capacity and reliability for the S/390, AS/400, RS/6000, and a variety of IBM and non-IBM UNIX® and Windows NT systems. It offers significant enhancements in performance, capacity, data integrity, reliability, and availability over IBM 3480, 3490, or 3490E tape drives. The Magstar 3590 may also relieve backup time and space constraints and provide the increased capacity needed to support today’s growing disk backup requirements. (Although the 3590 provides the capability of very high tape performance, other components of the system may limit the actual performance achieved.)
IBM provides the Magstar 3590 in a wide range of product offerings to meet a diverse set of customer requirements. A single investment in Magstar technology can extend capacity as well as provide performance benefits to a broad array of storage solutions:
- IBM Magstar 3494 Tape Library
- StorageTek Libraries
- Stand-alone (IBM and standard 19-inch rack)
Magstar 3590 in a 3494
The Magstar 3590 offers the greatest performance and capacity for use in the IBM Magstar 3494 Tape Library. The tape drives and cartridge slots of the 3494 can be shared between multiple heterogeneous platforms, giving you greater flexibility.
The Magstar 3590 can be used with the StorageTek 4410 and 9310 Automated Cartridge Systems (ACS) in a SCSI or S/390 environment using Magstar 3590 Tape Drives in Magstar 3590 Model C12/14 Frames and 3590 ESCON® Controllers. This provides the Magstar benefits of increased capacity, reliability, and performance over 18-/36-track technology or StorageTek drive alternatives.
Moving Magstar 3590 to Different Storage Solutions
Magstar 3590 offers configuration flexibility and long range investment protection in its unique ability to be used, and re-used, in multiple storage solutions. Capitalizing on IBM’s Seascape™ architecture, 3590 Magstar Tape Drives are storage assets that can be moved from storage solution to storage solution. By adding features and doing model conversions, Magstar tape drives can be transformed to fit into stand-alone subsystems, StorageTek silos, or IBM 3494 automated solutions (including the Magstar Virtual Tape Server). An initial investment can now grow with your ever-changing business requirements.
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