IBM 3590-H11 H1A TotalStorage Enterprise Tape System
IBM 3590-H11 H1A TotalStorage Enterprise Tape System
The TotalStorage™ Enterprise Tape System 3590 provides a high level of performance, reliability, data integrity, and cartridge capacity. The new 3590 Model H11 and H1A (H Model) Tape Drives offer increased cartridge capacity to meet the growing needs of new and existing customers across a broad range of computing environments. These environments include selected IBM zSeries S/390®, iSeries AS/400®, pSeries RS/6000®, xSeries, Sun, and Hewlett Packard (HP) servers, as well as Intel®-compatible servers running Microsoft™ Windows NT®, Microsoft Windows® 2000, and Linux.
The H Model is supported in the TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Library 3494, TotalStorage Silo Compatible Tape Drive Frame 3590 Model C12 or C14, TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive Frame 3590 Model A14, and standalone racks.
The H Models employ a new narrow track magnetic recording head to increase the number of tracks on a tape cartridge from 256 to 384, utilizing the current 3590 media. They have a native capacity of 30 GB (or 90 GB with 3:1 compression) with the 3590 High Performance Cartridge or a native capacity of 60 GB (or 180 GB with 3:1 compression) with the 3590 Extended High Performance Cartridge. This is a 50% cartridge capacity increase versus the E Model, and three times the capacity of a B Model. These advancements can reduce the number of tape drives and cartridges required and the associated floor space.
The H Models have a 14 MB/sec native data rate (42 MB/sec with 3:1 compression), the same high performance of the current E Models, and over 50% higher than the 9 MB/sec data rate provided by the B Models. Installed 3590 Model B11, B1A, E11, and E1A Tape Drives can be field upgraded to the new H Models, providing investment protection to the thousands of customers who have 3590 Tape Drives installed worldwide.
Your investment in media is also protected. The new H Models will write on existing 3590 cartridges, and read cartridges written with the current B and E Models.
The new 3590 H Models are supported in a wide range of environments including selected iSeries AS/400, pSeries RS/6000, xSeries, Sun, and HP servers, as well as Intel-compatible servers running Windows NT, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Linux. The appropriate attachment adapter and software are required.
The new H Models can also attach to selected S/390 and zSeries servers with ESCON® and FICON™ attachment through the TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Controller 3590 Model A60.
The 3590 is for high-performance tape applications, including:
- High-speed data save operations where backup windows are critical, and large amounts of data are archived to tape.
- Large-scale automated tape environments where performance and reliability are required. These are primarily half-inch tape drive environments.
- Large-scale mass data archive applications where massive amounts of data need to be quickly saved to tape for storage and later recall. Examples include the seismic industry, data warehousing, and record management applications.
IBM enhanced the popular Enterprise Tape System 3590 by introducing new Model H11 and H1A Tape Drives (H Models). These enhanced models will meet the growing needs of both new and existing customers across a wide number of environments.
Advantages of the new 3590 H Model Tape Drive include:
- Larger capacity, meaning that fewer cartridges are required and floor space can be reduced
- Higher performance than the B Model (and the same performance as the E model), which can reduce the number of tape drives
- A wide range of attachment options, enabling greater usage of the 3590
- High reliability which can improve operations
- Investment protection, allowing over 87,000 existing 3590 B Model and E Model Tape Drives to be upgraded and still read existing tape data cartridges
The new 3590 H Models employ a new fifth-generation magneto-resistive (MR) head design that provides a 50% increase in the amount of data that can be stored on a cartridge (versus an E model) and three times the data that can be stored on a cartridge (versus a B model). The following table compares the cartridge capacity versus the current B and E Models:
Capacity Native Cartridge Capacity with 3:1 Compre ssion Description B Model E Model H Model H Model 3590 High 10 GB 20 GB 30 GB 90 GB Performance Tape Cartridge 3590 Extended 20 GB 40 GB 60 GB 180 GB High Performance Tape Cartridge
This capacity increase is due to increasing the number of tracks written to 384 tracks, versus 256 tracks written by the E model, and 128 tracks written by the B model. This can be very beneficial in space savings and economy of data storage, since it lowers the cost of storage per megabyte. For applications that fill current data cartridges this can reduce the number of tape cartridges required. The reduced number of cartridges can also free up floor space for other requirements as well as reduce the number of automation slots used.
The new 3590 H Models, with a 14 MB/s native transfer rate, offer a 50% higher data transfer rate than the B model and the same high-performance as the E Model. Higher data rate performance has the potential of reducing the number of tape drives required.
The new 3590 H Models allow a wide range of attachment flexibility. The drives can be directly attached to open systems servers with Ultra SCSI or Fibre Channel attachments, or to ESCON or FICON servers with the 3590 Model A60 Controller.
The new 3590 H Models are supported in a wide range of environments including selected zSeries S/390, iSeries AS/400, pSeries RS/6000, xSeries, Sun, and HP servers, as well as Intel-compatible servers running Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Linux. The new 3590 H Models provide exceptional value-add when supported in an Enterprise Tape Library 3494 and in a StorageTek 4410 or 9310 Automated Cartridge System (ACS) environment.
Investment protection is another key benefit of the 3590 H Models. Your current 3590 B or E Model can be upgraded to the new 3590 H Model, allowing you to take advantage of the many benefits provided by the new H Models. In addition, as an accepted standard in the industry, there are millions of 3590 data cartridges in use by customers today, so your investment in media is also protected. The H Models will utilize the 3590 data cartridges in the following ways:
- Read the current 128-track cartridge created by 3590 B Models. And, it can read them at the higher data rate of 14 MB/sec. The H Models can also read the current 256-track cartridges created by the 3590 E Models. Data stored for archive or retention purposes can be retained and read by the new models, thus preserving a sizable investment in media.
- Read and write on the cartridges in 384-track format, increasing the amount of data stored.
The existing 3590 B Model and E Model tape drives will remain available after the general availability of the new models, and will continue to meet the needs of many customers.
The 3590 provides attachment to leading non-IBM servers, and attachments are tested as part of the TotalStorage Proven program to ensure compatibility and interoperability. The TotalStorage Proven means that applications and hardware you choose from leading companies, combined with IBM state-of-the art storage technology, provide you with flexible, ready to run solutions that help address your software and infrastructure needs.
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