IBM 3592-C06 TS1120 Tape Controller

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The IBM 3592-C06 TS1120 is designed to offer ESCON and FICON attachment of TS1120 or TotalStorage 3592 J1A tape drives in a System Storage Server or tape library.

  • Support for up to four 4-Gbps FICON attachments
  • Support for up to eight ESCON attachments
  • Attachment of the TS1120 Tape Drive 3592 Model E05 or the 3592 Model J1A Tape Drives
  • Support for up to four 4-Gbps Fibre Channel attachments to the tape drives or switches
  • Support for encryption of data on a tape cartridge with TS1120 Tape Drives
  • Up to 1.7 times the throughput of the 3592 Model J70, with 4-Gbps FICON attachment using the 3592 Model E05 Tape Drive

The IBM 3592 Enterprise Tape Products, (Drives, Controllers, and Frames) are follow-on products to the highly successful Enterprise Tape Controller 3590 Models. They are designed for environments that require high-performance tape solutions.

Model abstract 3592-C06

The IBM 3592 System Storage TS1120 Tape Controller Model C06 is designed to provide performance and reliability for IBM System z customers. The TS1120 Tape Controller, has up to four 4-Gbps FICON attachments. The TS1120 Tape Controller also has up to eight ESCON attachments, or an intermix of ESCON and FICON attachments. The TS1120 Tape Controller offers four 4-Gbps Fibre Channel adapters for attaching 3592 Tape Drives. Up to 16 of the IBM 3592 Tape Drives can be attached to a single TS1120 Tape Controller. The controller supports the TS1120 Tape Drive capability to encrypt data written to a tape cartridge. The controller can be installed in an IBM 3953 Tape Frame Model F05, an IBM 3952 Tape Frame Model F05, or in a stand-alone rack, supporting 3592 Tape Drives installed in IBM 3494 frames, IBM 3584 frames, IBM 3592 Model C20 frames, and stand-alone racks.
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IBM 3592-C06 TS1120 Tape Controller BRULE
Highlights
IBM 3592-C06 TS1120 Tape Controller GRULE
  • Improved performance over existing 3590 models
  • Improved capacity
  • Increased attachment flexibility

Model highlights 3592-C06

  • Support for up to four 4-Gbps FICON attachments
  • Support for up to eight ESCON attachments
  • Attachment of the TS1120 Tape Drive 3592 Model E05 or the 3592 Model J1A Tape Drives
  • Support for up to four 4-Gbps Fibre Channel attachments to the tape drives or switches
  • Support for encryption of data on a tape cartridge with TS1120 Tape Drives
  • Up to 1.7 times the throughput of the 3592 Model J70, with 4-Gbps FICON attachment using the 3592 Model E05 Tape Drive

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IBM 3592-C06 TS1120 Tape Controller BRULE
Description
IBM 3592-C06 TS1120 Tape Controller GRULE

The IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Controller Model C06 is a follow-on to the highly successful IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Controller 3592 Model J70. It is designed for System z environments that require a high-performance tape solution. These environments include:

  • 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.

The TS1120 Tape Controller has many of the reliability and availability characteristics that the 3592 Model J70 offered, such as redundant power supplies with automatic failover and hot swap capabilities, redundant cooling, and support for the IBM TS3000 System Console (TSSC) attachment, previously known as the IBM TotalStorage Master Console (TSMC). The TS1120 Tape Controller also includes application performance and capacity enhancements that are available with the 3592 Model J70, such as capacity scaling commands. The effect of capacity scaling is to potentially reduce the average locate time to a random record (from load point) to as little as 30% of the normal locate time.

The TS1120 Tape Controller is designed to help address the growing needs of both new and existing IBM tape customers across a wide range of environments. Advantages of the 3592 Model J1A or E05 Tape Drives with the TS1120 Tape Controller compared to previous IBM tape offerings include:

  • Higher performance, which can help reduce the number of tape drives required
  • Larger capacity, to help you reduce the number of cartridges required and floor space needed
  • High reliability, to help you improve operations
  • Protection of tape data by high speed encryption for security or regulatory needs with the TS1120 Tape Drive.

FICON attachment

The TS1120 Tape Controller supports up to four 4-Gbps FICON attachments, twice the capability of the 3592 Model J70 Controller. The FICON maximum channel link speed of up to 200 MB/sec full duplex versus 17 MB/sec simplex for ESCON can help support increased tape performance. The TS1120 Tape Controller is designed to be directly attached to host systems up to 10 kilometers away, or up to 100 kilometers with a FICON/FC switch with appropriate repeaters. The TS1120 Tape Controller with the TS1120 Tape Drive is designed to provide up to 1.7 times the throughput of the 3592 Model J70 Controller with the 3592 Model J1A Tape Drive. The TS1120 Tape Controller with the TS1120 Tape Drive is designed to provide up to 1.4 times the throughput of the 3592 Model J70 Controller with the TS1120 Tape Drive.

In order to exploit the improved performance of the TS1120 Tape Controller and Tape Drive, there must be a 4-Gbps Fibre Channel infrastructure. This includes 4-Gbps FICON adapters on the TS1120 Tape Controller, and drive attachment via the 4-Gbps Fibre Channel Switch feature, as well as 4-Gbps capability on the zSeries server and/or Fibre Channel Director.

ESCON attachment

The TS1120 Tape Controller can support up to eight ESCON attachments, available by ordering up to four dual-ported ESCON adapters. The TS1120 Tape Controller can be directly attached to ESCON channels on a System z9, zSeries, or S/390 server, or to an ESCON director.

ESCON and FICON intermix

The TS1120 Tape Controller can intermix ESCON and FICON attachments on the same controller in the following maximum combinations:

  • Four FICON and zero ESCON attachments
  • Three FICON and two ESCON attachments
  • Two FICON and four ESCON attachments
  • One FICON and six ESCON attachments
  • No FICON and eight ESCON attachments

Drive attachment

The TS1120 Tape Controller must be ordered with two dual-ported Fibre Channel adapters. Up to four 3592 Tape Drives may be directly attached to the TS1120 Tape Controller. Attaching more than four 3592 Tape Drives to the TS1120 Tape Controller requires the use of a Fibre Channel switch. The switch may be ordered as a feature on the controller or the customer may supply your own switch. Refer to Technical information for more specific switch requirements.

TS1120 Emulation Mode Support

The TS1120 Tape Drive (3592 Model E05) supports a function called Static Emulation Mode. This function allows the 3592 Model E05 drives to be set in a mode to emulate the interface and format behaviors of the previous generation 3592 Model J1A drives. When Static Emulation mode is activated, the 3592 Model E05 drive reports that it is a 3592 Model J1A drive in inquiry data, and will only write and read 3592 data and WORM cartridges in the older 300 GB Model J1A data format (EFMT1) rather then the 500 GB Model E05 data format (EFMT2). In this mode, cartridges written by the 3592 E05 drives are fully interchange compatible with older 3592 Model J1A drives with no format selection controls required. Extended length tape cartridges are not supported on 3592 Model E05 drives operating in Static Emulation Mode. This mode may be useful for customers who purchase the newer 3592 Model E05 drives, but cannot upgrade software levels or other aspects of their system to support the new drives or data format at the present time. Order feature number 0500, Drive Microcode Update, on the 3592 Model E05 to schedule the IBM Customer Engineer setup activity whenever the Static Emulation Mode is to be changed after initial installation.

Capacity scaling

The 3592 Tape Drive attached to a TS1120 Tape Controller is designed to allow an application to issue a command to scale an individual tape cartridge to 20% of its possible capacity. The effect of capacity scaling is to potentially reduce the average locate time to a random record (from load point) to as little as 30% of the normal locate time.

For details on the application performance and capacity enhancements, including capacity scaling, refer to the IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drive and Controller Introduction and Planning Guide (GA32-0555).

Note: The actual throughput a customer may achieve is a function of many components, such as system processor, disk data rate, data block size, data compressibility, I/O attachments, SAN, and the system or application software being used. Although the TS1120 Tape Drive is capable of up to a 100 MB/sec native data rate, other components may limit the actual effective data rate.

Encryption

The TS1120 Tape Drive is being enhanced to support encryption of data on a tape cartridge. New T1120 Tape Drives will be encryption capable and a chargeable upgrade will be available for currently installed TS1120 Tape Drives. The encryption capability is implemented through tape drive hardware as well as microcode additions and changes. All 3592 media, including WORM cartridges, can be encrypted. In addition, a new Encryption Key Manager program is designed to support encryption. The Encryption Key Manager program uses standard key repositories on supported platforms. This software will be required to be installed on a supported server and interface with the tape drive to support encryption in a System or Library Managed Encryption implementation.

Note: With encryption enabled, the access time to data on the tape drive will increase. Also, the tape drive unload time will increase. This is due to the time needed to retrieve, read and write the encryption key.

Encryption will be available for System z and open systems environments. Three different methods of encryption will be supported as follows:

Application Managed: The TS1120 Tape Drive will support application managed encryption for open systems environments. The application will control the encryption process, and will generate and provide keys to the TS1120 tape drive. Tivoli Storage Manager is being enhanced to support this capability.

Library Managed: Encryption by volume and drive policy will be supported. The user will set up and control the encryption through the library interface. Initially, this will be supported for the TS3500 or 3584 tape library in open systems environments. The Encryption Key Manager program will be required for this support.

System Managed: With Systems Managed Encryption, the encryption policy will be passed between the server and the drives. This is the only vehicle for z/OS environments and will require the Encryption Key Manager program. DFSMS will support the Encryption Key Manager component. Systems managed encryption will also be available for AIX servers. This support will require a new AIX tape device driver, as well as the Encryption Key Manager program.

System Managed Encryption on open systems is “in-band” where tape drive requests to the Encryption Key Manager (EKM) component travel over the Fibre Channel channels to the server hosting the EKM. Systems Managed Encryption on z/OS has two different configuration options. First is “in-band” where tape drive requests to the Encryption Key Manager component travel over the ESCON/FICON channels to the server proxy that is TCP/IP connected to the EKM. Second is “out-of-band” where the tape controller establishes the communication to the EKM server over TCP/IP connections between the tape controller and the EKM server. A router is required for out of band and Encryption Key Management support and Encryption Key Manager connectivity for the TS1120 Tape Controller Model C06, the 3592 J70 Tape Controller, the 3952 F05 and 3953 F05 Tape Frames, the 3494 L10, L12, L14, L22 Tape Library Frame, and IBM TotalStorage 3590 C10 Subsystem.

TS3000 System Console

The TS3000 System Console is designed to provide enhanced remote support to improve availability. The TS3000 System Console can remotely monitor each attached device to determine if it is working properly and report any error alerts for early detection of problems. Use of the TS3000 may expedite microcode updates, reduce service times, and enhance local service. Feature number 2720, TS3000 System Console, replaces feature number 2713, Master Console for Service. For a rack-mountable console facility, feature number 2721, TS3000 System Console, replaces feature number 2718, Master Console for Service. Feature number 2714, Console Expansion and feature number 2715, Console Attachment, provide the same functions with the TS3000 System Console that were provided with the Master Console for Service.

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