The IBM System Storage™ TS1120 Tape Drive (TS1120 tape drive) offers a solution to address applications that need high capacity, fast access to data or long-term data retention. It is supported in IBM tape libraries, IBM frames that support stand-alone installation, and in an IBM 3592 Tape Frame Model C20 (3592 C20 frame) attached to a Sun StorageTek 9310 library.

The tape drive uses IBM 3592 Cartridges, which are available in limited capacity (100GB) for fast access to data, and standard capacity (500GB) or extended capacity (700GB) that help to reduce resources to lower total cost. All three cartridges are available in re-writable or Write Once Read Many (WORM) format.

TS1120 tape drives can be shared among supported open system hosts on a Storage Area Network (SAN) or between IBM FICON® and ESCON® mainframe hosts when attached to an IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Controller (TS1120 tape controller). Sharing drives optimizes drive utilization and helps reduce infrastructure requirements.

The TS1120 tape drive supports a native data transfer rate of up to 104 MBps. In open system environments where data typically compresses at 2:1, the TS1120 tape drive can transfer data up to 200 MBps. In a mainframe environment where data typically compresses at 3:1, a single tape drive can transfer data up to 260 MBps. This can help reduce backup and recovery times or require fewer resources to support the environment.

Common features Hardware summary

High performance with data transfer rate up to 260 MBps with 3:1 compression Flexible media, including short and long length cartridges and re-writable and WORM formats Small form factor and high capacity Supports encryption and key management Compatibility with existing IBM tape automation installations IBM System i5™, System p5™, System z™ and System x™ support Linear Serpentine recording 700GB capacity using JB/JX media 300/500GB capacity using JA/JW media 60/100GB capacity using JJ/JR media 400 MBps burst data rate Compact 3.8 in x 7.8 in x 18.4 in dimensions