Monday, June 17, 2013

IBM LTFS Enterprise Edition V1.1

Enables policy management of tape as tier in GPFS environment

IBM LTFS  Enterprise Edition is designed to enable policy management of tape as a storage tier in a GPFS environment, helping encourage the use of tape as a critical tier in the storage environment.

LTFS EE can be used as an operational storage tier accessible by disk-based applications. Using LTFS EE to replace disks with tape in tier 2 and 3 storage can improve data access over other storage solutions as it improves efficiency and streamlines management for files on tape.

It can play a major role in reducing the cost of storage for data that does not need the access performance of primary disk. By replacing tier 2 and 3 disk storage with tape, organizations can achieve a new operational efficiency and cost effectiveness compared to the cost of equivalent disk-based environments. It simplifies the use of tape by making it transparent to the user and manageable by the administrator under a single infrastructure.

LTFS EE supports IBM LTO Ultrium 6 and 5 tape drives, as well as TS1140 tape drives installed in TS3500 tape libraries.

With the release of LTFS EE, software maintenance renewals for LTFS EE can be automated through a services contract. Feature number 9000 must be included on the software maintenance registration Product ID (PID) to indicate the desire to participate in this auto renewal process. Auto renewal services are not available in all countries or for all initial software maintenance contract terms.

Orderable per node
For the installation of first node, purchase one per-install license. For the installation of additional nodes for meeting the scale-out requirement, purchase one per-secondary-node license for each additional node in the same LTFS EE cluster.

Key prerequisites
LTFS EE software is generally supported with these OSs, but some functional enhancements are only supported with selected OSs: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.2 x86_64, SLES 11 SP1 x86_64.

LTFS EE software requires:

  • GPFS
  • TS3500 Tape Library
LTFS EE supports mixed environments and any combination of these drive types can be used in a LTFS EE environment and the supported media respectively.
The following list contains drive IDs for the currently supported LTFS EE:
  • Ultrium Gen 6
  • Ultrium Gen 5
  • TS1140 Tape Drive
Planned availability date
June 14, 2013


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