Tape Backup System suits midrange xSeries® environment.

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With 2U form factor, LTO Generation 2 Tape Autoloader 3623 Model 2LX incorporates one Linear Tape-Open (LTO) IBM Generation 2 Drive, which offers native data transfer rate of 35 MB/sec. Using IBM LTO Generation 2 200 GB Data cartridge, tape drive offers native write capacities up to 200 GB. Rack-mountable unit comes with LVD Ultra160 SCSI attachment and holds up to 8 tape cartridges, providing media capacity of up to 1.6 TB.



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IBM 2U LTO Generation 2 Tape Autoloader 3623 Model 2LX Combines IBM Tape and Automation Reliability at Competitive Prices



Overview

The new IBM 2U LTO Generation 2 Tape Autoloader 3623 Model 2LX offers high capacity, performance, and technology designed for the midrange xSeries® environment. This model incorporates a single Linear Tape-Open (LTO) IBM Generation 2 Drive, which more than doubles tape drive performance over the previous generation LTO Generation 1 Tape Drives, up to 35 MB/sec native data transfer rate (70 MB/sec with 2:1 compression).

In addition, with the use of the new IBM LTO Generation 2 200 GB Data cartridge the Generation 2 tape drive has the capability of writing twice as much data, up to 200 GB native capacity (400 GB with 2:1 compression). IBM Generation 2 Tape Drives can read and write original LTO Generation 1 Data Cartridges at original Generation 1 capacities and with an improved performance of up to 20 MB/sec. native data transfer rate (40 MB/sec with 2:1 compression).

The Model 2LX comes with a LVD Ultra160 SCSI attachment, for connection to a wide spectrum of xSeries servers. The 2U LTO Tape Autoloader 3623 is a rack-mountable unit that incorporates a single LTO Generation 2 tape drive. The 2U LTO Tape Autoloader 3623 capacity is eight tape cartridges, providing a media capacity of up to 1.6 TB (3.2 TB with 2:1 compression) data storage per unit.

Other Generation 2 Tape Drive functions include:

· Digital speed matching - Adjusts the drive data rate with the host server, which reduces backhitching and improves throughput performance.

· Power management - Reduce power consumption.

· Channel calibration - Customizes each read/write data channel for optimum performance.

· Separate writing of multiple filemarks - Improves performance when writing multiple files.

· Larger internal buffer - Internal buffer size is 64 MB, double the buffer size of the Generation 1 drives.

· Faster drive speeds - Provides faster data access time, rewind time, cartridge load time, and cartridge fill time compared to the Generation 1 drives.

· Three-year, limited warranty(4) on parts and labor.

Key prerequisites

The 36232LX Tape Autoloader can be attached to supported IBM eserver xSeries server configuration which includes a supported Operating System, Backup Application Software (if applicable), and SCSI host adapter.

Planned availability date

August 6, 2004

At a glance

The new Model 2LX supports entry level unattended backup, enhanced capacity and performance, and includes:

· LTO Generation 2 native data capacities up to 1.6 TB (up to 3.2 TB using 2:1 compression) with 8 cartridge slots

· Use of LTO Generation 2 Tape Drive with a drive data rate of 70 MB/second (2:1 data compression)

· Standard bar code reader and remote management unit

· Sequential or random access

· Rack-mount only

For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL Reference: SE001

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