Tape Controller facilitates connection to server and drives.

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TotalStorage(TM) Enterprise Tape Controller 3592 Model J70 provides attachment capabilities for S/390® and zSeries® servers. It provides up to four 2 Gbps FICON(TM) attachments, up to 8 ESCON® attachments, or intermix of both. Unit offers redundant power supplies with automatic fail-over and hot-swap capabilities and redundant cooling. Attaching 3592 Model J1A Tape Drive to controller allows an application to issue command to scale individual tape cartridge to 60 GB capacity.



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New IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Controller 3592 Model J70 Enhances Performance and Connectivity



At a glance
IBM's newest high-performance tape controller, the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Controller 3592 Model J70, is designed to offer greater performance and connectivity, while laying the groundwork for your company's continued technological growth. The new 3592 Model J70 offers:

Support for up to four FICON attachments, twice the number supported by the 3590 Model A60 Controller
Support for up to eight ESCON attachments
Attachment of the new 3592 Model J1A Tape Drives or 3590 Tape Drives
Support for capacity scaling with the 3592 Model J1A Tape Drive
Up to 1.5 times the throughput of the 3590 Model A60, with FICON attachment using the 3592 Model J1A Tape Drive

For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Overview
The new IBM TotalStorage(TM) Enterprise Tape Controller 3592 Model J70 is designed to provide new levels of performance and attachment capabilities for S/390® and zSeries® customers. The 3592 Model J70 Controller has up to four 2-Gbps FICON(TM) attachments, twice the number that the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Controller 3590 Model A60 offers. The 3592 Model J70 also has up to eight ESCON® attachments, or an intermix of ESCON and FICON attachments. Up to 12 of the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 Model J1A can be attached to a single 3592 Model J70 Controller. Or, the 3592 Model J70 can also be used to attach up to 12 of the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3590. The 3592 Model J70 can be installed in the same frames as the current 3590 Model A60 Controller. These include 3494 Frames, the 3590 Model C10, the 3590 Model A14, and stand-alone racks.

The 3592 Model J70 Controller also offers two 2-Gbps Fibre Channel adapters for attaching 3592 Tape Drives. With the 3592 Model J1A Tape Drive and FICON, the 3592 Model J70 is designed to provide up to 1.5 times the throughput of the 3590 Model A60 Controller. The 3592 Model J70 also has reliability and availability characteristics that the 3590 Model A60 offered, such as redundant power supplies with automatic failover and hot swap capabilities, redundant cooling, and IBM TotalStorage Master Console (TSMC) attachment. The 3592 Model J70 also includes the application performance and capacity enhancements that are available with the 3590 Model A60. The subsystem will operate in either 3590 native mode, or 3590 or 3490E drive emulation mode, depending on the drive model that is attached.

The 3592 Model J1A Tape Drive attached to a 3592 Model J70 Controller is designed to allow an application to issue a command to scale an individual tape cartridge to 60 GB capacity. The effect of capacity scaling to 60 GB capacity is to reduce the average locate time to a random record (from load point) to less than 30% of the normal locate time. Supported environments include IBM OS/390® and z/OS® with DFSMShsm(TM) and DFSMSdfp(TM) Object Access Method (OAM).

Key prerequisites
The new 3592 Model J70 Controller can attach to ESCON and FICON channels on selected S/390 and zSeries servers with the appropriate levels of system software. An IBM TotalStorage SAN Switch 2109 Model F16 or S16 is required to attach 3592 Tape Drives or 3590 Fibre Channel attached Tape Drives to the 3592 Model J70. Additional features may be required on the 3592 Model J70 or automation frames. Refer to the Technical information section for details.

Planned availability date
October 31, 2003

Description
The Enterprise Tape Controller 3592 Model J70 is a follow-on to the highly successful Enterprise Tape Controller 3590 Model A60. It is designed for zSeries and S/390 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.

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