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IBM Magstar Tape Products Family: A Practical Guide

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IBM Magstar Tape Products Family: A Practical Guide

IBM engineers have done a great job enriching the IBM Magstar Tape Product Family in multiple
areas:
The Magstar 3590 Model E tape drive is bringing new capabilities to enterprise-class tape.

The enhancements include an increased data rate, up from 9 MB/s to 14 MB/s. Building on
IBMs successful Magstar 3590 technology base, the new Magstar 3590 E drive will write
and read data onto 256 tracks, effectively doubling the data on current Magstar 3590 media.

This advance protects the investment of thousands of Magstar 3590 customers who will be
able to easily upgrade their current drives to the new model and continue to read their current
3590 cartridges
The new Magstar 3590 Model A60 control unit provides enhanced performance and
connectivity as compared to the previous model. It offers two or four ESCON attachments,
and up to twice the performance of the Magstar 3590 A50 control unit.

The Magstar 3494 Model HA1 High Availability unit increases library availability with a
second library manager, a second accessor, and concurrent maintenance capabilities.

The Dual Active Accessor feature provides mount and inventory performance improvements
by using both accessors concurrently in a 3494 which has the HA1 installed.

The updated release of this top-selling redbook includes these new models and capabilities and
has been thoroughly revised to reflect the latest levels of software and hardware. This redbook is
the indispensable companion for a successful implementation of IBM Magstar tape products in
your environment because it is unique in its detailed coverage of this product.

It focuses on the practical steps of installing and implementing the IBM 3494 Tape Library on all
supported platforms in a highly tape-centric computing environment and provides information
about data migration and operation considerations for an IBM tape library environment. However,
you will find that the OS/390 environment receives the most detailed coverage, in part because of
the importance of this platform but also because of the complexity of this environment.

This document was written for storage system technical professionals. Basic knowledge of the tape
library systems is assumed.
Price: $62.00 $49.00
Pages: 442
Date Published: March 16, 2000
ISBN: 0738415596
Author: IBM Redbooks
Product Number: SG24-4632-03
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