The IBM® Virtualization Engine TS7700 offers a modular, scalable, and high-performing architecture for mainframe tape virtualization for the IBM System z® environment. The TS7700 Virtualization Engine integrates the advanced performance, capacity, and data integrity design of the 3592 Tape Drives, the IBM industry-leading tape technology, with high-performance disks and a new advanced IBM System p® server to form a storage hierarchy, managed by robust storage management firmware with extensive self-management capability. It includes functions such as advanced policy management to control physical volume pooling, cache management, dual copy, dual copy across a grid network, and copy mode control. The TS7700 Virtualization Engine offers enhanced statistical reporting and a single, standards-based management interface for TS7700 Virtualization Engine management.
The new IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Release 2.0 introduces the next generation of TS7700 Virtualization Engine servers for System z tape:
These Virtualization Engines are based on IBM Power 7 technology, and offer improved performance for most System z tape workloads compared to the first generation of TS7700 Virtualization Engine servers.
This IBM Redbooks® publication covers the TS7700 Virtualization Engine Release 2.0, which builds on the existing capabilities of the TS7700 family.
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