Lenovo LTO Generation 6 (LTO6) Internal SAS Tape DriveProduct Guide

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8 Sep 2019
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Abstract

The Half-High LTO Generation 6 (LTO6) SAS Tape Drive is a high-performance, high-capacity data-storage device that is designed to back up and restore open-systems applications. It offers native storage capacity of 2.5 TB per cartridge (6.2 TB at 2.5:1 compression) and a maximum native data transfer rate of up to 160 Mbps (400 Mbps compressed). This enterprise data protection offering has a 5.25” half-height internal form factor for integration into Lenovo tower servers.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the LTO6 SAS tape drive offerings and their key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about LTO6 SAS tape drive offerings and consider their use in IT solutions.

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Change History

Changes in the September 8 update:

  • Added SE350, SR635 and SR655 to the server table - Server support section

Introduction

The Half-High LTO Generation 6 (LTO6) SAS Tape Drive is a high-performance, high-capacity data-storage device that is designed to back up and restore open-systems applications. It offers native storage capacity of 2.5 TB per cartridge (6.2 TB at 2.5:1 compression) and a maximum native data transfer rate of up to 160 Mbps (400 Mbps compressed). This enterprise data protection offering has a 5.25” half-height internal form factor for integration into Lenovo tower servers.

Figure 1 shows the internal Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive.

Figure 1.  IBM Half-High LTO Generation 6 SAS Tape Drive
Figure 1. Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive

Did you know?

LTO Generation 6 tape drives feature hardware-based data encryption capabilities and support write once, read many (WORM) cartridges to help protect your data. With WORM cartridges you can store vital data in a non-erasable, non-rewritable format, while AES256 hardware encryption can securely store data to help ensure compliancy with data security, information disclosure, and privacy regulations for data at rest.

This drive is compatible with the cartridges of its predecessor, the Half-High LTO Ultrium 5 Tape Drive. It can also read generation 4 cartridges.

Part number information

The following table lists the ordering part numbers and feature codes for ThinkSystem servers.

Table 1. Ordering information - ThinkSystem
Part number Feature code Description
Tape drives - ThinkSystem
4T27A10726 B3YK ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen6 SAS Tape Drive
7T27A01502 AVF2 ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen6 SAS Tape Drive
Media options - ThinkSystem
7TP7A01604 AVF4 ThinkSystem LTO Gen6 2.5TB Tape

The ThinkSystem tape drive option part number includes these items:

  • 5.25-inch tape drive
  • 12Gb SAS cable for internal tape connectivity
  • Power cable
  • Cleaning cartridge
  • Documentation

The following table lists the ordering part numbers and feature codes for System x servers.

Table 2. Ordering information - System x
Part number Feature code Description
Tape drives - System x
00MW711 AUBQ Half High LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive
00D8924 A3S3 Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive
Media options - System x
00MW719 AUBR LTO 6 Media 2.5TB
00D8933 A3S4 LTO 6 Media 5 Pack
46W6589 A3S6 LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Single Media
49Y9893 5347 LTO Cleaning Cartridge Option

The System x tape drive option part numbers includes these items:

  • 5.25-inch tape drive
  • Tape mount kit (drive rails)
  • 6Gb SAS cable for internal tape connectivity
  • 12Gb SAS cable for internal tape connectivity
  • Power cable
  • Cleaning cartridge
  • Documentation

Note: The 12Gb SAS cable was not originally included in the option part number, 00D8924. If needed, the cable can be obtained from the service organization using FRU part number 00MW108.

Features

Features of the LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drives are as follows:

  • Compatibility with LTO 5 (read and write) and LTO 4 (read) media
  • Speed matching and channel calibration for improved performance
  • Media partitioning for faster access to stored data
  • Support for host Application Managed Encryption (AME)
  • Support for 6 Gbps SAS adapters for improved performance and reliability
  • Support for leading operating systems and popular backup software

Specifications

Specifications for the LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drives are as follows:

  • 6 Gbps SAS host interface
  • Native storage capacity of 2.5 TB per cartridge (6.2 TB at 2.5:1 compression)
  • Maximum native data transfer rate of up to 160 Mbps, 400 Mbps compressed
  • Burst data transfer rate of up to 600 MB per second
  • 512 MB read-and-write cache
  • Support for encryption on Ultrium 6 and Ultrium 5 tape cartridges
  • Single-character display (SCD) operator panel

Key prerequisites

The LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drives have the following prerequisites:

  • 6Gb or 12Gb SAS controller
  • One or more LTO Generation 6 or LTO Generation 5 data cartridges (not supplied with drive option)
  • An available half-height drive bay in the server

Server support - ThinkSystem

The following table lists the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.

Table 3. ThinkSystem server support
Description and part number E 1S Intel 2S Intel AMD 4S Intel Dense/ Blade
SE350 (7Z46 / 7D1X)
ST50 (7Y48/7Y50)
ST250 (7Y45/7Y46)
SR150 (7Y54)
SR250 (7Y51/7Y52)
ST550 (7X09/7X10)
SR530 (7X07/7X08)
SR550 (7X03/7X04)
SR570 (7Y02/7Y03)
SR590 (7X98/7X99)
SR630 (7X01/7X02)
SR650 (7X05/7X06)
SR670 (7Y36/7Y37/7Y38)
SR635 (7Y98 / 7Y99)
SR655 (7Y00 / 7Z01)
SR850 (7X18/7X19)
SR860 (7X69/7X70)
SR950 (7X11/12/13)
SD530 (7X21)
SD650 (7X58)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen6 SAS Tape Drive, 4T27A10726 N N N N N Y N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N
Tandberg LTO G6 HH Internal, 7T27A01502 N N N N N Y N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N

Server support - System x

The following tables list the System x servers that support the tape drives when installed internally in the server.

Support for System x and dense servers with Xeon E5/E7 v4 and E3 v5 processors

Table 4. Support for System x and dense servers with Xeon E5/E7 v4 and E3 v5 processors
Part
number
Description
x3250 M6 (3943)
x3250 M6 (3633)
x3550 M5 (8869)
x3650 M5 (8871)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v4)
nx360 M5 (5465, E5-2600 v4)
sd350 (5493)
00MW711 Half High LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive N N N N N N N
00D8924 Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive N N N N N N N

Support for System x and dense servers with Intel Xeon v3 processors

Table 5. Support for servers with Intel Xeon v3 processors
Part
number
Description
x3100 M5 (5457)
x3250 M5 (5458)
x3500 M5 (5464)
x3550 M5 (5463)
x3650 M5 (5462)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v3)
nx360 M5 (5465)
00MW711 Half High LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive Y N Y N N N N
00D8924 Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive Y N Y N N N N

Support for servers with Intel Xeon v2 processors

Table 6. Support for servers with Intel Xeon v2 processors
Part
number
Description
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600 v2)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600 v2)
x3630 M4 (7158, E5-2400 v2)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 BD (5466)
x3750 M4 (8753)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (6241, E7 v2)
00MW711 Half High LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive N N N N N N N N
00D8924 Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive Y Y N N N N N N

For the latest and most accurate compatibility information, visit the ServerProven web page for tape:
http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/serverproven/xseries/storage/tmatrix.shtml 

Supported HBAs

The following table lists the ThinkSystem host bus adapters that are supported with the tape drives

Table 7. Supported ThinkSystem HBAs
Part number Feature code Description
7Y37A01088 AUNL ThinkSystem 430-8i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA
7Y37A01089 AUNM ThinkSystem 430-16i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA

The following table lists the System x host bus adapters that are supported with the tape drives.

Table 8. Supported System x HBAs
Part number Feature code Description
47C8675 A3YY N2215 SAS/SATA HBA
46M0907 3875 6Gb SAS HBA
44E8700* 3583 3Gb SAS HBA v2

* Withdrawn from marketing

Supported external enclosures

The LTO6 tape drive is also supported in the IBM Multimedia Enclosure for Lenovo, however the ordering part numbers are different. See the Lenovo Press product guide for information:
https://lenovopress.com/tips1306

You can use the enclosures listed in the following table. The Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive is installed internally in the enclosure.

Note: These components are now all withdrawn from marketing.

Table 9. External enclosures supported (all now withdrawn from marketing)
Description Part number Feature code
1U Rack-mount Tape Enclosure 87651UX (AG)* None
1U Rack-mount Tape Enclosure 87651NX (AP and EMEA)† None
Half High Tabletop Tape Enclosure 8767HHX (AG)* None
Half High Tabletop Tape Enclosure 8767HNX (AP and EMEA)† None
SAS Enclosure Adapter Kit‡ 40K2599 5382

* These models are for customers in the Americas Group (AG: Canada, US, and countries in South America). These models include a NEMA 5-15P line cord.
† These models are for customers in the countries known collectively as Asia Pacific (AP) and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). These models do not include a line cord.
‡ One adapter kit is needed for each drive, includes SAS backplane and 3M external SAS cable (mini-SAS SFF-8088/8088)

Front panel

The following figure shows the front panel of the tape drive.

Figure 3. Front panel
Figure 2. Front panel

The single-character display presents a single-character code for error conditions and informational messages. When the drive is in maintenance mode, the display shows diagnostic or maintenance functions. The SCD dot is off during normal operations; it is used only while the drive is in maintenance mode.

Supported software products

The tape drive supports the following software products:

  • NetVault Backup
  • ARCServe Backup
  • Networker Backup and Recovery (Does not support removable disk)
  • Backup Exec
  • Tivoli Storage Manager
  • Yosemite Server Backup
  • Built-in backup functionality of supported operating system (native backup)

Supported operating systems

The following tables list the supported operating systems for the drives:

Tip: These tables are automatically generated based on data from Lenovo ServerProven.

Not supported in guest OSes: The LTO tape drives are supported when attached and run from host operating systems, however, in virtualization environments (for example, Hyper-V, Xen), the tape drives are not supported in the guest operating systems. 

Table 10. Operating system support for  ThinkSystem Internal Half High LTO Gen6-N SAS Tape Drive , 4T27A10726
Operating systems
ST550 (Gen 2)
ST550 (Gen 1)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 N Y
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Y Y
Microsoft Windows Server version 1709 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 with Xen N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 with Xen N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 with Xen Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 with Xen Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 with Xen Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.0 U3 N Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 N Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U1 N Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U2 Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 U3 Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 N Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U1 Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U2 Y Y
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 6.7 U3 Y Y
Table 11. Operating system support for LTO 6 Internal Tape Drive, 7T27A01502
Operating systems
ST550 (Gen 2)
ST550 (Gen 1)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 with Xen N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 with Xen N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 with Xen N Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 with Xen Y Y

Physical specifications

Physical specifications of the tape drive are as follows:

  • Height: 39 mm (1.5 in.)
  • Width: 146 mm (5.8 in.)
  • Depth: 210 mm (8.3 in.)
  • Weight: 3.2 kg (7.0 lb)

Shipping dimensions (approximate) are as follows:

  • Height: 69 mm (2.7 in)
  • Width: 176 mm (6.9 in)
  • Depth: 240 mm (9.5 in)
  • Weight: 3.8 kg (8.3 lb)

Operating environment

The tape drive is supported in the following environment:

  • Temperature:
    • 10° to 40°C (50° to 104°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
    • 10° to 40°C (50° to 104°F) at 3048 m (10,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 20% to 80% (noncondensing)
  • Maximum altitude: 12,192 m (40,000 ft)

Warranty

The LTO Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drives have a one-year limited warranty. When installed in a supported server, the tape drive inherits the server's base warranty and any warranty upgrade.

The LTO cartridges are considered consumable media and are not covered by the product warranty.

Related product families

Product families related to this document are the following:

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