IBM TS3500 Enterprise Tape

Highly scalable, automated tape solution addresses data protection and long-term retention

IBM TS3500 Enterprise Tape

The IBM® System Storage® TS3500 Tape Library is designed to provide a highly-scalable, automated tape library for mainframe and open systems backup and archive that can scale from midsize to large enterprise environments.

The TS3500 Tape Library continues to lead the industry in tape drive integration with features such as persistent worldwide name, multipath architecture, drive/media exception reporting, remote drive/media management and host-based path failover. The L23 and D23 frames support the IBM System Storage TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or IBM 3592 J1A tape drives. The L53 and D53 frames support LTO Ultrium 6 tape drives as well as previous-generation LTO Ultrium tape drives. L-frame models support improved cartridge handling, hot-swappable drive packaging and the option of an additional 16-slot I/O station. The TS3500 model D23 and D53 frames can be attached to existing model L22 or D52 frames. Mixed media is supported by combining LTO Ultrium tape drives and the TS1140, TS1130, TS1120 or 3592 J1A tape drives within the TS3500 library, frame by frame.


  • Support highly-scalable, automated data retention on tape using Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium and IBM 3592 tape drive families
  • Deliver extreme scalability and capacity, growing from one to 16 frames per library and from one to 15 libraries per library complex
  • Provide up to 900 PB of automated, low-cost storage under a single library image, improving floor space utilization and reducing storage cost per TB with IBM 3592 JC Enterprise Advanced Data Cartridges
  • Enable data security and regulatory compliance via support for tape drive encryption and write-once-read-many (WORM) cartridges


Andy's Quick Tip

With the amazing throughput advances of LTO-6 tape technology, we see many clients getting fewer and fewer tape drives to handle throughput.  However, the HD frame option with the TS3500 has gotten more and more popular, as enterprises are looking to store more and more data within their libraries.  The HD frame sports some impressive IBM technology, featuring multiple "levels" of cartridges within one frame and over 1,000 possible slots within that frame.  If library storage capacity if your concern, I would start here.