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Outstanding Solutions

Storage requirements have inevitably grown alongside rising data volumes in today’s information-driven enterprises. Besides primary storage, backups have become increasingly important for disaster recovery and regulatory compliance.

The IBM TS2270, TS2280, and TS2290 Tape Drives are excellent tape storage solutions for small and mid-sized businesses that require backup and low-cost archival data storage. These tape drives incorporate the latest generation of industry-leading LTO technology that helps organizations to handle the growing data demands of modern tape use cases like big data, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), media and entertainment, digital video surveillance, active file archiving, and backup.

The TS2270 Tape Drive provides a physical capacity of 6TB of native storage capacity (15TB with 2.5:1 compression) and a transfer rate of up to 300MBps with 6Gbps SAS interface connectivity. TheTS2270 offers two SAS and one Ethernet port per drive to improve availability but does not support multiple drive connections (daisy chaining).

The TS2280 Tape Drive claims a physical capacity of 12TB (up to 30TB with 2.5:1 compression). The drive supports uncompressed data transfer rate of up to 300MBps with 6Gbps SAS interface connectivity. Additionally, the TS2280 offers both two SAS ports and one Ethernet port and can be rack mounted or used in stand-alone configuration. The dual SAS ports allow daisy-chaining a second SAS device.

The TS2290 Tape Drive provides even higher capacity than the previous generation, with a native storage capacity of 18TB (up to 45TB per cartridge with 2.5:1 compression).

The drive boasts an uncompressed data transfer rate of up to 300MBps (up to 750MBps with 2.5:1 compression) with 12Gbps SAS interface connectivity. For flexible network integration, this compact external drive offers two SAS ports, and can be rack mounted or used in stand-alone configuration. The dual SAS ports allow daisy-chaining a second SAS device.

Advanced Features

The SAS interface of these tape drives enables them to connect to a wide spectrum of open-system servers. The LTO Ultrium tape media provides partitioning support, which, in conjunction with IBM Spectrum Archive, provides users with file-level access to tape data. This support helps users quickly locate and update information on the tape media. LTO Ultrium technology is also designed to natively support data encryption, with core hardware encryption and decryption capabilities resident in the LTO 9, 8, or 7 Ultrium tape drive itself.

Software Support

Management solutions such as IBM Spectrum Protect™ or third-party storage management software can extend the power of the TS2270, TS2280, and TS2290. IBM Spectrum Archive helps simplify access and management of TS2290 by enabling text-based file tagging, enabling more intuitive searches of drive content. This software creates an efficient “data footprint” to dynamically store every bit of data, helping maximize performance and ensure security.

Archiving enables storage of digital assets for the long term, so assets can be referenced and monetized for years to come.

IBM Spectrum Archive supports the tape-oriented Linear Tape File System(LTFS) and helps reduce complexity by enabling a graphical user interface to the tape drive’s contents using the operating system file manager. These features together help make tape-based data as easy to find and access as disk- or flash-based data.

In addition, LTFS-capable tape drives are designed to be interchangeable among compatible LTO tape drives and supported operating systems, so administrators do not have to worry about hardware or software compatibility. With LTFS, managers can quickly access, store or archive files on tape, and transport files to and from different locations in a very easy to use format.

Anyone in need of fast and reliable access to inactive ‘cold’ data—like movie and music producers, post production editors, broadcasters, digital video surveillance managers, and cloud and storage managers—now has an affordable solution to access and more easily archive high-quality files. LTFS opens the door to new uses and applications for LTO Ultrium tape, making tape easy and intuitive.


Available configuration Model 6160 H9S - LTO Ultrium 9 tape drive, 12Gbps SAS interface Model 6160 H8S - One LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive, 6Gbps SAS interface Model 6160 H7S - LTO Ultrium 7 tape drive, 6Gbps SAS interface
Physical capacity 18TB native; 45TB with 2.5:1 compression 12TB native; 30TB with 2.5:1 compression 6TB native; 15TB with 2.5:1 compression
Number of tape drives / cartridges 1/1 1/1 1/1
Data transfer rate Up to 300MBps native, up to 750MBps with 2.5:1 compression Up to 300MBps native, up to 750MBps with 2.5:1 compression Up to 300MBps native, up to 750MBps with 2.5:1 compression
Media type Read and write:
LTO Ultrium 9
18TB data cartridge
Read and write:
LTO Ultrium 8
12TB data cartridge

Read and write:
LTO Ultrium 7
6TB data cartridge

Weight 4.3kg (9.5 lbs)
Power requirements 100 – 240V ac, 50 – 60Hz auto-ranging
Dimensions (W x H x D) 213 mm x 58 mm x 332 mm (8.4 in. x 2.3 in. x 13.1 in.)
Warranty 3-year limited warranty, customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site service in most countries, next-business-day 9x5, service upgrades available

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For More Information

To learn more about the TS2290, TS2280 & TS2270 Tape Drives, contact your Lenovo representative or Business Partner, or visit For more details, read the Product Guide.

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