Tape storage: reliable modern data protection, long-term retention and cyber resiliency

Scalable, durable, secure, and energy-efficient tape storage at a compellingly lower cost than other media.

Preserve, protect and secure your data cost-effectively with IBM tape storage


The full range of tape storage products

Learn more about drives, autoloaders, libraries, virtual tape systems, and IBM Spectrum Archive software.


Tape-based data storage for powerful modern data protection

Discover a simple, inexpensive technology that is virtually impervious to cyberattacks and is already in your data center – tape storage.


Tape storage goes high speed

‘Flape’ storage uses intelligent software-defined storage to combine the cost and performance advantages of flash, tape and SDS.


Foster an Air-Gapped cyber-resilient infrastructure

IBM Tape solutions help you eliminate the ransomware cycle of infection and re-infection by creating a data copy essentially impossible for hackers to corrupt.

IBM TS7770 virtual tape family

Improve storage economics and data security in mission-critical hybrid multicloud environments. IBM TS7770 includes enhanced security, scalability, reliability, and performance for today’s mainframe environments. The TS7700 family of solutions can help you address the growing modern data protection and retention requirements of today’s world with an increasingly cyber-resilient infrastructure including “air-gap” protection for malware and ransomware.

  • Seamless hybrid multicloud integration with cloud-based disaster recovery for tape
  • 100% encryption of all grid data
  • Smaller footprint with lower entry cost option is available
  • Maximum capacity (native) 3.94 PB
  • Drive type: TS1100

IBM Tape Libraries

Cyber resiliency with physical air-gapping reduces the cost of storing growing amounts of data

IBM TS4500 Tape Library

Next-generation cloud storage library

  • Maximum capacity with LTO-8 / TS1160: 278 PB / 351 PB
  • Drive Type(s): LTO and/or TS1100
  • Maximum number of drives: 128

IBM TS4300 Tape Library

High-density, highly scalable and easy-to-manage

  • Maximum capacity with LTO-8: 3.36 PB
  • Drive Type(s): LTO FH & HH
  • Maximum number of drives: 21

TS2900 Tape Autoloader

Low-profile, entry-level IBM LTO tape storage

  • Maximum capacity with LTO-8: 108 TB
  • Drive Type(s): LTO HH SAS
  • Maximum number of drives: 1

IBM LTO® Tape Drives air-gapped technology

IBM TS2280 Tape Drive

  • 12 TB Maximum format capacity (native)
  • Other format capacities (native): 6 TB (LTO-7), 9 TB (LTO-7 Type M)
  • 300 MB/s Native data rate

IBM TS2270 Tape Drive

  • 6TB Maximum format capacity (native)
  • Other format capacities (native): 2.5 TB (LTO-6), 1.5 TB (LTO-5 R/O)
  • 300MB/s Native data rate

IBM TS2260 Tape Drive

  • 2.5TB Maximum format capacity (native)
  • Other format capacities (native): 1.5 TB (LTO-5), 800 GB (LTO-4 R/O)
  • 160 MB/s Native data rate

IBM TS1100 Tape Drives, air-gap with increased capacity

IBM TS1160 Tape Drive

  • Maximum format capacity (native):  20 TB (JE), 15 TB (JD)
  • Other format capacities (native): 10 TB (JD), 7 TB (JC)
  • 400 MB/s Native data rate
  • FC-16 Gb, Ethernet 10Gb, or SAS 12Gb interface attachment

IBM TS1150 Tape Drive

  • Maximum format capacity (native): 10 TB (JD), 7 TB (JC)
  • Other format capacities (native): 4 TB (JC)
  • 360 MB/s Native data rate

Tape management software

Optimize archival cost with a true physical air gap protection and an intuitive management system. Get direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries. IBM Spectrum Archive makes tape storage as easy to use as disk storage by incorporating the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format standard for reading, writing and exchanging metadata on formatted tape cartridges.

Get storage your way with IBM Storage Utility Offering

Transform your virtual tape library CAPEX costs to OPEX as you better align capacity costs to business needs. IBM Storage Utility Offering delivers a cloud-like consumption model as your storage demands change to meet your business requirements. Get the IBM Cloud experience, on demand and always available, while focusing on driving business value through your data and business applications. Discover our cloud-like consumption, pay-as-you-grow capacity pricing.

The full range of tape storage products

Tape-based data storage for powerful modern data protection

Tape storage goes high speed

Foster an Air-Gapped cyber-resilient infrastructure

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