IBM TS2280 LTO 8 Ultrium External SAS Tape Drive

SKU: TS2280


IBM TS2280 Tape Drive incorporates the latest generation of Linear Tape-Open (LTO 8) technology, delivering even higher capacity than the previous generation. In addition to backup, TS2280 is designed to help your business handle the growing data demands of modern tape use cases like cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and active file archive. By providing a physical storage capacity of up to 30 TB per cartridge (with 2.5:1 compression), TS2280 is an excellent tape storage solution for small and medium businesses requiring backup and low-cost, archival storage of data.


Fast data transfer
The TS2280 drive boasts an uncompressed data transfer rate of up to 300 MBps (up to 750 MBps with 2.5:1 compression) with 6 Gbps SAS interface connectivity.

Simplified access and management
IBM Spectrum Archive™ helps simplify TS2280 access and management by enabling text-based file tagging, for more intuitive searches of drive content. IBM Spectrum Archive supports the tape-oriented LTFS and provides a GUI to the tape drive’s contents. These features help make tape-based data as easy to find and access as disk- or flash-based data. By making tape easy and intuitive, Spectrum Archive LTFS opens the door to new uses and applications for LTO Ultrium tape.

Flexible network integration
The TS2280 6 Gbps SAS interface enables it to connect to a wide spectrum of open-system servers. For flexible network integration, this compact external drive offers both two SAS ports and one Ethernet port, and can fit side-by side on a 19-inch rack shelf or used in standalone configuration.

Maximized performance and enhanced security
IBM Spectrum Archive creates an efficient “data footprint” that dynamically stores every bit of data at the optimal cost, helping maximize performance and ensuring security. IBM Spectrum Archive enables storage of digital assets for the long term, so assets can be referenced and monetized for years to come.

File-level access to tape data
The LTO Ultrium 8 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.

Interchangeable Ultrium 8 and Ultrium 7 tape media
LTFS tape drives are designed to be interchangeable among compatible LTO tape drives and supported operating systems, so, administrators will not have to worry about hardware and software compatibility. With LTFS managers can quickly access, store or archive files on Ultrium 8 tape and transport files to another TS2280 and from different locations in a very easy-to-use format.

Data encryption
The LTO Ultrium 8 technology is also designed to natively support data encryption, with core hardware encryption and decryption capabilities resident in the LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive itself.

High capacity and operational simplicity
TS2280 Tape Drive supports the LTO Consortium compressed specification for LTO Ultrium 8, offering up to 30 TB of data storage per cartridge (12 TB native), twice the compressed capacity of the previous LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges. In addition to reading and writing to LTO Ultrium 8 tape cartridges, TS2280 can read and write to LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges. TS2280 supports the self-describing features of LTO tape cartridges for operational simplicity.

Technical specifications

  • Maximum storage capacity up to 30 TB with 2.5:1 compression
  • Native data transfer rate of 300 MBps
  • Adheres to widely supported LTO standards
  • 6-Gbps SAS connectivity available
  • 1 GB internal buffer
  • Two SAS ports per drive
  • External standalone or rack-mountable unit; space for 2 units mounted in 19-in IBM server rack

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