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IBM 3590 B1A/B11 Tape Drive

IBM 3590 Model B1A Tape Drive

The 3590 model B1A is designed for stand alone use or in automated tape libraries such as the IBM 3494 Automated Tape Library.Drives are either SCSI or Fiber attached.

Benefits Include:IBM 3590 model B11 tape drive

  • High performance tape drives for automated tape libraries.
  • Designed for use in the 3494 Tape Library, Virtual Tape Server and other automated tape libraries.
  • Supports up to 30 GB per cartridge (with 3:1 compression) and 9MB/second data rate.

IBM Model B11 Tape Drive

The 3590 model B11 is a rack-mounted tape drive with an automatic cartridge facility (ACF). The 10 cartridge ACF allows the drives to be used as a mini-library with access up to 300 GB of data (withe 3:1 compression). The B11 can be easily converted to a B1A for use in a fully automated library system. Drives are either SCSI or Fiber attached.

Benefits Include:

  • Mini-library support for distributed stand alone server environments.
  • Ease of use.
  • 10 slot cartridge auto loader for sequential or random access of up to 300 GB of compressed data.
  • Integrated operator/service display showing device status, activities, error conditions and messages.
3590 Model B1A/B11 Specifications
Number of Tracks: 128
Uncompressed Capacity: 10 GB/cartridge
Compressed Capacity: 30 GB/cartridge
Tape Length (meters): 300 m
Tape Data Rate*: 9.0 MB/second
Tape Read/Write Access Speed: 2 meters/second
Load-to-Ready Time*: 23 seconds
Unload Time*: 18 seconds
Nominal Rewind Speed: 5 meters/second
Time to Rewind Half the Tape: 30 seconds
Full-Reel Rewind Time: 2 seconds
Maximum Rewind Time: 60 seconds
Tape Scan (locate) Speed: 5 meters/second
Time to Scan Half the Tape: 30 seconds
Maximum Scan Time: 60 seconds
Forward Space File (FSF): 5 meters/second
Maximum FSF Time*: 60 seconds
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