IBM TS1160 Tape Drive 3952-60F

The IBM TS1160 tape drive gives organizations an easy way to deliver fast access to data, improve security and cost-effective long-term data retention infrastructure. TS1160 offers high-performance, flexible data storage with support for data encryption, and a new tape drive interface with ethernet/RoCE to help optimize drive utilization. This sixth-generation delivers improved capacity and performance than the previous generation and it can help protect investments in tape automation by offering compatibility with existing automation. TS1160 supports the LTFS format in IBM Spectrum Archive for direct, intuitive and graphical access to data.

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Up to 20 TB native capacity (up to 60 TB compressed)

Leverage high capacity to help reduce the need for additional tape drives and cartridges. Use fewer drives to reduce complexity of your tape infrastructure. Double the compressed capacity of LTO-8 media.

IBM Spectrum Archive with LTFS technology

IBM TS1160 leverages IBM Spectrum Archive™ for direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries by incorporating the IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) format standard. LTFS compatibility allows tape-stored data to be accessed as if it were on disk or flash storage.

Address ransomware and cybersecurity threats

Tape has become a critical component of robust data protection strategies to confront cybercrime. Tape’s Air Gap implies that most tape cartridges typically reside in library racks meaning they are offline most of the time and are not electronically accessible to hackers or ransomware. Tape remains as the ultimate line of defense to offer greater protection of sensitive corporate data.

Support for most open systems servers

Help simplify the storage environment with support to most open-systems servers and enable flexibility for growth and change in your data center. What’s more, IBM Spectrum Protect™ and other compatible software can be used with TS1160 for storage and tape management.

3592 media options

Utilize multiple media options including re-writable, economy and WORM formats, all with flexible ordering options.

Encryption support

The TS1160-based encryption and associated IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager components are supported in a wide range of environments, including select IBM Power Systems, IBM System x, and other servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.6 operating system.

Additional information


3.97 kg





Recording technique

Linear Serpentine

Native capacity (uncompressed)

20 TB (using JE media), 15TB / 10 TB (using JD media), 7 TB (using JC media)

Burst Transfer Rate

1600 MB/s


Temperature with media 16° to 32° C (60° F to 90° F) Relative humidity 20% to 80% non-condensing (limited by media) Maximum dew point temperature 22° C (72° F) Power dissipation (drive and integrated blower) 56 Watts


SUSE Linux, Red Hat, Microsoft Windows


86 mm H x 156 mm W x 374 mm D (3.4 in x 6.1 in x 14.7 in)


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