IBM TS2250 Tape Drive

The IBM® TS2250 tape drive, the entry-level IBM tape product family offering, is the answer to growing storage requirements. Incorporating the industry-leading LTO Ultrium technology, the TS2250 tape drive is suited for handling backup, save and restore, and archival data storage needs with higher capacity and higher data transfer rate than previous generations. In addition, IBM LTO Ultrium 5 technology is designed to support media partitioning, and LTFS technology. It also continues to support encryption of data and write-once-read-many (WORM) media.

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Fifth generation of LTO Ultrium technology

Leverage higher storage capacity than previous generations of LTO Ultrium tape drives. LTO Ultrium standards compatibility helps offer long-term tape infrastructure investment protection.

Hardware encryption available

Keep the data on your tape media secure with encryption and help meet compliance requirements. You can also improve the performance of your backup processes with dedicated encryption/decryption core.

Media partitioning and IBM Spectrum Archive with LTFS

Create two partitions on the LTO Ultrium 5 media to enable LTFS, which improves the ability to reference small sections of data on tape. Spectrum Archive helps with interchange of data between different platforms.

Native data transfer rate of up to 140 MB/s

Address the demands of shrinking backup windows. Enable a faster read and write data to help reduce long waits for backup and restore procedures to keep your business up and running.

6 Gbps SAS interface

Utilize higher speed to allow data to be moved faster into the drive.

Backward compatibility

Leverage read/write capability with LTO Ultrium 4 and read capability with LTO Ultrium 3 cartridges to help you protect your current media investment. Backward compatibility with previous generations of LTO Ultrium cartridges.

Additional information


4.3 kg





Drive Type

LTO Ultrium 5

Cartridge Capacity

1.5 TB Native; 3.0 TB with 2:1 compression

Drive Throughput

Up to 140 MBps native

Interface Connector

6 Gbps SAS interface

Tape Format

IBM LTO 5 data cartridge IBM LTO cleaning cartridge


21.3 cm × 5.8 cm × 33.2 cm (8.39 in. × 2.29 in. × 13.07 in.)


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