IBM TS2260 Tape Drive

The IBM® TS2260 tape drive is an excellent tape storage solution for organizations requiring backup and low-cost, archival storage of data. TS2260, with a half-height form-factor. The IBM LTO™ Ultrium 6™ offers more capacity than the full-height Ultrium 5 tape drive in less space. Incorporating the latest generation of industry-leading LTO technology, the TS2260 tape drive is suited for handling backup, save and restore, and archival data storage needs with higher capacity and higher data transfer rates than the previous generation. The LTO Ultrium 6 technology is designed to support media partitioning and LTFS technology.

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LTO Ultrium 6 technology

IBM Ultrium™ 6 technology provides higher storage capacity than previous generations of LTO™ Ultrium tape drives. In addition, LTO standards compatibility helps offer long-term tape infrastructure investment protection.

Hardware encryption available

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

Media partitioning and IBM Spectrum Archive with LTFS

You can create two partitions on LTO Ultrium 6 media. Partitioning enables LTFS, which improves the ability to reference small sections of data on tape. In addition, IBM Spectrum Archive™ helps with the interchange of data between different platforms.

Native data transfer rate of up to 160 MB/s

Address the demands of shrinking backup windows. You can enable faster data read and write to help reduce long waits for backup and restore procedures to keep your organization up and running.

6 Gbps SAS interface

This higher speed allows data to be moved faster into the drive. The TS2260 has one tape drive and the capacity for one tape cartridge.

Compatibility with other generations of Ultrium cartridges

Backward compatibility with previous generations of LTO Ultrium cartridges means you have read/write capability with LTO Ultrium 5 with a 1.5 TB data cartridge and a 1.5 TB WORM cartridge. It provides read capability with LTO Ultrium 4 cartridges with an 800 GB data cartridge and an 800 GB WORM cartridge to help you protect your current media investment. It is designed to provide higher capacity to address the most demanding backup and archiving requirements.

Additional information


4.3 kg





Drive Type

LTO Ultrium 6



Cartridge Capacity

2.5 TB native; 6.25 TB with 2.5:1 compression

Drive Throughput

Up to 160 MBps native

Interface Connector

6 Gbps SAS interface

Tape Format

Read and write: LTO Ultrium 6 2.5 TB data cartridge 2.5 TB WORM cartridge LTO Ultrium 5 1.5 TB data cartridge 1.5 TB WORM cartridge Read only: LTO Ultrium 4 800 GB data cartridge 800 GB WORM cartridge Also available: LTO Ultrium cleaning cartridge


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


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