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IBM 3592-J1A

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IBM 3592-J1A

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Refurbished IBM TotalStorage Enterprise 3592-J1A 512-Track Tape Drive


  • Native data transfer rate is nearly 3 times faster than a 3590H; 8 times faster than the fastest 3490E tape drive.
  • A single cartridge can replace 375 3490E tapes, thirty 3590B tapes, 7.5 3590E or five 3590H cartridges.
  • Small size allows you to install four 3592s in the same rack space as one 3590 tape drive.
  • Requires half the power required by a 3590H and generates just 40% of the heat slashing power and cooling costs.
  • Enterprise storage reliability exceeds all SDLT, LTO and 3490E based storage products.
  • Multiple attachment options, including Fibre Channel, ESCON, and FICON.

Transfer Data Faster

The 3592-J1A Tape Drive supports a sustained native data transfer rate of 40 MB/sec. This increases data access speed, reducing backup and recovery times, as well as High Availability requirements.

Store Up to 900GB Per Tape

A 3592 can store 300GB of uncompressed data on one cartridge. At 3:1 compression, capacity triples to 900GB. This is the equivalent of five 3590H cartridges.

The 3592 uses a single media type-the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Cartridge 3592-which can be reformatted as required.

Choose The Best Connection for You

The 3592 is designed to integrate easily into IBM Enterprise Tape Library 3494, StorageTek 9310 Powderhorn Tape Library or a stand-alone rack.

It also attaches readily to these computers and operating systems:

  • IBM iSeries AS/400
  • IBM pSeries RS/6000
  • IBM pSeries
  • IBM OS/400
  • HPUX
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Windows 2000, NT, Server 2003, XP
  • Sun Solaris

To use the 3592-J1A with zSeries servers, S/390 servers, IBM OS/390, VSE/ESA, z/OS, z/VM operating systems you will need a IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Controller 3590 Model A60 or Enterprise Tape Controller 3592 Model J70. The 3592 Model J70 creates the bridge between the 3592 tape drive and the IBM server ESCON and FICON interfaces.

The 3592 Model J70 Controller enables up to twelve 3592-J1As and as many as eight ESCON server attachments and up to four FICON server attachments. The maximum channel speed for ESCON attachments is 17MB/sec simplex; maximum distance (direct-attach) is 1.8 miles. FICON, of course, runs both faster (2GB/sec full-duplex) and farther 6.2 miles.

Make Fewer Mistakes

The 3592 Tape Drive was built to protect mission-critical data. The 3592 incorporates many features to improve its reliability such as an improved Error Correction Code (ECC) and servo tracks written on each tape cartridge to ensure accurate reading and writing. Media has also been designed to improve the reliability and archive life. In addition, each 3592 contains resident advanced diagnostics that monitor the operation of the drive and aid in fast resolution should a problem occur.

Reduce Downtime

Reliability is especially important for unattended system backup. The 3592's advanced identification of potential drive or media problems enables operators to avoid critical outages when they can least afford them. When problems do occur, better diagnostics make for quicker resolution.

Step Up to 3592

Need to dump your old 36-track, 3590B, 3590E and 3590H tape drives to make room for your Comco 3592 J1As? We'll give you a fair trade and arrange to pick them up, too.





Recording technique Linear serpentine
Number of tracks 512 tracks
Interface options Fibre Channel, ESCON, and FICON


Uncompacted data rate 40 MB/sec
High-speed search speed 8 meters/sec
Max cartridge capacity (native) 300 GB
Max cartridge capacity (with 3:1 compression) 900 GB*


3.8 in H x 7.8 in W x 18.4 in D (95 mm x 198 mm x 467 mm)


Without power supply 12.5 lbs (5.7 kg)

Operating Environment

Temperature (media in use) 60 F to 90 F (16 C to 32 C)
Relative humidity 20% to 80%
Wet bulb 74 F (23 C) maximum
Heat output 307 BTU/hr
Power requirements 0.1 kVA
*Depending on data content
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