Skip to Main Content
IBM Power Ideas Portal

Shape the future of IBM!

We invite you to shape the future of IBM, including product roadmaps, by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Here's how it works:

Post your ideas

Start by posting ideas and requests to this portal to enhance a Power product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted and upvote them if they matter to you,

  1. Post an idea

  2. Upvote ideas and add comments to ideas that matter most to you

  3. Get feedback from the IBM team to refine your idea

Help IBM prioritize your ideas and requests

The IBM team may need your help to refine the ideas so they may ask for more information or feedback. The Power teams will then decide if they can begin working on your idea. If they can start during the next development cycle, they will put the idea on the priority list. Each team at IBM works on a different schedule, where some ideas can be implemented right away, others may be placed on a different schedule.

Receive notification on the decision

Some ideas can be implemented at IBM, while others may not fit within the development plans for the product. In either case, the team will let you know as soon as possible. In some cases, we may be able to find alternatives for ideas which cannot be implemented in a reasonable time.


Specific link you will want to bookmark for future use

IBM Unified Ideas Portal - https://ideas.ibm.com/ - Use this site to create or search for existing Ideas across all IBM products that are outside of Power, and track all of your personal interactions with all Ideas.

Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Hardware
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 10, 2018

Internal LTO Tape for Power9

In the new generation of POWER9 hardware, there is an internal RDX device. While the RDX is a lower cost device, it is extremely slow. Why in the same location, can't an Internal LTOx tape drive be put in. Similar to a 5736 that was put into the Power7. Medium size customers looking for a better backup solution, would pay the additional cost to reduce their backup window.


Use Case:

When looking for a better tape backup solution, since there is already a slot for the RDX, have an LTOx internal tape in the same location so that backups can be performed at a reasonable speed. Backup windows are always shrinking, so a faster device would be better for most smaller and medium IBM i customers.


Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 24, 2018

    The physical dimensions (HxWxD) of an internal LTO device is much larger and longer than that of internal RDX device. LTO tape will not fit in the same space as RDX. There is no space in the POWER9 server for internal LTO tape.