Key features of the IBM FlashSystem V9000

Six 9s data availability

Data availability is of crucial importance for business: any downtime causes immediate impact including loss of customer loyalty and financial costs. IBM FlashSystem V9000 systems with current software deliver six 9s (99.9999%) data availability. These systems include no single point of failure, enterprise proven control software, and ability to perform maintenance concurrently with I/O. In addition, cloud-based IBM Storage Insights detects configuration errors to further improve availability.

IBM FlashCore® technology

IBM FlashCore technology provides consistent high performance, microsecond latency, enterprise-grade reliability and many operational and cost efficiencies. This innovative technology integrates a powerful, highly parallel architecture with industry-leading software-defined storage capabilities.

NVMe over Fabrics

IBM FlashSystem V9000 supports the NVMe-oF protocol via the fibre channel adapters. This support accelerates the connectivity between devices and the IBM FlashSystem V9000, allowing you to better realize the superior performance of the IBM MicroLatency modules.

Business-critical reliability and availability

In addition to business-critical levels of reliability, FlashSystem V9000 allows you to operate in a highly available environment. IBM HyperSwap provides concurrent access to a single copy of data from data centers up to 300 km (186 miles) apart. Furthermore, a hot spare capability enables the system to switch to a standby engine very rapidly, restoring full redundancy and performance in seconds.

Effective storage management

Increase effective storage capacity using IBM Spectrum Virtualize compression technologies. Improve storage administrator productivity through automated on-demand storage provisioning.

Advanced copy services

IBM FlashSystem V9000 allows you to copy data across multiple storage systems synchronously and asynchronously with Metro Mirror and Global Mirror. IBM FlashCopy allows you to take independent and/or incremental snapshots of your data at regular intervals.

Integration of your existing storage environment

IBM FlashSystem V9000 can function as a feature-rich, software-defined storage layer that virtualizes and extends the functionality of managed storage. Because the storage is virtualized, volumes can be nondisruptively moved between external and internal storage capacity. This functionality enables agile integration into your existing storage environments with seamless data migration between IBM FlashSystem V9000 and legacy storage systems.

Intelligent support

IBM Storage Insights can help you better understand trends in storage capacity and performance and expedite resolution when support is required. Storage Insights monitors the health, capacity and performance for IBM block storage and external storage under management on a single pane of glass. Using AI-based analytics, it helps identify potential issues before they become problems. When support is needed, Storage Insights helps speed resolution by simplifying tickets and automating log uploads.

Data reduction options

Choose between inline hardware compression for ultra-high performance and data reduction pools for capacity-optimized workloads. Data reduction pools feature block deduplication and compression. In addition, SCSI UNMAP, which will allow you to free storage space upon deletion of extraneous data.

IBM Data Reduction Guarantee

IBM guarantees storage savings of up to 80% and outstanding performance when you deploy compression. Get 2:1 sight unseen guarantee, or 5:1 with a validated workload.

IBM Flash Upgrade Program

Upgrade your all-flash array controllers after three years. The IBM Flash Upgrade Program covers the replacement with a next-generation control enclosure, excluding priced, optional features such as drives, adapters and cables. The delivery and setup of the new controllers will follow the standard ordering and installation process for the new controller. IBM will replace (with trade-in) controllers on all-flash arrays to equivalent next-generation controllers including NVME, if available.

All-flash Array High-Availability Guarantee

This high-availability guarantee is designed to eliminate IBM Storage system downtime worries. When you deploy a high-availability configuration utilizing IBM HyperSwap® with IBM System Lab Services, IBM offers zero interruption to data availability protection during the guarantee period.

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