IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R recently came out with Storage Utility Offering models (model U25). These models provide the same hardware as their respective model 425 counterparts. Storage Utility Offering models are provided for customers who can benefit from a variable capacity system, where billing is based on actual provisioned space above the base.
The IBM 9837 model U25 and the IBM 9838 model U25 are the IBM FlashSystem A9000R and A9000 utility offerings with a three-year warranty. Model U25 integrates the highly parallel architecture, comprehensive data reduction, and extreme performance of IBM FlashCore technology into one powerful solution.
These solutions provide highly efficient management while implementing cloud on a budget. IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R deliver consistent, reliable, and efficient storage needs.
How does the Storage Utility Offering model work?
The base subscription is covered by a three-year lease, entitling the customer to utilize as much of the base capacity as needed.
What happens if the customer capacity needs increase during the lease?
The customer is not limited to the base capacity that was initially chosen.
If customer storage needs increase throughout the three-year lease, usage is billed based on the average daily provisioned capacity per terabyte, per month, on a quarterly basis.
What's different between the original model 425 and this new U25 model?
Differences for FlashSystem A9000R (integrated rack system)
There are no hardware feature code differences between the FlashSystem A9000R models 425 and U25.
It is comparable to the three-year warranty version,the 9837-425 except that you are paying by capacity needs.
Differences for FlashSystem A9000
There is only one difference between models 425 and U25 for FlashSystem A9000 systems. Model 425 contains four IBM MicroLatency module feature code options for the storage capacity, while model U25 only has three.
Feature code AFE7 (flash enclosures with 8 x 3.6 TB IBM MicroLatency modules) is only offered for model 425.
The other three feature codes are available for both model offerings:
- AFE4 (flash enclosures with 12 x 3.6 TB IBM MicroLatency modules)
- AFE5 (flash enclosures with 12 x 8.5 TB IBM MicroLatency modules)
- AFE6 (flash enclosures with 12 x 18 TB IBM MicroLatency modules)
- Here's our announcement letter with some technical information and billing examples.
- Here's a blog about IBM Storage Utility Offering by Jeff Barnett
- Here's information about IBM Storage Utility Offering on IBM Marketplace
- And here is our other customer product information on IBM Knowledge Center: