By: Phillip Kelleher.
The IBM Flash Adapter 90 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 is announced as of December 6, 2013. You will able to place an order for the IBM Flash Adapter 90 starting on January 14, 2014.
The IBM Flash Adapter 90 is a high performance single wide PCIe adapter with 900GB of eMLC flash memory. The IBM Flash Adapter 90 features up to 325,000
read IOPS and less than 100 microseconds latency. This is over 500% more IOPS than the existing double-wide PCIe Gen1 storage adapters.
The adapter is a full-high, half-length PCIe 2.0 x8 adapter. It has strong internal reliability and availability characteristics including capacitive emergency power loss protection, four independent flash controllers and other patented reliability features. Because Flash Adapter content on a single adapter
is not redundant, it is generally recommended that pairs of adapters be used unless data recovery is not a concern for the application. Pairs of adapters
offer redundancy and when placed in hot-plug PCIe slots allow concurrent maintenance. The IBM Flash Adapter 90 is supported in the POWER7+ 720, 730, and 740 systems.
Included with RHEL 6.5, are user utilities specifically tailored for supporting the IBM Flash Adapter 90 that can be installed via the RHEL 6.5 Yum repository.
The link below lists the features of the IBM Flash Adapter 90: