Key features of IBM FlashSystem 9100

Powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize

IBM Spectrum Virtualize provides the data services foundation for IBM FlashSystem 9100. Its industry-leading capabilities include a wide range of data services that can be extended to more than 450 IBM and non-IBM heterogeneous storage systems: automated data movement, synchronous and asynchronous copy services either on-premises or to the public cloud, high availability configurations, storage tiering and data reduction technologies including deduplication, among many others.

Modernize your business with end-to-end NVMe

IBM FlashSystem 9100 is NVMe-optimized, with support for NVMe over fabrics for the highest end-to-end storage performance. NVMe flash drives accelerate workloads and lower storage latency to accelerate application performance and business productivity. IBM FlashCore innovations include a hardware-accelerated NVM architecture and advanced flash management features that not only increase flash endurance, but also accelerate performance while reducing latency.

Transform from traditional to new technologies

IBM FlashSystem 9100 offers the unique advantages of FlashCore technology deeply integrated with the software-defined capabilities, including IBM Spectrum Virtualize, IBM Storage Insights, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Multicloud starter for FlashSystem 9100, IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management Multicloud starter for FlashSystem 9100, IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud Multicloud starter for FlashSystem 9100 and IBM Spectrum Connect, helping you to bridge from traditional to new technologies.

AI-driven management and proactive 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 predictive AI-based analytics, it helps identify potential issues before they become problems. When support is needed, it helps speed resolution by simplifying tickets and automating log uploads.

Capabilities that can be deployed across hybrid multicloud

Available on IBM Cloud and AWS, IBM® Spectrum Virtualize™ works together with IBM FlashSystem 9100 to deliver consistent data management between on-premises storage and public cloud. Move data and applications between on-premises and public cloud, implement new DevOps strategies, use public cloud for disaster recovery without the cost of a second data center, or improve cyber resiliency with “air gap” cloud snapshots.

Bringing enterprise services to containers

IBM FlashSystem 9100 delivers the performance, data efficiency, protection, and agility your containers deserve, bringing enterprise storage services to your container environment to help you exceed your business goals. Engineered to open standards with support for CSI and featuring block, file and object storage resources. Enabling you to build and deploy enterprise class scale-out microservices with the productivity, security and enterprise availability that only IBM can bring you.

Data reduction options

Improve efficiency with data reduction pools that feature block deduplication and compression. In addition, SCSI UNMAP, which allows you to free storage space upon deletion of extraneous data. IBM FlashSystem 9100 offers data reduction enabling to deliver higher performance for compressed data. The benefits include reduced acquisition cost, reduced rack space, and lower power and cooling costs throughout the lifetime of the system.

IBM Easy Tier®

IBM Easy Tier provides automatic migration of frequently accessed data elements to high-performing flash storage. You can balance performance needs against infrastructure costs in a tiered storage environment.

Peace of mind with IBM FlashWatch

IBM FlashWatch guarantees provide outstanding peace of mind for IBM FlashSystem 9100, since every implementation includes a package of guarantees, upgrade programs and extended support options that can help lower deployment and operational risks, reduce maintenance outlays and enhance infrastructure, among many other benefits. Included in the "FlashWatch" package are the IBM data reduction guarantee, the IBM availability guarantee, 7 year 24x7 support, and endurance and maintenance guarantees.

Six 9’s availability

Data availability is of crucial importance for business: any downtime causes immediate impact including loss of customer loyalty and financial costs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 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.

Extended system capabilities

IBM FlashSystem 9100 base configurations and system capabilities can easily be extended by adding IBM Spectrum Storage components in one or more of three solutions: Data Reuse, Protection and Efficiency solution; Business Continuity and Data Reuse solution; or Private Cloud Flexibility and Data Protection solution. All three solutions come with validated blueprints to lower risks, speed deployment and increase return on investment.

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