Key features

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.

Greater than five-nines availability

IBM FlashCore technology provides advanced flash management features such as IBM Variable Stripe RAID™, IBM-engineered error correction codes, overprovisioning, and wear leveling. Built-in IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ software provides redirect-on-write space-efficient snapshots, along with asynchronous and synchronous replication. To exceed five-nines availability, the system embeds a native implementation of IBM HyperSwap, delivering active-active data access and transparent failover, per volume.

Flash-optimized data reduction and efficiency

IBM FlashSystem® A9000R uses pattern removal, deduplication, compression, thin provisioning and space-efficient snapshots. You gain more granular data protection without increased cost.

IBM FlashCore technology

IBM FlashCore® provides consistent high performance, microsecond latency, enterprise-grade reliability and many cost efficiencies. This technology integrates a powerful, highly parallel architecture with industry-leading software-defined storage capabilities. FlashSystem A9000 uses IBM Variable Stripe RAID technology to maintain performance and improve reliability, without sacrificing usable capacity. IBM MicroLatency® delivers microsecond response time to accelerate critical applications.

Grid architecture

The FlashSystem A9000R grid architecture eliminates many traditional storage management tasks and helps lower costs. It simplifies linear capacity, performance scalability, and disaster recovery. You gain greater than five-nines availability along with industry-leading data protection.

Asynchronous Mirroring

Spectrum Accelerate™ family offers asynchronous mirroring across offering generations, including FlashSystem A9000R, FlashSystem A9000 and XIV®, to reduce your data protection TCO and leverage your existing Spectrum Accelerate family investment.

Cloud-optimized QoS features

FlashSystem A9000R enables simple, yet full-featured cloud deployments. It provides cloud-optimized QoS features, multi-tenancy support, and easy-to-execute cloud deployments. This technology integrates a powerful, highly parallel architecture with industry-leading software-defined storage. FlashSystem A9000R addresses common cloud service management challenges, such as "noisy neighbors" and highly variable workloads. It also simplifies provisioning of new customers and applications.

IBM Storage Utility Offering

Get the ultimate in flexibility with a new way to procure data capacity with instant-on access. This offering is unique because it allows you to predict monthly data capacity costs and pay only for the capacity you need, whether your data grows or shrinks. Drive new Capex costs over to the Opex line and save on the way. No need to over purchase or lease large amounts of capacity for "just in case" needs. Simply use the data that your business needs and this offering will take care of the rest.

IBM HyperSwap

IBM FlashSystem A9000R can easily define, monitor and manage highly-available volumes. It provides non-disruptive data access through partial and complete system failures, site-disasters and various connectivity failures – in the same data center and between metro-distant data centers. You can deploy with VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1+ to provide zero downtime disaster avoidance and planned maintenance downtime avoidance for ESXi stretch clusters.

Data-at-rest encryption

Secure your data with industry-strength encryption using standard AES 256-bit keys, without any performance impact. Non-disruptively hot-encrypt a system in minutes. Choose either external key management with IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager or local key management.

Capacity and performance-optimized configurations

IBM FlashSystem A9000R is available in different configurations to meet your specific needs, whether you are looking to optimize capacity or performance.

Technical specifications

• Up to 3.6 PB effective capacity • Up to 2,400,0000 IOPS • 250 µs minimum latency • 26 GB/s maximum bandwidth • For a complete list of technical specifications, see page 3 of the data sheet.

More details about IBM FlashSystem A9000R

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Customer case study

  • Seamless migration from XIV to FlashSystem A9000 reinforces a 15+ year partnership with IBM.


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