Key features

IBM FlashCore technology

IBM FlashCore® 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.

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.

Flash-optimized data reduction and efficiency

IBM FlashSystem A9000 uses pattern removal, inline global deduplication, inline compression, thin provisioning and space-efficient snapshots to ensure complete data reduction. IBM Variable Stripe RAID™ technology maintains performance and enhances reliability, without sacrificing usable capacity. You achieve superior storage economics, reduced acquisition costs and more granular data protection – without increased costs.

Asynchronous and Synchronous Mirroring

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

Simplified, yet full-featured cloud deployments

IBM FlashSystem A9000 is ideal for cloud deployments with QoS and multi-tenancy features. It addresses common cloud services management challenges such as “noisy neighbors” and highly variable workloads. It also simplifies provisioning new customers and applications.

Data-at-rest encryption

Secure your data with industry-strength encryption using standard AES 256-bit keys, without any performance impact. IBM FlashSystem A9000 allows you to non-disruptively hot-encrypt a system in minutes. You have a choice of external key management with IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager or local key management.

IBM HyperSwap

IBM FlashSystem A9000 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.

Highly Scalable

IBM FlashSystem A9000 gives you the ability to grow and manage storage from a single interface with IBM Hyper-Scale technology. FlashSystem A9000 offers an 8U module that merges three compute nodes with one flash storage enclosure to deliver up to 300TB of effective storage capacity. You can quickly and easily add more FlashSystem A9000 modules as your requirements grow.

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.

Transform CAPEX to OPEX

Derive more value from your data by transforming CAPEX costs to OPEX with cloud like consumption, pay as you grow capacity-based pricing. Transform your business with IBM's Storage Utility Offering.

Capacity and performance-optimized configurations

IBM FlashSystem A9000 is available in different configurations to meet your specific needs, whether you are looking to optimize capacity or performance.

Multi-site high-availability and disaster recovery

Protect data through new multi-site high-availability and disaster recovery with HyperSwap between two primary sites, and disaster recovery via simultaneous asynchronous replication from the primary sites to a third site, delivering active-active data access and transparent failover.

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