IBM DS8880 High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2

An IBM Redpaper publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available

Published 12 October 2018, updated 04 December 2018

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ISBN-10: 073845723x
ISBN-13: 9780738457239
IBM Form #: REDP-5422-02
(24 pages)

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Authors: Stephen Manthorpe, Tamas Toser, Axel Westphal


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the IBM DS8880 High-Performance Enclosure (HPFE) Gen2 architecture and configuration, as of DS8880 Release 8.51.

The DS8880 HPFE Gen2 is a 2U Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) flash enclosure with associated Flash RAID adapters that can be used exclusively with DS8880 models.

The flash enclosure and Flash RAID adapters are installed in pairs. Each storage enclosure pair can support 16, 32, or 48 encryption-capable flash drives (2.5-inch, 63.5 mm form factor).

Table of contents

High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2 highlights
DS8880 models support for HPFE Gen2
DS8880 hybrid models
Easy Tier and flash drives
Disk Magic

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