IBM FlashSystem A9000 Product Guide

An IBM Redbooks Product Guide

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

Published 27 December 2017, updated 29 March 2018

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ISBN-10: 0738456500
ISBN-13: 9780738456508
IBM Form #: REDP-5474-00
(34 pages)

Authors: Bert Dufrasne, Matthew DiVito, Petar Kalachev


This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000 Model 415 and Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000 Software V12.2.

IBM FlashSystem A9000 storage system uses the IBM FlashCore® technology to help realize higher capacity and improved response times over disk-based systems and other competing flash and solid-state drive (SSD)-based storage. The extreme performance of IBM FlashCore technology with a grid architecture and comprehensive data reduction creates one powerful solution. Whether you are a service provider who requires highly efficient management or an enterprise that is implementing cloud on a budget, FlashSystem A9000 provides consistent and predictable microsecond response times and the simplicity that you need.

As a cloud optimized solution, FlashSystem A9000 suits the requirements of public and private cloud providers who require features, such as inline data deduplication, multi-tenancy, and quality of service. It also uses powerful software-defined storage capabilities from IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate, such as Hyper-Scale technology, VMware, and storage container integration.

Table of contents

Product highlights
Hardware architecture
Product physical specifications (Model 425)
Product physical specifications (Model 415)
Scale out with IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility
Reliability, availability, and serviceability
IBM FlashCore and 2D RAID technology
Logical architecture and functions
Storage management user interface
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