IBM FlashSystem A9000 Product Guide

An IBM Redbooks Product Guide

Published 27 April 2016, updated 10 August 2016

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ISBN-10: 0738455210
ISBN-13: 9780738455211
IBM Form #: REDP-5325-00
(36 pages)

Authors: Bert Dufrasne, Stephen Andert, Andrew Greenfield, Detlef Helmbrecht, Lisa Martinez, David Nierhoff, Jagadeesh Papaiah, Patrick Pollard, Ann Sargent, Hank Sautter, Stephen Solewin, Kip0 Wagner


This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM® FlashSystem™ A9000, with IBM FlashSystem A9000 Software V12.0.

IBM FlashSystem A9000 integrates the extreme performance of IBM FlashCore technology with a grid architecture and comprehensive data reduction in one powerful solution. Whether you are a service provider that requires highly efficient management or an enterprise that is implementing cloud on a budget, IBM FlashSystem A9000 provides consistent and predictable microsecond response times and simplicity that you need.

As a cloud optimized solution, IBM 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 leverages powerful software-defined storage capabilities from IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate, such as Hyper-Scale technology and VMware integration.

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.

IBM FlashSystem A9000 is a modular system that comprises three grid controllers and a flash enclosure.

Table of contents

Product highlights
Hardware architecture
Product physical specifications
Reliability, availability, and serviceability
IBM FlashCore and 2D RAID technology
Logical architecture and functions
Storage management user interface
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