IBM FlashSystem V9000 Model AE3 Product IBM FlashSystem V9000 AC3 with Flash Enclosure Model AE3 Product Guide

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 30 March 2018, updated 17 September 2018

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ISBN-10: 0738456748
ISBN-13: 9780738456744
IBM Form #: REDP-5468-00
(64 pages)

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Authors: Detlef Helmbrecht, Jeffrey Irving


This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide describes IBM FlashSystem® V9000, which is a comprehensive all-flash enterprise storage solution that delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. In addition, it provides a rich set of software-defined storage features, including IBM Real-time Compression™, data reductions, dynamic tiering, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services, and IBM HyperSwap® for high availability. Scale out scale up configurations can now add a hot spare node to further enhance availability.

With the release of FlashSystem V9000 Software V8.1, extra functions and features are available, including support for new and more powerful FlashSystem V9000 storage enclosure Model AE3. Software features added include GUI enhancements, a new dashboard, support assistance, and data deduplication.

AE3 capacities include Small (3.6 TB), Medium (8.5 TB), and Large (18 TB) IBM MicroLatency® modules for between 14.4 TB and 180 TB usable capacity (TBu), with inline hardware compression increasing the capacity up to 219 TB effective capacity (TBe).

New SAS-based small form factor (SFF) and large form factor (LFF) expansion enclosures that provide a mixture of nearline hard disk drives (HDDs) and flash MDisks in a pool that can be used for IBM Easy Tier®.

The new IBM FlashSystem V9000 SFF expansion enclosure Model92F offers new tiering options with low-cost solid-state drive (SSD flash drives) and nearline HDDs. Up to 784 drives per node pair of serial-attached SCSI (SAS) expansions are supported per FlashSystem V9000 controller pair, providing up to 480 drives with expansion Model 24F and up to 240 drives with expansion Model 12F.

FlashSystem V9000 Software version 8.1 replaces version 7.8, and is available to all IBM FlashSystem V9000 customers with current warranty or software maintenance agreements.

Table of contents

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FlashSystem V9000
FlashCore Technology
The IBM Peace of Mind Initiative
Component overview
Current release functions
Advanced functions
FlashSystem V9000 components
Options and feature codes
Network cables and UPS
System management and web interface
Supported platforms
Physical and electrical specifications
Software and licensing
How to count and order licenses
Warrently information and upgrades
IBM Global Financing
Ordering information

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