IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Business Continuity Solutions

A draft IBM Redpaper publication

Updated 19 November 2018

Authors: Bert Dufrasne, Francesco Anderloni, Roger Eriksson, Lisa Martinez


This edition applies to FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, Model 415 and 425, with system software Version 12.3

IBM® FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem® A9000R provide copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios that enable you to enhance your business continuance, disaster recovery, data migration, and backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode.

Furthermore, support for IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility enables a seamless migration of IBM FlashSystem A9000 or A9000R volumes to another with no interference to the host.

Starting with software level V12.1, the IBM HyperSwap® feature delivers always-on, high availability (HA) storage service for storage volumes in a production environment. Starting with version 12.2, asynchronous replication between the IBM XIV® Gen3 and FlashSystem A9000 or A9000R is supported. Starting with Version 12.2.1, Hyper-Scale Mobility is enabled between XIV Gen3 and FlashSystem A9000 or A9000R.

Version 12.3 offers Multi-site replication solution that entails both High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR)function by combining HyperSwap and Asynchronous replication to a third site.

This IBM Redpaper™ publication is intended for anyone who needs a detailed and practical understanding of the IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R replication and business continuity functions.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Business Continuity functions
Chapter 2. Snapshots
Chapter 3. Remote connectivity
Chapter 4. Remote mirroring
Chapter 5. HyperSwap
Chapter 6. Multi-site HA/DR
Chapter 7. Hyper-Scale Mobility
Chapter 8. Data migration

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