IBM HyperSwap and Multi-site HA/DR for IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R

A draft IBM Redpaper publication

Updated 13 December 2018

Authors: Bert Dufrasne, Francesco Anderloni, Roger Eriksson, Andrew Greenfield, Lisa Martinez, Stephen Solewin, Vadim Steckler


IBM® HyperSwap® is the high availability (HA) solution that provides continuous data availability in case of hardware failure, power failure, connectivity failure, or disasters. The HyperSwap capability is available for IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, starting with software version 12.2.1.

Version 12.3 introduces a function that combines HyperSwap and Asynchronous replication, creating a solution that entails both High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR). One side of the HyperSwap pair has an active async link to the third system, and the other side has a standby link. Known as Multi-site HA/DR, this configuration provides HyperSwap active-active high availability, while keeping data mirrored to a third copy to ensure two levels of business continuity.

This IBM Redpaper™ publication gives a broadunderstanding of the architecture, design, and implementation of HyperSwap and Multi-site HA/DR solution. It also discusses and illustrates various use cases pertaining to their use and functionality.

This paper is intended for those who want to deploy solutions that take advantage of HyperSwap and Multi-site HA/DR for FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. HyperSwap for IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R
Chapter 2. Multi-site HA/DR solution for FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R
Chapter 3. Prerequisites
Chapter 4. HyperSwap implementation and usage
Chapter 5. HyperSwap scenarios
Chapter 6. Multi-site HA/DR implementation and usage
Chapter 7. Multi-site scenarios
Chapter 8. Using VMware Site Recovery Manager and HyperSwap
Chapter 9. Microsoft Multi-Site Failover Clustering and HyperSwap
Chapter 10. Volume Shadow Copy Service and HyperSwap Snapshots

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