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IBM FlashSystem A9000 Product Guide (Version 12.3.2)

An IBM Redbooks Product Guide


Published on 28 December 2018, updated 10 June 2019

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ISBN-10: 0738457329
ISBN-13: 9780738457321
IBM Form #: REDP-5474-01

Authors: Bert Dufrasne, Stephen Solewin, Francesco Anderloni, Roger Eriksson and Lisa Martinez

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    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000 Software V12.3.2.

    Software version 12.3.2, with Hyper-Scale Manager version 5.6 or later, introduces support for VLAN tagging and port trunking.

    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. The A9000 features always on data reduction and now offers intelligent capacity management for deduplication.

    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/U25)

    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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