Implementing IBM FlashSystem V9000 - AC3 with Flash Enclosure Model AE3

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 12 April 2018, updated 25 March 2019

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ISBN-10: 0738442992
ISBN-13: 9780738442990
IBM Form #: SG24-8413-00
(282 pages)

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Authors: Detlef Helmbrecht, James Cioffi, Jon Herd, Jeffrey Irving, Christian Karpp, Volker Kiemes, Carsten Larsen, Adrian Orban


Updated March 2019 - See Appendix B: IBM FlashSystem V9000 FlashCore Forever

The success or failure of businesses often depends on how well organizations use their data assets for competitive advantage. Deeper insights from data require better information technology.

As organizations modernize their IT infrastructure to boost innovation rather than limit it, they need a data storage system that can keep pace with several areas that affect your business:

  • Highly virtualized environments
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobile and social systems of engagement
  • In-depth, real-time analytics

Making the correct decision on storage investment is critical. Organizations must have enough storage performance and agility to innovate when they need to implement cloud-based IT services, deploy virtual desktop infrastructure, enhance fraud detection, and use new analytics capabilities. At the same time, future storage investments must lower IT infrastructure costs while helping organizations to derive the greatest possible value from their data assets.

The IBM® FlashSystem V9000 is the premier, fully integrated, Tier 1, all-flash offering from IBM. It has changed the economics of today's data center by eliminating storage bottlenecks. Its software-defined storage features simplify data management, improve data security, and preserve your investments in storage. The IBM FlashSystem® V9000 SAS expansion enclosures provide new tiering options with read-intensive SSDs or nearline SAS HDDs.

IBM FlashSystem V9000 includes IBM FlashCore® technology and advanced software-defined storage available in one solution in a compact 6U form factor. IBM FlashSystem V9000 improves business application availability. It delivers greater resource utilization so you can get the most from your storage resources, and achieve a simpler, more scalable, and cost-efficient IT Infrastructure.

This IBM Redbooks® publication provides information about IBM FlashSystem V9000 Software V8.1. It describes the core product architecture, software, hardware, and implementation, and provides hints and tips.

The underlying basic hardware and software architecture and features of the IBM FlashSystem V9000 AC3 control enclosure and on IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1 software are described in these publications:
Implementing IBM FlashSystem 900 Model AE3, SG24-8414
Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller V7.4, SG24-7933
Using IBM FlashSystem V9000 software functions, management tools, and interoperability combines the performance of IBM FlashSystem architecture with the advanced functions of software-defined storage to deliver performance, efficiency, and functions that meet the needs of enterprise workloads that demand IBM MicroLatency® response time.

This book offers IBM FlashSystem V9000 scalability concepts and guidelines for planning, installing, and configuring, which can help environments scale up and out to add more flash capacity and expand virtualized systems. Port utilization methodologies are provided to help you maximize the full potential of IBM FlashSystem V9000 performance and low latency in your scalable environment.

This book is intended for pre-sales and post-sales technical support professionals, storage administrators, and anyone who wants to understand how to implement this exciting technology.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. IBM FlashSystem V9000 introduction
Chapter 2. Planning
Chapter 3. Scalability
Chapter 4. Installation and configuration
Chapter 5. Configuring settings
Chapter 6. IBM HyperSwap
Chapter 7. Hints and tips
Appendix A. Guidelines: Port utilization in an IBM FlashSystem V9000 scalable environment
Appendix B. IBM FlashSystem V9000 FlashCore Forever

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