IBM FlashSystem V9000 Announcement

New additions to the IBM FlashSystem V9000 has been released which includes the new Control Enclosure Model AC3 and SFF Expansion Enclosure Model 24F. These new versions promise to deliver enhanced performance, scalability, and new tiering options for IBM FlashSystem V9000.

In my attempt to keep up with all the latest IBM announcements – these in particular have caught my eye. We have some great recent success with positioning IBM Flash to reduce batch times, and close of business across AIX, OS400 and VMware workloads.

Those features in short;

IBM FlashSystem V9000 SFF Expansion Enclosure Model 24F offers new tiering options with read-intensive SSDs.

The IBM FlashSystem V9000 Control Enclosure Model AC3 improves overall system performance by taking advantage of the latest Intel Xeon™ server design. Most importantly is offers increased performance and additional storage capacity with the following features:

  • Two eight-core processors with 64 GB memory standard, and options to increase memory up to 256 GB
  • 16 Gb Fibre Channel (FC) and 10 Gb iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity options
  • Hardware-assisted compression acceleration for Real-time Compression™ workloads
  • Capability for adding into existing clustered systems with previous generation V9000 control enclosures

Up to 20 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.

Lastly, the IBM FlashSystem V9000 supports attachment through FC or FCoE/iSCSI to the following servers:

  • IBM System x servers
  • IBM Power Systems™ servers
  • IBM Flex System®
  • IBM BladeCenter
  • IBM Power® System blades
  • IBM z Systems™ servers
  • Intel™ and AMD processor-based servers

If you require any further information on IBM Flash or would like a demonstration/proof of concept system, then please give us a call and we will be only too happy to share our experiences with you.