by Adam Armstrong

IBM Announces FlashSystem 9100

Today IBM announced the latest addition to its FlashSystem all-flash storage solutions with the FlashSystem 9100. The latest edition to the FlashSystem line is built with NVMe from “end-to-end.” The system comes with several of IBM’s software technologies to address several needs.

As more and more organizations move on to a multi-cloud strategy they are having more data-driven needs such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and containers. All of these new needs require a storage solution that is powerful enough to address all the needs while being built on proven technology, supporting both the existing and changing data centers. IBM’s solution to these issues is the expansion of its FlashSystem to include the new 9100 NVMe end-to-end solution.

Aside from being an all NVMe storage solution, the FlashSystem 9100 leverages several IBM technologies such as IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM FlashCore as well as software from IBM’s award-winning Spectrum family. This combination of software and technology helps the 9100 store up to 2PB of data in a 2U space (32PB in a 42U space). FlashCore also enables consistent microsecond latency, with IBM quoting performance of 2.5 million IOPS, 34GB/s, and 100μs latency for a single 2U array. For storage, the FlashSystem 9100 uses FlashCore modules with NVMe interface. These 2.5” drives come in 4.8TB, 9.6TB, and 19.2TB capacities with up to 5:1 compression. The drives leverage 64-Layer 3D TLC NAND and can be configured with as little as four drives per system.

IBM FlashSystem 9100 capabilities can easily be extended by adding IBM Spectrum Storage components in three pre-validated, cloud-focused solution blue prints:

  • The Data Reuse, Protection and Efficiency solution leverages the capabilities of IBM Spectrum Protect Plus and IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management (CDM) to provide enhanced data protection features for virtual applications with powerful data copy management and reuse functionality both on premises and in the cloud.
  • The Business Continuity and Data Reuse solution leverages IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud to extend data protection and disaster recovery capabilities into the IBM Cloud, as well as all the copy management and data reuse features of IBM Spectrum CDM.
  • The Private Cloud Flexibility and Data Protection solution enables simplified deployment of private clouds, provides the technology needed to implement container environments, and includes all of the capabilities of IBM Spectrum CDM to manage copy sprawl and provide data protection for containerized applications.

The FlashSystem 9100, along with all of IBM’s storage solutions, comes with Storage Insights, the company’s enterprise, AI-based predictive analytics, storage resource management, and support platform delivered over the cloud.

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