The IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R solid-state storage systems are based on the base FlashSystem 9000 combined with Spectrum Accelerate software executing on grid controllers. The A9000 systems has three grid controllers with the FlashSystem 900 in an active-active-system. The A9000R is a rack system with four grid controllers and two FlashSystem 900’s in the base configuration and the ability to scale within the rack in increments on a single grid controller and another FlashSystem 9000. The Hyper-Scale software feature allows up to 144 systems to be managed as a single entity with migration for balancing systems.
The A9000 and A9000R are based on Spectrum Accelerate software, which is derived from the XIV system. With the mature software base, the FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R has the advanced features from the successful XIV. Added with the A9000 and A9000R is deduplication and compression to increase effective capacity (and reduce cost). Planned for the second half of 2016 is Hyper-Swap, which provides active-active stretched clusters.
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