The IBM FlashSystem is a family of block-storage systems, with the 5000 and 5100 models making up the entry and mid-range offerings as evolutions of the previous Storwize V5000 systems. The FlashSystem 5000 & 5100 models are storage systems based on the IBM Spectrum Virtualize (SAN Volume Controller) virtualization software. There are two models in the 5000 family, the 5010 and 5030, and a 5100 model all with differences in configuration and available features. The 5010 system is the most basic model, and features a dual controller architecture without any scale out ability. The larger model 5030, and 5100 can both scale out to two pairs of controllers.
Differences between the FlashSystem 5000 and 5100 include NVMe SSDs, Flash Core Moduels (FCOM), NVMeoF, support for SCM devices, and external storage virtualization. These features elevate the 5100 system as a more advanced mid-range product, while the 5010 and 5030 provide a range of competitive options as entry-level products.
The three models (5010, 5030, and 5100) represent different price points and functionality. Feature enablement is different, which is primarily dependent on the different hardware (processors and memory) of the different models.
Competitive storage solutions for the FlashSystem 5000 and 5100 include the Dell EMC SC, HDS VSP midrange Series, and HPE MSA while the virtualization solutions competition includes Hitachi VSP Midrange, NetApp FAS8000 with FlexArray, and DataCore. Additional information on these products is available in ESR to authorized subscribers.