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IBM FlashSystem 9500 – Product Analysis

Last updated April 19th, 2022 for minor product updates. Comprehensive 24-page analysis of IBM FlashSystem 9500. Covers hardware/software architecture, advanced features, performance, and commentary. Download the full Product Analysis now!

The IBM FlashSystem 9500 is an end-to-end NVMe storage system meaning it supports NVMe over Fabric with Fibre Channel and Ethernet as well as attaching storage devices in the form of SSDs and FlashCore Modules using PCIe with NVMe protocol. The FlashSystem 9500 builds upon the previous generation FlashSystem 9100 and 9200 and is targeted with the performance and capacity to cover requirements from mid-tier to high-end enterprises. With Spectrum Virtualize software in the FlashSystem 9500, it is capable of virtualizing other attached storage systems providing common administration, advanced features such as replication and snapshots, and the ability to seamlessly migrate data. The FlashSystem 9500 is a scale-out storage system with the basic unit being a pair of controllers that can be scaled to four pairs or eight controllers in a cluster. Included in the system is data reduction via Data Reduction Pools. Data is deduplicated, compressed, and compacted as it is received in the 9500 controllers and stored in reduced form. Data may also be compressed by the Flash Core Modules. Data in the virtualized external storage systems may also be reduced.

Competitive storage solutions include the Dell EMC PowerMax, NetApp AFF A800, Pure Storage //X series, and HPE Alletra while the virtualization solutions competition includes Hitachi VSP 5000 series, Huawei OceanStor, and DataCore. Additional information on these products is available in ESR to authorized subscribers.

IBM FlashSystem 9500 Product Analysis Includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview of system
  • Hardware architecture
  • Software architecture
  • Advanced features
  • Reliability, availability, and serviceability features
  • System management
  • Evaluator Group commentary

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