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All-flash arrays offering industry-leading performance, agile integration and enduring economics

IBM FlashSystem® V9000 is a comprehensive all-flash enterprise storage solution. FlashSystem V9000 delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore™ technology plus a rich set of storage virtualization features.

FlashSystem V9000 delivers industry-leading value to enterprises along three dimensions: Scalable Performance, Enduring Economics, and Agile Integration


  • Today, IT infrastructure is fully entwined with basic business operations, which means that crucial business questions become information technology questions. What is it worth to stay ahead of the competition? What is a better online customer experience worth to the bottom line? What advantages are gained by making faster, more informed business decisions? Can we afford not to have the best possible fraud protection and data security? When you answer these business-critical questions in terms of IT infrastructure, and recognize the crucial role storage plays in the right answers, then the value of IBM FlashSystem™ skyrockets.

    FlashSystem V9000 offers the advantages of software-defined storage at the speed of flash. These all-flash storage systems deliver the full capabilities of the hardware-accelerated I/O provided by FlashCore Technology. FlashSystem V9000 also delivers the enterprise reliability of MicroLatency™ modules and advanced flash management, coupled with a rich set of the features found in the most advanced software-defined storage solutions. These include Real-time Compression, dynamic tiering, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services and high-availability configurations.

  • Feature Benefits
    Pools the storage capacity of multiple storage systems on a storage area network (SAN)
    IBM Real-time Compression
    Dynamic data migration
    Managed tiered storage
    Advanced network-based copy services
    Thin provisioning and “snapshot” replication
    IBM MicroLatency
    Enterprise reliability
    IBM Variable Stripe RAID technology
    Single point of control for storage resources
    Easy-to-use IBM Storwize family management interface

  • FlashSystem V9000 – base configuration
    Models 9846/8-AC2, 9846/8-AE2
    Flash type IBM Enhanced MLC
    Flash module configuration 4 x 1.3 TB, 6 x 1.3 TB, 8 x 1.3 TB, 10 x 1.3 TB, 12 x 1.3 TB, 6 x 2.9 TB, 8 x 2.9 TB, 10 x 2.9 TB, 12 x 2.9 TB, 6 x 5.7 TB, 8 x 5.7 TB, 10 x 5.7 TB, 12 x 5.7 TB
    Maximum storage capacity Internal storage enclosure(s): Scalable from 2 TB (usable) up to 456 TB (usable) with full scale-out of control enclosures
    Effective internal: From 10 TB to 2.2 PB with full scale-out of control enclosures (at 80% reduction)
    External: Up to 32 PB usable capacity
    Maximum performance – fixed building block (100% read, cache miss)
    Minimum latency (4K) 200 µs
    IOPS (4K) 526,000
    Bandwidth (128K) 6.2 GB/s
    Maximum performance – scalable building block (100% read, cache miss)
    Minimum latency (4K) 200 µs
    IOPS (4K) 630,000
    Bandwidth (128K) 6.2 GB/s
    Maximum performance – scaled out (100% read, 4 building blocks)
    Latency (4K) 200 µs
    IOPS (4K) 2,520,000
    Bandwidth (128K) 19.2 GB/s
    IOPS (4K) using Real-time Compression 1,200,000
    RAS features Two-dimensional flash RAID

    Hot-swappable flash modules
    Tool-less module installation/replacement
    Concurrent code load
    Redundant and hot-swappable components

    Encryption Data-at-rest AES-XTS 256
    FlashSystem V9000 fixed building block – host connectivity options 8 x 16 Gb Fibre Channel
    10 x 8 Gb Fibre Channel
    8 x 10 Gb Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
    8 x 10 Gb iSCSI
    FlashSystem V9000 scalable building block – host connectivity options 8 x 16 Gb Fibre Channel
    16 x 8 Gb Fibre Channel
    8 x 10 Gb FCoE
    8 x 10 Gb iSCSI
    Virtualization software model 5641-RB7
    Shared SMP processor configuration Two Intel Xeon E5 v2 Series eight-core processors
    Processor memory 64 GB per engine
    Dimensions (height x width x depth) 6U x 445 mm x 761 mm (6U x 17.5 in. x 29.96 in.)
    Weight 78 kg (171.8 lb) fully loaded