IBM FlashSystem delivers advanced connectivity features and capacity options for FlashSystem 840 and V840

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 114-080
May 19, 2014

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IBM FlashSystem™ 840 enhancements deliver scalable performance for the most demanding applications, bringing the economic benefits of FlashSystem™ to small and midsize businesses and growth markets. FlashSystem 840 enhancements include:



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Today's global organizations depend upon the ability to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data and they need to be able to do it faster than the competition. By eliminating storage bottlenecks, flash technology has redefined the performance, efficiency, and reliability of data-intensive applications. IBM FlashSystem enhancements continue to deliver flash technology within the datacenter to solve critical client pain points.

IBM® has enhanced the flexibility of the FlashSystem 840 with new, more granular capacity offerings starting as low as 2 TB, providing an attractive entry point so that you can start with smaller, application-specific flash deployments and scale up to Tier 1 disk replacement as business needs grow. FlashSystem 840 is also cloud-optimized with support for 10 Gb iSCSI interfaces, allowing private cloud environments and MSPs to take advantage of high-performance storage inside existing Ethernet-based infrastructures.

FlashSystem 840 enhancements enable maximum flexibility, scalability, and investment protection while providing the following capabilities to clients:

The new 1 TB flash module will also be available for the FlashSystem V840 Storage Enclosure (9846-AE1 and 9848-AE1).



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IBM FlashSystem 840 enhancements add 10 Gb iSCSI connectivity support to following servers:

For additional details, refer to the IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center (SSIC) at

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic


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July 15, 2014



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To build a sustainable advantage in a world of 24x7 operations, organizations of all sizes, from small to enterprise, must adopt a data agenda to extract the full value of their vast and complex data sets. Because data is the new business currency, organizations must quickly and efficiently transact, analyze, and gain actionable insight from it to fully capitalize on its value. The IBM FlashSystem family empowers organizations to take advantage of best-in-breed solutions that provide extreme performance, macro efficiency, and microsecond response times. As a result, these organizations can quickly harness the value of data within their data architecture, and be better positioned to compete, innovate, and grow in today's real-time world.

IBM FlashSystem 840 is optimized to strategically harness the value of data stored in the data center. By providing extreme performance for the most demanding applications, including online-transaction processing and analytics databases, virtual desktop infrastructures, technical-computing applications, and cloud environments, FlashSystem 840 delivers a competitive advantage for today's organizations. The IBM FlashSystem is designed to reduce application response times with MicroLatency™, that is less than 135-microsecond access times. It is this consistent low latency that enables FlashSystem to deliver application performance improvements.

Easy to deploy and manage, FlashSystem 840 delivers savings across the entire organization, from improved productivity of IT staff to energy efficiency within the data center. The efficiency benefits of FlashSystem 840 are a result of the high performance, high density, and low power consumption of the system's architecture. FlashSystem 840 is hardware accelerated, using energy-efficient IBM PowerPC® processors, field-programmable gate arrays and large arrays of high-density enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) flash.

FlashSystem 840 can scale usable capacity from as low as 2 TB to as much as 48 TB in its compact 2U enclosure. Many granular capacity points are possible due to the three choices in flash module capacity: 1 TB, 2 TB, and 4 TB. Capacity is field upgradeable so that IT personnel can expand capacity to support changing needs with minimal disruption to operations. FlashSystem 840 supports all industry standard interfaces, including 4/8/16 Gb Fibre Channel, 40 Gb InfiniBand, 10 Gb iSCSI and 10 Gb FCoE

A robust FlashSystem 840 architecture delivers the extreme reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) required by today's enterprise applications. The system uses enterprise-class, two-dimensional flash RAID technology, comprised of IBM Variable Stripe RAID and system-wide RAID 5. Variable Stripe RAID maintains system performance and capacity in the event of partial or full-flash chip failures, helping reduce downtime and forestall system repairs. System-wide RAID 5 also helps prevent data loss and improves availability. All active components are fully redundant, hot-swappable, and easily accessible by a tool-less, modular design enabling IT staff to spend more time working on strategic projects and initiatives, rather than resolving system failures.

To further minimize downtime, FlashSystem 840 supports concurrent code load and maintenance for nondisruptive firmware upgrades. In order to provide advanced security for data at rest without compromising application performance, FlashSystem 840 also supports hardware-accelerated AES-XTS 256 encryption.

FlashSystem 840 is designed with MicroLatency to significantly speed application response times, so that organizations can rely upon real-time data to effectively gain actionable insight. The low-latency design improves CPU efficiency, lowering software licensing costs, and maximizing the use of existing resources. In addition, by virtually eliminating wait times and enabling more transactions to occur, FlashSystem 840 can help applications scale to support more concurrent users, helping improve the user experience, enhance productivity, and increase revenue.

As part of the IBM Smarter Storage initiative, FlashSystem 840 is data center-optimized to enable organizations to harness the value of a data architecture. FlashSystem 840 can empower enterprise organizations to build a compelling and sustainable competitive advantage. From real-time transactions to data analytics, cloud, and virtual infrastructures, FlashSystem 840 can provide organizations with the application performance they need to compete, innovate, and grow.

The new 1 TB flash module will also be available for the FlashSystem V840 Storage Enclosure (9846-AE1 and 9848-AE1).

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IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.

IBM intends to qualify FlashSystem 840 to the ENERGY STAR Storage Equipment requirements. Once the certification process is complete, manufacturer's specification sheets will be posted. Refer to the following website for a current list of ENERGY STAR-certified IBM FlashSystem products

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/flash/

For the next release of FlashSystem V840 Storage System technology, IBM intends to:

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Refer to Hardware Announcement 113-173, dated December 17, 2013, and Hardware Announcement 113-183, dated December 17, 2013.



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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM System Storage 9840, 9843, 9846, and 9848 machine types:

Description                                       MT    Model Feature

iSCSI Host Interface Card                         9840  AE1   AF17
1TB eMLC Flash Module                             9840  AE1   AF1B
OEM Enablement Pack with standard warranty        9840  AE1   AF1C
10Gb iSCSI 8 Port Host Optics                     9840  AE1   AF1D
 
iSCSI Host Interface Card                         9843  AE1   AF17
1TB eMLC Flash Module                             9843  AE1   AF1B
OEM Enablement Pack with standard warranty        9843  AE1   AF1C
10Gb iSCSI 8 Port Host Optics                     9843  AE1   AF1D
 
1TB eMLC Flash Module                             9846  AE1   AF1B
 
1TB eMLC Flash Module                             9848  AE1   AF1B
 

Business Partner information

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https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=114-080


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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

For Physical specifications, refer to the IBM FlashSystem 840 Sales Manual.

Homologation

This product is not certified for direct connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection. Contact an IBM representative or reseller for any questions.

Hardware requirements

Visit IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) for latest hardware requirements and compatibility information.

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic/interoperability.wss
Software requirements

Visit IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) for latest software requirements and compatibility information.

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic/interoperability.wss

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Security, auditability, and control

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.



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Terms and conditions features section

MES discount applicable

Equal to the volume commitment discount

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

One year for machine type 9840 and 9846.

Three years for machine type 9843 and 9848.

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Customer setup

Yes

Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine



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The following are newly announced features on the specific model of the IBM System Storage 9840 machine type:

                                        Initial/
                                        MES/
                       Model   Feature  Both/        RP
Description            number  number   Support  CSU MES

iSCSI Host Interface Card
                       AE1     AF17     Both     No  No
1TB eMLC Flash Module
                       AE1     AF1B     Both     Yes No
OEM Enablement Pack with standard warranty
                       AE1     AF1C     Initial  N/A No
10Gb iSCSI 8 Port Host Optics
                       AE1     AF1D     Both     Yes No

The following are newly announced features on the specific model of the IBM System Storage 9843 machine type:

                                        Initial/
                                        MES/
                       Model   Feature  Both/        RP
Description            number  number   Support  CSU MES

iSCSI Host Interface Card
                       AE1     AF17     Both     No  No
1TB eMLC Flash Module
                       AE1     AF1B     Both     Yes No
OEM Enablement Pack with standard warranty
                       AE1     AF1C     Initial  N/A No
10Gb iSCSI 8 Port Host Optics
                       AE1     AF1D     Both     Yes No

The following are newly announced features on the specific model of the IBM System Storage 9846 machine type:

                                        Initial/
                                        MES/
                       Model   Feature  Both/        RP
Description            number  number   Support  CSU MES

1TB eMLC Flash Module
                       AE1     AF1B     Both     Yes No

The following are newly announced features on the specific model of the IBM System Storage 9848 machine type:

                                        Initial/
                                        MES/
                       Model   Feature  Both/        RP
Description            number  number   Support  CSU MES

1TB eMLC Flash Module
                       AE1     AF1B     Both     Yes No

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ENUS-114-080-LIST_PRICES_2014_05_19.PDF ENUS-114-080-LIST_PRICES_2014_05_19.PDF

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