IBM FlashSystem 900 supports the next-generation MicroLatency module and FC-NVMe interface to accelerate all-flash applications

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 118-085
October 23, 2018

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OverviewOverviewPublicationsPublications
Key prerequisitesKey prerequisitesTechnical informationTechnical information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
DescriptionDescriptionPricesPrices
Product numberProduct number


At a glance

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IBM FlashSystem® 900 delivers the following benefits:

  • Accelerate business-critical workloads, real-time analytics, and cognitive applications with the consistent microsecond latency and extreme reliability of IBM FlashCore® technology
  • Lower costs and improve performance with inline data compression
  • Reduce capital and operational expenses with IBM®-enhanced, 3D, triple-level cell (TLC) flash
  • Protect critical data assets with patented IBM Variable Stripe RAID™
  • Power faster insights with IBM FlashCore, including hardware-accelerated NVM architecture, purpose-engineered MicroLatency® modules, and advanced flash management



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Overview

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IBM FlashSystem 900 Model AE3 and UF3 offers new XL MicroLatency Modules and 4 x 16 Gb FC-NVMe adapters.



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Key prerequisites

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IBM FlashSystem 900 supports Fibre Channel (FC) and InfiniBand attachment to the following servers:

  • IBM Power Systems™ servers (P6 or newer, FC only)
  • Intel™ and AMD processor-based servers (FC and InfiniBand)
  • IBM Z® Systems (FC only)

See the IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center (SSIC) for additional details.



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Planned availability date

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December 7, 2018



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Description

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IBM FlashSystem 900 is a fully optimized, all-flash storage array designed to accelerate the applications that drive business. Featuring IBM FlashCore Technology, FlashSystem 900 delivers the high performance, ultra-low, consistent, and predictable latency, enterprise reliability, and superior operational efficiency required for gaining a competitive advantage in today's dynamic marketplace.

The XL MicroLatency Module (feature AF3M) is now supported on FlashSystem 900 models AE3 and UF3. It increases the maximum effective capacity for compressible workloads to 440 TB.

In addition, a 4 x 16 Gb FC Adapter (feature AF3C) that supports both FC and NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) is now available on FlashSystem 900 models AE3 and UF3.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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Product number

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The following are newly announced features of the IBM System Storage 9840 and 9843 machine types:

Description Machine type Model Feature
16Gb FC-NVMe Interface 9840 AE3 AF3C
XLarge (18TB) IBM MicroLatency Module 9840 AE3 AF3M
16Gb FC-NVMe Interface 9843 AE3 AF3C
XLarge (18TB) IBM MicroLatency Module 9843 AE3 AF3M
16Gb FC-NVMe Interface 9843 UF3 AF3C
XLarge (18TB) IBM MicroLatency Module 9843 UF3 AF3M
No Ship MES 9843 UF3 AQQQ



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Business Partner information

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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBMid).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 118-085


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Publications

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No publications are shipped with the announced products.

To view online information and link to a download site on or after the general availability date, go to the IBM FlashSystem 900 website.

To order additional selected hardcopy publications or download free PDF format publications, go to the IBM Publications Center website.

Call the Publications Support Group at 800-879-2755, and select option 1.

Contact your IBM representative.

The IBM Publications Center

Hardcopies of selected IBM FlashSystem 900 publications are available from the IBM Publications Center, as well as free softcopy publications. The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded.

To access the IBM Publications Center Portal, go to the IBM Publications Center website.



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Services

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IBM Systems Lab Services

IBM Systems Lab Services offers a wide array of services available for your enterprise. It brings expertise on the latest technologies from the IBM development community and can help with your most difficult technical challenges.

IBM Systems Lab Services exists to help you successfully implement emerging technologies so as to accelerate your return on investment and improve your satisfaction with your IBM systems and solutions. Services examples include initial implementation, integration, migration, and skills transfer on IBM systems solution capabilities and recommended practices. IBM Systems Lab Services is one of the service organizations of IBM's world-renowned IBM Systems Group development labs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Lab Services website.

Global Technology Services

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an on-demand business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the IBM Global Technology Services® website.

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Resiliency Services website.

Details on education offerings related to specific products can be found on the IBM authorized training website.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Go to the IBM SSIC website for the latest hardware requirements and compatibility information.

Software requirements

Go to the IBM SSIC website for the latest software requirements and compatibility information.

Planning information

Cable orders

Fiber optic cables, rack cables, and power cords can be ordered by feature number.

Security, auditability, and control

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

IBM Systems Lab Services

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Lab Services website.



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Terms and conditions

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MES discount applicable

Equal to the volume commitment discount


Field installable feature

Yes


Warranty period

Machine type 9840: One year

Machine type 9843: Three years

To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your reseller or IBM. An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to the full warranty period specified by IBM. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.


Customer setup

Yes


Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine


Optional features warranty period

  • Machine type 9840: One year
  • Machine type 9843: Three years



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Prices

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

Description Model number Feature numbers Initial / MES / Both / Support CSU RP MES
16Gb FC-NVMe Interface AE3 AF3C Both No No
XLarge (18TB) IBM MicroLatency Module AE3 AF3M Both Yes No

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

Description Model number Feature numbers Initial / MES / Both / Support CSU RP MES
16Gb FC-NVMe Interface AE3 AF3C Both No No
XLarge (18TB) IBM MicroLatency Module AE3 AF3M Both Yes No
16Gb FC-NVMe Interface UF3 AF3C Both No No
XLarge (18TB) IBM MicroLatency Module UF3 AF3M Both Yes No
No Ship MES UF3 AQQQ Both Yes No

CSU = Customer setup

RP MES = Returnable parts MES

Trademarks

Variable Stripe RAID and Power Systems are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM FlashSystem, MicroLatency, IBM FlashCore, IBM, IBM Z, System Storage, PartnerWorld and Global Technology Services are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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