What can it do for your business?

IBM FlashSystem A9000 integrates the extreme performance of IBM FlashCore® technology, highly parallel architecture, and comprehensive data reduction into one powerful solution enabled for the cloud.

Whether you are a service provider requiring highly efficient management, or an enterprise moving to the cloud, IBM FlashSystem A9000 provides stable, reliable, and efficient storage.

Discover why IBM FlashSystem A9000 is an all-flash grid storage breakthrough that can empower your business to derive more value from your data assets.


Dynamic performance, enduring economics and agile integration

  • Harness the performance of highly parallel architecture and IBM® FlashCore® technology in one innovative system
  • Optimize storage economics with pattern removal, deduplication and compression
  • Prevent “noisy neighbor” problems with quality-of-service (QoS) features that support multi-tenancy and mixed workloads
  • Deliver consistent, extreme performance to meet service level agreements for unpredictable, data-intensive workloads
  • Easily integrate with VMware, OpenStack, Linux and Microsoft platforms, and with almost any existing infrastructure
  • Simplify storage administration with an innovative, new user interface
  • Apply data-at-rest encryption with a choice of centralized key management, or local key management, to suit your security deployment requirements
  • Achieve predictable, extreme storage performance with automatic load balancing and even resource utilization
  • Deliver over 99.999 percent highly available storage with IBM HyperSwap, enabling active-active access to volumes across IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R arrays and across data centers

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Why buy IBM FlashSystem A9000?

  • Microsecond response times powered by IBM FlashCore technology
  • Efficient storage economics with comprehensive data reduction, including flash-optimized pattern removal, deduplication & compression
  • Simplified storage administration with IBM Hyper-Scale Manager designed to streamline management of FlashSystem A9000, FlashSystem A9000R, XIV, and Spectrum Accelerate systems
  • Easy integration with almost any existing infrastructure, including those based on VMware, OpenStack, and Microsoft solutions
  • Consistent performance for mixed workloads thanks to a highly parallel grid architecture
  • Multi-tenancy & quality of service capabilities to support multi-tenant deployments and avoid "noisy neighbors"
  • Comprehensive integrated storage services based on field-proven IBM Spectrum Accelerate software, which includes snapshots, replication and more
  • Secure reliability & availability with greater than 99.999% availability, data-at-rest encryption, and 2D RAID, including patented IBM Variable Stripe RAID

Features and benefits

Feature Benefits
All-flash, modular storage platform built with IBM FlashCore technology
  • Provides consistent high performance, microsecond latency, enterprise-grade reliability and many operational and cost efficiencies
  • Integrates a powerful, highly parallel architecture with industry-leading software-defined storage capabilities
Comprehensive data reduction and efficiency
  • Utilizes pattern removal; inline, global deduplication; inline compression; thin provisioning; and space-efficient snapshots
  • Optimizes storage economics
  • Helps reduce both acquisition costs and total cost of ownership
  • Enables more granular data protection without increased cost
Cloud-optimized quality-of-service (QoS) features and multi-tenancy support
  • Enables simplified yet full-featured cloud deployments with QoS and multi-tenancy features
  • Addresses common cloud services management challenges such as “noisy neighbors” and highly variable workloads
  • Simplifies provisioning new customers and applications
IBM MicroLatency
  • Delivers microsecond response times to accelerate critical applications and achieve competitive advantages
High reliability and availability
  • Delivers greater than 99.999 percent availability
  • Enables simplified disaster recovery with high availability and industry-leading data protection
IBM HyperSwap
  • Easily define, monitor and manage highly-available volumes, providing nondisruptive data access through partial and complete system failures, site-disasters and various connectivity failures, in the same data center, and between metro-distant data centers
  • Deploy with VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1 or later, to support cross-vCenter, cross-storage system, and cross-site storage vMotion, on top of VMware stretch-cluster high availability
Data-at-rest encryption
  • Secure your data with industry-strength encryption using standard AES 256-bit keys, without any performance impact
  • Nondisruptively hot-encrypt a system in minutes
  • Choice of external key management with IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager or local key management
Versatile integration capabilities
  • Enables hypervisor and virtual environment integration
  • Integrates easily with almost any existing infrastructure, including those based on VMware, OpenStack, Linux and Microsoft solutions
  • Leverages a tight integration with IBM Spectrum Accelerate
Exceptionally simple management tools
  • Simplifies administration with a highly intuitive management interface
  • Ease management with IBM Hyper-Scale technology
Ability to grow and manage storage from a single interface with IBM Hyper-Scale technology
  • Enables almost unlimited growth with single-pane-of-glass management
  • Allows flexible, incremental capital investments
IBM Variable Stripe RAID technology
  • Maintains performance while enhancing reliability without sacrificing usable capacity


Model 9836-415 (1-year warranty), 9838-415 (3-year enterprise-class warranty)
Controllers Three-way active grid controllers, each containing:
  • Two Intel Xeon E5 v3 8-core 2.4 GHz processors
  • 192 GB DDR4 memory
  • Redundant battery backup units and power supply units
Software IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R software v12
  Flash Enclosure-60 Flash Enclosure-150 Flash Enclosure-300
Effective capacity* 60 TB 150 TB 300 TB
Maximum capacity 1,200 TB 1,200 TB 1,200 TB
Raw capacity 21.4 TB 52.8 TB 105.6 TB
IBM MicroLatency® modules 12 x 1.2 TB 12 x 2.9 TB 12 x 5.7 TB
Flash type IBM-enhanced MLC
IOPS Up to 500,000
Maximum bandwidth 4.5 GB/s
Minimum latency 250 µs
Data reduction and efficiency
  • Pattern removal
  • Global, inline deduplication
  • Inline compression
  • Space-efficient snapshots
  • Thin provisioning
Encryption Hardware-based AES-XTS 256-bit with centralized key management
Host connectivity options 12 x 16 Gb Fibre Channel + 6 x 10 Gb iSCSI, or
12 x 10 Gb iSCSI
Backplane interconnect InfiniBand
Power 1.69 KW (typical); 2.91 KW (max)
Dimensions (H x W x D) 356 mm (8U) x 483 mm x 930 mm (14 in. x 19 in. x 36.6 in.)
Weight 125 kg (275.5 lb)
Client operating system support For a current list of platforms supported, please visit the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC).

FlashSystem A9000 product tour

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Business value

Grid storage

Silverton Consulting discusses why the comprehensive range of IBM grid storage solutions are ideal for enterprise data center and cloud/service providers.

Data reduction

Andy Walls discusses the benefits of IBM in-line data reduction, full GZIP compression, deduplication, and pattern detection and removal.

Groundbreaking capabilities

IBM FlashSystem A9000 is an in all-flash grid storage breakthrough that can empower your business to derive more value from your data assets.

Enabling the future of your business

FlashSystem accelerates the cloud, big data analytics, mobile and social systems, and the applications that will power the future of your business.

High resiliency and availability

Andy Walls, IBM Chief Architect for FlashSystem, shows how the A9000 and A9000R can give you peace of mind with greater than 99.999% availability.

Fast storage made simple

FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R are designed for the cloud scale business and for innovation in the cognitive era.

FlashSystem A9000

Delivering the flexibility, scalability and performance essential to cloud services.

Technical support

Product Guide

Get an in-depth guide to FlashSystem A9000 hardware architecture, technology, features, scalability, user interface and more.

Architecture, Implementation and Usage

Understand how to plan, install, tailor and configure FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R.


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Faster, Better, Guaranteed.

IBM FlashSystem A9000


IBM MicroLatency performance.


Flash memory will be covered for read/write endurance while you are under warranty or maintenance.

7 year 24x7 Support

Up to 7 years of support available, with additional options like flash media retention.

Data Reduction

FlashSystem A9000 provides inline pattern removal, deduplication and compression to make the most of your space.

Peace of Mind

We provide you with complimentary lab services to help get you up and running quickly.

NEW perpetual licensing with IBM Spectrum Accelerate / IBM Spectrum Storage Suite.

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