Is your enterprise data primed for future innovation?

IBM FlashSystem A9000R all-flash storage meets the most demanding cloud and big data requirements.

Consistent microsecond response times are powered by IBM FlashCore technology deployed in a grid architecture. Optimized economics is delivered with comprehensive data reduction and fully integrated storage services like encryption, snapshots and replication.

This all-flash array houses all the rich benefits of the FlashSystem A9000 solution in a rackmount footprint, allowing for outstanding scalability to drive your organization's future growth.

Consistent microsecond responses for data at scale

  • Accelerate data at scale with the extreme performance of grid architecture and IBM® FlashCore® technology
  • Optimize storage economics with inline pattern removal, deduplication and compression
  • Scale resources linearly to meet cloud, analytics and cognitive business requirements
  • Eliminate application silos with an integrated rack solution that can scale to support massive mixed workloads
  • Easily integrate with VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft infrastructures
  • Support multi-tenant clouds with enterprise-grade high availability, security and quality-of-service (QoS) features that prevent “noisy neighbors”
  • Deliver over 99.999 percent highly available storage, with IBM HyperSwap, enabling active-active access and transparent failover to volumes across IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R arrays and across data centers
  • Apply data-at-rest encryption with a choice of centralized key management, or local key management, to suit your security deployment requirements
  • Simplify storage management with a highly intuitive new management interface
  • Support rapidly growing cloud storage and mixed workload environments with a high-performance, cost-effective solution

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Why buy IBM FlashSystem A9000R?

  • Microsecond response times driven by IBM FlashCore technology
  • Efficient storage economics with comprehensive data reduction, including flash-optimized pattern removal, deduplication and compression
  • Simplified storage administration with IBM Hyper-Scale Manager designed to streamline management of IBM FlashSystem A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, IBM XIV and IBM Spectrum Accelerate system
  • Easy integration with almost any existing infrastructure, including those based on VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft solutions
  • Consistent performance at petabyte-scale powered by a parallel grid architecture that eliminates many traditional storage management tasks
  • Multi-tenancy and 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 and availability with greater than 99.999 percent availability, data-at-rest encryption, and 2D RAID, including patented IBM Variable Stripe RAID

Features and benefits

Feature Benefits
All-flash storage platform built with IBM FlashCore technology
  • Provides extreme performance, microsecond latency, enterprise-grade reliability and many operational and cost efficiencies
Flash-optimized data reduction and efficiency
  • Utilizes pattern removal, deduplication, 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
Grid architecture
  • Eliminates many traditional storage management tasks and helps lower costs
  • Enables simplified linear capacity and performance scalability
  • Offers enhanced data protection and system high availability
IBM MicroLatency
  • Delivers microsecond response time to accelerate critical applications and achieve competitive advantages
High availability and reliability
  • Enables simplified disaster recovery with high availability and industry-leading data protection
  • Delivers greater than 99.999 percent availability
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+ to provide zero downtime disaster avoidance and planned maintenance downtime avoidance, for ESXi stretch clusters
Cloud-optimized quality-of-service (QoS) features and multi-tenancy support
  • Enables simplified, yet full-featured, cloud deployments
  • Addresses common cloud service management challenges, such as "noisy neighbors" and highly variable workloads
  • Simplifies provisioning of new customers and applications
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
Exceptionally simple management tools
  • Help save time with highly intuitive management interface
  • Include IBM Hyper-Scale technology for ease of management
Versatile integration capabilities
  • Enable hypervisor and virtual environment integration
  • Integrate easily with almost any existing infrastructure, including those based on VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft solutions
  • Leverage a tight integration with IBM Spectrum Accelerate™
IBM Variable Stripe RAID technology
  • Maintains performance while enhancing reliability without sacrificing usable capacity



9835-415 (1-year warranty), 9837-415 (3-year enterprise-class warranty)


Up to 12 active grid controllers, each containing:

  • Two Intel Xeon E5 v3 10-core 2.3 GHz processors
  • 384 GB DDR4 memory
  • Redundant battery backup units and power supply units


IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R software v12

Flash type

IBM-enhanced MLC


900 TB configuration

1.8 PB configuration

Effective capacity* (TB)











Maximum capacity† (TB)











Raw capacity (TB)











Flash enclosure type

Flash Enclosure-150

Flash Enclosure-300

Flash enclosures











Grid controllers











IBM MicroLatency modules per flash enclosure

12 x 2.9 TB

12 x 5.7 TB

Performance: Scaled-out configuration (six grid elements)


Up to 2,000,000

Maximum bandwidth

18 GB/s

Minimum latency

250 µs

Data reduction and efficiency

  • Pattern removal
  • Global, inline deduplication
  • Inline compression
  • Space-efficient snapshots
  • Thin provisioning


Hardware-based AES-XTS 256-bit with centralized key management

Host connectivity options

Per controller:
4 x 16 Gb Fibre Channel + 2 x 10 Gb iSCSI, or
4 x 10 Gb iSCSI

Backplane interconnect



Entry configuration: 3.07 KW (typical); 4.82 KW (max)

Scaled out configuration: 8.81 KW (typical); 13.91 KW (max)

Rack dimensions (H x W x D)

201.5 cm (42U) x 64.4 cm x 129.7 cm (79.3 in. x 25.4 in. x 51.1 in.)


Entry configuration: 649 kg (1,430 lb)

Scaled out configuration: 969 kg (2,136 lb)

Client operating system support

For a current list of platforms supported, please visit the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC).

FlashSystem A9000R product tour

Explore this grid-scale, all-flash storage platform by viewing different configurations, the IBM MicroLatency module, scaling and more.

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Business value

FlashSystem A9000R

IBM all-flash storage arrays enable enterprises to transform information technology into business innovation.

Data reduction

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

Grid storage

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

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.

Make fast storage simple

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

Technical support

Product Guide

Get an in-depth guide to FlashSystem A9000R 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 A9000R


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 A9000R 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.

IBM Flash Centers of Competency

Gain a competitive edge in a flash. Our worldwide centers can show you how the IBM FlashSystem accelerates performance for your critical business applications and delivers improved data center economics and cost savings.

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