IBM offers many variations of its flash technology utilizing its patented flash core modules packaged with different Spectrum O/S offerings. The Flash 840 and Flash 900 early generations with the AE1 and AE2 provide Tier 0 flash performance with no additional software. The A9000 and A9000R successors to the XIV, offer Tier 1 performance adding Spectrum Accelerate.

IBM Flash Series Technical Specifications

Flash ModelHost ConnectionsOpticsFlash ModulesOther Details
840 - 9840/9843-AE12 Adapters of 4-port FC/FCoE; 4-port QDR IB; or 4 -port iSCSI 8-port 8GB FC; 8-port 10GB FCoE; 4-port 16GB FCUp to (12) eMLC Flash Modules in either 1TB, 2TB or 4TB2U, Single Flash Enclosure
V840 - 9846-AE12 Adapters of 4-port FC/FCoE 8-port 8GB FC; 4-port 16GB FCUp to (12) eMLC Flash Modules in either 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB6U, Consists of 2 Control Enclosures (9846/9848-AC1 and AC0) plus 1 v840 Flash Enclosure (9846/9848-AE1)
900-9840/9843-AE22 Adapters of 4-port FC/FCoE; 4-port QDR IB; or 4 -port iSCSI 8-port 8GB FC; 8-port 10GB FCoE; 4-port 16GB FCUp to (12) Flash Core Modules in either 1.2TB, 2.9TB or 5.7TB2U, Single Flash Enclosure
A9000 - 9836/9838-41510GB iSCSI or 16GB FC + 10GB iSCSIN/A1 Flash Enclosure with 12 FCM in either 1.2TB, 2.9TB or 5.7TB8U, Consists of 3 Grid controllers and 1 Flash Enclosure-60, Flash Enclosure-150 or Flash-Enclosure-300, 60TB to 300TB Effective
A9000R - 9835/9837-41510GB iSCSI or 16GB FC + 10GB iSCSIN/ABetween 2 to 6 Flash Enclosure-150 or Flash Enclosure 300s and 4 to 12 Grid Controllers12U to 36U consisting of Grid controllers and Flash Enclosures in a 2:1 ratio of Grid to Flash, scaling from 300TB to 1.8PB Effective Storage