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IBM Storage FlashSystem 9500 Product Guide for IBM Storage Virtualize 8.6

An IBM Redpaper publication


Published on 14 September 2023, updated 29 April 2024

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ISBN-10: 0738461326
ISBN-13: 9780738461328
IBM Form #: REDP-5669-01

Authors: Hartmut Lonzer, Vasfi Gucer and Jon Herd

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    This IBM® Redpaper® Product Guide describes the IBM Storage FlashSystem® 9500 solution, which is a next-generation IBM Storage FlashSystem control enclosure. It combines the performance of flash and a Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)-optimized architecture with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore® technology and the rich feature set and high availability (HA) of IBM Storage Virtualize.

    Often, applications exist that are foundational to the operations and success of an enterprise. These applications might function as prime revenue generators, guide or control important tasks, or provide crucial business intelligence, among many other jobs. Whatever their purpose, they are mission critical to the organization. They demand the highest levels of performance, functionality, security, and availability. They also must be protected against the newer threat of cyberattacks.

    To support such mission-critical applications, enterprises of all types and sizes turn to the IBM Storage FlashSystem 9500.

    IBM Storage FlashSystem 9500 provides a rich set of software-defined storage (SDS) features that are delivered by IBM Storage Virtualize, including the following examples:

    Data reduction and deduplication

    Dynamic tiering




    Replication and data copy services

    Cyber resilience

    Transparent Cloud Tiering

    IBM HyperSwap® including 3-site replication for HA

    Scale-out and scale-up configurations that further enhance capacity and throughput for better availability

    This Redpaper applies to IBM Storage Virtualize V8.6.

    Table of Contents

    Flash for less than the cost of disk

    Agile integration


    Multicloud enabled

    Data resilience

    Advanced data services

    IBM Storage FlashSystem 9500 enclosures overview

    IBM Storage FlashSystem 9500R rack

    Placing your IBM Storage FlashSystem 9500 in your infrastructure

    Features of IBM FlashSystem 9500 version 8.6

    Current release functions

    IBM FlashSystem 9500 GUI

    IBM FlashSystem 9500 hardware component overview

    Advanced functions

    Scaling up and scaling out

    Manageability and security

    Options and feature codes

    Physical and electrical specifications

    Software and licensing

    IBM Global Financing

    Ordering information

    Related information


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