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IBM FlashCore Module (FCM) Product Guide: Features the newly available FCM4 with AI-powered ransomware detection

A draft IBM Redpaper publication


Last updated on 22 March 2024

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IBM Form #: REDP-5725-00

Authors: Hartmut Lonzer, Jon Herd and Vasfi Gucer

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    This IBM® Redpaper® Product Guide describes the IBM FlashCore Module (FCM) history, a general overview and then a deeper dive on the way IBM leads the field in the adoption of high speed, low latency storage.

    The IBM FlashCore Module is used in the latest IBM FlashSystem® solutions, which is are next-generation IBM FlashSystem control enclosures. The IBM FlashCore Module 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) with IBM Storage Virtualize software.

    Table of Contents


    How Flash is evolving

    History of IBM FlashCore Modules

    FCM facts and features

    IBM differentiation – FlashCore Modules

    FCM generations

    IBM FlashCore technology

    IBM FlashWatch overview

    Data reduction tools

    Manageability and security

    Reliability, availability, and serviceability

    IBM FlashCore Modules NVMe drive options

    New FCM developments

    Futures of FCMs


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