IBM in April introduced two new high-performance models based on the company’s FlashCore technology aimed specifically at cloud environments. FlashCore, custom-built by IBM in partnership with Boise, Idaho-based Micron specifically for use in high-performance flash arrays, takes the place of standard SSDs.
New to IBM is the FlashSystem A9000, which packs up to 300 TBs of FlashCore capacity after compression and de-duplication into an 8U enclosure. Performance is up to 500,000 IOPS. The company also unveiled the FlashSystem A9000R, which scales to a full rack of all-flash storage capacity of up to 900 TBs raw or 1.8 petabytes of effective capacity, with up to 2 million IOPS. Both feature a minimum latency of 250 microseconds with full data services turned on.