This week IBM announced three new flash products, two of which are based on existing technology.  Mainframe/Power customers got the all-flash DS8888, with the A9000 and A9000R models covering the rest of the market.  What’s interesting about these latter two products is that they are based on Spectrum Accelerate, otherwise known as the software behind the XIV platform.

Speeds & Feeds

Let’s quickly run through some product specifics.  A9000 is an 8U appliance that is built from three controllers and a flash enclosure, connected together using dual 56Gb/s Infiniband switches.  The…