IBM FlashSystem 7300 Product Guide

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This IBM® Redpaper Product Guide describes the IBM FlashSystem® 7300 solution, which is a next-generation IBM 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 Spectrum® Virtualize.

To take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced applications, real-time big data analytics, and cloud architectures that require higher levels of system performance and storage capacity, enterprises around the globe are rapidly moving to modernize established IT infrastructures.

However, for many organizations, staff resources, and expertise are limited, and cost-efficiency is a top priority. These organizations have important investments in existing infrastructure that they want to maximize. They need enterprise-grade solutions that optimize cost-efficiency while simplifying the pathway to modernization.

IBM FlashSystem 7300 is designed specifically for these requirements and use cases. It also delivers a cyber resilience without compromising application performance.

IBM FlashSystem 7300 provides a rich set of software-defined storage (SDS) features that are delivered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize, including the following examples:

  • Data reduction and deduplication
  • Dynamic tiering
  • Thin-provisioning
  • Snapshots
  • Cloning
  • Replication and data copy services
  • Cyber resilience
  • Transparent Cloud Tiering (TCT)
  • IBM HyperSwap® including 3-site replication for high availability
  • Scale-out and scale-up configurations further enhance capacity and throughput for better availability

With the release of IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.5, extra functions and features are available, including support for new third-generation IBM FlashCore Modules Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) type drives within the control enclosure, and 100 Gbps Ethernet adapters that provide NVMe Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) options. New software features include GUI enhancements, security enhancements including multifactor authentication and single sign-on, and Fibre Channel (FC) portsets.


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