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IBM FlashSystem 5000 & 5200 – Product Review


The IBM FlashSystem is a family of block-storage systems, with the 5000 and 5200 models making up the entry and mid-range offerings as evolutions of the previous Storwize V5000 systems. The FlashSystem 5000 & 5200 models are storage systems based on the IBM Spectrum Virtualize (SAN Volume Controller) virtualization software. There are two models in the 5000 family, the 5015 and 5045, and a 5200 model all with differences in configuration and available features. The 5015 system is the most basic model, and features a dual controller architecture without any scale out ability. The larger 5045 model can scale out to two pairs of controllers, and the 5200 model can scale out to four controller pairs.

Differences between the FlashSystem 5000 and 5200 include NVMe SSDs, Flash Core Modules (FCM), NVMeoF, support for SCM devices, and external storage virtualization. These features elevate the 5200 system as a more advanced mid-range product, while the 5015 and 5045 provide a range of competitive options as entry-level products.

The FlashSystem 5200 also differentiates itself by its compact 1U configuration. This is a notable difference between the other FlashSystem models, both the 5000 models and the higher end 7200 and 9500, as well as its predecessor the FlashSystem 5100. The compact design makes the 5200 a powerful appliance for the edge and other deployments with strict physical space constraints.

The three models (5015, 5045, and 5200) represent different price points and functionality. Feature enablement is different, which is primarily dependent on the different hardware (processors and memory) of the different models.

IBM FlashSystem 5000 & 5200 Product Review Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage
  • Architecture Deployment
  • EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
  • Evaluator Group’s Opinion

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August 10, 2023


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