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IBM VersaStack – Product Brief

Note: Evaluator Group research of Converged Infrastructure has been discontinued. The following Product Brief has been archived and is no longer being maintained for updates as of January 2023.

IBM’s VersaStack is a Converged Infrastructure (CI) solution that consists of Cisco’s UCS servers, Cisco networking components and IBM storage systems, sold as an integrated, rack-level solution. Like other CIs, VersaStack is designed to provide a complete integrated infrastructure stack for a specific use case, such as database, cloud computing, server or desktop virtualization, etc.

VersaStack systems are configured and sold by IBM and Cisco reseller partners using Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs). CVDs are specific combinations of hardware and software that are workload-focused and have been tested and validated by Cisco and IBM and backed by IBM’s Redbooks application guides. VersaStack is not sold directly from IBM, rather through their partners.

Single call support is available through by Cisco Solution Support Services, IBM and VersaStack partners. VersaStack is the only CI solution that includes a tape backup option.

IBM Storage

VersaStack storage options include IBM FlashSystem, IBM Storwize and IBM Cloud Object Storage systems. The FlashSystem A9000/R is an all-flash, block storage system (FC and iSCSi) with a scale-out design, using Spectrum Accelerate software defined storage. The FlashSystem V9000 and 900 are scale-up all-flash block storage systems (FC, iSCSI, Infiniband, FCoE) that support up to 8 storage controllers. The IBM Storwize V7000 is a scale-up hybrid block and file storage system (FC, iSCSI, FCoE, GPFS), with up to 4 controller pairs. IBM Cloud Object Storage is a scale-out object storage system that can expand into the exabytes of data. For more information on any of these systems, see the appropriate Evaluator Series Research documentation.

IBM VersaStack Product Brief Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage and Deployment
  • EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
  • Evaluator Group Opinion

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January 6, 2021


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