IBM FlashSystem Review

Micro latency of the flash provides real-time information, but it's a little expensive.


What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of all the products are the high performance and micro latency.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm a Solutions Architect, so I don't have any from my company, but I do some projects for some clients where the unique performance and micro latency of the flash provides real- time information that is used to make strategic decisions.

What needs improvement?

Because the product is already mature, it doesn't need any improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

From about two years when IBM first bought FlashSystem. I knew some things about it when it was Texas Memory System,

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I didn't have issues with models 900 and v9000, but on previous versions, like the 720, I had some questions.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable, because it's use an ASIC in it's development. Therefore, that does the job and it doesn't have software at its core.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has great scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's very good because IBM always make sure they have good customer service.

Technical Support:

Not so good in my country because they only have a few people with great knowledge about FlashSystem.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've never used another solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very simple, because IBM have a default interface for all their storage systems.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a little expensive, so it's you need to have a good architect involved to explain it and make sure the project goes well.

What other advice do I have?

Have good knowledge about the clients business.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Business partners
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