IBM FlashSystem Review
The GUI is easy to use. The SAN Volume Controller provides a single management interface for virtualized storage.

Improvements to My Organization

We used to provision storage from different devices. This requires a lot of manual effort to synchronize all hosts with each storage unit in an environment. IBM SAN Volume Controller helps manage all storage units from a single interface; while IBM FlashSystem provides high performance for our Tier 1 applications.

Valuable Features

IBM FlashSystem has an easy to use GUI, similar to the IBM Storewize family, which make it one of the best flash storage systems in the market.

We use the IBM SAN Volume Controller to provide a single management interface for virtualized storage. It is easy to manage many storage devices from a single controller.

Room for Improvement

The two products should be unified and have a service processor to restart devices remotely. For example, NetApp has devices which include a service processor in nodes, which could be used to restart the nodes remotely. IBM should implement something like this.

Both products are basically for block-level access. There should be a series that also has a file level and block-level access together, which would make it unified.

Stability Issues

The stability of the system is fine.

Scalability Issues

We did not have any problems with scalability.

Customer Service and Technical Support

We receive excellent technical support.

Previous Solutions

I currently use both NetApp and IBM. NetApp storage is cost efficient, but IBM is way ahead of NetApp in terms of block-level access.

Initial Setup

The initial setup was easy.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Pricing can be considered as per market competition. As I am seeing less projects using IBM storage these days, the only reason seems to be the cost of support.

Other Solutions Considered

We had a contract with IBM, and now we are also using NetApp storage.

Other Advice

Go ahead and implement it. IBM storage provides you everything that you’ll need for a block-level architecture, as they have many different products which provides you with a variety of options to meet your needs.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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