IBM FlashSystem Review

You can run it on several different configurations.

What is most valuable?

The ease-of-use and ease-of-setup are the most valuable features. You can get one up and running in a couple hours. I do it quite frequently for customers. The simplicity of it is the big benefit for me, compared to some others that I've used.

How has it helped my organization?

A lot of features are beneficial. It's a robust solution from my standpoint. We've got it running on several different configurations. You've got tiering and a lot of nice features to have in today's world. You can put flash in them. It is a good system to use.

What needs improvement?

As far as for what we use it for, they have got it spot on for our market. I'm sure others might have some additions, but our market is more in the SNB space. It is everything we've ever needed.

With the latest releases of software, it's pretty robust. They've pretty well nailed it. I don't see any further weaknesses with the interfaces or anything.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not had any real issues. I think it is very stable. We have not had any outages or any unexpected issues. I would say it’s very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is definitely very easy to scale. It's like everybody says, "plug and play". It just works.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good.

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

We had a few customer requests for it. I attended conferences and they showed me that they have really put a lot of time and effort into this. It's a good solution. It was worth our time to push it for our customers.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not look at other vendors. We are a business partner for IBM on the storage side. Primarily, they're the only game we mess around with.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely give it your time. Give it your time, get some IBM folks to show you some benefits and maybe do a demo. It's a great solution.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a business partner for IBM on the storage side.
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