IBM FlashSystem Review

Consistently delivers performance below 1ms for read/write

What is our primary use case?

We are using the IBM FlashSystem 900 in a tiered storage environment virtualized behind the IBM SAN Volume Controller in a stretched-cluster topology.

How has it helped my organization?

The FlashSystem 900 consistently delivers performance below 1ms for read/write. This performance is essential for an effective SVC stretch-cluster configuration across two datacenters, and presenting active-active storage to the customer.

What is most valuable?

The performance monitoring feature is useful as it can report in 15 minute intervals by hour, day, week, month, or by a custom date range. Version also has a useful feature which allows for IBM to provide remote support directly into the FlashSystem 900.

What needs improvement?

Include an option to upload the support package to the IBM ECuRep when opening an IBM PMR.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

How are customer service and technical support?

The initial customer technical support was efficient and effective.

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

No previous solution was used.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very similar to setting up the IBM family of enterprise storage products (V7000, V9000, SVC, etc.).

What about the implementation team?

We implemented with a business partner and IBM.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
1 Comment
author avatarJohn Langlois, Scpm® Pmp®

Thanks for the feedback. Under Room for improvement you asked for "Include an option to upload the support package to the IBM ECuRep when opening an IBM PMR." I can see why nobody wants to find, wrap and send a diagnostic snap. So I'll give you that option now for no charge with IBM Storage Insights. Just send me a message in LinkedIn and I'll hook you up.

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