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"The solution is extremely easy to manage. This is its most valuable feature.""The stability of the solution is good.""The single pane of glass for both IT and for the end-user is a valuable feature. On the IT side, I can actually control where things are stored, whether something is stored on solid-state drives or spinning drives... The single pane of glass makes it very easy to use and very easy to understand. We started at 100 terabytes and we moved to 250 and it still feels like the exact same system and we're able to move data as needed.""The solution has simplified management by consolidating our workloads. Rather than managing all the different workloads on different storage arrays, Windows Servers, etc., we just have one place per data centre where we manage all their unstructured data, saving us time.""It has allowed us to have more consistent quality controls. It has also allowed us to expand the number of servers in clients processing and accessing data, allowing us to get a lot bigger projects out the door.""For maximizing storage utilization, PowerScale is great. When you write the data to it, it spreads it out to all the nodes, so you get all the performance from the entire pool.""You plug in a new node and data starts migrating over to it, and IT spreads out the load. We've added multiple nodes to the system since deploying it. The process is pretty seamless, and we are able to do it with no downtime. It's a very easy process to do.""This is the best platform that we could have for storage utilization. It is affordable and scalable. At the end of the day, it's something that we find very easy to use."

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"The initial setup was really straightforward. It was not complex. Deployment took one month, due to the data migration duration.""The performance of the All-Flash System is very good. There is more enhanced performance and data production in the solution, which I appreciate.""Stability-wise, this solution is fine.""The feature I find most valuable, is the deduplication, because the nature of the data that we are using in our current environment, has a lot of replicated data.""We are a 100% satisfied with the stability of the solution.""The most valuable features are deduplication and compression.""The ability to create LUNs and modify them are the most valuable features of this solution.""The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space."

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"The solution isn't suitable for small environments or small customers.""The solution can be a bit complex for those not well versed in the technology.""There aren't many templates still coming out for it. They need to provide templates so we can copy and paste what we've done in the past to future, new things.""The replication could lend itself to some improvement around encryption in transit and managing the racing of large volumes of data. The process of file over and file back can be tedious. Hopefully, you never end up going into a DR. If you do go into a DR, you know the data is there on the remote site. However, in terms of the process of setting up the replicates and filing them back, that is just very tedious and could definitely do with some improvement.""It is a bit higher priced than some of the other systems.""There is room for improvement with the updates. It can take a significant amount of time to do a major OS update. However, even though it takes multiple reboots, the cluster stays up. If we want to apply a newer version of the OS, we have to roll back some of the patches so that we can upgrade. It requires a few reboots just to do that. The cluster doesn't come down, everything is still running, but it's time-consuming, at times.""Some improvements to the NFS support would be of interest to us."

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"The solution is not able to replicate data in one-to-many scenario.""The solution is not easy to implement. It takes a lot of time to study the product and it's a little complicated in general.""This solution needs a management console where we are alerted to issues and can report them, or escalate them through email or another method.""I would like to see an improvement in the handling of large amounts of rights.""I think the only thing the developers can look at, is that it is limited to 25 gigabytes currently. In the next release they might want to increase that.""The ease of installation should be improved. We had issues with the configuration model.""Enterprise data storage needs improvement. They should create a feature for data and file storage.""The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The solution is expensive; it is not the cheapest solution out there. If you look at it from a total cost of ownership perspective, then it is a very compelling solution. However, if you're looking at just dollar per terabyte and not looking at the big picture, then you could be distracted by the price. It is not an amazing price, but it's pretty good. It is also very good when you consider the total cost of ownership and ease of management.""The pricing is expensive, but I think it's a fair value because it does manage itself. It definitely is much simpler than any of the other scale-out storage platforms that we've looked at in the past.""The platform is not cheap. However, on the software side, you can choose what you want license. So, you can start your licensing with the features that you need, then after buying the platform add some other features."

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"For a yearly license, it is about $100,000. There are no additional costs. The entire system is included.""The integration is already included in the license cost of IBM FlashSystem. The integration is very easy. You get the IBM storage core with all software, firmware, and upgrades. EMC provides the features in the box, but they are not free for customers. There is a licensing cost for features. We have yearly licensing, but IBM has also provided a new option where you pay as you go. They provide a big box, and I pay, for example, for 10 terabytes. If I exceed 10 terabytes, IBM will charge for the new storage after 10 terabytes. It is a good opportunity in the market for using the storage as a cloud and paying as you go.""They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that.""This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better."

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Overview

Dell EMC Isilon scale-out storage solutions are designed for enterprises that want to manage their data, not their storage. Our storage systems are simple to install, manage, and scale to virtually any size. Isilon storage includes a choice of all-flash, hybrid or archive nodes. Isilon solutions stay simple no matter how much storage capacity is added, how much performance is required, or how business needs change in the future.

IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.
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OMRF, University of Utah, Translational Genetics Research Institute, Arcis, Geofizyka Torumn, Cyprus E&P Corporation, Colburn School, Columbia Sportswear, Harvard Medical School, University of Michigan, National Library of France,Celero, Friedhelm Loh Group, Clarks, Mingkang Natregro Health Food Group, Sofia, Etisalat Fights Fraud, UF Health Shands Hospital, Generali, Elecon Engineering Company Limited, Ventiv , Technology, CPFL Energia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., SciQuest, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Paddy Power, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Interconnect Services, Severstal IP-Only AB, PVU Group GmbH
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Manufacturing Company14%
Comms Service Provider14%
Agriculture14%
K 12 Educational Company Or School14%
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Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company6%
Retailer5%
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Financial Services Firm31%
Government16%
Healthcare Company9%
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Computer Software Company35%
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Large Enterprise60%
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Midsize Enterprise14%
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Large Enterprise55%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
448,290 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) is ranked 3rd in NAS with 7 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in NAS with 13 reviews. Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) is rated 9.4, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) writes "As you add more nodes in a cluster, you get more effective utilisation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) is most compared with Qumulo, NetApp FAS Series, HPE StoreEasy, Huawei OceanStor 9000 and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, HPE StorageWorks MSA and Huawei OceanStor. See our Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) vs. IBM FlashSystem report.

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