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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerStore vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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"We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."

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"Gives us flexibility, performance, and ease of use. It also has some very good compression capabilities. We were looking for a solution that was easy to install in our VMware environment, that was flexible. PowerStore X is a type of a VMware cluster that you install inside your environment. If you have a VMware environment, like we have in production, it's easy to install and use.""The administration tools take advantage of machine learning and make recommendations to the admins, and that makes the administration easier.""The way you're able to manage all your PowerStores as one solution is very good for us. PowerStore enables you to federate or cluster multiple appliances with automated load balancing. In terms of management, it's helpful that we can do it from a single interface where we're able to manage multiple PowerStores. When you have multiple PowerStores it works intelligently by running the workloads based on the needs of the infrastructure."

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"The most valuable feature is the speed.""The high performance and high availability improved our overall processes.""It's easy to use, has good stability, and many features."

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"The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint.""In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""I would like to see the management layer improved."

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"Where the system needs to improve is by adding more enterprise features like replication on other sites. We would also like it to be much more aligned with the VMware version. For example, today we have two different versions of VMware ESXi running to keep the PowerStore online. It would be better if the software cycling was faster.""The setup process could be improved. We had some issues regarding configuration and the time it took to do things. It wasn't specifically the people we worked with, but more the process and how it's done. They can work on that."

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"The pricing should be more competitive.""I would like to have replication functionality built directly in the product, rather than having to use a separate device for this.""Other vendors have included a block and file system. IBM doesn't include a file system. And yet, it's very necessary for all organizations' networks to have file systems. We have other systems for the file system, however, ideally, we would like to have one system with these features.""IBM's support is not good. I experienced a big problem where I opened the console IBM Storage and would see that something was broken. I called the call centers, and I said, "I have a problem. My drive is not working." They want me to give them the serial number, I gave it to them and they told me "I cannot find your product. Your product is not here.""

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with.""The licensing fees are very reasonable."

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"The price is not cheap, but it's worth it for the features you get from the storage. If you can afford it, you are probably buying the best solution that you can have for this virtual environment.""There's still a cap on the upgrade path, where you can consume all the engines within the frame before you have to go to another frame... Normally, we exceed the IOPS on the frames before we can ever exhaust the storage, so anything they can do to help us avoid stranded storage capacity, capacity that we couldn't get to, would be beneficial.""When we compared it with the other solutions, the pricing of PowerStore was equal. The pricing is good."

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"The price of the FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is reasonable.""There are pricing options from the mid-rand to the high-range, of which the suitability depends upon the requirements."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: PowerStore is flexible, scalable, simple, and performant with market-leading economics for a wide range of legacy and… more »
Top Answer: Dell EMC PowerStore is a unified storage platform that has the added benefit of being scalable. The automated management… more »
Top Answer: The way you're able to manage all your PowerStores as one solution is very good for us. PowerStore enables you to… more »
Top Answer: It's easy to use, has good stability, and many features.
Top Answer: There are pricing options from the mid-rand to the high-range, of which the suitability depends upon the requirements.
Top Answer: The prices are high. Except for this, there is nothing I don't like in FlashSystem. Before IBM Flash, I was using NetApp… more »
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Pavilion HFA
PowerStore
IBM FlashSystem 9100, FlashSystem 9100
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Overview

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

PowerStore 1000T through 9000T models provide organizations with all the benefits of a unified storage platform for block, file and vVol data, while enabling flexible growth with the intelligent scale-up and scale-out capability of appliance clusters. In addition, automated management of resources across the cluster results in superior storage utilization and simplified administration. Designed for the modern data center, PowerStore’s data-centric design with NVMe and hardware-enabled Advanced Data Reduction and 4:1 DRR deliver critical performance and storage efficiency for both traditional and modern applications.

IBM FlashSystem 9100 combines the performance of flash and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) end-to-end with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore technology and the rich features of IBM Spectrum Virtualize - all in a powerful 2U enterprise-class storage system. Providing intensive data driven multicloud storage capacity, FlashSystem 9100 is deeply integrated with the software defined capabilities of IBM Spectrum Storage allowing you to easily add in the multicloud solutions that best support your business.

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Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
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Top Industries
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business78%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise19%
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise64%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerStore vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Dell EMC PowerStore is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 3 reviews while IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is ranked 24th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 4 reviews. Dell EMC PowerStore is rated 9.6, while IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerStore writes "Gives us performance and flexibility, and has completely changed our scientific computation environment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe writes "Good performance, easy to manage, and remains stable even during maintenance". Dell EMC PowerStore is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Primera and HPE Nimble Storage, whereas IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is most compared with Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, HPE Primera, Pure Storage FlashArray, Huawei OceanStor Dorado and NetApp NVMe AFF A800. See our Dell EMC PowerStore vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe report.

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