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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EqualLogic PS series vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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"It is extremely reliable.""The technical support is very good.""The product is very stable.""It is stable and scalable.""The technical support for EqualLogic has been universally outstanding.""Dell's technical support is very good.""Technical support, when we had access to it, was very good.""The solution can scale."

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"The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space.""Most of the features for the reduction in data compression are useful. It is also very easy to use and administer. Its performance is also good.""Over the years, it has become increasingly user-friendly.""The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good.""The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable.""The installation is nice and easy.""I like most of the features. Its speed, performance, and availability are valuable. We are implementing the data reduction technology the most.""The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution."

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"Synchronous replication uses space inefficiently.""There is no option for mixing RAID types in one device.""Individual file recovery would be a nice additional feature.""The product is reaching the end-of-lifecycle.""The replication efficiency needs to be improved.""There is no inline deduplication capability.""If I need to have more space or more capacity, I need to replace the product. It would be ideal if we could scale without replacing the box itself.""We need more space and we can't get any."

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"The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way.""They can include Amazon file system S3 protocol in the upcoming releases. It is a cloud file system. IBM FlashSystem doesn't have this feature in the box for high-end or mid-range. We have got requests for this from customers because we need to use S3 for EDI application storage. At the beginning of every year, IBM releases firmware. When I find any bugs in the firmware during the year, I am unable to find any information from IBM regarding the bug. I need to open a ticket, and the IBM engineering team makes a patch only for me. This patch is not public. By creating a customized patch for a client, they don't really solve the issue for everyone. If multiple users have the same bug, IBM should upload the patch on the official website so that we can download it. IBM FlashSystem has a monitoring tool in the box, but it is not advanced. I need a more advanced tool for more advanced equations and monitoring. All top three storage vendors, that is, EMC, IBM, and Pure Storage, don't have a powerful monitoring tool. To monitor our box to show the statistics for I/Os and latency, I need to pay for extra software. The built-in monitoring storage is not mature enough to handle all requests and generate all reports that I need. They can include the functionality to stretch a cluster natively without using any additional boxes. In addition, there are some features that EMC has integrated with the box. These features are not available in IBM FlashSystem.""The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.""It could be easier to implement.""They can improve its initial configuration. The initial configuration is currently very difficult. There are multiple choices or alternative ways to configure based on the use case and what you are targeting out of the device, that is, more capacity or more performance. These multiple alternatives cause a lot of confusion. They should increase the processing part of the nodes. Currently, you can cluster up to eight nodes. From my experience and the workload that I am facing in my environment currently, I would like to see either a bigger or stronger node or a larger number of nodes that can be clustered together. We formally communicated to them that we need to see either this or that, and they are working on something.""The pricing needs to be more competitive.""Their technical support needs improvement in terms of reachability for the clients and response times. They should be more responsive and have more online platforms for support. They should make more technical information available online. There could be some kind of documentation community.""IBM should improve its data reduction development."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It seemed expensive at first, but the durability lowered the cost of ownership dramatically over time.""Initial packages include all upgrades and services.""There are annual maintenance costs beyond the original licensing period."

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"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.""Among IBM, Dell EMC, and Pure Storage, IBM is the cheapest. The price is also based on our location, the size of our entity, and our regular annual purchases from them. We are a very big IBM customer, so we normally get very high discounts. We are not a big customer of Pure Storage. We don't buy that much from Pure Storage per year. Everything is included in the price. There is no extra license for different functions.""Its price is very good.""I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable.""You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable.""The solution requires a license and could be less expensive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The performance isn't as good as, for example, Nimble. The solution needs to have smart data disks and a smarter way to find those disks on certain drives. We are having some issues right now where… more »
Top Answer: We primarily use the solution for storage, and for its fan.
Top Answer: As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets Dell EMC Unity will generally have a better price at parity performance over… more »
Top Answer: One of the valuable features is the performance, it is one of the best in the market.
Top Answer: Hi, in competitive Flash Storage situations the pricing is very agressive and good.
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Overview
EqualLogic PS Series arrays bring a new level of performance to service more of your most demanding applications and virtualization requirements, while delivering the simplicity of the EqualLogic management experience. Featuring six array configurations, including 2U/2.5" drive options with All Flash and Hybrid Arrays, it is ideal for companies and organizations with growing data and performance needs.

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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FAW Foundry, AW Engineering, Unimat, eLongNet Information Technology, BDO Brasil, Odyssey Space Research
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Healthcare Company6%
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Healthcare Company11%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EqualLogic PS series vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
543,424 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EqualLogic PS series is ranked 6th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 5 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 15 reviews. Dell EqualLogic PS series is rated 8.0, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dell EqualLogic PS series writes "A workhorse that is fast and impeccably reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". Dell EqualLogic PS series is most compared with HPE StorageWorks MSA, NetApp FAS Series, Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Nexsan BEAST, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC PowerStore, HPE Nimble Storage and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS). See our Dell EqualLogic PS series vs. IBM FlashSystem report.

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