We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."
"The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features."
"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 installation and management are very easy."
"There are plenty of features available in this solution."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the overall simplicity."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the price to performance ratio."
"The majority of our customers find this solution simple to use."
"I've been satisfied with the level of attention I'm given when I reach out to technical support."
"This is a stable product that we can use for DR in production."
"One of the most valuable features is that it's very easy to use and configure. It used to be more difficult, but now it's almost flawless."
"The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution."
"The most valuable features are flexibility and performance."
"The most valuable feature is reliability."
"The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable."
"Over the years, it has become increasingly user-friendly."
"IBM FlashSystem is a flexible solution with plenty of features."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I would like to see the management layer improved."
"The product could always be faster."
"If they implement a backup solution directly into the OceanStor then it will be a valuable feature."
"This solution does not support VMware VVols 2.0."
"There are some limitations to this product because they do not have unified storage."
"This solution can improve by providing easier migrations and better Metro features."
"Huawei OceanStor Dorado could improve the integration, there have been some compatibility issues with some operating system functions."
"I would really like to see Heterogeneous Storage Virtualization in a future release."
"The pricing needs to be more competitive."
"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 solution is quite expensive. That's one of the downsides to using it."
"The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward."
"The installation is not easy. You need to have extensive knowledge to handle it."
"The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way."
"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 technical support in my region is satisfactory but it could improve. Support is very important for customers and downtime is very critical for us. We would like onsite or complete technical support which can help us to minimize our downtime or if problems occur."
"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."
"The price of the solution is competitive compared to others, such as Dell EMC and Hitachi. I believe the reason they are providing a discount is they want to increase their penetration into the market."
"We usually recommend our customers choose advanced licensing and enterprise companies are more inclined to choose this solution because it is more cost-effective than competitors."
"There are lots of features included with this solution and some of them require additional licensing, such as creating high availability storage using a cluster."
"There are some costs in addition to the standard licensing fees, depending on the requirements."
"This product is not too expensive, and the price is competitive on the market."
"You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable."
"I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable."
"They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that."
"The solution requires a license and could be less expensive."
"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."
"This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better."
"Its price is very good."
"The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution."
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
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Huawei's OceanStor Dorado V3 all-flash storage is the ideal choice for enterprises' mission-critical business. It is the industry's first commercial use of NVMe all-flash storage, and it delivers high-performing, reliable, and efficient storage services.
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.
Huawei OceanStor Dorado is ranked 14th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews. Huawei OceanStor Dorado is rated 8.0, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Huawei OceanStor Dorado writes "Easy to manage, easy to provision storage, and it is a good price to performance ratio". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". Huawei OceanStor Dorado is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, Huawei OceanStor, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon). See our Huawei OceanStor Dorado vs. IBM FlashSystem report.
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