Joseph AshongHead, Internal Audit at a financial services firm
Anonymous UserBroadcast System Manager at a media company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"The most valuable feature for us is the combining of HA and SnapMirror."
"The most important features are SnapVault, Snapshots, and SnapMirror."
"For us, the greatest aspect of the solution is the fact that it just runs. It is amazingly resilient. That's very important to us, because we are basically, with some exceptions, have a 24/7 operation."
"The most valuable feature is SnapMirror."
"Data consolidation and visualization."
"You can use different protocols at the same time. Monitoring is also very easy in NetApp FAS Series. There is a free tool for monitoring."
"The most valuable features are the NAS features and NetApp's excellent support."
"I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system."
"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."
"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."
"Currently, the newest release is not HCI friendly."
"Technical support needs to be improved, as there are no longer partners in our country."
"The one aspect of the solution that's negative for us is also more unique to us due to the fact that we did a MetroCluster. The tiebreaker piece that does the monitoring of the two different locations, and determines if one is not talking to the network normally (or if it's truly down) is a little difficult. It feels like it was not designed from the beginning to fit well into the other pieces. It feels like it was thrown in at the last minute and it is not smooth."
"If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product."
"The solution could do more than just data."
"Its licensing cost can be improved."
"There is no NetApp infrastructure set up here in Greece."
"Interfacing with the cloud environment could be better. I want to be able to move some cloud volume and integrate it seamlessly with my home on-premise storage. Sometimes I have issues with port permissions. NetApp probably needs to improve more on the integration side from on-premise to the cloud."
"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."
"I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD."
"It is expensive."
"I don't recall the price, but in general, pricing can always be better."
"It's not cheap, but at the same time, it's also inexpensive. It's somewhere in between."
"We purchased it for four years, and it wasn't expensive. It was reasonable. Every company has a different agreement with NetApp. We got everything we wanted with all the bells and whistles and all the features and functionalities."
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.
IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in NAS with 19 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 4th in NAS with 10 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Resilient without disrupting the user experience and very stable". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, Dell EMC PowerStore and Dell EMC SC Series, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon), HPE StorageWorks MSA, FreeNAS, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Qumulo. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series report.
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