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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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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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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.

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance integrates the cloud into its core architecture, making cloud storage available to all users and access protocols while eliminating on-premises cloud access licensing charges and the need for external gateways. Built using a powerful SMP design, multi-threaded OS, massive DRAM caches, and all flash storage, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance powers the most demanding applications, from fast query responses and, rapid transaction processing to virtualization and cloud workloads. With these performance levels, you can easily achieve 4:1 consolidation of your current NAS filers and gain a higher return on your storage investment.

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IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 15 reviews while Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is ranked 9th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network). IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2, while Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". On the other hand, 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), whereas Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is most compared with NetApp FAS Series, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE StorageWorks MSA and Dell EqualLogic PS series.

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