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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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"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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"The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.""The most valuable features are the replication of data and the continuous snapshot that we can take from the disc.""At this point, I don't know anything that they could provide in a better way.""I like its speed. It has all the features that I need.""It's very fast and very easy to use. It performs well and is both flexible and compatible. We like it because it's easy to use.""The mobile app is very helpful.""This solution is very scalable.""Pure Storage is extremely reliable — it's never failed."

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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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"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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"It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.""The problem is that we can only make a few groups, around five or six groups. I like groups and we need a lot of them. We had to put all the information in only a few groups and cannot make a more detailed separation of them.""It would be nice to have a better view of the allocated capacity on their Platform as a Service solution because we have to do some manual calculations to understand how much we are going to pay every month to use the storage that is allocated.""Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""The integration capabilities could be improved.""The solution is not cheap.""I feel like there is too much automation; the user doesn't have any manual input.""On a couple of occasions, the waiting time for an upgrade has been pretty substantial."

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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 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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"Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more.""They have a standardized fee; it's been the same price for 10 years straight. I am happy with the price — I think it's good.""We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee.""My organization has a yearly license, but I believe that Pure Storage FlashArray has capacity-based licenses as well. I'm definitely happy with the pricing.""There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution.""Pure is typically more expensive than everyone else. You get what you pay for, but I have lost deals to similar solutions because of pricing. They include everything, and that's another positive about Pure Storage. They aren't trying to nickel and dime their customers for different features. It is all included in one price. The license is by capacity, and the price depends on the capacity and the discount we're getting from the vendor. You get the SKU of the physical appliance, support, and maintenance, and that's it. You're licensed for whatever feature they offer. It is all rolled up into the price of the appliance.""The pricing is reasonable."

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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: As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets… 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.
Top Answer: Both are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I would recommend you to consider Pure… more »
Top Answer: The technical support is very good.
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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

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.

Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Celero, Friedhelm Loh Group, Clarks, Mingkang Natregro Health Food Group, Sofia, Etisalat Fights Fraud, UF Health Shands Hospital, Generali, Elecon Engineering Company Limited, Ventiv , Technology, CPFL Energia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., SciQuest, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Paddy Power, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Interconnect Services, Severstal IP-Only AB, PVU Group GmbH
Nielsen, Lamar Advertising, LinkedIn, Betfair, UT-Dallas
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm34%
Government13%
Healthcare Company11%
Comms Service Provider11%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider26%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm19%
Healthcare Company15%
Manufacturing Company9%
Government8%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise58%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise79%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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IBM FlashSystem is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 14 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 17 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.0, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. 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 Pure Storage FlashArray writes "Provides protection against ransomware threats with immutable snapshots, and it is well known for its scalability, ease of use, and non-disruptive upgrades". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC PowerStore, HPE Nimble Storage, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and HPE StorageWorks MSA, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, Dell EMC PowerStore and VMware vSAN. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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