IBM Storwize vs. NetApp FAS Series

As of February 2019, IBM Storwize is ranked 3rd in NAS with 25 reviews vs NetApp FAS Series which is ranked 2nd in NAS with 20 reviews. The top reviewer of IBM Storwize writes "Virtualization significantly decreases the data migration time". The top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Double-parity RAID guarantees that our data stays intact". IBM Storwize is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and NetApp FAS Series. NetApp FAS Series is most compared with EMC Isilon, IBM Storwize and HPE StorageWorks MSA. See our IBM Storwize vs. NetApp FAS Series report.
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Pros
They have a virtualization feature and, even if you do not want to buy that feature, you can have it as a trial for two to three months. If you have another brand of storage from another company, you can use this tool to transfer all your data from the old system to the new Storwize system, which really shortens the migration time.High availability and enhanced security; Proven dependability; Data compression with hardware acceleration; Advanced copy services features are all in this product.The GUI is very easy and performance is also good.Virtualization of external storage, while adding cache and speed to the external storage.Ability to manage third-party arrays and virtualise them: One screen to control multiple arrays. Simplified administration.User friendly management interface.The valuable features for us are the extra add-ons, such as the FIM provisioning, the compression, the disaster recovery capabilities, and the storage pooling functions.The valuable features are high availability, compression, and a failover mechanism. It's a very highly available storage solution.

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One of the most valuable features offered is double-parity RAID, which guarantees that your data will stay intact. We're also able to provision storage and monitor which ones are really consuming storage.It is good to have a unified storage where you can have block and file level protocols.The initial setup was so straightforward. It was well-documented.It is very flexible. It integrates well with the public cloud and other components, so everything can be API driven. Therefore, it is very easy to automate it.Using the built-in Snapshots and SnapMirror technology, we were able to have better working data protection locally and off-site.The storage efficiency provided a maximum savings in our storage utilization.End-users like that they can rely on the Snapshot technology so they can do their restores themselves.Most valuable features are its ease of use, robust Snapshot functionality, and that you can use it in two datacenters with SnapMirror-ing.

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I have looked at a few pages of a report I download and I saw a graph there regarding software-defined vendors. IBM is not in a good position on this graph. I know that they are working very hard on this, to make it much better and to get to a level where it's not only hardware but also software to provide a complete solution.GUI interface should be enhanced more as there is some issues in copy services.Replication features need improvement. Currently, they are there in the product, but I'm not sure as to how it works exactly.Events/log analysis tools.One area for improvement is in the GUI, where host clusters are not properly dealt with. With Hypervisor host clusters, all hosts must see the same volumes in the same order. Using the concept of a “host-group” has been around (even with IBM) for many years, so why not with the V7000?Product support is restricted to IBM only. It must be decentralized to IBM partners as well.AHV is Acropolis Hypervisor – A relatively new Hypervisor, robust and stable as VMware vSphere, has built-in advanced analytics and powerful operations, Self Service Portal and components for DevOps included, managed by a single pane of glass (Prism) via HTML5 and it is free of charge – That is why Nutanix is so advanced and revolutionary.I know they have a flashcopy manager, but it is extra software, an additional license, and some customers don't like to add addition costs to their infrastructure. If IBM could create, or include snapshot management within the GUI, that would really be helpful.

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I would like to see less latency and higher IOPS.It lacks automatic tiering, When you use data, some of it goes cold. It is not hot data, so the system should automatically move that data to the SATA, while the hot data is kept on tier-one, the SaaS or SSD drives.The only downside is in ease in management; it is not easy to use.It's not a cheap system. It is very expensive. The pricing has been ridiculous every time that we had to renew the support.We would like to have further integration with some backup products. They have some of them already, but there could be more.The AutoSupport could be improved to be more proactive in certain cases.When getting new hardware, always tell the account manager that you are also considering other brands. They will be forced to adjust the price lower.Needs to ​add wizards for newer, inexperienced users.

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The pricing has been very competitive for the last few years. IBM got to the point where they changed the pricing model and we feel very comfortable with the pricing. It's very competitive. Over the last two years, IBM has been coming up with all kinds of interesting promos, especially for the SMB systems. That makes it very competitive price-wise and in terms of performance...IBM V7000 has a new license and price structure which provides intuitive licensing based on the functions customers wish to enable and use the most.Regarding licensing make sure you add at least three years software maintenance from IBM at the beginning, because you will not be able to download firmware updates or any fixes/patches without this.It pays to go back and get the best price you can from your supplier. The first offer is not always at the best discount.

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The scalability is pretty good, but it's too expensive.The price, compared to competitors, is quite high.Cost effective storage for all performance levels (including all-flash).The only area that could be improved is to lower prices for their All Flash FAS.The price it not low, but comparing features to other vendors, the price can be balanced.There are products available in market with comparatively lower costs.Most storage vendors also have software, or licensing bundles, which may offer the required licenses considerably cheaper, but do also maybe offer licenses, which are not needed.The process for going to cluster mode is expensive.

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Ranking
3rd
out of 30 in NAS
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13,383
Comparisons
8,302
Reviews
24
Followers
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8.1
2nd
out of 30 in NAS
Views
18,895
Comparisons
9,204
Reviews
20
Followers
674
Avg. Rating
9.1
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Overview
Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize software, the IBM Storwize family provides hybrid solutions with common functionality, management and flexibility. These products include built-in functions such as Real-time Compression and Easy Tier technology, which optimize flash and hard disk drives to deliver high performance and extraordinary levels of efficiency. Available in a wide range of storage systems, the Storwize family delivers sophisticated capabilities that are easy to deploy, and help control costs for growing businesses.NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider9%
Media Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Financial Services Firm37%
Marketing Services Firm20%
Insurance Company13%
Comms Service Provider6%
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Financial Services Firm26%
Healthcare Company16%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Government6%
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Aerospace/Defense Firm17%
Financial Services Firm16%
Pharma/Biotech Company15%
Retailer12%
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Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise79%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise55%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise59%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Storwize vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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