Compare IBM XIV vs. NetApp FAS Series

IBM XIV is ranked 9th in Modular SAN with 4 reviews while NetApp FAS Series which is ranked 3rd in Modular SAN with 19 reviews. IBM XIV is rated 7.2, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM XIV writes "This is the easiest storage platform on the market to manage". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Double-parity RAID guarantees that our data stays intact". IBM XIV is most compared with IBM Storwize, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and NetApp FAS Series, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with EMC Isilon, IBM Storwize and HPE StorageWorks MSA. See our IBM XIV vs. NetApp FAS Series report.
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Pros
Very easy to produce reporting data (Snaps). Very easy and fast for provisioning devices and Remote mirroring.Installation is amazingly easy.As it spreads, a chuck of 1MB across the board means using all available spindles on the backend.The performance and robustness of the systems are very good.Hands down, this is the easiest storage platform on the market to manage.

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This solution provides us with easy management and great vendor support.The most valuable feature for us is the combining of HA and SnapMirror.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.

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The change form synchronous mirroring to asynchronous (and vice versa) without reconfiguration from scratch would be helpful.I encountered stability (performance) issues during enclosure or disk rebuild. Also some power supply issues due to malfunctions of ​circuits. Sometimes "internal" Snap sessions hang and consume pool capacity.This product was not a good fit for our organization as we have a ton of latency sensitive applications and XIV was not able to keep up with IO + latency demand.Until the drive is replaced, the pool_resizing is locked.I would rather have a web GUI served directly from the unit, and a CLI accessible directly through SSH.

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Dedicated storage efficiency accelerators could improve the overall performance of the system.Currently, the newest release is not HCI friendly.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.

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Licensing is straightforward.No-license-required policy, unlike others where you need a license for everything. Just pay once and forget about licenses.If you are going to use the product behind an SVC, IBM will price the units lower, since you are likely not to use any of the advanced copy services.

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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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9th
out of 42 in Modular SAN
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2,102
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Reviews
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353
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3rd
out of 42 in Modular SAN
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22,087
Comparisons
9,621
Reviews
19
Average Words per Review
272
Avg. Rating
8.9
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Overview

IBM XIV is a high-end, grid-scale storage system that excels in tuning-free consistent performance, ease of use and exceptional data economics, including inline, and IBM Real-time Compression. IBM XIV is ideal for hybrid cloud, offering predictable service levels for dynamic workloads, simplified scale management, including in multi-tenant environments, flexible consumption models — and robust cloud automation and orchestration through OpenStack, RESTful API and VMware. It offers security and data protection through hot encryption, advanced mirroring and self-healing and investment protection with perpetual licensing.

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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Celero, NaviSite, Technische Universit_t Mªnchen, Netflix Inc., Muhr und Bender KG, Pelephone CommunicationsChildren's Hospital Central California, Plex Systems, PDF PNI Digital Media, Denver Broncos, PDF KSM Legal, Clayton Companies, Virginia Community College
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Financial Services Firm25%
Healthcare Company16%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
University6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Pharma/Biotech Company21%
Aerospace/Defense Firm18%
Financial Services Firm16%
Retailer14%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise66%
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