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IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe Competitors and Alternatives

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Director Global Storage at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Flexible and easy to use with a simple initial setup

Pros and Cons

  • "We find the product to be very flexible."
  • "The cost of the solution is quite high. It would be ideal if they could adjust it so that it's a but less."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution for the database.

What is most valuable?

The solution works well.

I can't think of any specific feature that stands out for me. There isn't one that I prefer above others.

The initial setup was pretty easy.

The ease of use of the solution if great.

We find the product to be very flexible.

What needs improvement?

I can't recall any shortcomings in the product. There aren't really any features that are lacking in any way.

The cost of the solution is quite high. It would be ideal if they could adjust it so that it's a but less.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for seven years at this point. It's been a while. I have a good amount of experience with the product.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. It's reliable. It doesn't crash or freeze and there haven't been any bugs or glitches.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product has been rather scalable. It's good. We don't have a problem with scaling if we need to. Other companies should be able to scale too.

Currently, we have hundreds of users on the product right now. Most are database administrators.

We may increase usage in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've dealt with technical support in the past, mostly for drive replacements or items of that nature. They've been very good in that respect. We're satisfied with the level of support we've been given as an organization. They are very responsive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use IBM and HP among other solutions. However, we've never used another product for this particular use case.

How was the initial setup?

The solution's initial setup was not complex at all. We found the process of the implementation to be very straightforward. It was easy to execute on.

The deployment took less than two weeks. It was a fairly quick process.

We don't really need to have any staff for maintenance.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the process of the implementation completely in-house. We didn't require the assistance of an integrator or consultant.

What was our ROI?

We still have and use the solution, which means it is doing what it is supposed to do. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We find the pricing to be very high. We'd like the company to lower it a bit to make it more affordable. Right now, it's pretty expensive.

We pay for the solution on a yearly basis. I don't know the exact cost off the top of my head, however. It's my understanding that there are no costs above the standard licensing fee.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers and end-users. We don't have a business relationship with the company.

I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using.

Overall, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. The ease of use and flexibility are great, however, it loses points due to its relatively high cost.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Daniel Aramayo
Implementation and Support Engineer at PRACSO S.R.L.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reasonably priced, scales well, and offers good stability

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward."
  • "I'd like to see the product implement active replication for vehicles such as VMware."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for cluster applications and databases. We use the solution on the DBA and those that use double machines.

What is most valuable?

Being able to have broken files on-site on the same appliance is quite useful.

The newer version of NVME has a really noticeable difference in quality versus the last generation. It's better in terms of latency. It allows for so much more input.

The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward. 

The stability is quite good.

We've found the scalability to be excellent.

The price of the product isn't too high.

What needs improvement?

To be able to do the welcome files simultaneously on a lower version would be helpful. 

I general, we don't really have any pain points when dealing with the solution.

The solution should improve its logon requirements.

I'd like to see the product implement active replication for vehicles such as VMware.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been very good and very reliable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. Its performance has been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale if you need it to. It offers good scalability.

We have already expanded capacity and installed additional chokes and it works perfectly, with no downtime and no impact on production.

We do have plans to increase usage in the future. We're looking forward to installing more clusters and extending the offering.

While we have five main users that manage the arrays, we have many, many general users of the product.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not overly complex or difficult. It's quite simple and very straightforward. A company shouldn't have any issues with the process. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay for licensing on a yearly basis. We're pretty happy with the cost. It's reasonable and not overly expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this solution, we evaluated solutions from HP, IBM, and Dell EMC.

What other advice do I have?

We are partners. 

While I would recommend the product to others, I would also advise that they try it out first via a proof of concept if they are not so sure about the solution. It's free and they can experiment with all the features in their own environments.

I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten. We are very happy with the product overall.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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VMware and Windows Server Team Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Simple to use, good performance, resilient, and good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it."
  • "It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays."

What is most valuable?

What I like most about this solution is the simplicity of the array.

The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.

The education, compression, and the speed to perform these are astonishing.

The array is really resilient.

What needs improvement?

The price of this solution is high and should be lowered.

It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Pure Storage for about three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the Pure FlashArray is 100%.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With respect to scalability, it would be nice to create a LAN or a cluster on top of multiple arrays.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is 100% and they respond really quickly. Their Evergreen support plan is astonishing. They are a leader in this regard.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with similar solutions from IBM and NetApp. The advantage to those solutions is that you can create a LAN on top of multiple arrays.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of this solution is high.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

With respect to comparing other solutions, when you put all of the features in a box, leverage them and migrate your application to one of these arrays, it will give you a lot of benefits. Some people have compared benchmark performance tests against other arrays and from my point of view, overall as a whole package when you sum everything up, Pure Storage is the winner.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a very good solution and my main complaint is about the price. Out of all of the arrays that I have worked with, Pure Storage is one of the better ones.

I highly recommend both the solution and the company. My suggestion to anybody who is considering this product is to do the mathematics regarding the budget and the price really well because the rate can be expensive when it comes to upgrading in the future, either scaling it up or out.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Irfan Basharat
Solutions Architect (Huawei & Lenovo) at Computer Marketing Company Pvt Ltd
Real User
Top 10
Plenty of features, priced well, and reliable

Pros and Cons

  • "There are plenty of features available in this solution."
  • "This solution can improve by providing easier migrations and better Metro features."

What is our primary use case?

Huawei OceanStor Dorado is a flash storage solution.

What is most valuable?

There are plenty of features available in this solution.

What needs improvement?

This solution can improve by providing easier migrations and better Metro features.

In an upcoming release, Huawei could improve by adding migration services to allow customers to migrate from other solutions, such as HPE or Dell. This would help make this solution more attractive to those wanting to switch.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have clients of all business sizes.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is good. However, there are times when it can be challenging.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have previously used IBM, HPE, Dell, and Lenovo and when comparing Huawei OceanStor Dorado, it is a very good solution.

How was the initial setup?

The difficulty level of the installation depends on the client's environment. There are easy installations and very complicated ones. For example, if the client needs to have replication and backups a few times a day and there is more than a 200-kilometer distance for the data to be transferred it can be difficult.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We usually recommend our customers choose advanced licensing and enterprise companies are more inclined to choose this solution because it is more cost-effective than competitors.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Huawei OceanStor Dorado a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Solutions provider
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