IBM FlashSystem Competitors and Alternatives

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Anonymous User
Real User
IT Admin at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 09 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are snapshot & replication. The snapshot is straightforward in terms of how you can... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Upgraded models that doubles the capacity and performance

What needs improvement?

Just continue the updates of technology features; I expect there will be more updates in capacity and IOPS as models... more»

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

Pricing is very competitive compared to other solutions. All the features are bundled in the product without any... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I previously used a different solution, and I switched to Nimble because of its cost effectiveness, its ease of use and... more»

What other advice do I have?

Please evaluate and review other solutions and from that, you can simply compare and experience the advantages of... more»
Brad Eley
Real User
Network Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the best features of the VNX is the ability to combine drives of different types into a virtual Storage Pool. By combining small but fast... more»

How has it helped my organization?

By utilizing the Storage Pools feature of the VNX, our organization can provide the required performance without having to over-invest in... more»

What needs improvement?

The management software used for the VNX is Unicenter. While it is an improvement over Navicenter, used in older EMC SANs, it still feels... more»

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

While EMC tends to be on the expensive side, the stability and support of their products are top-notch and I feel are worth the cost.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Previous to the VNX, we were using an EMC CX-80 SAN. The reason for switching was to stay on a supported platform.
JohnBowling
Real User
IT Manager - Storage at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
May 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Speed and reliability: This system hosts several mission-critical, latency-sensitive workloads and XtremIO has... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Several processes that used to take several hours to complete are now taking minutes to complete. There are advanced... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like hardware capacity additions to be a little more flexible. The upgrade path for the existing XTremIO units... more»

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

At first glance, this solution is pretty expensive. However, when you factor in inline deduplication, inline... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using several other technologies prior to introducing XtremIO. We switched because PoC testing proved the... more»

What other advice do I have?

Download and utilize a free deduplication\compression tool to identify effective rates to determine effective capacity... more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Infrastructure Manager at a hospitality company
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* Fiber channel connectivity * Fast cache features * Support of VVOLS * 10GB NICs * Support of high performance and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Unity 300 is now the go-to storage device we use as we virtualize our infrastructure. The SAN currently exceeds our... more»

What needs improvement?

The SAN provided by EMC exceeded our expectations. The only room for improvement I can see would be a faster leader... more»

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

Licensing ranges from $20K plus for a decent configuration. AFA configurations start at about $25K.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had no previous SAN solution.

What other advice do I have?

There is currently a long lead time on 3TB SSD disks due to a shortage of materials in the USA.
EricSlabbinck
Real User
Project Manager at a government with 11-50 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

Transparant redundancy for VMware virtual machines, because this makes it possible that storage switches over from one system to another without... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Automation of the failover allows the IT department of the hospital to improve the availability of systems.

What needs improvement?

From a personal point of view, what would interest me is a mechanism that detects file-rot, i.e. that detects whether a file or sector has... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used HP EVA previously.

What other advice do I have?

Don't buy either the oldest or the newest technology!

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