IBM FlashSystem Other Advice

Ajai Jayakumar
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We use the on-premises deployment model of the solution. In terms of advice, I would give to others, I would say that you need to have the proper training for the solution. You need to train your staff on this product because it's not a straightforward implementation or a straightforward product, so you need to have some knowledge about the storage and how it works. Then plan and size your infrastructure prior to your deployment. We planned for five years in advance, and we are happy with the solution because we did our homework prior to implementation. I would rate this solution eight out of ten. View full review »
Gokhan Aricioglu
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Almost all vendors are offering data reduction functionalities (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning etc.) in their newest products. Reduction techniques are offering up to 10 times reduction in data but this ratio is not more than 2 or 3 in real life for mixed type of data. Therefore, customers should test the products with their real and different type of data to measure the reduction rates properly. Otherwise, vendors may offer smaller sizes in their proposal and there might be conflict in between two parties after setup of the product in the live environment. View full review »
Storemgr67
Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
My advice to others would be to go for the big one, the A9000. It is a little bit more expensive but it offers a better total cost of ownership. In the next version, I would like to see external virtualization. We are currently using LVC for external virtualization, and then we are using the boxes under LVC. If IBM embeds the LVC feature inside the box, I will only need to use the box and then virtualize the smaller boxes behind it. It will simplify my issues. I rate this solution a nine out of ten. View full review »
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Chieftechofficer67
CTO at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
My advice to anybody who is considering this system is not to do it. I do not recommend it. It is a big No. The biggest complaint that I have about this solution is the support. It is important to have responsive support. We had a RAM issue, and the RAM is the heart of the server. I had to escalate the ticket and wait for thirty days. During that time, my server was totally down, which caused our productivity to suffer. It was a big disaster. The hardware may be good, but I cannot rate this solution very high because of the support. I would rate this solution a five out of ten. View full review »
Matthys Booyens
Chief Technology Officer at Inovo
The biggest lesson we've learned so far is that hyper-converged storage is good for smaller workloads, but the re-syncing after a failure will be a problem for big workloads. The IBM System is top-notch and offers all the features we need to keep going for another 5 years. View full review »
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