IBM FlashSystem Pros and Cons

IBM FlashSystem Pros

Ahmed Zaki
Infrastructure Architect Supervisor; Solution Delivery Supervisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Most of the features for the reduction in data compression are useful. It is also very easy to use and administer. Its performance is also good.
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KV
reviewer1081236
Director Technical at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Over the years, it has become increasingly user-friendly.
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Ajai Jayakumar
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The performance of the All-Flash System is very good. There is more enhanced performance and data production in the solution, which I appreciate.
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Storemgr67
Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable.
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Ghulam Mustafa
BT Area Champion/Trainer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution.
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Abdullah Mahmood
Network and System Administrator at TWD Technologies Ltd.
We've found the solution to be very stable so far.
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Gokhan Aricioglu
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The initial setup was really straightforward. It was not complex. Deployment took one month, due to the data migration duration.
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BB
reviewer1480077
Deputy Chief Technology Officer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The installation is nice and easy.
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Storemgr67
Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The feature I find most valuable, is the deduplication, because the nature of the data that we are using in our current environment, has a lot of replicated data.
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Usman Rasool
VP - Head Enterprise IT Infrastructure at MIB
The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space.
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IBM FlashSystem Cons

Ahmed Zaki
Infrastructure Architect Supervisor; Solution Delivery Supervisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
They can include Amazon file system S3 protocol in the upcoming releases. It is a cloud file system. IBM FlashSystem doesn't have this feature in the box for high-end or mid-range. We have got requests for this from customers because we need to use S3 for EDI application storage. At the beginning of every year, IBM releases firmware. When I find any bugs in the firmware during the year, I am unable to find any information from IBM regarding the bug. I need to open a ticket, and the IBM engineering team makes a patch only for me. This patch is not public. By creating a customized patch for a client, they don't really solve the issue for everyone. If multiple users have the same bug, IBM should upload the patch on the official website so that we can download it. IBM FlashSystem has a monitoring tool in the box, but it is not advanced. I need a more advanced tool for more advanced equations and monitoring. All top three storage vendors, that is, EMC, IBM, and Pure Storage, don't have a powerful monitoring tool. To monitor our box to show the statistics for I/Os and latency, I need to pay for extra software. The built-in monitoring storage is not mature enough to handle all requests and generate all reports that I need. They can include the functionality to stretch a cluster natively without using any additional boxes. In addition, there are some features that EMC has integrated with the box. These features are not available in IBM FlashSystem.
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KV
reviewer1081236
Director Technical at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.
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Ajai Jayakumar
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is not easy to implement. It takes a lot of time to study the product and it's a little complicated in general.
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Storemgr67
Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
They can improve its initial configuration. The initial configuration is currently very difficult. There are multiple choices or alternative ways to configure based on the use case and what you are targeting out of the device, that is, more capacity or more performance. These multiple alternatives cause a lot of confusion. They should increase the processing part of the nodes. Currently, you can cluster up to eight nodes. From my experience and the workload that I am facing in my environment currently, I would like to see either a bigger or stronger node or a larger number of nodes that can be clustered together. We formally communicated to them that we need to see either this or that, and they are working on something.
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Ghulam Mustafa
BT Area Champion/Trainer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
IBM should improve its data reduction development.
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Abdullah Mahmood
Network and System Administrator at TWD Technologies Ltd.
The design is a little old-fashioned and could be updated. The rack is very primitive and designed in an older style.
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Gokhan Aricioglu
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The solution is not able to replicate data in one-to-many scenario.
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BB
reviewer1480077
Deputy Chief Technology Officer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The pricing needs to be more competitive.
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Storemgr67
Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see an improvement in the handling of large amounts of rights.
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Usman Rasool
VP - Head Enterprise IT Infrastructure at MIB
The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way.
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Learn what your peers think about IBM FlashSystem. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2021.
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