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Joseph King
Real User
CTO at CAS Severn
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The most important feature that our customers are very interested in is the virtualization. Being able to have the flexibility as they grow… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When it comes to our benefits from this solution, a lot of it comes down to simplicity. If we take a look at a lot of these complex IT solutions… more»

What needs improvement?

We think that IBM has to continue to invest in additional data reduction capabilities which are on their roadmap. Being able to use flash most… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

A lot of our customers were previously using either all disk or hybrid solutions for their storage. Moving towards an all-flash V9000, allowed them… more»

What other advice do I have?

Folks that are looking to implement the V9000 really should take a look at the simplicity that an all-flash array can bring to their environment… more»
Real User
Senior Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jun 04 2017

What is most valuable?

The V9000 incorporates both the Spectrum virtualization layer as well as flash technology. It does it in such a unique manner that it provides… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Speed. I mean it's flash. It's speed. The benefit is to reduce the amount of workload and transaction time. When customers have put data on the… more»

What needs improvement?

They've already got one. The clustering host came in 7/8 code, so that's coming in. I would like to see deduplication come very soon. That would be… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our customer was a legacy Storewize customer. We knew that when they were announcing their combination of Spectrum Virtualize and flash that it… more»

What other advice do I have?

Read the Redbook. The most important thing when selecting a vendor for me is how well the vendor works with me. It's a partnership, not just a… more»
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Real User
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The speed and the ease of installation are the most valuable features. The IBM FlashSystem is the fastest in the industry. You can add it to their… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest benefit is the latency. It is so low that it's going to increase your transactions for transactional data. It's going to increase the… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm not sure that I want to see any additional features. I like the way they have it. It's simple. It gives you the low latency that you need, so… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I actually performed a PoC of multiple flash system products and found IBM FlashSystem to be the fastest one out there.

What other advice do I have?

If they: * Have to choose from what's out there in the industry * Are looking for storage efficiencies where they're going to get deduplication and… more»
Steven Garcia
Real User
Senior Technical Specialist with 51-200 employees
Jun 16 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the continuity of the user interface. Many of our customers leverage Storwize and XIV storage subsystems. That continuity in look and feel has likely… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Having a consistent user experience and user interface has helped save our customers' time: we don't have to retrain them for a new user interface, and they don't have the learning… more»

What needs improvement?

A lot of the beauty of the FlashSystem 900 is that it's very, very focused on what it does, and it does it well. I don't really think there are additional features required.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a great flash solution that can be virtualized or utilized as a building block for a scalable flash solution, or if you're looking for flash for a very specific… more»
Real User
Solution Architect tct at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 20 2017

What is most valuable?

This was a great step forward from the XIV in next generation hardware for the customer. We're seeing tremendous data reduction for many workloads… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Benefits for us include lower overall cost, higher density, lower data center costs, and reduced total TCO, as well as moving to an all-flash… more»

What needs improvement?

The HSM management console GUI still need some enhancements. It is still a bit awkward in navigation, and some functions/features are not yet fully… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Regarding previous solutions, this was more of a technology refresh decision. A customer was heavily invested in an older technology that they were… more»

What other advice do I have?

Read anything and everything you can, such as documentation manuals and best practices that are coming out. Stay plugged into the IBM communities… more»
Real User
Design Engineer at a recruiting/HR firm with 10,001+ employees
Jun 04 2017

What is most valuable?

For me and for the operations team, the ease-of-use of the GUI is the most valuable feature. It's really easy to understand. It's really easy to do… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Time to value. You finish things a lot quicker. I can provision the storage a lot faster and find problems a lot quicker. The fact that I can SSH… more»

What needs improvement?

There's always room for improvement. Adding deduplication would allow us to get more bang for our buck, basically.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We needed the performance of the applications. Payroll applications are very I/O intensive and flash systems are a perfect fit. It makes sense.

What other advice do I have?

Just be careful if you're going to try to use compression, because of the specific issues we've had. If it's a high performance computing… more»
dasdadmin
Real User
Storage Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 02 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are, of course, the virtualization of the storage, the performance, and the compression.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit to our organization is primarily the capacity savings. It compresses the data so we can see something like a four to one compression.

What needs improvement?

With regards to the IBM V7000 storage system, where we have multiple tiers of storage, a heat map would show I/O distribution across the tiers of storage. I'd like to see some type of… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would just tell them to give it a try. Benchmark it and compare it with the other vendors. Talk to some customers about their experiences.
AlejandroRivas Detomasi
Real User
IT Specialist / IBM Software and Hardware support at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

I/O speeds. This products in basically a RAID comprised of SSD drives with PCI-Express interface, that you can connect to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This storage has incredible performance, the I/O is awesome. It is difficult to understand how fast it is if you don’t… more»

What needs improvement?

This storage is factory configured so it's very difficult and expensive to add more flash modules (disk capacity)… more»

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

If you are going to buy one, have in mind the amount of capacity you need, and your estimated growth for the following… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No, this is my first experience with a 100% SSD solution.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend adding a pair of SAN switches to the Flash solution, otherwise it's a waste to use as and direct attach… more»
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