IBM FlashSystem Reviews
Aug 16 2019
What is most valuable?The performance of the All-Flash System is very good. There is more enhanced performance and data production in the solution, which I appreciate.
What needs improvement?They should reduce the cost of the solution and offer smaller storage sizes to target small to medium-sized businesses. The solution is not easy to implement. It takes a lot of time to study the… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?In our case, we calculated the storage capacity and performance we would need for five years and we bought the product outright. After five years we might have to scale the product, but then we will… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We previously used DDN storage. We switched because IBM has got a good reputation and they gave us a better price. From a technical and reputational standpoint, IBM was superior.
What other advice do I have?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… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?I didn't evaluate another solution before choosing IBM.
Jul 19 2019
Decreased the run time of batch jobs from an hour to minutes but more granularity is needed in the software features.
What is most valuable?Ability to compress the data at the NVMe disks is valuable as it is off-loading the process from the storage controller units. Hyperswap feature is valuable as it is… more»
How has it helped my organization?As a result of the accelerated read and write operations from disks, productivity across the enterprise has increased in daily work.
What needs improvement?Deduplication feature is not mature and it is significantly increasing the latency. Additionally, the product has limitations in the software features and granularity. For… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Licensing is very straight forward for IBM Flash System and the warranty includes highest level of support conditions. The initial setup was very easy and smooth. The cost… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?This is the first time we are using a Flash System. In the past, we were using traditional hard disk drive (SAS and SATA) storage systems. We needed to increase the… more»
What other advice do I have?Almost all vendors are offering data reduction functionalities (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning etc.) in their newest products. Reduction techniques are… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We chose this solution among 6 solutions from different vendors. Local support organization, performance test results, cost and the technology of the product were the key… more»
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Sep 16 2019
What is most valuable?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. You tend to create a copy of the same system multiple times for different reasons. So if you use a flash system that is… more»
What needs improvement?I would like to see an improvement in the handling of large amounts of rights. An automatic flash system that doesn't do compression or deduplication will flush through the rights directly from the host to the flash modules. It doesn't keep them in the cache. For compression and deduplication… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We use EMC devices and IBM FlashSystem concurrently, but we have a different evaluation for these products. They are not the same because our critical applications are hosted on IBM FlashSystem. The less critical applications are hosted on VMAX.
What other advice do I have?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… more»
Sep 16 2019
What needs improvement?The support is simply not there, so it needs to be improved. This solution needs a management console where we are alerted to issues and can report them, or escalate them through email or another method. If something happens to our storage, for example, then we will be notified, and we can report it through the console.
What other advice do I have?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… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We are currently in the stage of migrating our environment to a Huawei solution. It is similar to what we have now, being on-premises and nothing related to the cloud for the time being. We were having too many support issues with IBM. Within the past couple of months, we were having physical server issues, including problems with the RAM.
Sep 17 2019
What is most valuable?A valuable feature of this solution is the metro/global mirror for synchronous/asynchronous copying of data between data centres.
How has it helped my organization?Performance is not a problem anymore and the space available is enough for about 5 years of operations. Wa are now busy with cross dc failover which will use the capabilities of this system extensively.
What needs improvement?ISCSI/ISER Bandwidth is at 25gbps. Would be nice if that can keep track with the bandwidth currently available in new dc networking deployments.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We used hyper-converged storage in the past and the reason we switched was because the reliability was not as good as we had hoped with the bigger workloads.
What other advice do I have?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… more»
Mar 07 2018
What is most valuable?The performance monitoring feature is useful as it can report in 15 minute intervals by hour, day, week, month, or by a custom date range. Version 18.104.22.168 also has a useful feature which allows for IBM to provide remote support directly into the FlashSystem 900.
How has it helped my organization?The FlashSystem 900 consistently delivers performance below 1ms for read/write. This performance is essential for an effective SVC stretch-cluster configuration across two datacenters, and presenting active-active storage to the customer.
What needs improvement?Include an option to upload the support package to the IBM ECuRep when opening an IBM PMR.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?No previous solution was used.
Apr 25 2018
What is most valuable?An easy interface to set up, good build quality, and easily accessible parts for hot swapping combined with sub 500 us latency under heavy load.
How has it helped my organization?The FS900 uses custom built flash modules offering with better latency, and is also denser packed then most modular all-flash arrays using commodity SSDs.
What needs improvement?When we performed some HW fault tests under heavy load, we found that some of the parts (fan units and PSUs) should only be removed from the airflow for a short time (less than a minute) when replacing. Otherwise, there would be a large amount of throttling (loss of performance down to 10%) to maintain thermal equilibrium.
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What is IBM FlashSystem?IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.
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