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C832
Reseller
COO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The user interface is very mature and it's becoming more mature all the time. They made it very easy for the user, very friendly to work with. They have a virtualization… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The virtualization feature shortens the time to convince customers, to sell the solution, and to implement it. From the moment we first see a customer and tell him that we… more»

What needs improvement?

IBM gets a lot of input from the field, from system engineers, regarding what needs to be done and I believe they have a roadmap to try to constantly make the user… more»

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

The pricing has been very competitive for the last few years. IBM got to the point where they changed the pricing model and we feel very comfortable with the pricing. It's… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are not in a good position to answer this question because we have worked with IBM for all these years. But I believe the way it came about was that we had a situation… more»

What other advice do I have?

IBM is really open and available to those who want to find out what kinds of solutions will fit their needs. More than that, if it becomes more serious, with potential… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also do sell HPE if we have to, but IBM is usuall the first choice because of the pricing and performance.HPE has tried to work with us a lot and we tried to work… more»
Ajai Jayakumar
Real User
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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Gokhan Aricioglu
Real User
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Jul 19 2019

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»
Storemgr67
Real User
Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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»
Chieftechofficer67
Real User
CTO at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
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.
Matthys Booyens
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at Inovo
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»
Real User
Senior System & Storage Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 12 2019

What is most valuable?

* Migration effort * Site recovery plan.

How has it helped my organization?

- Migration efforts - Site recovery using SRM - Highly scalable while backend storage can be of many vendors - Ideal solution if you have a mixed intel/power infrastructure Ease of use

What needs improvement?

- CLI though intuitive, no other API available - Lacks scheduling or a cron - Has no built in short term performance graphs - IBM TPC overexceeds the montoring needs, had to fall back on Stor2RRd -… more»

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

- setup cost is cheap as you can do it yourself - IBM SVC licensing on non IBM back-end storage used to cost a lot in terms of licenses per shelf or even per TB. The equipment on itself is relatively… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

IBM SVC -> HP 3PAR -> Storwize v7000f

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

- HPE 3PAR StoreServe - EMC Unity ( /products/dell-emc-unity-reviews )
Real User
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Sep 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are deduplication and compression. The interface is also good.

What needs improvement?

The ease of installation should be improved. We had issues with the configuration model. In the next release, there should be and flash and caching features. Customers also have problems accessing their files from the storage. That's what they usually complain about. This is something they should… more»

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

The price is good. We are also IBM partners and the give big discounts for the same product.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten.
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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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