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Real User
Senior Systems Engineer & Support Contracts Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 14 2018

What is most valuable?

Virtualization and Data Migration. V7000 is built with IBM Spectrum Virtualized software, which is part of the IBM Spectrum Storage family. V7000 software: * Provides a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

IBM Storwize It makes management of the IT environment much easier, High availability and enhanced security; Proven dependability; Data compression with hardware… more»

What needs improvement?

GUI interface should be enhanced more as there is some issues in copy services GUI interfaces should be enhanced as this will not let the customer doing wrong… more»

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

Storwize software for Storwize V7000 license has the following feature codes: * Base software * Full feature set * Easy Tier * FlashCopy * Remote Mirroring * Compression… more»

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

No, I have only used used IBM solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I advise everyone to have a look at their current use of storage and think of single management and live migrations of their data, and how they will save money instead of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Consultant
Senior Technology Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Oct 24 2017

What is most valuable?

The good thing is that it is very easy to use and anybody can allocate Launch to the systems. The GUI is very easy and performance is also good.

How has it helped my organization?

It is easy to deploy. We use this product for a variety of the applications and databases. This is one of the best features I think.

What needs improvement?

Replication features need improvement. Currently, they are there in the product, but I'm not sure as to how it works exactly. They are other IBM products that are better than this such as IBM XIV and IBM disk storage (the old one); they have better performance.

What other advice do I have?

You can use this product for your applications, databases or for whatever other solutions that you have. Cost and performance are the two things that we consider while selecting a vendor.
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Vendor
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 helped the FlashSystem because transitioning to using this new product doesn't require any additional training or… 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 curve associated with understanding the nuances of a new interface. The FlashSystem has really helped improve our… 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 workload, then you may want to consider a FlashSystem 900. It's probably the most straightforward piece of hardware… more»
Real User
Tactical Expert at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jun 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Easy to use GUI, both for me and the customers is the most valuable feature of this solution. It's very self-explanatory, very easy to install and of course, the IBM Easy Tier function is easy to maintain.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are pretty much the same as I have mentioned herein, i.e., it's the time that takes to do an installation as compared to the old products. So, everything is time-related, i.e., the less time you use then it's also… more»

What needs improvement?

I really don't have any preference for it, this is very easy to install and is actually a customer setup. I've talked to many customers, and all of them agree that "This is so simple, so easy, and straightforward", so IBM has done a very… more»

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

We are a business partner and what we sell are IBM Storwize products. That's our main focus, we don't sell any other vendors. So, it was a pretty straightforward decision to invest in this solution. But according to what I have seen in the… more»

What other advice do I have?

This product is so easy to use. Have it checked over, test it out and try it. Compare it to the other competitors and make a decision from there, because I think this will definitely be a winner.
Consultant
Senior Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 16 2016

What is most valuable?

IBM FlashSystem has an easy to use GUI, similar to the IBM Storewize family, which make it one of the best flash storage systems in the market. We use the IBM SAN Volume… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used to provision storage from different devices. This requires a lot of manual effort to synchronize all hosts with each storage unit in an environment. IBM SAN Volume… more»

What needs improvement?

The two products should be unified and have a service processor to restart devices remotely. For example, NetApp has devices which include a service processor in nodes… more»

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

Pricing can be considered as per market competition. As I am seeing less projects using IBM storage these days, the only reason seems to be the cost of support.

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

I currently use both NetApp and IBM. NetApp storage is cost efficient, but IBM is way ahead of NetApp in terms of block-level access.

What other advice do I have?

Go ahead and implement it. IBM storage provides you everything that you’ll need for a block-level architecture, as they have many different products which provides you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a contract with IBM, and now we are also using NetApp storage.
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Real User
Technical Head at CARD MRI Information Technology Inc.
Jul 04 2016

What do you think of IBM FlashSystem?

Improvements to My Organization

IT Improve our TPS (transactions per seconds)

Valuable Features

Flash disk with Easy Tier option Same GUI as v7000

Room for Improvement

When you provision a datastore auto-format takes a long time .. to disable is you have to redo the whole process. this is a bit difficult if you want to make adjustments on the datastore

Stability Issues

none so far.

Scalability Issues

Scale in scale out design was implemented

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: We have a good relationship with IBM Technical Support: Highly skilled implementor

Initial Setup

Straightforward

Other Solutions Considered

HP, EMC,

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.
Also known as
IBM Storwize
IBM FlashSystem customers
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