IBM FlashSystem Room for Improvement

Joseph King
CTO at CAS Severn
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 efficiently, where the least amount of data is physically being stored on the V9000 is really where IBM needs to make additional investment. They are doing that. View full review »
ITarchit12d2
IT Specialist at Slovenská sporiteľňa
It has room for improvement in the area of stability. The firmware is upgraded frequently. We need to update it maybe three or four time a year because of the new features and bug fixes. On one side, it is good; but, on the other side, it is not good because we need to upgrade within one year or they will not support the firmware. It would be better if they supported what we already have for longer. View full review »
SeniorSo5fdb
Senior Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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 really good to have deduplication built in, not only with compression, but also have deduplication with it. View full review »
Enterpri4523
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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 I'm not sure if there are any features that I would be looking for. I would like to have a larger disk. Right now, you can get 57 terabytes in a shelf. Once they get the larger disk and you get larger capacities, it'll be even better. To be more specific: The FlashSystem 900 is perfect for providing pure speed and low latency. I am happy that the product doesn’t have Storage efficiencies built into it natively. You can Virtualize the FS900 with the IBM Storwize family and gain storage efficiencies when needed. Today the largest FS900 MicroLatency module is 5.7TB or 57TB per shelf. It will be great when the larger MicroLatency modules are realesed to provide density. View full review »
Steven Garcia
Senior Technical Specialist with 51-200 employees
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. View full review »
Solutionb181
Solution Architect tct at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 integrated into the GUI support, but only via CLI. We also need to get reporting down to individual pool and volume levels, rather than just overall system levels. Customers need a more granular view of their individual business usage as well. View full review »
DesignEnabdb
Design Engineer at a recruiting/HR firm with 10,001+ employees
There's always room for improvement. Adding deduplication would allow us to get more bang for our buck, basically. View full review »
Puneet Vashisht
Senior Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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, which could be used to restart the nodes remotely. IBM should implement something like this. Both products are basically for block-level access. There should be a series that also has a file level and block-level access together, which would make it unified. View full review »
dasdadmin
Storage Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 heat map reporting on the management console. It would be nice to see something like that. It may already be in the new release, but I'm not sure. The current release may have that already. View full review »
AlejandroRivas Detomasi
IT Specialist / IBM Software and Hardware support at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
This storage is factory configured so it's very difficult and expensive to add more flash modules (disk capacity). Scalability is the main area which needs to improve. View full review »
StorageEng121
Storage & Backup Transition Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The storage size vs the storage price needs to improve. The total storage capacity vs price is still quite high for the IBM Flash Array. It will sound better in the following years, as and when the price will be more accessible/economical. View full review »
SrUNIXAdmin578
Senior UNIX Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The several major crashes resulted in the entire weekends being lost in rebuilding the array and then for restoring the data. This was caused each time by a memory card failure and the array's inability to use a spare card. The array level RAID does not seem available. View full review »
SanAdmin700e
San Admin at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is need to put a SVC in there. View full review »
Ismael Sanchez
Storage Administrator at Sprint
There is a need for more help with the commands because, from version to version, they change; so what I used to use back in the different version, I can't use now. Thus, it would be helpful if they improve that aspect. View full review »
dasdadmin
Storage Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Include an option to upload the support package to the IBM ECuRep when opening an IBM PMR. View full review »
Michael Tschuck
Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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. View full review »
HeadOfITcc9c
Head of IT infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't know about improvements. Maybe having independent snapshots. For now, when we make snapshots one by one, they depend on each other. If we delete the first snapshot, then we can lose the others. We really need functional snapshots which are independent of each other. View full review »
SystemsIe783
Systems integrator at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would like to see bigger modules. That's about the only thing that needs improvement. View full review »
TechHead126632
Technical Head at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Flash Manager needs to be included. View full review »

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