IBM System Storage DS5000 Series Overview

What is IBM System Storage DS5000 Series?

DS5000 storage systems are equally adept at supporting transactional applications such as databases and online transaction processing (OLTP), throughput-intensive applications such as high-performance computing (HPC) and rich media, and concurrent workloads for consolidation and virtualization. DS5000 series storage systems can support service level agreements (SLAs) for the most common operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, UNIX, Linux and Apple Macintosh. 
With drive-level encryption, DS5000 series storage systems support affordable data security with no performance penalty. The DS5000 storage system’s multiple replication options, drive-level encryption, and persistent cache backup can help ensure that any data in cache is captured and safe in the event of a power outage.

IBM System Storage DS5000 Series is also known as System Storage DS5000 series.

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What users are saying about IBM System Storage DS5000 Series pricing:
  • "Its price is fair. IBM is quite fair in price when you compare it with others. We also use Hitachi internally, and Hitachi is always a little bit more expensive. NetApp is also a bit more expensive. So, IBM has good positioning in terms of price."

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Tariq Nazir
Network Security Specialist at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Oct 16, 2020
Stable with good scalability and generally easy to setup

What is our primary use case?

It's a storage box with multiple loft space. It is connected with the fiber optic solution. We have fiber optic switches and they are directly connected with that. We also do the flash copy using that storage. For example, I will read the data backup of our current system and store it on the back. There's one wall of volume over there, which will boot when we are taking a backup and then it shut down automatically. After that, we can make a copy on a tape.

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is pretty straightforward."
  • "The product is very costly. Very few can afford it."

What other advice do I have?

We aren't partners with IBM. We don't have a business relationship. We're just customers. I'd advise others that there are a lot of solutions available on the market. IBM is not their only option. Overall, it's a great, robust solution. I'd rate it, on a scale from one to ten, at an eight.
Suat Ozturk
Linux System Administrator at IThinka
Real User
Top 20
Oct 13, 2020
Quite robust with excellent stability but can be difficult for users without IBM experience

Pros and Cons

  • "The stability is excellent."
  • "I find the solution isn't so easy to understand. A user must be quite knowledgeable in the product. It isn't like HPE 3PAR, which you can use quite easily without too much storage experience."

What other advice do I have?

Currently, we don't sell IBM products, although I've worked with IBM via clients. The customer is still working with the storage. I have experienced full replacements with it. The customer had a problem with it and they had to replace the controller. I prefer HPE 3PAR for managing. 3PAR has many specifications on the storage web console. You can do anything and analyze everything from there. With IBM you must know the system quite well. You must have some experience in order to use it effectively. On a scale from one to ten, I'd rate this solution at a seven. If they improved the usability by…
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NAS Storage Tech Leader at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Sep 29, 2020
Its performance is the biggest asset

What is our primary use case?

We use it for block storage.

Pros and Cons

  • "The stability and performance of the drive are the most valuable."
  • "IBM is not always as agile as other competitors when it is about cloud integration and user interfaces. They're not renewing themselves very often. They have been slow to evolve from the old GUI. The user interface should be improved, especially regarding performance analysis, which has always been a little bit weak as compared to other solutions. As a global solution, it lacks the feature for containing integration object storage. Even though they have now started to offer this feature, it is quite young and not as developed as some other vendors. There are also no mass possibilities at all. They have a lot of competition in the mid-range segment. They need to have a NAS gateway or something like that. It doesn't specifically need to be integrated into the controllers that are keys to the gateway."

What other advice do I have?

It is very strong in block storage for the database environment. It has very good quality because the compression, deduplication, and encryption are directly done by the disks, so there is no penalty on the processes of all controllers. If you need a platform that is oriented towards block storage and has features like multi-protocol, cloud integration, and so on, I don't think this is the best solution. It doesn't have direct NAS protocols or things like this. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten, specifically for the needs of block storage. Its performance is very good, which is the…
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