Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series Overview

Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series is the #20 ranked solution in our list of best All-Flash Storage Arrays. It is most often compared to NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS): Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series vs NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS)

What is Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series?

To meet enterprise storage requirements, ThinkSystem All-Flash DM Series systems provide high performance, superior flexibility, and best-in-class data management. DM Series runs on ONTAP data management software, which gives customers unified storage across block-and-file workloads. It accelerates your business while improving the efficiency, flexibility, and reliability of your IT operations.

Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series is also known as ThinkSystem DM Series.

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FA
IT Solutions Architect at nds Netzwerksysteme GmbH
Real User
Top 5
Reliable, but has a difficult licensing process and needs more storage

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for our customers. When they have old hardware and infrastructure and need to update them, we set up the Lenovo systems for them.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution offers very good reliable systems and storage for our clients."
  • "The licensing model needs to be revisited. It needs to be simplified."

What other advice do I have?

We're a Lenovo partner. I'd rate the solution six out of ten. With Lenovo, there are only two solutions: the DE or DM series. For common workloads, we tend to recommend the DE series as it's the best match for smaller companies. The DM series is more for those with many workloads that need very high performance. In use cases where the Workload needs performance, we advice our Customer to take the advantage of the Lenovo Best in Breed DM-Systems. We typically advise customers to choose the DM series. In Germany, we have many small firms and smaller environments. Most people will tell clients…
SV
Technical Specialist at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Efficient storage and processing solution with simple deployment

What is our primary use case?

We assess requirements and implement this solution for our clients who wish to update and upgrade their equipment, servers and storage. We build a solution and provide the equipment and deploy for our customers. With Lenovo, we use the EMC for storage and HPE for processing. I work with the HP series and we're looking to expand the Lenovo market. I'm working in an IT company and I'm the technical manager.

Pros and Cons

  • "Ability to cluster two storages together with HA availability."
  • "This is an expensive solution."

What other advice do I have?

It's important to know that the storage is entry level mode. In comparison with other similar solutions, I think this one is the most expensive. Clients don't understand why they should pay so much money for the DM Series. It's possible to get other solutions with similar configurations like SSV, SaaS, HPE, MS-DOS. These are cheaper solutions. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10.
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FA
IT Solutions Architect at nds Netzwerksysteme GmbH
Real User
Top 5
Excellent FlexCone feature, but the solution needs better licensing options and an simpler setup

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of the solution is to renew the IT infrastructure for our customers.

Pros and Cons

  • "The FlexClone feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."
  • "The solution needs a simpler licensing theme around the DM series. The problem is if you only need one of the features, you still have to buy the whole thing. The licensing needs to be more granular or flexible so you have the option to only license FlexCone or Inline Compression features."

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. I would rate the solution six out of ten.
KS
General Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Easy to install, stable, and priced well for the market

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our customers.

What is most valuable?

The price of this solution is good.

What needs improvement?

Many people do not realize that Lenovo has a storage solution, so better marketing from the vendor is needed.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have just begun working with the DM Series.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Our customers enjoy the stability that the Lenovo DM Series has.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good. However, if the product is a few years old then expanding storage may be expensive because of a change in the technology. Our customers for this product are normally…
SImoneGebellato
Group IT Architect & Network Engineer at a engineering company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A scalable solution to host all of our in-house data and applications

What is our primary use case?

The Lenovo ThinkSystem is used for everything in our company from ERP to BI, for production, PLM, CAD for designing, and everything else.

What needs improvement?

It takes a very long time to enter the management console, as well as to restart the system, and these are things that should be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Lenovo's ThinkSystem DM series for thirty years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We are satisfied with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is available and could be done, but we bought everything that we needed at the beginning. The system covers our needs so we don't have any reason to improve, update, or scale.

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