If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering IBM System Storage DS5000 Series, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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.
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 adding instructions into the console, I'd probably rate them a nine.
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 biggest asset of this solution. However, it doesn't provide enough services, which probably solutions like NetApp or Dell are providing.
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