Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with IBM System Storage DS5000 Series.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
The product is very costly. Very few can afford it. The renewal or maintenance of the solution is also expensive. Once things come down, users tend to look to other options. The solution needs better alerts. If there is a problem, there needs to be a good alert system in place.
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. In that solution, you can just simply follow instructions. They need to add instructions inside the storage the way 3PAR has them. If they can add this usability on the storage web console, it will be very easy to follow.
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 do you like most about IBM System Storage DS5000 Series?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
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