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"The simple configuration feature is great. It is very simple, allowing you to set up MSA very easily.""The product is very easy to deploy.""The solution is very easy to use, it is not really complex for any user, such as non-technical individuals.""The most valuable features are the storage levels and snapshot features.""The most valuable features were the dual controllers and being able to expand it."

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"When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation.""The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable.""The most valuable feature is reliability.""One of the valuable features is the performance, it is one of the best in the market.""No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance.""The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good.""The most valuable features are flexibility and performance.""It's very easy to manage."

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"The support contract is expensive, although they are very responsive.""This product is getting a little bit older, so new features like deduplication are not included.""Synchronized replication is very important for MSA; however, HPE StorageWorks MSA doesn't provide synchronized replication.""It would be ideal if there was a better management interface.""The solution could improve by adding configuration tools."

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"IBM should improve its data reduction development.""The solution is quite expensive. That's one of the downsides to using it.""The technical support in my region is satisfactory but it could improve. Support is very important for customers and downtime is very critical for us. We would like onsite or complete technical support which can help us to minimize our downtime or if problems occur.""The pricing needs to be more competitive.""They can improve its initial configuration. The initial configuration is currently very difficult. There are multiple choices or alternative ways to configure based on the use case and what you are targeting out of the device, that is, more capacity or more performance. These multiple alternatives cause a lot of confusion. They should increase the processing part of the nodes. Currently, you can cluster up to eight nodes. From my experience and the workload that I am facing in my environment currently, I would like to see either a bigger or stronger node or a larger number of nodes that can be clustered together. We formally communicated to them that we need to see either this or that, and they are working on something.""The design is a little old-fashioned and could be updated. The rack is very primitive and designed in an older style.""The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way.""Cloud file sharing is an area that needs improvement."

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"This solution is quite expensive; they should lower the cost.""The price of the solution is a little high and they should provide more competitive pricing. If you want to increases the storage size there are additional fees.""This solution involves a one-time CapEx payment, followed by warranty extensions.""When we bought this solution it was very reasonably priced and they were willing to deal."

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"Overall the price of the solution is expensive and this includes the license.""I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable.""Among IBM, Dell EMC, and Pure Storage, IBM is the cheapest. The price is also based on our location, the size of our entity, and our regular annual purchases from them. We are a very big IBM customer, so we normally get very high discounts. We are not a big customer of Pure Storage. We don't buy that much from Pure Storage per year. Everything is included in the price. There is no extra license for different functions.""The solution requires a license and could be less expensive.""The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.""This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better.""They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that.""The pricing may be a bit higher than other brands. If you compare the IBM FlashSystems in midrange with Dell EMC in midrange, IBM costs a bit more, but I prefer IBM because it has more specs that I can benefit from."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The product is very easy to deploy.
Top Answer: We are only really using the solution for CCTV purposes. It's very basic. We don't need a lot of bells and whistles. Therefore, for our purposes, we aren't really finding anything that is lacking. It… more »
Top Answer: As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets Dell EMC Unity will generally have a better price at parity performance over… more »
Top Answer: The performance of IBM FlashSystem is very good. The new technology and high throughput have given us more confidence in the solution. The management of the system has improved and we can control the… more »
Top Answer: The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.
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Whether you need best-in-class performance or are looking to get the most capacity for your investment, MSA has a fast, affordable solution for you. And every MSA comes with an intuitive setup and management interface anyone can master.

IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.

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Sample Customers
Femsa CSC, TTX, Rabobank
Celero, Friedhelm Loh Group, Clarks, Mingkang Natregro Health Food Group, Sofia, Etisalat Fights Fraud, UF Health Shands Hospital, Generali, Elecon Engineering Company Limited, Ventiv , Technology, CPFL Energia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., SciQuest, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Paddy Power, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Interconnect Services, Severstal IP-Only AB, PVU Group GmbH
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company6%
Financial Services Firm33%
Healthcare Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise29%
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise49%
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise61%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,382 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE StorageWorks MSA is ranked 4th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 5 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 18 reviews. HPE StorageWorks MSA is rated 9.0, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HPE StorageWorks MSA writes "Easy to deploy and manage with good monitoring capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". HPE StorageWorks MSA is most compared with NetApp FAS Series, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, HPE EVA, Fujitsu Eternus DX400 series and Dell EqualLogic PS series, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series. See our HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. IBM FlashSystem report.

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