We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features."
"We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN."
"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."
"There are plenty of features available in this solution."
"I've been satisfied with the level of attention I'm given when I reach out to technical support."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the price to performance ratio."
"This is a stable product that we can use for DR in production."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the overall simplicity."
"The installation and management are very easy."
"The majority of our customers find this solution simple to use."
"I like most of the features. Its speed, performance, and availability are valuable. We are implementing the data reduction technology the most."
"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 monitoring system alerts and multiple FlashSystems with the Enterprise Cloud Edition, which is free. The migration of recently stored data to a new flash is much easier. You can move your data because you can utilize it externally."
"When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation."
"The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space."
"Most of the features for the reduction in data compression are useful. It is also very easy to use and administer. Its performance is also good."
"No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance."
"The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good."
"The most valuable feature is reliability."
"The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint."
"I would like to see the management layer improved."
"In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented."
"This solution does not support VMware VVols 2.0."
"There are some limitations to this product because they do not have unified storage."
"The product could always be faster."
"If they implement a backup solution directly into the OceanStor then it will be a valuable feature."
"This solution can improve by providing easier migrations and better Metro features."
"Huawei OceanStor Dorado could improve the integration, there have been some compatibility issues with some operating system functions."
"I would really like to see Heterogeneous Storage Virtualization in a future release."
"The installation is not easy. You need to have extensive knowledge to handle it."
"The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward."
"Cloud file sharing is an area that needs improvement."
"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 support could improve by allowing you to speak to someone when you call rather than them calling you back. However, once we do have contact with one of their technicians they are excellent."
"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."
"The Data Reduction Pools (DRP) support could be better."
"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with."
"The licensing fees are very reasonable."
"There are lots of features included with this solution and some of them require additional licensing, such as creating high availability storage using a cluster."
"We usually recommend our customers choose advanced licensing and enterprise companies are more inclined to choose this solution because it is more cost-effective than competitors."
"This product is not too expensive, and the price is competitive on the market."
"There are some costs in addition to the standard licensing fees, depending on the requirements."
"The price of the solution is competitive compared to others, such as Dell EMC and Hitachi. I believe the reason they are providing a discount is they want to increase their penetration into the market."
"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."
"They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that."
"The integration is already included in the license cost of IBM FlashSystem. The integration is very easy. You get the IBM storage core with all software, firmware, and upgrades. EMC provides the features in the box, but they are not free for customers. There is a licensing cost for features. We have yearly licensing, but IBM has also provided a new option where you pay as you go. They provide a big box, and I pay, for example, for 10 terabytes. If I exceed 10 terabytes, IBM will charge for the new storage after 10 terabytes. It is a good opportunity in the market for using the storage as a cloud and paying as you go."
"This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better."
"The solution requires a license and could be less expensive."
"The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution."
"Overall the price of the solution is expensive and this includes the license."
"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."
Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform
The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.
What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform
The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.
Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet
Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020
Huawei's OceanStor Dorado V3 all-flash storage is the ideal choice for enterprises' mission-critical business. It is the industry's first commercial use of NVMe all-flash storage, and it delivers high-performing, reliable, and efficient storage services.
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.
Huawei OceanStor Dorado is ranked 16th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 6th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews. Huawei OceanStor Dorado is rated 8.0, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Huawei OceanStor Dorado writes "Easy to manage, easy to provision storage, and it is a good price to performance ratio". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". Huawei OceanStor Dorado is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, Huawei OceanStor, Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe and HPE Primera, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon). See our Huawei OceanStor Dorado vs. IBM FlashSystem report.
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