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"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.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."

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"The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable.""One of the valuable features is the performance, it is one of the best in the market.""The installation is nice and easy.""One of the most valuable features is that it's very easy to use and configure. It used to be more difficult, but now it's almost flawless.""The most valuable features are flexibility and performance.""Over the years, it has become increasingly user-friendly.""The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution.""No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance."

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"The high performance and high availability improved our overall processes.""It's easy to use, has good stability, and many features.""The most valuable feature is the speed."

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"I would like to see the management layer improved.""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.""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."

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"The installation is not easy. You need to have extensive knowledge to handle it.""The pricing could be improved, but I think it's getting better and better with each version. IBM needs to implement NAS storage again, as this is a big flaw. Dell EMC is very good at this and if you compared them based on NAS storage, Dell EMC would win right away. IBM's solution for NAS storage is very complicated. We don't have a storage box that provides file sharing from itself, we have to put software on it and go through a whole complicated process. It should be simplified.""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 customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.""IBM should improve its data reduction development.""The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way.""The pricing needs to be more competitive.""The design is a little old-fashioned and could be updated. The rack is very primitive and designed in an older style."

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"Other vendors have included a block and file system. IBM doesn't include a file system. And yet, it's very necessary for all organizations' networks to have file systems. We have other systems for the file system, however, ideally, we would like to have one system with these features.""The pricing should be more competitive.""IBM's support is not good. I experienced a big problem where I opened the console IBM Storage and would see that something was broken. I called the call centers, and I said, "I have a problem. My drive is not working." They want me to give them the serial number, I gave it to them and they told me "I cannot find your product. Your product is not here."""I would like to have replication functionality built directly in the product, rather than having to use a separate device for this."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."

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"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 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.""Overall the price of the solution is expensive and this includes the license.""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.""I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable.""The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution."

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"There are pricing options from the mid-rand to the high-range, of which the suitability depends upon the requirements.""The price of the FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is reasonable."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets… more »
Top Answer: The performance of IBM FlashSystem is very good. The new technology and high throughput have given us more confidence in… more »
Top Answer: The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.
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Overview

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

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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.

IBM FlashSystem 9100 combines the performance of flash and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) end-to-end with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore technology and the rich features of IBM Spectrum Virtualize - all in a powerful 2U enterprise-class storage system. Providing intensive data driven multicloud storage capacity, FlashSystem 9100 is deeply integrated with the software defined capabilities of IBM Spectrum Storage allowing you to easily add in the multicloud solutions that best support your business.

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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm33%
Government13%
Healthcare Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm14%
Insurance Company5%
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Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise61%
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IBM FlashSystem is ranked 6th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews while IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is ranked 24th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 4 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2, while IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe writes "Good performance, easy to manage, and remains stable even during maintenance". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), whereas IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is most compared with Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, Dell EMC PowerStore, HPE Primera, Pure Storage FlashArray and HPE Nimble Storage. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe report.

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