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"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""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."

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"The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution.""We've found the solution to be very stable so far.""I like most of the features. Its speed, performance, and availability are valuable. We are implementing the data reduction technology the most.""One of the valuable features is the performance, it is one of the best in the market.""IBM FlashSystem is a flexible solution with plenty of features.""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.""Over the years, it has become increasingly user-friendly.""No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance."

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"We have been working with the solution for around a year and so far it has shown itself to be stable.""Fewer features is not necessarily a negative as it leads to simpler operation and lower price.""Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is simple to use"

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"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.""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."

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"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 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.""IBM should improve its data reduction development.""The pricing needs to be more competitive.""The price is very costly.""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."

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"The solution could be more scalable, although it suits our present needs.""The features are limited.""It would be useful to have structured solutions replicated to other sites."

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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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"The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.""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.""They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that.""You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable.""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 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.""Its price is very good."

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"All of the features are bundled together, and you can renew the bundle with all of the features included.""We have a five-year contract for providing support.""The pricing is fair and low compared to other products in this category."

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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.
Top Answer: Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is simple to use
Top Answer: Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is cost-effective. There is no license. All of the features are bundled together, and you… more »
Top Answer: While it is a reliable product, it could be improved. It would be useful to have structured solutions replicated to… more »
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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.

The DE All-Flash Series delivers the performance of more than 2,000 15k rpm HDDs, yet requires only 2% of the rack space, power, and cooling. Because it consumes 98% less space and power, DE Series can significantly improve the overall efficiency of your IT operations while continuing to meet your performance requirements.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
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
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Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm33%
Government13%
Healthcare Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company6%
Government5%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise61%
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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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IBM FlashSystem is ranked 6th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews while Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is ranked 21st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 3 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2, while Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is rated 8.6. 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 Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series writes "Mostly typical of production storage for virtual machines but with fewer features and a lower price". 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 Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, Dell EMC Unity XT, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Huawei OceanStor. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series report.

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