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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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"We've found the solution to be very stable so far.""The most valuable feature is reliability.""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.""The installation is nice and easy.""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.""The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good."

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"Some of the valuable features include MetroCluster switchover, in terms of disaster recovery, it is easy to use, and flexible.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the performance of the database access.""Its performance is most valuable. This solution is much faster than other as well as older storage solutions. The performance of the system is very good. We are getting 50 times better experience than the older storages. We are using AFF 300. It also has native cloud integration and most of the features.""The most valuable feature is the ability to set a specific margin of performance to a specific workload.""Rapid deployment, easy integration management and cloning of areas.""The management software is very good.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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

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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.""They can include Amazon file system S3 protocol in the upcoming releases. It is a cloud file system. IBM FlashSystem doesn't have this feature in the box for high-end or mid-range. We have got requests for this from customers because we need to use S3 for EDI application storage. At the beginning of every year, IBM releases firmware. When I find any bugs in the firmware during the year, I am unable to find any information from IBM regarding the bug. I need to open a ticket, and the IBM engineering team makes a patch only for me. This patch is not public. By creating a customized patch for a client, they don't really solve the issue for everyone. If multiple users have the same bug, IBM should upload the patch on the official website so that we can download it. IBM FlashSystem has a monitoring tool in the box, but it is not advanced. I need a more advanced tool for more advanced equations and monitoring. All top three storage vendors, that is, EMC, IBM, and Pure Storage, don't have a powerful monitoring tool. To monitor our box to show the statistics for I/Os and latency, I need to pay for extra software. The built-in monitoring storage is not mature enough to handle all requests and generate all reports that I need. They can include the functionality to stretch a cluster natively without using any additional boxes. In addition, there are some features that EMC has integrated with the box. These features are not available in IBM FlashSystem.""The price is very costly.""The installation is not easy. You need to have extensive knowledge to handle it.""The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way.""The design is a little old-fashioned and could be updated. The rack is very primitive and designed in an older style.""The pricing needs to be more competitive.""The solution is quite expensive. That's one of the downsides to using it."

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"Better integration with other brands is important so we would like to see it easier to integrate.""The price of the All Flash solution is very high.""The dashboard could be simplified.""I would like to have the ability to replicate data between All Flash and other NetApp storage systems.""Their problems are on the software and the controlling of the storage where they lack segmentation and federation.""There could be an improvement when it comes to SLA support, it could be faster.""Its pricing should be better. Its price is competitive, but they need to improve the pricing. They have different licensing models, which they need to improve. My expectation was cloud integration, which they have, but it is a different license. Therefore, people cannot enjoy it. If I want to use it, I need to pay extra. There is a cost involved for everything, but it should reach everyone. It is similar to having a Rolls-Royce, but you need to pay extra for the key. If you want the key, you need to pay."

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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 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.""The solution requires a license and could be less expensive.""Overall the price of the solution is expensive and this includes the license.""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.""They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that.""The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.""You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable."

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"NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is an expensive product.""Adding more capacity will increase the cost.""This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive.""They need to improve its pricing. The storage market is dying. So, they need to improve the price because it should reach all people. NetApp is one of the top ones, and they are charging a little bit of royalty as compared to other storage solutions.""Most of my customers pay for the license on a yearly basis. It can be expensive depending on the capacity number."

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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: The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
Top Answer: In terms of the cost, I do not handle the price or the payments at all. I can't speak to how much the solution costs or… more »
Top Answer: The solution should really build out a more hyper-converged product. In Indonesia, there are many competitors for… more »
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Pavilion HFA
IBM Storwize
NetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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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 NetApp EF560 all-flash array is an all-SSD storage system for applications that demand extremely high levels of performance and reliability. Requiring just 2U of rack space, the EF560 all-flash array combines extreme IOPS, microsecond response times, and up to 12GBps of bandwidth with leading, enterprise-proven availability features.

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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
RP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei Animation
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm33%
Government13%
Healthcare Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Healthcare Company27%
Media Company18%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Manufacturing Company11%
University5%
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Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business20%
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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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IBM FlashSystem is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 16th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 8.0. 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 NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "Easy to use solution but lacks federation and segmentation of data". 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 NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT and IntelliFlash. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays report.

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