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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"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 maintenance service and support from IBM is very good.""IBM FlashSystem has been stable in our operations.""The initial setup is straightforward and can be done in an hour and a half by one person.""No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance.""When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation.""Over the years, it has become increasingly user-friendly.""The most valuable features in IBM FlashSystem are IOPS, performance, duplication, and compression."

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"I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system.""Data consolidation and visualization.""The solution is easy to use.""The most valuable features are the NAS features and NetApp's excellent support.""You can use different protocols at the same time. Monitoring is also very easy in NetApp FAS Series. There is a free tool for monitoring.""The input and output per second performance are satisfactory.""The solution is stable.""The most important features are SnapVault, Snapshots, and SnapMirror."

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Cons
"IBM should improve its data reduction development.""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 price is very costly.""There could be some extra features added.""The data reduction pool feature sucks and is not recommended for use with heavy workloads.""The product needs to improve their scalability.""The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.""We had issues when attempting to do a flash, we hope to resolve it soon."

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"I would like to see NetApp add incident support.""The user interface could be improved.""The user interface could be improved to have better graphics and the performance analyzer could be better.""If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product.""For long term partnership in Myanmar, the local warehouse should be built in Myanmar that's something I'd like to see. We have some issues with supply so there is sometimes a delay in getting the hardware.""Currently, the newest release is not HCI friendly.""There is no NetApp infrastructure set up here in Greece.""The solution could do more than just data."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that."
  • "This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better."
  • "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."
  • "Its price is very good."
  • "I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable."
  • "You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable."
  • "The solution requires a license and could be less expensive."
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  • "I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "I don't recall the price, but in general, pricing can always be better."
  • "It's not cheap, but at the same time, it's also inexpensive. It's somewhere in between."
  • "We purchased it for four years, and it wasn't expensive. It was reasonable. Every company has a different agreement with NetApp. We got everything we wanted with all the bells and whistles and all the features and functionalities."
  • "The NetApp FAS series price is very competitive compared to other solutions on the market it is a good choice."
  • "NetApp FAS Series could be less expensive."
  • "We are on a perpetual license."
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    Questions from the Community
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    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 »
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    The performance is very good and we use this product to enhance our core system.
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    The cost is pretty high in terms of licensing. We pay at least $100,000 USD in licensing fees for the storage. We have multiple types of storage, not only flash. We have the older versions of other… more »
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    I like it. When it is up and running, it does the job.
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    It definitely depends on the contract. It depends on where you buy it from, which features are you going to use, and what is your personal benefit of the features that you plan to use for the system.
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    You always need a huge amount of hardware to fulfill a given setup. Its deployment can be complex, especially if you go MetroCluster.
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    Overview

    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.

    NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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    Sample Customers
    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
    Children's Hospital Central California, Plex Systems, PDF PNI Digital Media, Denver Broncos, PDF KSM Legal, Clayton Companies, Virginia Community College
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    Financial Services Firm30%
    Government11%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Government7%
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    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise46%
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    IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in NAS with 28 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 5th in NAS with 18 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.4, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Good performance, energy efficient with a small form factor, helpful support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Resilient without disrupting the user experience and very stable". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon), HPE StorageWorks MSA, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Qumulo and FreeNAS. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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