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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"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."

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"The installation is nice and easy.""One of the valuable features is the performance, it is one of the best in the market.""The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good.""The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution.""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.""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.""It's very easy to manage."

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"The solution offers amazing performance.""We're getting good performance, and the compression ratio is also very good in Pure Storage FlashArray.""Technical support is good.""The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution.""The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.""This solution is very scalable.""Processes that used to take 40 minutes to two hours can be completed in five minutes.""At this point, I don't know anything that they could provide in a better way."

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Cons
"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.""It could be easier to implement.""The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.""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 solution is quite expensive. That's one of the downsides to using it.""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 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.""IBM should improve its data reduction development."

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"We understand that they're thinking about it, but one of the things that would be nice is if they added some basic file-level capabilities to the platform. The idea is that they would run a basic NFS or CIF share from the controllers. FlashBlade is the powerhouse for File and Object storage, but if you don't need all that power, a lightweight file function would make FlashArrays more versatile.""When we were doing some tests, we found that there was an I/O freeze when they were switching the controller.""CIFS and SMB Shares cannot be mounted directly.""I feel like there is too much automation; the user doesn't have any manual input.""The price should be lower.""It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.""FlashArray's capacity for forecasting should be improved because it needs to be a bit more current. I think it's bundled with the deduplication and other compression factors. We need more user interfaces for forecasting in this software and more interfaces need to be integrated with this array management tool.""The solution is not cheap."

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"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.""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 solution requires a license and could be less expensive.""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.""Overall the price of the solution is expensive and this includes the license.""I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable.""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.""Its price is very good."

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"We consume it as a service, and that's actually something we really like, or at least I really like from the technical perspective. That's because it means there is no hassle when we need to upgrade arrays to add capacity. We just interact directly with technical counterparts, and we say, "Hey, we're filling up," and they say, "All right, here's another data pack." They ship it in, and we install it. So, the as-a-service model has worked very well. Given the outstanding data reduction rates, it has improved our profitability because we're selling allocated volumes as part of the cloud service or recovering those costs from our tenants. It is very efficient, but that has offset the premium price. It started out that way, but over time, as we've added capacity, the price per gig has gone down a lot because we have a lot of it.""The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more.""Pure is typically more expensive than everyone else. You get what you pay for, but I have lost deals to similar solutions because of pricing. They include everything, and that's another positive about Pure Storage. They aren't trying to nickel and dime their customers for different features. It is all included in one price. The license is by capacity, and the price depends on the capacity and the discount we're getting from the vendor. You get the SKU of the physical appliance, support, and maintenance, and that's it. You're licensed for whatever feature they offer. It is all rolled up into the price of the appliance.""When we bought the unit, we bought per capacity. So, the licensing is per capacity, and the only thing that we have to buy every year or every three years is maintenance. Included in that maintenance is the upgrade of the controllers every three years at no cost to us.""The pricing is reasonable.""We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee.""They have a standardized fee; it's been the same price for 10 years straight. I am happy with the price — I think it's good.""There are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid for only once."

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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: Both are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I would recommend you to consider Pure… more »
Top Answer: The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution.
Top Answer: The pricing is rather costly when compared to similar solutions. There are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid… 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

Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

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.

Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

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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
Nielsen, Lamar Advertising, LinkedIn, Betfair, UT-Dallas
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company30%
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 Company29%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company9%
Government8%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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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 Business19%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise61%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise57%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise75%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,586 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM FlashSystem is ranked 6th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 20 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. 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 Pure Storage FlashArray writes "Provides protection against ransomware threats with immutable snapshots, and it is well known for its scalability, ease of use, and non-disruptive upgrades". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and HPE StorageWorks MSA, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC PowerStore, HPE Nimble Storage and VMware vSAN. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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