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Moahmed Nabil
Infrastructure Solutions Architect at areebah
Real User
Easy to use and configure

Pros and Cons

  • "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 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."

What is our primary use case?

The general use cases depend on the size of a company. I work with the commercial sector, the FlashSystem 5000 and its different models. It suits the small to medium, or SME, companies. The FlashSystem 9200 goes mainly to big enterprises, like banking or governmental sectors. The 7200 plays sometimes in SME and sometimes in bigger enterprises. 

What is most valuable?

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. 

What needs improvement?

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. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with IBM FlashSystem for around seven years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's really stable, and many customers have experienced this as well. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's easy to scale, but it depends on the model. The 5100 is obsolete, but the 5200 has line expansions, up to two controllers, and can scale out both ways. The 7000 and 9000 can scale to 20 expansions and four controllers. It's very scalable, both horizontal and vertical. 

How are customer service and support?

I believe the second line and third line are very responsive here. It depends on the customer's warranty level, if it's 9x5—it can't be like 24x7, which is immediately. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

IBM has some features that don't exist in other brands. External virtualization, for example—Dell EMC has the same feature, but it's applied differently. IBM's approach is to make it usable in many different scenarios so that the customer can work with multiple vendors under the IBM controller. Dell EMC can't do that. The external virtualization stacks with Dell EMC, and the features stack to every box. If I have a main box with high specs and I virtualize another box with minimum specs, that means I'm stuck with the minimum specs. With IBM, if I'm working with the virtualization engine with higher specs, I get the benefits from these higher specs, even if the virtualized box has minimum specs.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward and user-friendly. The FlashSystem 5000 can be deployed in around 20 to 30 minutes, but it depends on the number of volumes and the tools we set up afterward. On average, it can be installed and initiated within an hour, including microcode updating. If you calculate from the time I begin unpacking to the time I start to configure volumes, it will not exceed around 45 minutes. 

What about the implementation team?

I implemented myself. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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. 

Two years ago, we had all features installed in the midrange box without any need for extra licensing. However, lately we have features like Easy Tier and FlashCopy, which need extra licensing. We can purchase it with the box or afterward, and it's a smooth process. 

What other advice do I have?

In my experience, IBM doesn't need maintenance at all. Every year, there is a microcode update to get a new feature or fix a bug, but I know some customers who have had the box for more than five or six years without updating it and it still runs well. 

To anyone who's looking into implementing IBM FlashSystem, I would advise you to read the instructions on the box. If you follow the instructions, implementation will be very smooth and easy, even if you're not a professional. 

I would rate this product a ten out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Professional 2: Application Developer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Simple to use, but is missing many key features

Pros and Cons

  • "A valuable feature of XtremIO is that, in terms of administration, it's simple and manageable."
  • "If you are looking at flash storage solutions, XtremIO doesn't offer any unique features. Most of my customers are migrating their workload from XtremIO to other formats because of this."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case for XtremIO is for managing business applications, either critical or non-critical. It's mainly used in the banking and finance sectors, but it can be used for other sectors as well. XtremIO is an on-premises solution. 

What is most valuable?

A valuable feature of XtremIO is that, in terms of administration, it's simple and manageable. 

What needs improvement?

If you are looking at flash storage solutions, XtremIO doesn't offer any unique features. Most of my customers are migrating their workload from XtremIO to other formats because of this. If you look at Hitachi or IBM, they have the VSP G series or FlashSystem, these products have many features available. We can scale up and scale out, add multiple nodes, use a global cache, and we don't have the same kinds of features in XtremIO. Because of the lack of unique and key features, most customers nowadays don't want XtremIO. 

XtremIO needs to have a global cache. Internal architecture should also be redefined and existing architecture sectioned off. Additional unique features should be added, rather than just common features like replication. Right now, XtremIO is an all-flash array, which is costly. I would like to see them come up with a hybrid model, one that is more cost-effective and may offer more benefits to customers. 

Since XtremIO is all-flash, it doesn't currently have NAND support. I would like to see interface support from XtremIO, and at least NAND or SD card support. If they supported a combination of SSDs and SDs, that could be beneficial to some small and medium businesses. 

Dell should also provide a data analysis tool, in the case of any issues with internal components like controls, cache, backup drive, etc. It would be helpful to have a tool to troubleshoot performance issues. 

A last feature is that XtremIO should have a cloud mobility option, in addition to flash. XtremIO has no data migration features, so these features should be implemented without needing to purchase an additional license or application. XtremIO needs some fine-tuning and these are where I would start. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with XtremIO for three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and has good performance. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. The option to scale out is available on XtremIO. 

How are customer service and support?

I had a good experience with Dell EMC's support. 

How was the initial setup?

The setup process is simple. 

What about the implementation team?

My company proves implementation and maintenance services. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

XtremIO is an all-flash array, which means it's a costly solution. When compared with general mid-range storage solutions, this is more expensive. As far as I know, there are no additional costs besides the license. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other similar options are the Hitachi VSP G series or IBM's FlashSystem. These products have features that are missing from XtremIO. 

What other advice do I have?

I recommend XtremIO primarily for big companies, but I would like to see improvements in terms of feature availability and reliability. Also, XtremIO doesn't support the IBM iSeries. 

I would rate this solution a five out of ten, right in the middle. It's missing a lot of features and has a lot of room for improvement. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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Daniel Aramayo
Implementation and Support Engineer at PRACSO S.R.L.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reasonably priced, scales well, and offers good stability

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward."
  • "I'd like to see the product implement active replication for vehicles such as VMware."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for cluster applications and databases. We use the solution on the DBA and those that use double machines.

What is most valuable?

Being able to have broken files on-site on the same appliance is quite useful.

The newer version of NVME has a really noticeable difference in quality versus the last generation. It's better in terms of latency. It allows for so much more input.

The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward. 

The stability is quite good.

We've found the scalability to be excellent.

The price of the product isn't too high.

What needs improvement?

To be able to do the welcome files simultaneously on a lower version would be helpful. 

I general, we don't really have any pain points when dealing with the solution.

The solution should improve its logon requirements.

I'd like to see the product implement active replication for vehicles such as VMware.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been very good and very reliable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. Its performance has been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale if you need it to. It offers good scalability.

We have already expanded capacity and installed additional chokes and it works perfectly, with no downtime and no impact on production.

We do have plans to increase usage in the future. We're looking forward to installing more clusters and extending the offering.

While we have five main users that manage the arrays, we have many, many general users of the product.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not overly complex or difficult. It's quite simple and very straightforward. A company shouldn't have any issues with the process. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay for licensing on a yearly basis. We're pretty happy with the cost. It's reasonable and not overly expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this solution, we evaluated solutions from HP, IBM, and Dell EMC.

What other advice do I have?

We are partners. 

While I would recommend the product to others, I would also advise that they try it out first via a proof of concept if they are not so sure about the solution. It's free and they can experiment with all the features in their own environments.

I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten. We are very happy with the product overall.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior Consultant at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Consultant
Overall simple to use, good local support, but integration need improvement

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature of this solution is the overall simplicity."
  • "Huawei OceanStor Dorado could improve the integration, there have been some compatibility issues with some operating system functions."

What is our primary use case?

Most of my clients are using this solution to manage their smaller storage and as a backup solution.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the overall simplicity.

What needs improvement?

Huawei OceanStor Dorado could improve the integration, there have been some compatibility issues with some operating system functions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had an issue with the scalability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The local support has been very good.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward. The team did not do a lot of training and was able to handle the installation without issues.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the solution is competitive compared to others, such as Dell EMC and Hitachi. I believe the reason they are providing a discount is they want to increase their penetration into the market.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Dell EMC and Hitachi solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Huawei OceanStor Dorado a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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