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IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is the #5 ranked solution in our list of best NVMe All-Flash Arrays. It is most often compared to Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe: IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe vs Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe

What is IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe?

IBM FlashSystem 9100 combines the performance of flash and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) end-to-end with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore technology and the rich features of IBM Spectrum Virtualize - all in a powerful 2U enterprise-class storage system. Providing intensive data driven multicloud storage capacity, FlashSystem 9100 is deeply integrated with the software defined capabilities of IBM Spectrum Storage allowing you to easily add in the multicloud solutions that best support your business.

IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is also known as IBM FlashSystem 9100, FlashSystem 9100.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe pricing:
  • "There are pricing options from the mid-rand to the high-range, of which the suitability depends upon the requirements."
  • "The price of the FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is reasonable."

IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe Reviews

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Mohamed_Hassan
Microfinance at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good performance, easy to manage, and remains stable even during maintenance

Pros and Cons

    • "I would like to have replication functionality built directly in the product, rather than having to use a separate device for this."

    What is our primary use case?

    The FlashSystem is currently hosting all of our applications and services.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The performance of each server was improved when we implemented this product. The IOPS rate is high with flash storage, compared to other types of disks.

    What is most valuable?

    The administration is easy and very straightforward. It is the same software for managing both flash and non-flash storage. It can be managed using either the GUI or the command-line interface.

    It is a high-performance product that serves our requests well.

    The IBM Professional Services give us technical support that is both timely and of high quality.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to have replication functionality built directly in the product, rather than having to use a separate device for this.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using the IBM FlashSystem A9000 for nearly eight months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a very stable product during daily operation, maintenance, and even while upgrading the firmware. It comes configured from IBM with one controller and after testing it for perhaps an hour, the firmware will be updated and the other controller will take over. Then, the next phase begins.

    At this point, it again tests the system for about an hour, and then the other controller is updated. There is no downtime, availability is not affected, and it remains stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is possible to both scale-up and scale-out, and it depends on the needs of the business. If I need more capacity then it's easy, and this is true even if I need more performance.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support is very good.

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

    Prior to using the A9000, we were using the V9000 for nearly two years.

    Before moving to IBM, were work working with the EMC VMAX storage array. I was not the decision-maker who decided to switch, although it may have been related to cost.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is easy and not complicated.

    From scratch, the Rack and Stack take perhaps two days, and the configuration of the system takes an additional day.

    What about the implementation team?

    The setup is completed by IBM, although we are involved in the post-installation knowledge transfer.

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

    There are pricing options from the mid-rand to the high-range, of which the suitability depends upon the requirements.

    What other advice do I have?

    Overall, I think that this is a good product and I recommend it.

    I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Gencys Segarra
    General Manager at SinergyHard Ecuador
    Real User
    Top 10Leaderboard
    Scalable with good visualization and flash copy capabilities

    Pros and Cons

    • "The high performance and high availability improved our overall processes."
    • "Other vendors have included a block and file system. IBM doesn't include a file system. And yet, it's very necessary for all organizations' networks to have file systems. We have other systems for the file system, however, ideally, we would like to have one system with these features."

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the solution for the database.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The high performance and high availability improved our overall processes.

    What is most valuable?

    The visualization, flash copy, and HyperSwap are the solution's most valuable features. The visualization in particular is stellar. It's very, very easy to use.

    What needs improvement?

    Other vendors have included a block and file system. IBM doesn't include a file system. And yet, it's very necessary for all organizations' networks to have file systems. We have other systems for the file system, however, ideally, we would like to have one system with all the features we need instead of having different solutions for certain aspects.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Although I had been using the solution previously, I stopped using the solution about six months ago.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable. It's reliable. We never had a problem with bugs or glitches. It never froze on us.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The system is very scalable. It's actually too much for our entire organization. We don't need the level of scalability offered.

    At the time of the implementation, the FlashSystem had over 5,000 users.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is very good. Overall, I'd rate it nine out of ten. They could guarantee the time it would take to provide answers, however, so that we know when to expect results and aren't waiting on them to respond.

    In terms of replacing parts, it would be nice if they could say something like "this will take us two days or two hours". It would help us manage expectations for turnaround.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very easy and very quick. It's not too complex. We found it to be rather straightforward.

    The advantage of FlashSystem is the stellar visualization of data integration. We deployed the solution very quickly due to the fact that, when the system was implemented, the migration was transparent. The tools make everything very clear for the user.

    What other advice do I have?

    IBM FlashSystem is an excellent product. That said, I don't recommend it to vendors due to the fact that IBM doesn't have a file system. For the operator, it's difficult to work with different types of storage. Again, we need to have one solution, one software that encapsulates everything, and right now, IBM is missing the file system.

    On a scale from one to ten, I would rate the solution at a nine.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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    Aliyar Balikci
    Information Technology Senior Administrator at Genpa
    Real User
    Top 20
    Good performance but technical support needs improvement

    Pros and Cons

    • "It's easy to use, has good stability, and many features."
    • "IBM's support is not good. I experienced a big problem where I opened the console IBM Storage and would see that something was broken. I called the call centers, and I said, "I have a problem. My drive is not working." They want me to give them the serial number, I gave it to them and they told me "I cannot find your product. Your product is not here.""

    What needs improvement?

    The prices are high. Except for this, there is nothing I don't like in FlashSystem. Before IBM Flash, I was using NetApp 2020. You can't easily do what you want to do with NetApp. It takes more time to take snapshots, it takes more time to do deduplication. 

    FlashSystem is better than the old system. I recommend it to my friends who ask what to pick.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe for about three years.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    FlashSystem doesn't have any limitations. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    IBM's support is not good. I experienced a big problem where I opened the console IBM Storage and would see that something was broken. I called the call centers, and I said, "I have a problem. My drive is not working." They want me to give them the serial number, I gave it to them and they told me "I cannot find your product. Your product is not here."

    It was unbelievable. I had purchased it a week prior. I was the first person in Turkey to buy it. They said they couldn't help me. I ended up fixing it myself. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Before buying IBM Flash, I tested many flash storage solutions. For example, I tested Pure Storage for about one and a half months, Huawei Storage, and Dell Storage. I tested and compared the performance results. 

    I also tested Iometer. When we run the Imeter on NetApp, the performance result is not the same. It immediately goes down and suddenly, goes up. It's not stable. But when we were testing Pure Storage, we found it to be very good. It's stable. It goes on the same line. When I tested Dell Storage and removed the controller or hard drive manually I saw the performance go down. Dell goes down, and Huawei goes down. When I did the same test on Pure Storage,  the performance was near the same. Because of this, I would recommend Pure Storage. I plan to buy it when I have the budget for it. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate IBM FlashSystem a seven out of ten. The performance is good but the support is not. It's easy to use, has good stability, and many features. 

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    DC
    Senior Client Specialist at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
    Reseller
    Top 10
    High performance, stable, and the technical support is good

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a solution provider and this is one of the storage systems that we resell to our clients.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the speed.

    What needs improvement?

    The pricing should be more competitive.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with this product for about five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a stable product.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I think that this FlashSystem is scalable. Our customers for this product are usually medium-sized companies with between 200 and 300 users.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support is good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward…

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a solution provider and this is one of the storage systems that we resell to our clients.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the speed.

    What needs improvement?

    The pricing should be more competitive.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with this product for about five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a stable product.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I think that this FlashSystem is scalable. Our customers for this product are usually medium-sized companies with between 200 and 300 users.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support is good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward and it usually takes about a day to deploy.

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

    The price of the FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is reasonable.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: reseller