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IBM FlashSystem Pros and Cons

IBM FlashSystem Pros

Infrastructure Architect Supervisor; Solution Delivery Supervisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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KV
Director Technical at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Over the years, it has become increasingly user-friendly.
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Infrastructure Solutions Architect at areebah
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.
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Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable.
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BT Area Champion/Trainer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution.
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Network and System Administrator at TWD Technologies Ltd.
We've found the solution to be very stable so far.
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BB
Deputy Chief Technology Officer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The installation is nice and easy.
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VP - Head Enterprise IT Infrastructure at MIB
The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space.
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Technology Specialist at InfoTech Group
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.
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PV
Senior System Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good.
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IBM FlashSystem Cons

Infrastructure Architect Supervisor; Solution Delivery Supervisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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KV
Director Technical at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.
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Infrastructure Solutions Architect at areebah
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.
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Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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.
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BT Area Champion/Trainer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
IBM should improve its data reduction development.
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Network and System Administrator at TWD Technologies Ltd.
The design is a little old-fashioned and could be updated. The rack is very primitive and designed in an older style.
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BB
Deputy Chief Technology Officer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The pricing needs to be more competitive.
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VP - Head Enterprise IT Infrastructure at MIB
The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way.
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Technology Specialist at InfoTech Group
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.
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PV
Senior System Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It could be easier to implement.
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Learn what your peers think about IBM FlashSystem. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
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