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Storage Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Integrated compression chips compress data without losing performance
Pros and Cons
  • "IBM's technical support do excellent work."
  • "A big area for improvement is that the data reduction pool feature is not recommended for use in a production environment because it has stability and performance issues."

What is our primary use case?

This solution is our main production storage system. It is deployed in a few banks in Ukraine, where it is used to store the core system data.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that these models have integrated compression chips, so all data is compressed on the chip without losing any performance.

What needs improvement?

A big area for improvement is that the data reduction pool feature is not recommended for use in a production environment because it has stability and performance issues. There are also some issues with updates when you have different versions installed, which makes it quite difficult for the administrator to choose which version to install.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are some stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There is room to scale.

How are customer service and support?

IBM's technical support do excellent work.

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

I've previously used NetApp FAS, which is a bit difficult to use compared to FlashSystem.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy and can be done by one person.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution as eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Joseph Ashong
Head, Internal Audit at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Good interface and documentation, but flash needs improvement
Pros and Cons
  • "When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation."
  • "We had issues when attempting to do a flash, we hope to resolve it soon."

What is our primary use case?

We were using the solution for storing data. Recently we were having problems not being able to do a flash when we attempted. We will need to relay to IBM the challenges with taking the flash. Once this problem is resolved, we can do a better comparison with other solutions.

What is most valuable?

When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation. 

What needs improvement?

We had issues when attempting to do a flash, we hope to resolve it soon.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used the solution for approximately three years. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of the solution was easy. 

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

I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are presently evaluating NetApp and this solution. By the time we finished with our evaluations, I will be able to come back to IBM on what challenges we have encountered. We use IBM in all other aspects, including service. That is why we think that combining the IBM storage will be much easier for us than other entirely new solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I rate IBM FlashSystem a seven out of ten.

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Technical Manager at a manufacturing company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Quick operations, reliable, but difficult installation

What is our primary use case?

We use IBM FlashSystem for VM farms, physical SQL servers, and replication.

What needs improvement?

The solution is not easy to use and could improve.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used IBM FlashSystem within the last 12 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM FlashSystem has been stable in our operations.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is similar to the Nimble Storage solution. We have approximately 200 users using this solution, and we have plans to increase usage.

How are customer service and support?

We have not used the support from IBM.

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

We previously used free CSS Storage.

How was

What is our primary use case?

We use IBM FlashSystem for VM farms, physical SQL servers, and replication.

What needs improvement?

The solution is not easy to use and could improve.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used IBM FlashSystem within the last 12 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM FlashSystem has been stable in our operations.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is similar to the Nimble Storage solution.

We have approximately 200 users using this solution, and we have plans to increase usage.

How are customer service and support?

We have not used the support from IBM.

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

We previously used free CSS Storage.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is complex and it could be easier. The concept is quite different from traditional storage. The full process took approximately three days.

What about the implementation team?

We used vendors' support for the implementation.

We had approximately three engineers for the implementation.

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

There are no licensing fees, it is a one-time purchase of the IBM FlashSystem.

What other advice do I have?

I rate IBM FlashSystem a seven out of ten.

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Technical Support Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Stable and high-performing solution

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case of this solution is an ERP application on finance.

What is most valuable?

The product has no queuing and high ops, speed, and performance.

What needs improvement?

The price is very costly, which could be improved. In the next release, I would like to see some integration with VMware so that storage can be managed directly from a single pane.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Flashsystem for between six months to a year. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and high-performing, causing no hassles or problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This product has good scalability, allowing us to scale up as much as we need.

How

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case of this solution is an ERP application on finance.

What is most valuable?

The product has no queuing and high ops, speed, and performance.

What needs improvement?

The price is very costly, which could be improved. In the next release, I would like to see some integration with VMware so that storage can be managed directly from a single pane.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Flashsystem for between six months to a year. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and high-performing, causing no hassles or problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This product has good scalability, allowing us to scale up as much as we need.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward with a smooth installation.

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

The product is available on a perpetual license based on the capacity used and the features required.

What other advice do I have?

If you have the funds and you require speed, this product is the answer. I would rate this solution as nine 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: Partner
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NDT - TECHNICIAN at a paper AND forest products with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
User-friendly, priced well, powerful, and effective

What is our primary use case?

We are using IBM FlashSystem for Oracle E-Business Suite backups.

What is most valuable?

IBM FlashSystem is a powerful effective storage solution. Additionally, it is user-friendly, anyone can use it.

What needs improvement?

We use some open-source tools for monitoring, such as Grafana and it should be bundled along with IBM FlashSystem.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM FlashSystem for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM FlashSystem is stable, we have not found any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. The solution can be used for any size of business.

How are customer service and support?

I have not…

What is our primary use case?

We are using IBM FlashSystem for Oracle E-Business Suite backups.

What is most valuable?

IBM FlashSystem is a powerful effective storage solution. Additionally, it is user-friendly, anyone can use it.

What needs improvement?

We use some open-source tools for monitoring, such as Grafana and it should be bundled along with IBM FlashSystem.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM FlashSystem for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM FlashSystem is stable, we have not found any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

The solution can be used for any size of business.

How are customer service and support?

I have not needed to contact the support.

How was the initial setup?

The implementation is very simple.

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

The price of IBM FlashSystem is reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

IBM FlashSystem is very simple and plug-and-play. I would recommend it.

I rate IBM FlashSystem a nine 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: partner
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Hybrid IT Enterprise Executive at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Reliable, easy to install, and well documented

What is our primary use case?

I am an IBM reseller and I sell this solution to our clients. I have a lot of knowledge of this solution. Our clients use this solution for database performance.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is reliability.

What needs improvement?

Cloud file sharing is an area that needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been selling this solution since it was released. We sell the whole model, the entire line.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM FlashSytem is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is very scalable. We have no issues with the scalability of the IBM FlashSystem.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support…

What is our primary use case?

I am an IBM reseller and I sell this solution to our clients. I have a lot of knowledge of this solution.

Our clients use this solution for database performance.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is reliability.

What needs improvement?

Cloud file sharing is an area that needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been selling this solution since it was released.

We sell the whole model, the entire line.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM FlashSytem is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is very scalable. We have no issues with the scalability of the IBM FlashSystem.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is complicated.

The technical support can be improved. it should be more automated.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. 

It is well documented.

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

You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate IBM FlashSystem a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Albert Hernaus
Storage Consultant at E-Storage
Real User
Top 5
Flexible, good performance, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for database system storage in our organization.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are flexibility and performance.

What needs improvement?

The Data Reduction Pools (DRP) support could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for many years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have found the solution to be scalable. We have approximately 1,000 users using the solution in my organization. 

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward. The solution is delivered with an operating system, which can be updated in about half an hour. 

What about

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for database system storage in our organization.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are flexibility and performance.

What needs improvement?

The Data Reduction Pools (DRP) support could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for many years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have found the solution to be scalable.

We have approximately 1,000 users using the solution in my organization. 

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward. The solution is delivered with an operating system, which can be updated in about half an hour. 

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation ourselves.

We have 10 technicians that do the maintenance for the solution.

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

The solution requires a license and could be less expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this solution to others.

I rate IBM FlashSystem a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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System Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Fast and reliable backup solution

What is our primary use case?

My main use of this solution is for backup.

What needs improvement?

The data reduction pool feature sucks and is not recommended for use with heavy workloads. I also understand that the APIs don't work well and need improvement. In the next release, I would like to see a better monitoring system for metrics.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for around five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and can be done in an hour and a half by one person. 

What other advice do I have?

IBM FlashSystem is fast and reliable.…

What is our primary use case?

My main use of this solution is for backup.

What needs improvement?

The data reduction pool feature sucks and is not recommended for use with heavy workloads. I also understand that the APIs don't work well and need improvement. In the next release, I would like to see a better monitoring system for metrics.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for around five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and can be done in an hour and a half by one person. 

What other advice do I have?

IBM FlashSystem is fast and reliable. However, we also use Huawei, which is more reliable and has less frequent upgrades. I would rate this solution as eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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