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Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series OverviewUNIXBusinessApplication

Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is #22 ranked solution in best All-Flash Storage Arrays. IT Central Station users give Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series an average rating of 8 out of 10. Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is most commonly compared to Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series: Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series vs Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series. The top industry researching this solution is Comms Service Provider, accounting for 31% of all views.
What is Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series?

The DE All-Flash Series delivers the performance of more than 2,000 15k rpm HDDs, yet requires only 2% of the rack space, power, and cooling. Because it consumes 98% less space and power, DE Series can significantly improve the overall efficiency of your IT operations while continuing to meet your performance requirements.

Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is also known as ThinkSystem DE Series.

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What users are saying about Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series pricing:
  • "The pricing is fair and low compared to other products in this category."
  • "We have a five-year contract for providing support."
  • "All of the features are bundled together, and you can renew the bundle with all of the features included."

Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series Reviews

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DP
Solutions Developer at Next Dimension Inc.
MSP
Top 10
Mostly typical of production storage for virtual machines but with fewer features and a lower price

Pros and Cons

  • "Fewer features is not necessarily a negative as it leads to simpler operation and lower price."
  • "The features are limited."

What is our primary use case?

We sell the Lenovo ThinkSystem DE 4000 or 6000 series storage arrays. The clients that we sell the products to are mostly manufacturers and the use case for ThinkSystem is always production for storing and operating their virtual environment, which means the units are almost always used for VMware. It is just typical storage for production and virtual machines.  

How has it helped my organization?

It does not improve the way we function as we use it with clients. It gives us another product to offer to fill particular client needs.  

What is most valuable?

As far as features go, the product does not really have a lot of them. The products we sell are Lenovo's low to mid-range stuff. They are not really feature-laden products with added value that make them stand out from other solutions. The lack of complexity and the lower price — because of that lack of complexity — may be the most valuable features.  

The interface is all good.  

What needs improvement?

You can not buy a lot of options for these devices. There are a lot of things that it does not do. Some things that it does not do that we would like it to do include easy tiering. If you have got spindles and you want to cache a couple of terabytes of storage on SSD, that would be something we would like to see that, currently, it does not have the capacity to do.  

The thing it comes down to is that Lenovo needs to add some more of the software features that would allow the ThinkSystem line to compete with other products that we sell. Other than that, it is what it is.  

For how long have I used the solution?

We have had experience with the product for as long as Lenovo has been out with it. I do not know exactly how long that is, but it is maybe seven or eight years.  

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think these Lenovo products are very stable. We generally do not have issues with their products going down.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

ThinkSystem is scalable. Our clients are small top medium-large businesses and within that range, it works well.  

How are customer service and technical support?

When we had to use them, the technical support was very good. If I had to rate them I would give them an eight-out-of-ten. Maybe they need to work on consistency with response time, but the bigger concern comes down to the actual know-how. A lot of times, we have to defer to IBM for support in order to get an answer.  

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

We previously used a different solution from IBM.  

How was the initial setup?

The installation and the initial setup for these is very simple.  

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

The pricing is fine for what the product does.  

What other advice do I have?

The advice that I would you give to others looking into implementing this product is that it is a good product if it fits your needs. Products in this category are not all the same and they all have something unique, but ThinkSystem is a good offer and can work out well if you can work with it to fit the use cases that you have.  

On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate this product as probably and eight-out-of-ten overall. I would give it that rating because it is a good product. It is stable. It is well supported. It just lacks some depth in the area of features. That ends up not necessarily being a strike against the product because, price-wise, it is a good value. If you want all the bells and whistles, Lenovo wants you to move up the ladder on something else they have to offer.  

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
FG
IT Departmant - System Administration at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
A stable solution for hosting, VMware and backup

Pros and Cons

  • "We have been working with the solution for around a year and so far it has shown itself to be stable."
  • "The solution could be more scalable, although it suits our present needs."

What is our primary use case?

We use the DE series, the 2000 and DE4000. It's DE, All-Flash storage.

We use Lenovo with the VMware solution. We have VMware with virtual machines and the production storage is the Lenovo DE4000 Hybrid. The solution for backup is Lenovo Storage 2000.

For the moment, we use the solution in respect of our three hosts, for VMware and for storage.

What needs improvement?

The VMware should be addressed and the solution should have more storage, although I am not in need of the latter or of any other product at present. 

The solution could be more scalable, although it suits our present needs. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series for around one year. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have been working with the solution for around a year and so far it has shown itself to be stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As we employ the VMware for three hosts, we are not able to scale it too much. But, for our present needs it is scalable. 

The solution could be more scalable and I believe we could increase certain resources should the need arise. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Our use of the solution is fairly recent and we have not yet had occasion to utilize technical support. 

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

We worked with Dell EMC storage Healthcare for around five years.

We also used Buffalo TeraStation for additional backup. I am referring to PowerVault storage array. 

How was the initial setup?

We have the two Lenovo hosts for production, the storage being connected with fiber channels. We also have another host Lenovo with the storage backup.

Installation and deployment lasted around a week-and-a-half. 

What about the implementation team?

When it comes to the deployment, there are around seven members who make up the IT team, the data center containing only two. 

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

We have a five-year contract for providing support. I am not aware of other licensing costs and do not believe there are any. 

What other advice do I have?

There are 1,000 users in our organization who are making use of the solution. 

I would recommend this solution to others. 

Based on my experience thus far, I rate Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series as 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.
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DT
Senior IT Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Simple to manage, easy to install with excellent technical support and cost-effective

Pros and Cons

  • "Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is simple to use"
  • "It would be useful to have structured solutions replicated to other sites."

What is our primary use case?

We use Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series for small businesses, primarily for VM workloads, as well as for block storage.

What is most valuable?

Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is simple to use. It is also simple to manage.

What needs improvement?

While it is a reliable product, it could be improved.

It would be useful to have structured solutions replicated to other sites.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable in our targets, but scalability is not important with these types of solutions.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is very good.

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

I'm familiar with HPE 3PAR and HPE Nimble Storage. I used to work with both of them in my previous company approximately six years ago.

We are now Dell and Lenovo partners, and I have switched to their technology.

We work with Dell Unity and Unity HC for PowerStore. We also work with the new series of Lenovo, DE, and DM.

How was the initial setup?

It is simple to install.

It took approximately half a day to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

We completed the implementation ourselves.

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

Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is cost-effective.

There is no license. All of the features are bundled together, and you can renew the bundle with all of the features included.

What other advice do I have?

We are consultants, and this is a solution that we would recommend to others.

I would rate Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series 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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