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Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. IBM FlashSystem
May 2022
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Pros
"It is very flexible, and it is very useful when you want to virtualize different storage from different vendors.""The setup is very easy to manage and configure. The initial setup and takes one hour more or less.""The performance is very good.""Its resilience is the most valuable.""Data optimization, compression, and deduplication are the most important features for us.""The feature I like best is the stability of the hardware."

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"IBM FlashSystem is a powerful effective storage solution. Additionally, it is user-friendly, anyone can use it.""The pricing is reasonable.""IBM FlashSystem is a stable solution.""When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation.""Installing FlashSystem is very easy. It takes less than half an hour, and I can handle it all myself.""The most valuable features of IBM FlashSystem are performance and security.""The most valuable features are flexibility and performance.""The performance is very good and we use this product to enhance our core system."

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Cons
"Hitachi should launch some small machines in Brazil. The smallest machine here in Brazil is VSP 350, which can be quite big for some of the customers. In China, Hitachi has small models of this equipment, but those models are not available in our region. Its pricing is a big issue for us. We are resellers, and we face some competition from other vendors. Hitachi doesn't always have a good position in terms of the price. Its user interface is also not as good as some of the other competitors, and it can be improved.""In terms of ransomware, Pure Storage is probably a couple of steps ahead of Hitachi, but Hitachi does not rush in terms of features. They want to be really sure that the hardware works properly without any kind of problem in new environments, and the implementation or improvement does not affect the customer installation. They really want to make sure that customers are not affected in any way.""This product should be easier to install and set up.""They should look at the cost because there are other vendors who offer the same cost with more features.""I would like to see Hitachi improve their management software. It's been three years since they introduced Ops Center, their management product, and it still hasn't reached at least 50 percent of the capability we require. We are using legacy software because the product Hitachi offers does not stack up in functionality.""For the support windows to work, maybe they have to upgrade the firmware of the VSP. They changed the hardware or the disk. I don't know if it was the port blade they changed or a VM for a memory cache. Also, replacing the old target with the processor target would be fine. The old equipment is very easy to manage, and I don't have any bad commentary."

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"The data reduction pool feature sucks and is not recommended for use with heavy workloads.""The solution is quite expensive. That's one of the downsides to using it.""The GUI for monitoring performance metrics could provide better visibility. For example, it doesn't let me segregate the IOPS per volume.""They don't offer subscription-based payments.""The generic functionality of IBM FlashSystem, IBM always dismisses using file share or sharing protocols inside their storage hardware, and they only focus on the block-level storage.""The support could improve by allowing you to speak to someone when you call rather than them calling you back. However, once we do have contact with one of their technicians they are excellent.""It could be easier to implement.""The pricing needs to be more competitive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is expensive as compared to other vendors, but its price is good if you are looking for stability, reliability, performance, and security."
  • "We pay for a support contract agreement."
  • "It is cheap. It is not very expensive. If you decide to expand the system, the cost is pretty low as compared to other vendors, such as Dell."
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  • "The integration is already included in the license cost of IBM FlashSystem. The integration is very easy. You get the IBM storage core with all software, firmware, and upgrades. EMC provides the features in the box, but they are not free for customers. There is a licensing cost for features. We have yearly licensing, but IBM has also provided a new option where you pay as you go. They provide a big box, and I pay, for example, for 10 terabytes. If I exceed 10 terabytes, IBM will charge for the new storage after 10 terabytes. It is a good opportunity in the market for using the storage as a cloud and paying as you go."
  • "They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that."
  • "This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better."
  • "Among IBM, Dell EMC, and Pure Storage, IBM is the cheapest. The price is also based on our location, the size of our entity, and our regular annual purchases from them. We are a very big IBM customer, so we normally get very high discounts. We are not a big customer of Pure Storage. We don't buy that much from Pure Storage per year. Everything is included in the price. There is no extra license for different functions."
  • "Its price is very good."
  • "I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable."
  • "You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable."
  • "The solution requires a license and could be less expensive."
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    Top Answer:As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets Dell EMC Unity will generally have a better price at parity performance over… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of IBM FlashSystem are performance and security.
    Top Answer:The price of IBM FlashSystem is a little high because you pay a premium because the solution is from IBM. We had paid for the SLA prior to using the solution.
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    Overview

    RETHINK YOUR DEFINITION OF SPEED AND PERFORMANCE

    With adaptive, guaranteed data reduction and a 100% data-availability guarantee, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F series helps you tackle complicated business challenges. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) VSP F series delivers up to 4.8M IOPS with sub-millisecond response times.
    Featuring legendary Hitachi reliability, VSP F series arrays are backed by the industries only 100% availability guarantee. For these reasons, 80% of the Fortune 500 choose Hitachi all-flash arrays to accelerate the performance of mission-critical applications like Oracle, SAP, Virtualization, Microsoft apps etc. With over 350 patents in flash technology, Hitachi’s innovative mix of flash hardware and software accelerates ROI with enterprise-class reliability and performance.

    IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.

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    Sample Customers
    Turkcell, Owens Corning, Region Nord, Net Credit Financial Group (NFC Group), Russian Railways
    Celero, Friedhelm Loh Group, Clarks, Mingkang Natregro Health Food Group, Sofia, Etisalat Fights Fraud, UF Health Shands Hospital, Generali, Elecon Engineering Company Limited, Ventiv , Technology, CPFL Energia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., SciQuest, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Paddy Power, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Interconnect Services, Severstal IP-Only AB, PVU Group GmbH
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Government29%
    Media Company14%
    Wholesaler/Distributor14%
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Financial Services Firm29%
    Government10%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise39%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. IBM FlashSystem
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is ranked 16th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 8th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 33 reviews. Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is rated 8.2, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series writes "The setup is very easy to manage and configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Reliable and easy to configure with simple data migration capabilities ". Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is most compared with Dell Unity XT, Dell PowerMax NVMe, HPE Primera, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and HPE Nimble Storage, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell PowerStore, Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Nimble Storage, Dell Unity XT and Dell SC Series. See our Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. IBM FlashSystem report.

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