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HPE Primera vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe
May 2022
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"HPE Primera has good integration. All the users are using HP servers and some systems, such as Synergy, which integrate well into the solution.""We sold Primera to a public university, and they're happy with it. They have been using it for about four months with no significant problems.""The performance is very good.""One of the most valuable features is the ease of deployment.""The high availability was most valuable because they come with what's called 100% data availability. With special terms, they license and guarantee 100% data availability. That was probably one of the key features or components that HPE was offering with that model.""Primera's main advantage is its support for NVM drives and normal flash drives. It has some sort of AI analysis that automatically tells us how to optimize the performance.""All of the capabilities of the hardware such as replication, snapshot, and the specific features are all included from the start as opposed to being on another license.""When taking into account the price, maintenance required, and performance of HPE Primera, it is an effective solution."

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"The high performance and high availability improved our overall processes.""A key feature is that compared to storage systems that we've been familiar with over decades, IBM simply does not fail. The reason is that IBM is the only manufacturer that engineers its own flash module, and there is a key architectural difference from everything else that we have seen in the market. The difference is that the flash module has the computational capability, which allows reliability and capacity enhancements to be uploaded from the main controllers and run in each module. So, each of the flash drives becomes its own little storage system, and that is extremely effective architecture. In this field, with this type of system, IBM has made a statement. They've never had one of these modules cause an outage. So, the failure rates on these things are just in a whole different universe from what we were accustomed to.""It's easy to use, has good stability, and many features.""The most valuable feature is the speed."

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"One of the drawbacks of the model we purchased is that it is not running NVMe drives. Even though they say that it is NVMe-ready, it is still on the SSD drives. The model that we purchased has only eight hard drives, and only the ones on the top could work on NVMe. The rest of them are still on the SSD. Its competitors, such as EMC and Pure Storage, are moving or have already moved to NVMe. HPE should improve this solution for NVMe. HPE should also improve IOs in this solution. IOs in HPE are weaker than Hitachi and Pure Storage.""The file server embedded in Pure, the GUI, and the tracking and reporting features are better with Pure Storage.""On the hardware side, you should have the ability to expand capacity to larger numbers.""We used to receive hardware errors a lot of times. The ambient temperatures rise rate was approximately 35 to 55 degrees, but when it was approximately 27 or 28, we used to get errors a lot.""The solution could prove the reporting.""They could work to make scalability easier.""The solution has good performance but it could improve further.""On the controller side, I would like to see NAS capabilities."

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"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.""The pricing should be more competitive.""I'd like to be able to connect to tape drives behind the storage device to back up the tape if need be. We have all of our storage running in all-flash, and we make a copy on tape. Currently, when we want to hook up tape drives, we have to add some extra equipment, which is a little bit complex. We want IBM to add a feature where we could install a tape into the storage so that we can connect it through a single pane of glass. We'd like to have a feature in the IBM flash storage system so that we can connect backup tape drives through the IBM storage system and we can manage the backup tape from the storage system.""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."""I would like to have replication functionality built directly in the product, rather than having to use a separate device for this."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "From what I see, this is competitively-priced and HPE are doing their best to stay competitive."
  • "The price to capacity ratio is good."
  • "It is basically in the mid-range of the price. It is not cheaper than Hitachi, but it is cheaper than Pure Storage. There are no additional costs. Everything was taken care of in the price."
  • "Licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis and the cost of GreenLake service is included."
  • "I believe HPE Primera and Pure Storage are similar in price."
  • "There is only a one-time license purchase needed and no additional costs. If HP could reduce the training cost, then that would be advantageous to the seller."
  • "The price of HPE Primera could improve, it is expensive."
  • "HPE Primera service is cost-effective."
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  • "The price of the FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is reasonable."
  • "There are pricing options from the mid-rand to the high-range, of which the suitability depends upon the requirements."
  • "It's a lot less costly than cloud storage. People get surprised by the cost of cloud storage, which is extremely expensive and four or five times the cost of storage on-premises. People don't realize what they're spending on storage until they start getting bills from Amazon, Microsoft, and others. This is a good way to reduce your cloud storage expenses."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:HPE Nimble is a versatile synced WAN San solution. It is easy to use and doesn’t require much training for admins. The solution offers SSD-based cache devices and all SSD devices so you can have… more »
    Top Answer:HPE Primera has many great features but one of the best is that it is very easy to deploy. From an overall perspective, it is reliable, easy to set up, stable, and offers quality block storage. All of… more »
    Top Answer:HPE Primera is an all-flash storage product that's very stable and has a higher storage capacity. It can also give better ROI compared to NetApp.
    Top Answer:A key feature is that compared to storage systems that we've been familiar with over decades, IBM simply does not fail. The reason is that IBM is the only manufacturer that engineers its own flash… more »
    Top Answer:It's a lot less costly than cloud storage. People get surprised by the cost of cloud storage, which is extremely expensive and four or five times the cost of storage on-premises. People don't realize… more »
    Top Answer:I'd like to see more ports, although we have found ways of working around it. It's a bit limited on ports for most users. We use it with fiber channel and VME connections. The ports are fiber channel… more »
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    IBM FlashSystem 9100, FlashSystem 9100
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    Overview

    HPE introduces HPE Primera, a new storage platform designed to deliver superior simplicity, availability, and performance for mission-critical applications
    HPE Primera advances the HPE Intelligent Data Platform, a portfolio of products and solutions designed to help customers transition from delivering storage to unlocking business value with intelligent data

    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.

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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm40%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Transportation Company10%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise26%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Primera vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Primera vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE Primera is ranked 9th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 19 reviews while IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is ranked 20th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 5 reviews. HPE Primera is rated 8.6, while IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of HPE Primera writes "A rock-solid, enterprise-class product that provides 100% availability and is backed by an excellent company". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe writes "A game-changer product that doesn't fail, and as compared to the prior generation products, takes about 20% of space and uses about 85% less energy". HPE Primera is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, Dell PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays, whereas IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is most compared with Dell PowerStore, Dell PowerMax NVMe, IBM FlashSystem, Pure Storage FlashArray and NetApp NVMe AFF A800. See our HPE Primera vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe report.

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