"The most valuable features were the dual controllers and being able to expand it."
"The most valuable features are the storage levels and snapshot features."
"The simple configuration feature is great. It is very simple, allowing you to set up MSA very easily."
"The product is very easy to deploy."
"The solution is very easy to use, it is not really complex for any user, such as non-technical individuals."
"We've found the solution to be very stable so far."
"I like most of the features. Its speed, performance, and availability are valuable. We are implementing the data reduction technology the most."
"IBM FlashSystem has been stable in our operations."
"The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space."
"It's very easy to manage."
"The most valuable features of IBM FlashSystem are performance and security."
"The most valuable feature is reliability."
"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."
"The support contract is expensive, although they are very responsive."
"Synchronized replication is very important for MSA; however, HPE StorageWorks MSA doesn't provide synchronized replication."
"It would be ideal if there was a better management interface."
"The solution could improve by adding configuration tools."
"This product is getting a little bit older, so new features like deduplication are not included."
"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."
"It could be easier to implement."
"The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward."
"The GUI for monitoring performance metrics could provide better visibility. For example, it doesn't let me segregate the IOPS per volume."
"The data reduction pool feature sucks and is not recommended for use with heavy workloads."
"The interface of this solution could be improved."
"The interface could improve in IBM FlashSystem."
"The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way."
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.
HPE StorageWorks MSA is ranked 4th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 5 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 33 reviews. HPE StorageWorks MSA is rated 9.0, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HPE StorageWorks MSA writes "Easy to deploy and manage with good monitoring capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Reliable and easy to configure with simple data migration capabilities ". HPE StorageWorks MSA is most compared with NetApp FAS Series, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, HPE EVA, Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell PowerStore, Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Nimble Storage, Dell Unity XT and HPE Primera. See our HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. IBM FlashSystem report.
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