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HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. IBM FlashSystem
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"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."

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"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."

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Cons
"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."

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"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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "When we bought this solution it was very reasonably priced and they were willing to deal."
  • "This solution is quite expensive; they should lower the cost."
  • "This solution involves a one-time CapEx payment, followed by warranty extensions."
  • "The price of the solution is a little high and they should provide more competitive pricing. If you want to increases the storage size there are additional fees."
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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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution is very easy to use, it is not really complex for any user, such as non-technical individuals.
    Top Answer:The price of the solution is a little high and they should provide more competitive pricing. If you want to increases the storage size there are additional fees.
    Top Answer:The solution could improve by adding configuration tools.
    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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    HP StorageWorks MSA
    IBM Storwize
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    Overview
    Whether you need best-in-class performance or are looking to get the most capacity for your investment, MSA has a fast, affordable solution for you. And every MSA comes with an intuitive setup and management interface anyone can master.

    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
    Femsa CSC, TTX, Rabobank
    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
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government5%
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    Financial Services Firm29%
    Government10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Buyer's Guide
    HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. IBM FlashSystem
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    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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