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IBM FlashSystem vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series
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Pros
"Most of the features for the reduction in data compression are useful. It is also very easy to use and administer. Its performance is also good.""The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable.""The most valuable feature is reliability.""IBM FlashSystem is a stable solution.""This solution is convenient, user-friendly, convenient and reliable.""The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space.""The performance is very good and we use this product to enhance our core system.""The pricing is reasonable."

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"Scalable and stable storage array.""The price of this solution is good.""Last year, I did a DM Series installation with my colleague, and this installation was effortless because we had Lenovo support on the phone, so it was easy to get help if we had any problems."

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Cons
"The pricing needs to be more competitive.""A big area for improvement is that the data reduction pool feature is not recommended for use in a production environment because it has stability and performance issues.""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.""The product needs to improve their scalability.""The interface could improve in IBM FlashSystem.""IBM should improve its data reduction development.""The price is very costly.""This product lacks some of the options we wanted. For example, expansion was difficult and it required a lot of patching to be done."

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"I would like Lenovo to add a feature like IBM Easy Tier to DM Series. This is a crucial feature for the customers.""The Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series was very hard to configure. Installation of the product was very hard. These are its areas for improvement.""Many people do not realize that Lenovo has a storage solution, so better marketing from the vendor is needed."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Lenovo offers two software tiers for the DM Series: basic and premium. If you need more features like the MetroCluster, you must buy the premium version. You can stick to the basic software if you don't need MetroCluster or features like asynchronous replication. That makes DM Series a little cheaper."
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    Questions from the Community
    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.
    Top Answer:Lenovo offers two software tiers for the DM Series: basic and premium. If you need more features like the MetroCluster, you must buy the premium version. You can stick to the basic software if you… more »
    Top Answer:The Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series was very hard to configure. Installation of the product was very hard. These are its areas for improvement. It would be easier to configure initially if you have… more »
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    Overview

    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.

    To meet enterprise storage requirements, ThinkSystem All-Flash DM Series systems provide high performance, superior flexibility, and best-in-class data management. DM Series runs on ONTAP data management software, which gives customers unified storage across block-and-file workloads. It accelerates your business while improving the efficiency, flexibility, and reliability of your IT operations.

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    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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    Computer Software Company24%
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    Buyer's Guide
    IBM FlashSystem vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM FlashSystem is ranked 8th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 33 reviews while Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series is ranked 28th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 3 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.4, while Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Reliable and easy to configure with simple data migration capabilities ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series writes "It's a scalable all-in-one system with unified block and file storage and cloud tiering. ". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell PowerStore, Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Nimble Storage, Dell Unity XT and NetApp FAS Series, whereas Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell Unity XT, Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell PowerStore. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series report.

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