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We performed a comparison between IBM FlashSystem and NetApp FAS Series based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two NAS solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series report (Updated: September 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The performance is very good and we use this product to enhance our core system.""Installing FlashSystem is very easy. It takes less than half an hour, and I can handle it all myself.""The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good.""Over the years, it has become increasingly user-friendly.""The most valuable feature is reliability.""It's a mature product. It's like a BMW that evolves consistently.""IBM FlashSystem is flexible, quick, and has a solid design.""IBM FlashSystem is a flexible solution with plenty of features."

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"It's an easy product to use that is stable and has good performance.""I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system.""The solution is stable.""The replication feature is noteworthy because it's faster than most and it uses little bandwidth. Then there's the friendly interface that the equipment offers. With this interface, it is very easy to manage.""Can use both SAN and NAS at the same time.""NetApp FAS is highly stable and reliable, especially under a heavy load. That is what I like most about the NetApp.""The input and output per second performance are satisfactory.""The solution has tiers inside which means we do not only need to use SSDs."

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Cons
"IBM should improve its data reduction development.""We had issues when attempting to do a flash, we hope to resolve it soon.""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.""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.""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.""They don't offer subscription-based payments.""The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.""The interface could improve in IBM FlashSystem."

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"I would like to see NetApp add incident support.""We're supposed to have used NetApp FAS Series for replication, but then one of the nodes failed, and then it's taken us some time to bring it up.""The solution can improve on the replication features.""There is no NetApp infrastructure set up here in Greece.""NetApp FAS Series could improve by being more secure.""For long term partnership in Myanmar, the local warehouse should be built in Myanmar that's something I'd like to see. We have some issues with supply so there is sometimes a delay in getting the hardware.""No other area for improvement comes to mind other than its price. Making the price more attractive will help this solution have a bigger market share.""You always need a huge amount of hardware to fulfill a given setup. Its deployment can be complex, especially if you go MetroCluster."

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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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  • "It is expensive."
  • "I don't recall the price, but in general, pricing can always be better."
  • "It's not cheap, but at the same time, it's also inexpensive. It's somewhere in between."
  • "We purchased it for four years, and it wasn't expensive. It was reasonable. Every company has a different agreement with NetApp. We got everything we wanted with all the bells and whistles and all the features and functionalities."
  • "The NetApp FAS series price is very competitive compared to other solutions on the market it is a good choice."
  • "NetApp FAS Series could be less expensive."
  • "We are on a perpetual license."
  • "It definitely depends on the contract. It depends on where you buy it from, which features are you going to use, and what is your personal benefit of the features that you plan to use for the system."
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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:Have you considered a NetApp FAS Storage for your NAS needs? I am sure it fits very well.
    Top Answer:Reliable storage solution with an easy setup. It has high availability and makes single file restoration easy. It also has good stability and scalability.
    Top Answer:We have considered upgrading to an All-Flash solution but when we evaluated the cost-benefit we discovered that we don't have enough money to invest in it. To maintain the same technology with… more »
    Ranking
    3rd
    out of 27 in NAS
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    Reviews
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    Average Words per Review
    409
    Rating
    8.4
    5th
    out of 27 in NAS
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    8,124
    Comparisons
    6,388
    Reviews
    15
    Average Words per Review
    438
    Rating
    8.5
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    Also Known As
    IBM Storwize
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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.

    NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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    Sample Customers
    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
    Children's Hospital Central California, Plex Systems, PDF PNI Digital Media, Denver Broncos, PDF KSM Legal, Clayton Companies, Virginia Community College
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Government10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise45%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM FlashSystem is ranked 3rd in NAS with 32 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 5th in NAS with 16 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.4, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.4. 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 NetApp FAS Series writes "Reliable, scalable, and stable storage solution which offers multiple features". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell PowerStore, Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Nimble Storage, HPE Primera and Huawei OceanStor Dorado, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell PowerScale (Isilon), Hitachi NAS, HPE StorageWorks MSA, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Qumulo. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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