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IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series
July 2022
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Pros
"The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good.""The performance is very good and we use this product to enhance our core system.""IBM's technical support do excellent work.""One of the most valuable features is that it's very easy to use and configure. It used to be more difficult, but now it's almost flawless.""When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation.""The price-performance ratio is most valuable.""This solution is convenient, user-friendly, convenient and reliable.""The most valuable features in IBM FlashSystem are IOPS, performance, duplication, and compression."

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"For us, the greatest aspect of the solution is the fact that it just runs. It is amazingly resilient. That's very important to us, because we are basically, with some exceptions, have a 24/7 operation.""The solution is stable.""It's an easy product to use that is stable and has good performance.""Can use both SAN and NAS at the same time.""The most valuable feature is SnapMirror.""I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system.""You can use different protocols at the same time. Monitoring is also very easy in NetApp FAS Series. There is a free tool for monitoring.""Data consolidation and visualization."

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Cons
"There could be some extra features added.""The deduplication and compression ratio is not very good. It's not reaching a very high ratio.""The product needs to improve their scalability.""The GUI for monitoring performance metrics could provide better visibility. For example, it doesn't let me segregate the IOPS per volume.""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.""The solution is quite expensive. That's one of the downsides to using it.""The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way.""The interface of this solution could be improved."

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"We are not able to connect to the support of NetApp from Sudan. We have to go through many agents for support, which makes it difficult.""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.""The user interface could be improved to have better graphics and the performance analyzer could be better.""The solution can improve on the replication features.""You always need a huge amount of hardware to fulfill a given setup. Its deployment can be complex, especially if you go MetroCluster.""Interfacing with the cloud environment could be better. I want to be able to move some cloud volume and integrate it seamlessly with my home on-premise storage. Sometimes I have issues with port permissions. NetApp probably needs to improve more on the integration side from on-premise to the cloud.""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.""The user interface could be improved."

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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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  • "I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD."
  • "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."
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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: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 »
    Top Answer:The NetApp FAS Series is not as high-performing for our business critical applications, because it's not an all-flash solution. It's also not as fast, so its speed needs improvement, but this could… 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.

    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
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    Financial Services Firm29%
    Government10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Government7%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in NAS with 33 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 5th in NAS with 20 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, Dell Unity XT and Dell PowerMax NVMe, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell PowerScale (Isilon), Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Qumulo, HPE StorageWorks MSA and Hitachi NAS. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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