IBM System Storage DS5000 Series vs NetApp FAS Series comparison

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We performed a comparison between IBM System Storage DS5000 Series and NetApp FAS Series based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The most valuable feature is compression.""I also like all the software features you get from the IBM System Storage DS5000 Series such as the SVC (SAN volume controller). You can put the code on the controllers, and it really gives you the advantage because you'll have HyperSwap.""You can easily virtualize and share the storage."

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"It's an easy product to use that is stable and has good performance.""Reliable storage solution with an easy setup. It has high availability and makes single file restoration easy. It also has good stability and scalability.""Can use both SAN and NAS at the same time.""The file sharing feature is most valuable.""The solution is easy to use.""The solution has tiers inside which means we do not only need to use SSDs.""The input and output per second performance are satisfactory.""I like it. When it is up and running, it does the job."

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"The amount of storage could be increased.""IBM talks about integration when we talk about Safeguarded Copy. It integrates with QRadar, but it seems as though IBM still is too separate, that is, the way IBM is measured on software and hardware.""It would be nice if duplication was possible at the hardware level. As it is now, duplication is a software feature, whereas compression is a hardware feature."

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"You always need a huge amount of hardware to fulfill a given setup. Its deployment can be complex, especially if you go MetroCluster.""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.""I think this kind of infrastructure is mostly obsolete. To keep up with developments in this space, you need to move all these features to an All-Flash solution.""I would like to see NetApp add incident support.""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.""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.""The NetApp FAS Series is not as high-performing and is not as fast. Its speed needs improvement, but this could only be done if it's an all-flash solution."

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  • "This product is priced well. The ratio between cost and productivity is very high and we're happy with it."
  • "It is a competitively priced solution. The cost can vary depending on whether it is purchased from the hardware or the software departments."
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  • "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."
  • "When we need to implement a less expensive solution we use Huawei. NetApp FAS Series is a little bit expensive compared to the average of the market."
  • "It is a one-time license charge for NetApp FAS Series to run and we pay annually for upgrades and support."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The pricing is very costly. It's roughly $6,000-$7,000. The solution is not cheap.
    Top Answer:The product is very costly. Very few can afford it. The renewal or maintenance of the solution is also expensive. Once things come down, users tend to look to other options. The solution needs better… more »
    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 »
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    DS5000 storage systems are equally adept at supporting transactional applications such as databases and online transaction processing (OLTP), throughput-intensive applications such as high-performance computing (HPC) and rich media, and concurrent workloads for consolidation and virtualization. DS5000 series storage systems can support service level agreements (SLAs) for the most common operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, UNIX, Linux and Apple Macintosh. 
    With drive-level encryption, DS5000 series storage systems support affordable data security with no performance penalty. The DS5000 storage system’s multiple replication options, drive-level encryption, and persistent cache backup can help ensure that any data in cache is captured and safe in the event of a power outage.

    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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    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 Firm20%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise14%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    IBM System Storage DS5000 Series vs. NetApp FAS Series
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM System Storage DS5000 Series vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    IBM System Storage DS5000 Series is ranked 7th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 3 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 3rd in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 14 reviews. IBM System Storage DS5000 Series is rated 9.0, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM System Storage DS5000 Series writes "Has competitive pricing and fits many uses cases in midmarket companies". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Reliable, scalable, and stable storage solution which offers multiple features". IBM System Storage DS5000 Series is most compared with IBM FlashSystem, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell PowerScale (Isilon), Hitachi NAS, IBM FlashSystem, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and HPE StorageWorks MSA. See our IBM System Storage DS5000 Series vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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