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IBM FlashSystem pros and cons

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IBM FlashSystem Pros review quotes

HB
Aug 19, 2018
They have a virtualization feature and, even if you do not want to buy that feature, you can have it as a trial for two to three months. If you have another brand of storage from another company, you can use this tool to transfer all your data from the old system to the new Storwize system, which really shortens the migration time.
ST
Feb 9, 2022
It's a mature product. It's like a BMW that evolves consistently.
SM
Dec 27, 2021
The performance is very good and we use this product to enhance our core system.
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AZ
Nov 1, 2020
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.
EMIL DOMINGUEZ - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 28, 2023
At the FlashSystem level, customers are especially fond of multi-tier and distributed rate systems, particularly the dynamic rate six arrays.
KV
Nov 16, 2020
Over the years, it has become increasingly user-friendly.
AJ
Aug 12, 2019
The performance of the All-Flash System is very good. There is more enhanced performance and data production in the solution, which I appreciate.
MN
Nov 10, 2021
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.
Storemgr67 - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 20, 2020
The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable.
GM
Feb 19, 2021
The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution.
 

IBM FlashSystem Cons review quotes

HB
Aug 19, 2018
I have looked at a few pages of a report I download and I saw a graph there regarding software-defined vendors. IBM is not in a good position on this graph. I know that they are working very hard on this, to make it much better and to get to a level where it's not only hardware but also software to provide a complete solution.
ST
Feb 9, 2022
It is slightly more expensive, however, it all depends on your supplier.
SM
Dec 27, 2021
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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AZ
Nov 1, 2020
They can include Amazon file system S3 protocol in the upcoming releases. It is a cloud file system. IBM FlashSystem doesn't have this feature in the box for high-end or mid-range. We have got requests for this from customers because we need to use S3 for EDI application storage. At the beginning of every year, IBM releases firmware. When I find any bugs in the firmware during the year, I am unable to find any information from IBM regarding the bug. I need to open a ticket, and the IBM engineering team makes a patch only for me. This patch is not public. By creating a customized patch for a client, they don't really solve the issue for everyone. If multiple users have the same bug, IBM should upload the patch on the official website so that we can download it. IBM FlashSystem has a monitoring tool in the box, but it is not advanced. I need a more advanced tool for more advanced equations and monitoring. All top three storage vendors, that is, EMC, IBM, and Pure Storage, don't have a powerful monitoring tool. To monitor our box to show the statistics for I/Os and latency, I need to pay for extra software. The built-in monitoring storage is not mature enough to handle all requests and generate all reports that I need. They can include the functionality to stretch a cluster natively without using any additional boxes. In addition, there are some features that EMC has integrated with the box. These features are not available in IBM FlashSystem.
EMIL DOMINGUEZ - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 28, 2023
Our customers have raised concerns about the limitations of the FlashSystem 5200 and 7300, which only offer a 32-gigabyte connection.
KV
Nov 16, 2020
The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.
AJ
Aug 12, 2019
The solution is not easy to implement. It takes a lot of time to study the product and it's a little complicated in general.
MN
Nov 10, 2021
The pricing could be improved, but I think it's getting better and better with each version. IBM needs to implement NAS storage again, as this is a big flaw. Dell EMC is very good at this and if you compared them based on NAS storage, Dell EMC would win right away. IBM's solution for NAS storage is very complicated. We don't have a storage box that provides file sharing from itself, we have to put software on it and go through a whole complicated process. It should be simplified.
Storemgr67 - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 20, 2020
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.
GM
Feb 19, 2021
IBM should improve its data reduction development.