If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
We're looking to explore other solutions, and what they offer in terms of price and features. I recommend this solution but if you have the need for good compression and deduplication features, then I would suggest checking out other solutions. IBM is only good if you don't depend significantly on those two aspects. I rate this solution nine out of 10.
My advice would be to keep the code current. Every four or five months, IBM has a code update, and I would advise others to keep their product current. You should basically set it, forget it, and enjoy it. People who run competitive systems would be shocked because it's so different, yet it's just hugely better than the stuff we've had in the past. This is a good way to reduce your cloud storage expenses. Everybody is migrating to the cloud or thinking of migrating to the cloud, and truly, if the cloud was perfect, nobody needs a data center. You don't need your own electrical generation facility. You get power from the public utility that provides the power. Public cloud can also provide good storage capabilities, but we're at the beginning of that capability, and because it's imperfect and it's expensive, people still need data centers. We have to deal with the limitations of the public cloud, which are performance, cost, and complexity. If you're a business that can't afford to be down, do you really want to hand that to some third party? That's why the credit card companies and the financial service companies and people who have to be online 24/7 worldwide don't run those things in the cloud. They run them in on-premise data centers. On the other hand, a lot of customers are migrating to the cloud or are somewhere in the journey. They are either at the beginning of the journey or in the middle of that journey. For them, this is a big help because they can run in the hybrid mode so that things that make sense in the cloud are in the cloud, and the things that make sense on-premises are on-premises. I would rate it a nine out of 10. The product is a game-changer. IBM changed the game architecturally by moving computational resources into the flash media. Different isn't always better, but in this case, it is. In the industry today, only IBM has a product with a true scale-out storage architecture. All other systems use media that is just a big cousin to the media in your laptop. It just stores data. IBM not only stores data, but it also has the computational resource that does compression, reliability, and deduplication.
I would rate IBM FlashSystem a seven out of ten. The performance is good but the support is not. It's easy to use, has good stability, and many features.
IBM FlashSystem is an excellent product. That said, I don't recommend it to vendors due to the fact that IBM doesn't have a file system. For the operator, it's difficult to work with different types of storage. Again, we need to have one solution, one software that encapsulates everything, and right now, IBM is missing the file system. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate the solution at a nine.
Overall, I think that this is a good product and I recommend it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.