2018-08-19T09:34:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for IBM FlashSystem?

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MM
Product Manager at ZELINKA d.o.o.
Reseller
Top 20
2023-02-23T15:17:19Z
Feb 23, 2023

The price is a little bit high so is rated a six out of ten. There is always room for improvement on the solution's price.

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RC
Hybrid IT Enterprise Executive at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2023-01-17T14:24:34Z
Jan 17, 2023

I rate the pricing an eight out of ten.

Nuno Chiziane - PeerSpot reviewer
Core Systems Services Consultant Infrastructure & Security at Asseco Central Europe, a.s.
MSP
2022-11-30T17:26:45Z
Nov 30, 2022

The price depends of the technology that our customers need.The price can come at a lower cost but this may increase as storage is added.

Raanan Sitton - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President Sales at BELOCAL LTD
Real User
Top 10
2022-10-06T14:39:05Z
Oct 6, 2022

My customers got the IBM FlashSystem bundle offer. It was a one-time purchase for three years of service. The price would depend on the storage size and could reach between $25,000 to $55,000.

RV
UNIX Security Consultant at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-10-06T12:15:27Z
Oct 6, 2022

The pricing is competitive in our country. In some countries, IBM is the most expensive vendor but that is not the case for us. We also negotiated a 60% discount directly with IBM because we are the largest consumer of enterprise hardware in the country.

Aamir Jameel - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Manager at Tapal tea
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-05-27T14:07:36Z
May 27, 2022

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.

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KE
Chief Technology Officer at areebah
Reseller
Top 20
2022-03-10T11:54:13Z
Mar 10, 2022

I price of IBM FlashSystem is reasonable and competitive.

MN
Technical Head at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-02-15T16:12:29Z
Feb 15, 2022

The pricing is reasonable.

Isanka Attanayake - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager - Information Technology Infrastructure and Development Support at Royal Ceramics
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-01-23T17:00:03Z
Jan 23, 2022

This is an expensive solution compared to other similar solutions.

SM
Head of IT Infrastructure at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-12-27T19:24:37Z
Dec 27, 2021

The cost is pretty high in terms of licensing. We pay at least $100,000 USD in licensing fees for the storage. We have multiple types of storage, not only flash. We have the older versions of other storage and other versions of IBM flash as well. In addition, we have a maintenance contract for this product when the warranty support period expires.

MN
Infrastructure Solutions Architect at areebah
Real User
Top 20
2021-11-10T22:34:00Z
Nov 10, 2021

The pricing may be a bit higher than other brands. If you compare the IBM FlashSystems in midrange with Dell EMC in midrange, IBM costs a bit more, but I prefer IBM because it has more specs that I can benefit from. Two years ago, we had all features installed in the midrange box without any need for extra licensing. However, lately we have features like Easy Tier and FlashCopy, which need extra licensing. We can purchase it with the box or afterward, and it's a smooth process.

MJ
Technical Support Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-11-02T18:35:00Z
Nov 2, 2021

The product is available on a perpetual license based on the capacity used and the features required.

PS
Storage Infrastructure Engineer at Cambridge Health Alliance
Real User
Top 10
2021-10-20T17:50:23Z
Oct 20, 2021

The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.

UB
Leiter Technology Consulting & Business Development IT Infrastucture at SHD System Haus Dresden GmbH
User
2021-08-19T09:38:31Z
Aug 19, 2021

Hi, in competitive Flash Storage situations the pricing is very agressive and good.

AA
Technical Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-07-16T17:21:04Z
Jul 16, 2021

Overall the price of the solution is expensive and this includes the license.

AH
Storage Consultant at E-Storage
Real User
Top 5
2021-06-23T11:53:09Z
Jun 23, 2021

The solution requires a license and could be less expensive.

RC
Hybrid IT Enterprise Executive at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2021-06-18T16:19:04Z
Jun 18, 2021

You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable.

JA
Head, Internal Audit at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2021-05-14T19:13:52Z
May 14, 2021

I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable.

GM
BT Area Champion/Trainer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2021-02-19T21:00:59Z
Feb 19, 2021

When we procure enterprise storage solutions, the license is always be bundled with the deal. There are different licenses for encryption, replication, deduplication, data reduction pools, et cetera, and all should be included in one bundle when we buy a new solution. It's part of that deal.

IE
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
2021-01-12T12:35:26Z
Jan 12, 2021

Its price is very good.

BB
Deputy Chief Technology Officer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
2021-01-08T18:06:01Z
Jan 8, 2021

We initially paid for licenses and support for I don't remember how many years. Later on, if you want to extend the support you needed to pay for the license. However, due to the fact that we are rather experienced, we decided we didn't need to renew the support.

AH
Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-12-20T08:05:22Z
Dec 20, 2020

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.

KV
Director Technical at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2020-11-16T14:50:24Z
Nov 16, 2020

In today's world, nothing is reasonable because the customer's budgets are thinking on a daily basis. They've been much more aggressive in the last five or six years than they were before that. They are more realistic.

AZ
Infrastructure Architect Supervisor; Solution Delivery Supervisor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-11-01T09:22:09Z
Nov 1, 2020

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.

AR
CEO at a government with 1-10 employees
Real User
2019-09-25T05:10:00Z
Sep 25, 2019

The price is fair.

EO
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-09-24T05:43:00Z
Sep 24, 2019

The price is good. We are also IBM partners and the give big discounts for the same product.

AJ
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-08-12T05:55:00Z
Aug 12, 2019

In our case, we calculated the storage capacity and performance we would need for five years and we bought the product outright. After five years we might have to scale the product, but then we will need to invest in the upgrade. Right now I'm not paying anything because everything from support to subscription was paid upfront. Their upgrades are free as well, so we are getting new features for the product, from the website.

GA
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-07-10T12:01:00Z
Jul 10, 2019

Licensing is very straight forward for IBM Flash System and the warranty includes highest level of support conditions. The initial setup was very easy and smooth. The cost was higher than some other competitors.

ST
Senior System & Storage Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-04-08T08:13:00Z
Apr 8, 2019

- setup cost is cheap as you can do it yourself - IBM SVC licensing on non IBM back-end storage used to cost a lot in terms of licenses per shelf or even per TB. The equipment on itself is relatively cheap. Watch out for license costs !

HB
COO at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Reseller
2018-08-19T09:34:00Z
Aug 19, 2018

The pricing has been very competitive for the last few years. IBM got to the point where they changed the pricing model and we feel very comfortable with the pricing. It's very competitive. Over the last two years, IBM has been coming up with all kinds of interesting promos, especially for the SMB systems. That makes it very competitive price-wise and in terms of performance to help convince customers. It benefits both the customer and us.

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One of our members (Principal IT Architect) at a company with 1,000+ employees in the health care industry asked the following question: Are there any other industry solutions that are comparable to the IBM FlashSystem (i.e. FS900 AEF3 in a medium or large config) with regard to performance?
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Hello Nick, I own an IBM Storwize v7000. I am very satisfied with the speed. For me there are 600 users on 10 VMs. There are two comparable systems that I would use myself: a) VSan VMWare, but the solution is too expensive for me, b) Freenas - is cheap and in terms of performance, the bang. Mit freundlichen Grüßen Dr. Dirk Gerscher CEO DD Kapital GmbH Langewieschestraße 6 82166 Gräfelfing Tel. 089-800694-0 www.dd-kapital.de Von: Nick Regan from IT Central Station Gesendet: Mittwoch, 24. April 2019 13:36 An: Dr. Dirk Gerscher Betreff: Seeking expertise in All-Flash Storage Arrays Hi Dirk, Can you help out a colleague with the following question about All-Flash Storage Arrays: ----- Other solutions comparable to IBM FlashSystem with regard to performance? One of our members (Principal IT Architect) at a company with 1,000+ employees in the health care industry asked the following question: Are there any other industry solutions that are comparable to the IBM FlashSystem (i.e. FS900 AEF3 in a medium or large config) with regard to performance? ----- Please reply to this email with your response or post your answer here. You've been a member of IT Central Station since February 2019. In a market full of vendor hype, we provide free connections between real users of All-Flash Storage Arrays to share advice and make better buying decisions. Thanks for being part of the community. Nick Regan Community Director, IT Central Station IT Central Station 244 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10001 (646) 328-1944 um-nqn 335946 To change notifications, please visit your subscription page or unsubscribe completely. gitbdelM1o2MXJaZi96TXJMT0ZHVVJ0cStQSVp3cUp0NnVma1Y1MENPRmxGdUJRbVdmd3R1L0tYR3B2Q053Qi9BUDNtVS0tcGRSY3ZGQk9OWlFyNkdrWG5QT2huUT09--498fe6aa8268366f9c26b1b78a2e815cc7a5fe26gitbdel
LH
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