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Pros
"The simple configuration feature is great. It is very simple, allowing you to set up MSA very easily.""The solution is very easy to use, it is not really complex for any user, such as non-technical individuals.""The most valuable features were the dual controllers and being able to expand it.""The most valuable features are the storage levels and snapshot features.""The product is very easy to deploy."

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"I like most of the features. Its speed, performance, and availability are valuable. We are implementing the data reduction technology the most.""The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space.""We've found the solution to be very stable so far.""No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance.""The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good.""The most valuable features in IBM FlashSystem are IOPS, performance, duplication, and compression.""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.""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."

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Cons
"The support contract is expensive, although they are very responsive.""This product is getting a little bit older, so new features like deduplication are not included.""The solution could improve by adding configuration tools.""It would be ideal if there was a better management interface.""Synchronized replication is very important for MSA; however, HPE StorageWorks MSA doesn't provide synchronized replication."

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"The support could improve by allowing you to speak to someone when you call rather than them calling you back. However, once we do have contact with one of their technicians they are excellent.""A big area for improvement is that the data reduction pool feature is not recommended for use in a production environment because it has stability and performance issues.""Cloud file sharing is an area that needs improvement.""We had issues when attempting to do a flash, we hope to resolve it soon.""The installation is not easy. You need to have extensive knowledge to handle it.""The GUI for monitoring performance metrics could provide better visibility. For example, it doesn't let me segregate the IOPS per volume.""Their technical support needs improvement in terms of reachability for the clients and response times. They should be more responsive and have more online platforms for support. They should make more technical information available online. There could be some kind of documentation community.""They don't offer subscription-based payments."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "When we bought this solution it was very reasonably priced and they were willing to deal."
  • "This solution is quite expensive; they should lower the cost."
  • "This solution involves a one-time CapEx payment, followed by warranty extensions."
  • "The price of the solution is a little high and they should provide more competitive pricing. If you want to increases the storage size there are additional fees."
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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
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    We are only really using the solution for CCTV purposes. It's very basic. We don't need a lot of bells and whistles. Therefore, for our purposes, we aren't really finding anything that is lacking. It… more »
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    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 »
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    The  V5200 model, released in 2021, is an outstanding system.  In just 1U rack space you get amazing performance at a very competitive price. The NVMe disk equipped with FCM (flash core module)… more »
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    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… more »
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    HP StorageWorks MSA
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    Overview
    Whether you need best-in-class performance or are looking to get the most capacity for your investment, MSA has a fast, affordable solution for you. And every MSA comes with an intuitive setup and management interface anyone can master.

    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.

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    HPE StorageWorks MSA is ranked 4th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 5 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 27 reviews. HPE StorageWorks MSA is rated 9.0, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HPE StorageWorks MSA writes "Easy to deploy and manage with good monitoring capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Good performance, energy efficient with a small form factor, helpful support". HPE StorageWorks MSA is most compared with NetApp FAS Series, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, HPE EVA, Fujitsu Eternus DX400 series and Dell EqualLogic PS series, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series. See our HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. IBM FlashSystem report.

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