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"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features."

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"IBM's technical support do excellent work.""The performance is very good and we use this product to enhance our core system.""The initial setup is straightforward and can be done in an hour and a half by one person.""The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution.""The installation is nice and easy.""No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance.""IBM FlashSystem is flexible, quick, and has a solid design.""The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable."

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"The solution offers very good reliable systems and storage for our clients.""Ability to cluster two storages together with HA availability.""The price of this solution is good."

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"The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint.""In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""I would like to see the management layer improved."

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"The pricing needs to be more competitive.""The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.""This product lacks some of the options we wanted. For example, expansion was difficult and it required a lot of patching to be done.""The price is very costly.""Sometimes the performance is effective but it gets resolved in the process.""There could be some extra features added.""IBM should improve its data reduction development.""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."

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"Many people do not realize that Lenovo has a storage solution, so better marketing from the vendor is needed.""This is an expensive solution.""The licensing model needs to be revisited. It needs to be simplified."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with."
  • "The licensing fees are very reasonable."
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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 have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
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    This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
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    The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… 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… 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… 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… more »
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    Pavilion HFA
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    Overview

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

    What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

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    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.

    To meet enterprise storage requirements, ThinkSystem All-Flash DM Series systems provide high performance, superior flexibility, and best-in-class data management. DM Series runs on ONTAP data management software, which gives customers unified storage across block-and-file workloads. It accelerates your business while improving the efficiency, flexibility, and reliability of your IT operations.

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    Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
    Celero, Friedhelm Loh Group, Clarks, Mingkang Natregro Health Food Group, Sofia, Etisalat Fights Fraud, UF Health Shands Hospital, Generali, Elecon Engineering Company Limited, Ventiv , Technology, CPFL Energia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., SciQuest, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Paddy Power, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Interconnect Services, Severstal IP-Only AB, PVU Group GmbH
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm30%
    Government11%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business72%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise26%
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    IBM FlashSystem is ranked 7th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 27 reviews while Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series is ranked 25th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 3 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.4, while Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series is rated 6.0. The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Good performance, energy efficient with a small form factor, helpful support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series writes "Reliable, but has a difficult licensing process and needs more storage". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and NetApp FAS Series, whereas Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC Unity XT, Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series, HPE Nimble Storage and NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series report.

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