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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"The performance of IBM FlashSystem is very good. The new technology and high throughput have given us more confidence in the solution. The management of the system has improved and we can control the monitoring system alerts and multiple FlashSystems with the Enterprise Cloud Edition, which is free. The migration of recently stored data to a new flash is much easier. You can move your data because you can utilize it externally.""No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance.""The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space.""IBM's technical support do excellent work.""The price-performance ratio is most valuable.""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.""The most valuable features in IBM FlashSystem are IOPS, performance, duplication, and compression.""The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable."

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"Can use both SAN and NAS at the same time.""I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system.""You can use different protocols at the same time. Monitoring is also very easy in NetApp FAS Series. There is a free tool for monitoring.""I like it. When it is up and running, it does the job.""The solution is easy to use.""I have found all the features useful in NetApp FAS Series.""The most valuable features are the NAS features and NetApp's excellent support.""The most valuable feature for us is the combining of HA and SnapMirror."

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Cons
"It could be easier to implement.""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.""Sometimes the performance is effective but it gets resolved in the process.""The solution is not easy to use and could improve.""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.""The installation is not easy. You need to have extensive knowledge to handle it.""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.""The data reduction pool feature sucks and is not recommended for use with heavy workloads."

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"The user interface could be improved.""If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product.""Currently, the newest release is not HCI friendly.""Interfacing with the cloud environment could be better. I want to be able to move some cloud volume and integrate it seamlessly with my home on-premise storage. Sometimes I have issues with port permissions. NetApp probably needs to improve more on the integration side from on-premise to the cloud.""Its operating system is very cumbersome. However, after you set it up, it runs pretty smoothly. Its file system is not very dynamic. It is very static.""The one aspect of the solution that's negative for us is also more unique to us due to the fact that we did a MetroCluster. The tiebreaker piece that does the monitoring of the two different locations, and determines if one is not talking to the network normally (or if it's truly down) is a little difficult. It feels like it was not designed from the beginning to fit well into the other pieces. It feels like it was thrown in at the last minute and it is not smooth.""We're supposed to have used NetApp FAS Series for replication, but then one of the nodes failed, and then it's taken us some time to bring it up.""Its licensing cost can be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "I don't recall the price, but in general, pricing can always be better."
  • "It's not cheap, but at the same time, it's also inexpensive. It's somewhere in between."
  • "We purchased it for four years, and it wasn't expensive. It was reasonable. Every company has a different agreement with NetApp. We got everything we wanted with all the bells and whistles and all the features and functionalities."
  • "The NetApp FAS series price is very competitive compared to other solutions on the market it is a good choice."
  • "NetApp FAS Series could be less expensive."
  • "We are on a perpetual license."
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    I like it. When it is up and running, it does the job.
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    It definitely depends on the contract. It depends on where you buy it from, which features are you going to use, and what is your personal benefit of the features that you plan to use for the system.
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    You always need a huge amount of hardware to fulfill a given setup. Its deployment can be complex, especially if you go MetroCluster.
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    Overview

    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.

    NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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    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
    Children's Hospital Central California, Plex Systems, PDF PNI Digital Media, Denver Broncos, PDF KSM Legal, Clayton Companies, Virginia Community College
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    Financial Services Firm30%
    Government11%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Government7%
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    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    IBM FlashSystem is ranked 2nd in NAS with 27 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 5th in NAS with 17 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.4, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.4. 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 NetApp FAS Series writes "Resilient without disrupting the user experience and very stable". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon), HPE StorageWorks MSA, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), FreeNAS and Qumulo. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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