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IBM FlashSystem 5000

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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM FlashSystem 5000

IBM FlashSystem 5000 is well suited for most environments that requires a high performance storage system. Since the price of flash has decreased significantly over the past years, it can also be used to replace legacy disk based storage systems as part of a company's storage upgrade or refresh plan. If you have a tight budget, then the FlashSystem 5000 can be configured as a hybrid solution to decrease costs a bit. You can then make use of the Easy-Tier functionality to ensure that the data is automatically kept or moved the right type of storage to maintain application performance.
Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

Solidfire is a good, multi-purpose array for iSCSI environments. Grid architecture allows incremental, linear expansion of the array both in capacity and performance. The all-flash is a very high performance, low latency platform for a lot of applications. The way the company has architected the platform allows for continual upgrades and removes the lift-and-load replacements if you stay with Solidfire in the future. The Solidfire fiber channel implementation is workable, but largely there is a checkbox. I cannot imagine any fiber channel shop is going to look at a Solidfire seriously, unless they are looking to move towards Ethernet based transport. Write intensive workloads struggle on the array. The double-helix data protection combined with the architecture can make writes more latent than expected - well into the teens and 20's of ms within the array.
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

IBM FlashSystem 5000
8.7
NetApp SolidFire
7.9
Flash Array Performance
IBM FlashSystem 5000
8.9
NetApp SolidFire
9.9
Flash Array Integration
IBM FlashSystem 5000
9.1
NetApp SolidFire
8.1
Data Compression
IBM FlashSystem 5000
8.5
NetApp SolidFire
8.7
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
IBM FlashSystem 5000
9.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.9
Simplicity
IBM FlashSystem 5000
8.3
NetApp SolidFire
6.0
Power Savings
IBM FlashSystem 5000
8.4
NetApp SolidFire
6.0

Pros

IBM FlashSystem 5000

  • It provides a very good balance of price and benefits.
  • Easy migration from older systems using virtualization.
  • IBM FlashSystem 5000 allows the customer to balance performance vs capacity (Data Reduction Pools in the FS5030 have a performance impact due to not having hardware accelerators).
Roberto Etcheverry | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • Speed is incredible.
  • Ongoing maintenance is great.
  • Price point was quite good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM FlashSystem 5000

  • They can include Amazon S3 file system protocol in the upcoming releases.
  • 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.
  • They can include the functionality to stretch a cluster natively without using any additional boxes.
my tran | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • API documentation could use some help
  • GUI can be slow
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM FlashSystem 5000

IBM FlashSystem 5000 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Simplicity and fixability.
Ahmed Ismail | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

IBM FlashSystem 5000

IBM FlashSystem 5000 9.1
Based on 1 answer
fixability ability and Performance
Ahmed Ismail | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

NetApp SolidFire 8.6
Based on 3 answers
When we have had problems, the response on the Solidfire side has been strong, but not perfect. As they scale and integrate into NetApp, support from regions outside of the USA are having a more difficult time diagnosing and addressing issues for complex problems. The Boulder, CO, and Raleigh, NC, support teams are both extremely strong and provide top-notch support. ActiveIQ is a great support tool both for NetApp/Solidfire and for the customer. The proactive support tickets opened have been helpful. The node-based support has been excellent - meaning when we had a DIMM fail, they sent a replacement node - no time consuming troubleshooting of internal components to fix the issue. Upgrades are handled by SF technicians, so it feels white-glove
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM FlashSystem 5000

Having both the V5K and V7K, I can't see purchasing another V7K array. The V5000 has held it's own against the V7000, even when enabling features like deduplication that we had to leave off of the V7K for a variety of reasons. It's the same software, and essentially the same hardware, for a lot less money.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

SolidFire was chosen over these other service providers because of relationships we have with the company, with our reps, and with the local Denver presence. We also are a partner, and we felt that the solution stacked up technologically very well against the competition and was more cost effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM FlashSystem 5000

  • Flash systems generally use less power and cooling than traditionally disk based storage saving on power and cooling costs
  • The system has a smaller footprint and thus require less rack space in the Data Centre.
  • The system has compression features to extend the storage capacity at no additional costs
Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • The ROI was quick - under 1 year
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM FlashSystem 5000

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

NetApp SolidFire

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM FlashSystem 5000
8.8
NetApp SolidFire
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

IBM FlashSystem 5000
9.1
NetApp SolidFire

Support Rating

IBM FlashSystem 5000
9.1
NetApp SolidFire
8.6

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