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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM FlashSystem 5100

When the data management with utmost security and safety is required this is well suited for a big enterprise. However due to costing may not be an ideal system for small enterprise.
Anonymous | 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 5100
8.6
NetApp SolidFire
7.9
Flash Array Performance
IBM FlashSystem 5100
8.6
NetApp SolidFire
9.9
Flash Array Integration
IBM FlashSystem 5100
8.6
NetApp SolidFire
8.1
Data Compression
IBM FlashSystem 5100
9.8
NetApp SolidFire
8.7
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
IBM FlashSystem 5100
8.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.9
Simplicity
IBM FlashSystem 5100
8.3
NetApp SolidFire
6.0
Power Savings
IBM FlashSystem 5100
8.3
NetApp SolidFire
6.0

Pros

IBM FlashSystem 5100

  • Great scalability. Drives can be added without any downtime.
  • Different configurations to suit different needs.
  • High system and data availability with mirrored cache.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

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

Cons

IBM FlashSystem 5100

  • Off-course Costing is on part where improvement required to make it affordable for small enterprise also
  • Search capability to be enhanced
  • Better Management tool, which can help beginner also to manage maintenance
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

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

Support Rating

IBM FlashSystem 5100

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 5100

We liked NetApp but the interface legacy is not user friendly which doesn’t work well with our company. The cost continued to go up and no major changes were being done when there needed to be some before increasing the price. Tech support was also something that I believe could be improved.
Betsy Scruggs | 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 5100

  • Saved money with how affordable this is.
  • Saved time with implementations that are a breeze.
  • Allowed for integration with our existing network and storage options for cost savings.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

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

Pricing Details

IBM FlashSystem 5100

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 5100
9.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.3

Support Rating

IBM FlashSystem 5100
NetApp SolidFire
8.6

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