Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series vs. TrueNAS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series
Score 9.9 out of 10
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The Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series Storage Arrays are storage-area network (SAN) available via hybrid and all flash storage. Presently the product line includes the hybrid storage arrays models ThinkSystem DE2000H, ThinkSystem DE4000H, ThinkSystem DE6000H, and the all-flash storage array models ThinkSystem DE4000F, and ThinkSystem DE6000F.N/A
TrueNAS
Score 9.2 out of 10
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TrueNAS is a network-attached storage featuring all-flash and hybrid storage editions, from iXsystems headquartered in San Jose.
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Lenovo ThinkSystem DE SeriesTrueNAS
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Lenovo ThinkSystem DE SeriesTrueNAS
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
Lenovo ThinkSystem DE SeriesTrueNAS
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.6
(38 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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7.3
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
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9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
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7.3
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
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8.2
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Lenovo ThinkSystem DE SeriesTrueNAS
Likelihood to Recommend
Lenovo
My experience with Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series has been commendable and everything has been running smoothly. Data storage and analysis takes place effectively under this platform system giving our teams best insights on planning and decision making on time. All our financial records have great database that is secure and cannot be easily compromised by unauthorized access. The customer support team is reliable and always ready to offer help where needed 24/7.
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iXsystems
For a large, robust, well-secured, and stable storage system, TrueNAS is very well suited. Virtual Machine support is great. Shared filesystems (SMB, NFS, iSCSI, WebDav, AFP) are very well implemented. Time machine support is fantastic; security is very granular. Do not try to use it as a replacement for VMWare... (no migration, etc.)
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Pros
Lenovo
  • It easily updates our systems to comply with international standards.
  • Networking our systems with cloud servers
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iXsystems
  • iSCSI Datastores for virtualization.
  • NFS store for unix storage or backups over networking.
  • Very fast performance, sometimes outclassing SSD arrays even in NFS.
  • The ZFS filesystem has given use much greater flexibility.
  • Using their newer servers we could in theory scale to any height of required storage.
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Cons
Lenovo
  • I have not experienced any downside that requires improvement.
  • No missing functionality across all the features
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iXsystems
  • more graphical interface to admin features like plugins, jails, list are well but a tiles aproach will be better
  • allow bulk upload/download/update to Groups or user accounts from SMB shares.
  • some script language template featured to create/config/change/delete storage pools /dataset or shares .
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Likelihood to Renew
Lenovo
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iXsystems
The software has been amazing. It has saved me a lot of headache in the past few years. Also, it's nice to knowing that if any of our current Synology devices were to die I can have an iSCSI system up and running very shortly. I didn't give a 10 score because I find their support to be rather slow and pedantic. They test many things when the answer is right in front of them. The compute sytem (not storage) we purchased from them came with pcie gen4 nvme's. They didn't work, but rather than believe me about the spec's in the motherboard manual saying the onboard was pcie3 ONLY they shipped me 2 replacements until I showed them an old pcie3 device worked just fine. The part that rather frustrated me was the machine was claimed to have been tested / burnt in. How can this be true if the server won't even boot up into the BIOS?
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Usability
Lenovo
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iXsystems
The software is fairly straight forward and if you mess up the network interfaces you can login locally at the console and fix any issues that you may have had with VLANS etc denying you network access. There was a little bit of annoying issues when setting up multiple network interface cards. Rather than keeping one interface setup with DHCP, when you add a second one with a new network it disables the first. Which makes it impossible to login again. However if you wait it will revert. I learned after works that you need to set up the network cards and then go back and setup the first one again and THEN test / apply. After that it was pretty good. The summary of the devices is very nice to. You get an accurate snapshot of how well your system is doing as soon as you login
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Support Rating
Lenovo
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iXsystems
The support was responsive for opening cases. However I found solutions to simple problems took far too long. When we had a bad power supply and we had another with the exact same firmware version they should have sent replacement for both. We had to file another case for the other PSU that started dyeing the same week. They also had to do a lot of troubleshooting to replace the fans that were not behaving as they should. I'm not a home user. I know when certain things are failing and the silly hoops the jump through made it frustrating. However, once we finally got the problem identified we had parts shipped out via advance replacement which was nice.
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Implementation Rating
Lenovo
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iXsystems
The implementation went well after we got the boot drive working properly. The device was setup exactly as i asked with the hardware except for the boot drive. The reason I chose 9 instead of 10 was the boot drive put us back about a week for the part to arrive. I ended up using a personal drive to show them that they were wrong sending use the gen4 drives.
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Alternatives Considered
Lenovo
I have not worked with a similar product in our company but this has been a reliable product throughout. It is easy and flexible to work with and the cost is manageable. It has suitable data storage plans that have been favorable to our workload demands. The results have always been positive and Return on Investment was achieved within the planned time. It has been profitable to all our departments meeting all data security requirements and working at reliable speed in file transfer.
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iXsystems
Having a better, trusted filesystem to build upon makes a huge difference. I want to know that if something I've written is read, it was the thing I wrote. And if it can't be read, I want to know that soon and know how to repair it.
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Return on Investment
Lenovo
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iXsystems
  • Using a TruNAS integrated solution has reduced support overhead compared to using custom hardware.
  • Being cheaper than full flash storage arrays, this unit allows for a good balance of speed with its use of SSD-based caching drives.
  • The reliability of the hardware/software integration means I spend less time troubleshooting and more time doing business. Coming from a custom-built solution it is apparent that IX Systems has done some extensive testing.
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