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IBM's FlashSystem is a flash array storage option.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Dl/vc/8B4IETK4R5LU.PNGFlashSystem Viewpoints from Destiny CorporationIBM FlashSystem is currently in use by our clients. We recommended it and have it as part of our reference architecture to support advanced analytics. It has performed well over the past several years. All clients continue to upgrade their systems as we go from SCSI to the new NVMe-oF capabilities.,Sequential read writes Full Table Scans from a database Long lasting storage that rarely fails Workspace use for temporary tables,IBM FlashSystem needs to better differentiate itself from commodity SSDs as clients do not typically understand the difference. IBM's software stack needs to be better marketed as clients do not understand the benefits of the stack combined with the hardware. IBM should explain to clients the difference between the V7000 Gen 3 and the FS 9100 series. Currently, it is confusing to clients.,9,When performing benchmark tests with analytics and ETL software such as Data Stage, Informatica, SAS, and Python, the runtimes of the jobs have drastically decreased. Recent tests show a 41% reduction in execution time. Across many analysts, this is a drastic increase in their abilities as they optimize their workloads. This removal of latency also frees up server workloads, helping organizations with server uptime and less crashes.,For our clients, this affects their buying decisions. They calculate how much storage space they will actually need. If there is more compression and deduplication, they purchase less, reducing their costs. Some clients see it the other way that they gain more storage for their spend. They really like the fact that much of this, with encryption, happens at the hardware level.,Our clients have utilized several types of Flash Storage options, especially when tiering is applied. For backups, they will use lower end storage. For general storage of data, they will utilize a combination of cheaper flash and SSDs, along with spinning disk. However, they are retiring their spinning disk and looking towards all flash storage. For their high end workloads, they utilize the FlashSystem 840, 900, and are now looking at the FS9100 series.,Our clients like this type of flexibility. They will use commodity SSDs. However, it is important for clients to understand that IBM Flash is almost the same in price as commodity SSDs, with a better and in many cases guaranteed life. The flexiblity is important to clients, but it is more important that IBM explains they have choices and the benefits are based on client needs as IBM has removed the obstacle of price.,We work with various partners, including Glass House, Saturn, Vicom, and ViON. All of them have their niche specialty areas. We appreciate their support and all have done a good job with implementation. It comes down to their technical staff and how knowledgeable they are about IBM products and other products that IBM interfaces with.,Real Benefits of FlashStorage TechnologyCurrently, there is an IBM FlashSystem that supports corporate information systems in which operations related to the implemented databases are executed. The FlashSystem accelerated the transactions and improved the response times of the applications. IBM FlashSystem 900 is currently deployed with connections to AIX and IBM i servers through an 8 Gbps SAN network.,Decreased latency Increase in the number of I/O operations,Support for file type workloads Integration with management tools Interfaces with infrastructure standards generated by code,9,The characteristics associated with high performance have allowed us to decrease the response times of the applications, we have been able to better use the CPU cycles of the servers, and have increased the in-process transactions that run in batch mode. For virtualized environments with VMware, substantial improvement in execution is observed.,Currently, this feature is not active in the IBM FlashSystem 900, but it is feasible to actívate it by placing an IBM SVC so that it takes control of the FlashSystem. In environments using IBM Storwize V7000, storage savings of up to 75 % have been seen on Oracle database systems.,The IBM Flashsystem 900 currently implemented is low to medium range and has shown great performance for the organization.,The flexibility of data source is very useful due to the number of applications developed in house that we use or implement. IBM FlashSystem has great compatibility with these data sources without presenting problems.,My organization, Redsis, is a business partner who sold and implemented IBM FlashSystem.,IBM Storwize V7000, IBM PowerVM, IBM PowerHA SystemMirror and IBM POWER9 ServersBoost Your Business Speed with IBM Flash SystemsIBM FlashSystem is used to enhance the business processes and reduce duration for batch jobs,,Reduces application latency Reduces batch process duration Secure and reliable Data reduction capabilities helps in storing less in more Reduced foot print,Three way DR capabiity Performance when using DRP pools Compression cards in SVC should be capable to handle more load,8,Reduced Batch process time helps increased business availability Reduced foot print helps in reducing capes costs Data reduction capability helps in using more for less,Pure Storage FlashArray,IBM Spectrum Virtualize, IBM Spectrum Control, IBM Spectrum AccelerateIBM FlashSystem-Security UnmatchedIBM FlashSystem provides a secure way to transmit information and documents within our organization. Procedures used internally can be used in a variety of our labs.,Secure flash drives IBM FlashSystem is able to store large volumes of data IBM FlashSystem does not delete your stored data if removed improperly,The system could be more compact Storage could be increased Advertised low power consumption, however, battery seems to decrease faster than desired,9,Currently we do not have high data volumes, however, IBM flashSystem incorporates all of our memory storage needs.,Currently we have not benefited from the compression design.,Not all of our equipment is compatible or installed for IBM systems, this allows for information to be transferred in all departments within our organization.,N/A,A9000 for fun and profitThe FlashSystem is being used as storage for one of our ERP systems. It addresses DR, BC and performance and allows the system to scale further.,Performance is incredible. Initial set up was relatively easy. For basic tasks, the management interface is easy to use.,The HSM has some shortcomings in capacity reporting. Setting up mirrored relationships is a lot more hassle than it should be. The errors returned are sometimes not very useful.,6,Preliminary tests indicate that we should see substantial application performance benefits, but we have not put the systems into production yet.,So far, it looks promising, but we have not put production data on it yet.,Sometimes the range of offerings, licensing, options, and product configurations is overwhelming and confusing. The distinguishing characteristics of one product from another are not always obvious.,Flexibility is not important. We have a single-use scenario.,NetApp All Flash FASFlashSystem remain competitive despite strong market competitionIBM FlashSystem is being used for verification testing and competitive analysis so we can help our partners/ customers make the right decision for their business,It has sufficient availability It has a comprehensive service/ support It offers clients a solution from an established vendor they feel they can trust It has a well-known brand,Price and cost are major concerns and can be significantly improved Its brand in developing countries/ lesser know parts of the world isn’t as strong as others Improved openness and compatibility with other platforms is always a major plus,6,Smaller return on ROI vs competitors Sustainable, long-standing equipment that lasts for years w/ out a lot of additional maintenance/ support post-deployment IT teams have confidence in FlashSystem deployments given their prior positive experiences,Dell Force10 Ethernet Switches, HPE Aruba Ethernet Switches and Cisco Ethernet Switches,Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Ubuntu OpenStack, CumulusThe world of FlashIt’s being used for Oracle RAC databases with high intensive writes and reads.,Database queries Database reads and writes Oracle RAC installment,When flashcard applications notice performance latency Make a copy of the data to the other flash cards faster,8,We use FlashSystem on all high write intense Oracle databases.,We have not used this function yet but are testing the results in our lab environment.,We have benefited from it because it helps us with high intense write and read databases.,It should be flexible to any business so that way the customer has a piece of mind that this product works in any environment and have others customers to tell about it,Yes, used pro active solutions.IBM FlashSystem works GREAT!It is being used by two of our major applications to provide high availability, uptime, and fast processing.,Speed of access Reliability Easy to manage,More reporting ability More advanced GUI features More built-in troubleshooting tools,8,We've seen major performance improvements. Application backups that took hours before moving to flash now take minutes.,We use compression for all of our LUNs and it helps us to save money by reducing the storage utilization.,We utilize the enterprise offerings. Specifically the IBM V9000. We have 6 of these storage arrays between multiple sites. We use the replication feature that is included with the product to help provide disaster recovery for our critical applications. This technology has proven to be very beneficial to our organization and has helped our team to provide great value to our customers.,The flexibility provided by the SVC product allows for the ability to have a mix of different storage platforms from different vendors. This allows for more variety and the ability to setup Tiering. This is important in the area of cost savings because it allows us to contain less critical data on slower storage platforms. Every application does not need Flash storage.,Our IBM business partner InfoSys helped with the purchasing and implementation of our FlashSystem storage environment. They provided great value to our organization by providing the expertise needed to make the best decision to help us to achieve our goals of providing greater performance to our customers. InfoSys helped to setup and configure the equipment and provided documentation and support.,Copy In A FlashFlashSystem is used to make backup copies for our databases, along with copying datasets to move to replication sites. FlashSystem is being used by the Data Storage Management team, the Database Administration Team, and the Mainframe Management Team to copy log datasets.,FlashSystem saves processing times when making backups. Easily accessible during a Disaster Recovery exercise, along with database recovery.,No comment. I'm pretty pleased with FlashSystem. It's reliable and user friendly,.,9,By using FlashSystem, we have reduced the runtime significantly in running regular image copies and dataset backups.,FlashSystem allowed us to back up multiple databases using less dasd/tape, versus using the image copy utility used by other 3rd party vendors.,My department has benefitted by using the FlashCopy feature, from reduced processing time and reduced cost vs third party image copy utilities.,It's very flexible. We use the BMC Image Copy utilities, and having that flexibility is very important.,No, I didn't work with an IBM partner. As a Database Administrator, we aren't responsible for purchases, and most of the time we are alerted of the purchase until it is made.IBM flashWe use IBM FlashSystem for our electronic medial records application. It requires low latency storage.,Fast Low latency Easy,Resiliency,7,Low latency is good for app,Pure Storage FlashArray,IBM AIX
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June 26, 2019

IBM FlashSystem Review: "FlashSystem Viewpoints from Destiny Corporation"

Score 9 out of 10
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IBM FlashSystem is currently in use by our clients. We recommended it and have it as part of our reference architecture to support advanced analytics. It has performed well over the past several years. All clients continue to upgrade their systems as we go from SCSI to the new NVMe-oF capabilities.
  • Sequential read writes
  • Full Table Scans from a database
  • Long lasting storage that rarely fails
  • Workspace use for temporary tables
  • IBM FlashSystem needs to better differentiate itself from commodity SSDs as clients do not typically understand the difference.
  • IBM's software stack needs to be better marketed as clients do not understand the benefits of the stack combined with the hardware.
  • IBM should explain to clients the difference between the V7000 Gen 3 and the FS 9100 series. Currently, it is confusing to clients.
IBM FlashSystem is well suited for heavy analytic workloads created by applications such as SAS Institute software. It is a great candidate where large amounts of data need to be analyzed and scanned. It is also well suited for use with Power 9 systems that can handle the extra throughput. When used with x86/x64 style Intel systems, it will remove all latency from disk, which will flood the Intel CPUs with data, which may require upgrading the Intel systems.
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May 22, 2019

IBM FlashSystem Review: "Real Benefits of FlashStorage Technology"

Score 9 out of 10
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Currently, there is an IBM FlashSystem that supports corporate information systems in which operations related to the implemented databases are executed. The FlashSystem accelerated the transactions and improved the response times of the applications. IBM FlashSystem 900 is currently deployed with connections to AIX and IBM i servers through an 8 Gbps SAN network.
  • Decreased latency
  • Increase in the number of I/O operations
  • Support for file type workloads
  • Integration with management tools
  • Interfaces with infrastructure standards generated by code
You can get many benefits in database environments, but it is not recommended for environments with file type workloads.
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May 10, 2019

IBM FlashSystem Review: "Boost Your Business Speed with IBM Flash Systems"

Score 8 out of 10
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IBM FlashSystem is used to enhance the business processes and reduce duration for batch jobs,
  • Reduces application latency
  • Reduces batch process duration
  • Secure and reliable
  • Data reduction capabilities helps in storing less in more
  • Reduced foot print
  • Three way DR capabiity
  • Performance when using DRP pools
  • Compression cards in SVC should be capable to handle more load
To improve application processes, batch processes, tier for metadata
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May 02, 2019

User Review: "IBM FlashSystem-Security Unmatched"

Score 9 out of 10
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IBM FlashSystem provides a secure way to transmit information and documents within our organization. Procedures used internally can be used in a variety of our labs.
  • Secure flash drives
  • IBM FlashSystem is able to store large volumes of data
  • IBM FlashSystem does not delete your stored data if removed improperly
  • The system could be more compact
  • Storage could be increased
  • Advertised low power consumption, however, battery seems to decrease faster than desired
IBM FlashSystem is well suited for transmitting data internally within an organization. I would not suggest using it to transmit information between organizations for security purposes. Great for larger companies that need to share data across distances.
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April 30, 2019

IBM FlashSystem Review: "A9000 for fun and profit"

Score 6 out of 10
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The FlashSystem is being used as storage for one of our ERP systems. It addresses DR, BC and performance and allows the system to scale further.
  • Performance is incredible.
  • Initial set up was relatively easy.
  • For basic tasks, the management interface is easy to use.
  • The HSM has some shortcomings in capacity reporting.
  • Setting up mirrored relationships is a lot more hassle than it should be.
  • The errors returned are sometimes not very useful.
For general storage where performance is a consideration, the IBM FlashSystem is great. For common workloads, it's a best in class solution. Do not use in wet environments.
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February 14, 2019

IBM FlashSystem Review: "FlashSystem remain competitive despite strong market competition"

Score 6 out of 10
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IBM FlashSystem is being used for verification testing and competitive analysis so we can help our partners/ customers make the right decision for their business
  • It has sufficient availability
  • It has a comprehensive service/ support
  • It offers clients a solution from an established vendor they feel they can trust
  • It has a well-known brand
  • Price and cost are major concerns and can be significantly improved
  • Its brand in developing countries/ lesser know parts of the world isn’t as strong as others
  • Improved openness and compatibility with other platforms is always a major plus
It’s well-suite in legacy environments where older applications are being run and it is connected to other IBM equipment.
Less suited in environments running more up to date cloud applications where brown-field equipment is dominant
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May 07, 2019

IBM FlashSystem Review: "The world of Flash"

Score 8 out of 10
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It’s being used for Oracle RAC databases with high intensive writes and reads.
  • Database queries
  • Database reads and writes
  • Oracle RAC installment
  • When flashcard applications notice performance latency
  • Make a copy of the data to the other flash cards faster
We had an Oracle database that was encountering high writes and we moved those vdisks to Flash. When moving the vdisks to Flash the high write responses gotten better.
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May 02, 2019

User Review: "IBM FlashSystem works GREAT!"

Score 8 out of 10
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It is being used by two of our major applications to provide high availability, uptime, and fast processing.
  • Speed of access
  • Reliability
  • Easy to manage
  • More reporting ability
  • More advanced GUI features
  • More built-in troubleshooting tools
It is well suited for OLTP (online transaction processing). We have major applications using Oracle DBs and they perform very well.
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April 30, 2019

IBM FlashSystem Review: "Copy In A Flash"

Score 9 out of 10
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FlashSystem is used to make backup copies for our databases, along with copying datasets to move to replication sites. FlashSystem is being used by the Data Storage Management team, the Database Administration Team, and the Mainframe Management Team to copy log datasets.
  • FlashSystem saves processing times when making backups.
  • Easily accessible during a Disaster Recovery exercise, along with database recovery.
  • No comment. I'm pretty pleased with FlashSystem. It's reliable and user friendly,.
FlashSystem is suited well for all environments with hundreds to thousands of databases.
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February 14, 2019

IBM FlashSystem Review: "IBM flash"

Score 7 out of 10
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We use IBM FlashSystem for our electronic medial records application. It requires low latency storage.
  • Fast
  • Low latency
  • Easy
  • Resiliency
We have had two IBM FlashSystem 840s fail in four years. It needs to be more resilient.
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IBM FlashSystem Scorecard Summary

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Flash Array Performance (1)
9.1
Flash Array Integration (1)
7.3
Data Compression (1)
6.4
Non-Intrusive Upgrades (1)
8.2
Simplicity (1)
8.2
Power Savings (1)
9.1

About IBM FlashSystem

IBM FlashSystem is a comprehensive, all-flash storage portfolio that promises the following benefits and capabilities:

Engineered to meet modern high-performance application requirements

Ultra-low latency, cost-effectiveness, operational efficiency, and mission-critical reliability are built in to every all-flash storage solution and all-flash array


The most comprehensive all-flash storage portfolio

IBM is uniquely able to deliver all-flash solutions tailored to your storage environments and workloads. IBM financing and payment options are available.


Industry-leading technology supported by guarantees

Endurance, performance and compression are guaranteed, and IBM offers extended support and maintenance

IBM FlashSystem Features

Has featureFlashCore Modules
Has featureFCM inline compression
Has featurehigh performance deduplication

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IBM FlashSystem Competitors

HPE Nimble Storage, Pure Storage Flash arrays, Dell EMC PowerMax, Dell EMC XtremeIO, Dell EMC VMax

IBM FlashSystem Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux
Mobile Application:No
Supported Languages: English