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IBM System Storage DS8900F

IBM System Storage DS8900F
Formerly DS8000

Overview

What is IBM System Storage DS8900F?

IBM System Storage DS8900F is a line of storage appliances.

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Recent Reviews

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Reliability and High Availability: Users have consistently praised the IBM DS8000 family for its reliability and high availability, with …
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Use of sharks

10 out of 10
May 10, 2019
Incentivized
It is being used by my customers with iSeries, mainframe and open systems with a need for always on high availability for business …
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Product Details

What is IBM System Storage DS8900F?

IBM System Storage DS8900F is a family of all-flash data systems designed to meet a wide variety of workloads for different business needs through mission-critical acceleration, ultra-low application response times, uncompromising availability and unparalleled integration with IBM Z® and IBM Power Systems™.

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Frequently Asked Questions

IBM System Storage DS8900F is a line of storage appliances.

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The most common users of IBM System Storage DS8900F are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Community Insights

TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Reliability and High Availability: Users have consistently praised the IBM DS8000 family for its reliability and high availability, with no reported outages during usage. This reliability instills confidence in users, ensuring uninterrupted operations and data accessibility.

Ease of Management: Reviewers appreciate the ease of management offered by the Hardware Management Console, making tasks more manageable and efficient. The intuitive interface of the HMC simplifies complex processes, allowing users to navigate system configurations effortlessly.

Excellent Performance: The platform's performance has been highlighted as excellent by users, providing high levels of service and steady performance even as operations scale up. This consistent performance ensures smooth workflow efficiency without compromising on speed or quality.

Speed Concerns: Some users have expressed dissatisfaction with the DS8000's speed compared to their flash systems, potentially impacting overall system performance and responsiveness. This issue may lead to delays in data processing and affect user experience.

Complex Decommissioning Process: Reviewers have noted that decommissioning a box can be time-consuming as arrays cannot be deleted until ranks are finished formatting, leading to a prolonged process that hinders operational efficiency.

High Cost Relative to Competitors: Users have highlighted the significantly higher cost of the DS8000 in comparison to other options without FICON support, which may deter customers operating in open systems environments seeking more cost-effective solutions.

Reviews

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Rusty Beard | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • The IBM DS8000 family is the leading, most-trusted platform for IBM mainframe
  • The IBM DS8000 family is the leading, most-trusted platform for IBM i.
  • The IBM DS8000 family has time-proven hardware and software contributing to unparalleled availability.
  • The DS8000 family still lacks deduplication and compression algorithms.
  • For best results on replication enablement, optional Copy Services Manager is suggested.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • It's very good at mirroring the data between our 2 sites (Production and DR).
  • Its high availability means that we've never had an outage the entire time we've been using it.
  • Management is easy through the HMC.
  • Since the DS8000 can use SMS to now archive HSM data directly to the TS7700, maybe add an interface to the tape system?
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
  • Copy Services
  • Disaster Recovery
  • High throughput
  • I have seen the GUI say that the storage facility is inaccessible, even when getting a clean health check from IBM. Typically rebooting the HMC fixes this.
  • When decommissioning a box, you cannot delete arrays until ranks are done formatting. This adds a lot of time to the decomm process
  • IO ports do not have a topology by default
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Performance, the DS8k has provided excellent levels of service levels. I/O response time is no longer a concern.
  • Scalability - as we grow the platform, performance has been steady.
  • Replication - copy services capabilites are vast and ensure data integrity and consistency.
  • Ease of use, the latest GUIs have vastly improved over the last 5+ years. The GUI is a great learning tool for support teams not familiar with the DS8k.
  • Ability to use advanced features on HMC (for customers).
  • Provide better integration with GDPS - for example GDPS GUI hosted on DS8k HMC
  • Allow customers to install firmware
May 01, 2019

DS8000 value

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
  • Remote Copy -- The DS8k has decades of excellent code built to handle the most demanding environments for mainframe or open systems and can be combined with automation solutions like GDPS or Copy Services Manager
  • Reliability and Availability -- This is the platform that gets used for the most demanding environments, even when FICON attachment isn't required
  • Continued enhancement -- IBM continues to put resources into the DS8k and the platform has advanced with the technology from z and power
  • Mainframe synergy -- Poughkeepsie communicates and works very closely with the DS8k developers
  • Data Reduction -- DS8k doesn't do any. If you're running a mainframe with pervasive encryption turned on, that's not an issue but it could be for many distributed environments
  • FlashCopy -- based on Copy on Write. It works well, but it would be nice to see it move to something like Redirect on Write
  • Expense -- What can I say? It is more expensive than most people in an open systems environment are willing to pay when compared with offerings that don't have FICON
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Allows us to use GDPS for our disaster recovery solution. This is a strength because it enables us to meet our DR requirements.
  • Allows us to have encryption of our data at rest. This is a strength because it enables us to meet our security requirements.
  • Allows us to have a stable and reliable disk storage. This is a strength because it enables us to meet our data availability requirements.
  • The hardest thing for us is the storage server software for configuring the storage. We find that the previous GUI interface is easier to use.
  • Being able to utilize some of the GDPS functions that need all flash to use.
  • The order process could be improved by telling the customer which additional cables/network requirements are needed.
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