IBM and NetApp offer a variety of flash array options. Both companies have a broad flash portfolio offering a variety of different price/performance scenarios. What will be your initial cost and your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for either vendor? How will your performance change as you add concurrent data streams and users?


IBM Product Options

  • IBM FlashSystem A9000r 2 Grid Elements
  • IBM FlashSystem A9000r 3 Grid Elements
  • IBM FlashSystem A9000r 4 Grid Elements
  • IBM FlashSystem A9000r 5 Grid Elements
  • IBM FlashSystem A9000r 6 Grid Elements
  • IBM FlashSystem A900
  • IBM FlashSystem V9000 (Capacity)
  • IBM FlashSystem V9000 (Performance)
  • IBM DS8888 24-core
  • IBM DS8888 48-core
  • IBM DS8888 Gen 2 24-core
  • IBM DS8888 Gen 2 48-core
  • IBM DS8884F Gen 2
  • IBM DS886F Gen 2-Phase 1
  • IBM DS886F Gen 2-Phase 3
  • IBM 5010F
  • IBM 5020F
  • IBM 5030F
  • IBM7700F

NetApp Product Options

  • NetApp EF560 Flash
  • NetApp AFF8080 EX Flash
  • NetApp AFF8060 Flash
  • NetApp AFF8040 Flash
  • NetApp AFF8040 Flash
  • NetApp AFF A700s
  • NetApp AFF A700
  • NetApp AFF A300
  • NetApp AFF A200

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Compare any of the 30+ flash options in a matter of minutes, and find the one that offers you the optimal price/performance/TCO result.

CIOview Top Ten Considerations:

Each customer and workload requirements are unique, but in general be aware that not all of these products:

  1. Has an optimized hardware path for flash
  2. Does not have a 4KB boundary write performance penalty, or a 512KB re-write performance cost
  3. Offer compression and or deduplication
  4. Provide a rich software environment
  5. Feature a suite of management tools
  6. Has a world-class write amplification function
  7. Can be dynamically expanded without disruption
  8. Will function at a high utilization rate
  9. Allows Flash and conventional drives to be mixed
  10. If you select a solution that has “over-implicit provisioning”, buyer beware, you should know a great deal about the workload under consideration




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