BLOG: IBM FlashSystem Storage Use Cases Span Large Enterprises to Small Lines of Business

April 29th, 2020 BLOG: IBM FlashSystem Storage Use Cases Span Large Enterprises to Small Lines of Business
David Van Genderen
Storage Specialist

The IBM FlashSystem storage family is a radical simplification of their primary block storage options. They cover all use cases, from the largest enterprise to the smallest lines of business within an organization. FlashSystem is a single, all-flash storage platform designed to simplify your storage infrastructure, reduce complexity, and cut costs, while continuing to deliver extensive innovation for your enterprise-class storage solutions and hybrid multi-cloud environments.


FlashSystem Family Overview

The FlashSystem Family includes seven models that span the performance/capacity curve while offering the same management, support, and operational capabilities. These storage systems are designed to enable organizations to overcome their storage challenges with advanced functionality. The entry-level IBM FlashSystem 5000 is an easy-to-buy, easy-to-deploy, and easy-to-grow hybrid storage solution. Moving up the line, the FlashSystem 5100 has the added technological advantages of NVMe, clustering, and external virtualization. Features and functionality range all the way up to the IBM FlashSystem 9200R, a rack-based storage solution engineered to reduce deployment time while providing petabytes of high-performance, cost-efficient storage capacity, extraordinary system bandwidth, ultra-low latency, exceptional configuration flexibility, and enterprise-class data services that address the full spectrum of 21st-century data storage challenges.


Addressing a Range of Storage Needs

Different organizations have different requirements for storage. Even different applications within a single organization may have varying needs, such as entry point, performance, scalability, data services, functionality, and availability. The real challenge has been how to introduce a unique, cost-effective solution for a specific need without burdening the admins with the complexity of another system. The previous IBM Storwize family had great success in providing these “one-off” solutions for many mixed-storage vendor data centers. At Mainline, we are seeing this continue and accelerate with FlashSystems.


Mainline Customer Use Cases

Mainline has installed a number of IBM FlashSystem storage solutions in non-IBM data centers. Use cases span industries, including providing storage for:

  • SAS analytics at a large bank
  • A SQL departmental solution for an insurance company
  • Oracle DR for both AIX and Redhat servers at a manufacturing firm
  • Zerto replication target at a hospital system
  • Backup repository and rapid restore capability for four of the most prevalent software backup products at multiple industry accounts
  • Security logging repository at a government agency
  • A video repository for survellience and athletic scouting at a university

In order to better advise our enterprise customers as to the best storage solution for their departmental or application requirements, we assess their level of need in five key areas:

  1. Performance
  2. Functionality
  3. Storage cost
  4. Data management
  5. Optimization of data placement

The simplicity of IBM FlashSystems has made it an easy choice to implement these solutions where IBM is not necessarily the primary enterprise storage solution provider.


More Information
Mainline helps our customers simplify their storage infrastructure, reduce cost, improve ease of management, and meet compliance. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact your Mainline Account Executive directly, or or click here to contact us with any questions.


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