IBM FlashSystem V5010E and V5030E

IBM All Flash Array Storage from as little as £200 per month.

Following on from the IBM V5030 and V5010 launch in April we now have first hand experience of how this new IBM offering is being viewed by our customer base.  The following article should give you an idea if what this may mean to you (the official IBM text is in italics, skip below this for our view). 

“IBM FlashSystem  V5010E and IBM FlashSystem V5030E are entry-level hybrid flash solutions designed to provide enterprise-grade functionalities without compromising affordability or performance. Built with the rich features of IBM Spectrum Virtualize and AI-powered predictive storage management and proactive support of Storage Insights. FlashSystem V5000E helps make modern technologies such as artificial intelligence accessible to enterprises of all sizes”.

IBM FlashSystem V5030E / V5010E Datasheet and Specifications

We have two entry FlashSystem systems designed for clients who need low-cost storage options but with key storage services. IBM FlashSystem V5010E delivers double the max IOPS of the previous FlashSystem V5010. Systems will typically be sized around 9TB with the ability to scale up to 12PB as data continues to grow. FlashSystem V5010E is up gradable without disruption to a FlashSystem V5030E which delivers 20% better max IOPS than the previous FlashSystem V5030. Systems will typically be sized around 24TB with the ability to grow all the way to 23PB or even 32PB if a 2-way cluster is configured plus expansion trays are utilized. Both systems support hybrid configurations which means you can mix flash SSDs with hard drives. FlashSystem V5030E includes data reduction capability with software compression and dedupe that delivers capacity efficiency and can help reduce costs. It also includes software encryption adding a level of security to protect your data.

All Flash Array Storage from as little as £200 per month.

 Our experience shows us that the IBM FlashSystem V5030e configurations are now a highly competitive offering in environments we previously could not compete in.  The lower cost entry point (potentially around £600 per TB for an all flash array, albeit based on specific configurations), and the removal of ongoing software licenses has resulted in a price point that is comparable to similar storage options from Equalogic, HPE and Fujitsu.

These systems, which run Spectrum Virtualize, all come with Storage Insights which provides AI Predictive Analytics and Proactive Monitoring. This advanced software comes at no additional cost providing consistent uniform management across all enclosures with a single dashboard view for at-a-glance indications of anything that might be amiss.

If you previously looked at IBM Storage for your Intel estate but the costs just didn’t stack up then I would urge you to look again.  This is Enterprise Class Storage now made available for the SME with no compromise to affordability or performance.

IBM Storwize V7000 Gen 1

Three year maintenance cost
£ 102,003
  • 1x Storwize Control Enclosure and 5 X Storwize Expansion units
  • 144 x 300GB 15 KRpm drives giving 43.2 TB raw capacity
  • Three year maintenance cost is £102,003 (HW and SW for 24 x 7 on site response)

IBM FlashSystem V5030E

Three year cost of ownership
£ 39,000
  • 1x Storwize Control Enclosure and 5 X Storwize Expansion units
  • 144 x 300GB 15 KRpm drives giving 43.2 TB raw capacity
  • Three year cost of ownership is £39,000 (New V5030E and 24 x 7 uplifted warranty)
Similar cost savings can be achieved if you have other storage products such as IBM Storwize Gen 2 V7000, Dell Equalogic, Fujitsu, Dell EMC. If you are considering a storage upgrade project and would like to see if you can save money on your next storage purchase contact us and we will provide you with a same day indicative quote.

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