The most valuable feature is the integration of all parts in Prism Element, the browser-based management tool.
In terms of scalability, adding a number of nodes, I find that it will not be any issues.
The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.
The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.
The full suite of redundancy gives a nice sense of security for the whole environment.
The option to deploy a hyper-converged system without an expensive storage switch was a benefit.
The interface is user-friendly.
It provides high performance and business-critical storage.
The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazing
It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions.
A very flexible solution.
All of the administrative tasks are easy and everything is centralized.
I like the fact that we can simultaneously upload the virtual tapes to different cloud providers, and the settings can be adjusted to speed up the upload times even further.
There are many benefits to this solution. Storage virtualization and the ability to migrate massive amounts of data to other systems without impacting your client are the most valuable. It is non-disruptive for my users. We migrated 350 terabytes of data in one night to a new machine without a small system going down and a single user complaining about the performance. You have to fine-tune a lot of storage machines constantly for performance and for making sure that they are optimal, but IBM Spectrum Virtualize does this by itself. It does the adjustment on its own, and it does it right. That's what makes it different. I had a huge VSP from Hitachi, which is also a type of virtualization-based engine but with a decent size. It was a continuous performance-tuning exercise. I never had that issue with IBM Spectrum Virtualize.
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