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Dell EMC
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Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Apr 23 2017

What do you think of EMC ViPR?

PART I During the recent EMCworld event in Las Vegas among other things, EMC announced ViPR (read announcement here). Note that this ViPR is not the same EMC Viper project from a few years ago that was focused on data footprint reduction (DFR) including dedupe. ViPR has been in the works for a couple of years taking a step back rethinking how storage is can be used going forward. ViPR is not a technology creation developed in a vacuum instead includes customer feedback, wants and needs. Its core themes are extensible, open and scalable. On the other hand, ViPR addresses plenty of buzzword bingo themes including: Agility, flexibility, multi-tenancy, orchestration Virtual appliance and control plane Data services and storage management IT as a Service (ITaaS) and...
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Storage Chief Architect at Unisys
Jun 06 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the main features of Spectrum Virtualize is it virtualizes the servers from the storage. We have a very large infrastructure. A major advantage is when you get the aged storage arrays and you have to replace all of those. Last summer, we replaced four petabytes of aged storage arrays. They were old and past end-of-life. But we did that seamlessly, without... more»

What needs improvement?

There are things that occur when you get to this size and capacity. We're very large, i.e., petabytes. When you get to that sheer volume of the numbers of things, it is too big for people to keep track of. So, it's okay if you have 50 volumes, and I can watch them. I can assign people to watch them. But when you have 5,000, it's not possible anymore. So you need... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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President at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Dec 09 2016

What is most valuable?

The HPE StoreVirtual Network RAID-10 (mirroring between nodes) is the most valuable feature. This allows for multi-node redundancy. If one node fails, the other in the cluster picks up the entire load. I have had nodes fail due to upgrade and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I administer a 100% virtual environment. To use the HPE StoreVirtual VSA edition, I did not have to buy an expensive external array. I was able to create two 3.27TB usable HPE VSAs from all the older disks I had laying around. Granted,... more»

What needs improvement?

The management console upgrade needs a bit of work. In some cases, it will not upgrade due to the non-removal of other HPE StoreVirtual Components. Be sure to remove other components first. The other issue is a login issue. There is a... more»
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Real User
Technical analyst 3 at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is probably data migration so we can bring in back-end systems and swap data out. Our end-users, and even our other system administrators, don't have any idea that we've moved storage around. It's got full features,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Reducing our costs: We used to have all tier DS8 storage. Even though we had Spectrum Virtualize in front of almost all of that, we still had almost all DS8. * We've been able to bring in multiple tiers, flash systems, and V7000s * We can... more»

What needs improvement?

A feature that is already there, if I remember correctly, is encryption. I think it is coming out, or it is already there. That is a key management piece. Right now, we're doing an encryption on the back-end flash systems on the V7000s. It's... more»
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StorPool
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Operations Director at Kualo Limited
Oct 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Performance, redundancy, scalability and cost-effectiveness. StorPool delivers superbly in all of these areas - something no other product we have either tested or deployed has been able to do consistently.

How has it helped my organization?

Since deploying StorPool, we have experienced no unplanned outages or performance issues. Our technical and engineering teams no longer live in a permanent state of high alert due to storage outages or throughput degradation due to ‘hot... more»

What needs improvement?

Live and historical performance statistics would be useful, though my understanding is that this is on the way in a future release. This could likely be combined with general health monitoring via some sort of dashboard.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Manager Infrastructure Engineering at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2016

What is most valuable?

That my team can manage it. The server guys can actually manage the storage on their own. It was easy for them to learn to use the console and provision the storage quickly. It was a long, painful process to get storage from the storage team... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's easy to set up, easy for my team to manage, the tools are pretty easy to learn, and it's important for us to be able to provision storage quickly in my environment, so as soon as we get a new node in, we can get it up and running very... more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing that comes to mind was we had some issues with once we used up storage and then moved it out and had empty, white space areas, but getting that storage back is a long, painful process. You actually have to run a manual command... more»
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Real User
Sr. Systems Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Jul 06 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to provide block storage and object storage from the same storage cluster is very valuable for us. We are using Ceph as back-end storage for our OpenStack cloud. Ceph provides: * Block storage for storing the OpenStack images or... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ceph has helped our organization to provide a Software Defined Storage solution in our private cloud.

What needs improvement?

Ceph does not deal very well with, or takes a long time to recover from, certain kinds of network failures and individual storage node failures. I believe the community that supports Ceph is working on this. They will be providing solutions... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Real User
IT Manager for Infrastructure at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 01 2016

What is most valuable?

StoreVirtual has been real good for us. We started with the original P4300 LeftHand SANs before they became StoreVirtual. What I love about those is the two nodes and the mirroring back and forth, and you can't lose anything. It's very solid, and we haven't really had any trouble with those either. We have a newer StoreVirtual that we've connected to one of the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The things we like best about it is just that it's safe, it's reliable, it's easy to transfer data back and forth, it's easy to replicate elsewhere. We've been very happy with them.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

We were primarily looking for a storage system for a management cluster that was separate from our fiber channel SAN. Fiber channel SAN is all of our mission critical stuff, but we needed somewhere for our management systems that are watching... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We leveraged StoreVirtual to provide a software SAN for our management cluster of vSphere - this allowed us to run monitoring and management applications on a separate infrastructure from the rest of our Fibre Channel based vSphere clusters... more»

What needs improvement?

The user interface needs to be updated. It's getting kind of long in the tooth, and the user interface makes it look a lot more complex than it actually is to manage, and I think that you can mask a lot of that with a refresh of the user... more»
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LizardFS
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Real User
Senior Consultant IT Infrastructure at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Aug 23 2016

What is most valuable?

LizardFS allows storing data across several nodes (which run on commodity hardware, even inside virtual machines) and also has a built-in HA mechanism. This works very well if failover can be done in a manual or simple way (e.g. by using... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been running LizardFS for a while now, but only inside a testing environment. It will be deployed to production soon and it will help to make specific files available inside several datacenters in a very fast and efficient way.... more»

What needs improvement?

Well, if you don't have a support contract and therefore don't have acess to the automated failover mechanism, you need to build it yourself. This can be achieved by using common open source software, but you will need to know what you are... more»
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Real User
Sr. Technical Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The SVC gives excellent performance with tiered storage behind it, and the Spectrum Control suite. The newest versions that I have now are very useful in terms of managing, monitoring, and alerting. The full suite handles everything I need. We have had a lot of success through the years with Virtualize, which was originally just SVC, and we use it heavily. My... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has the ability to seamlessly move hardware in and out as we refresh technology. It provides transparency, because of its advanced copy features. Our disaster recovery has also improved drastically because I am able to use a lot of the Spectrum Virtualize features to create multiple copies that we use to test and do development. Our disaster recovery plan... more»
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Real User
Technology Sales Director at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jun 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Incredible IOPS increase in storage: IOPS is required to fulfill a disk job faster. It is input/output per second. When you request a report on your SQL server, you need as much as IOPS you can. So many IT guys put their most important... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Basically, our company needs IOPS to solve the bottleneck on the storage side, but storage upgrade costs were awful. Instead, we chose FVP and achieved IOPS values nearly 6-10 times faster without any hardware upgrade.

What needs improvement?

Right now, you can only use this technology in VMware environments. Definitely supporting different OS and hypervisor systems would help this product reach a much larger community. This issue has not actually affected me. However, other... more»
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Real User
Media Storage Services Manager at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

Using SBC, a valuable feature is the mirroring, which is the virtualization of the disk between disparate places. One of the things that we use it for, is that we can bring any storage underneath it. Not only will it recognize it and put it... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I think probably one of the biggest benefits of this solution is that it is relatively easy to use and easy to understand. It's intuitive. The front interface is very intuitive. I can have any of my administrators know what to do with it with... more»

What needs improvement?

For improvement considerations, I would probably say multiple sites. Right now, I'm doing two, and I believe we can go to a larger scale than that. But I think that having to go into three or four sites, where I would have more of a grid-type... more»
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Senior Storage Engineer at ADT Corporation
May 17 2018

What is most valuable?

The abstraction. Hands down, it is the top reason for having it.

How has it helped my organization?

ADT acquires companies (and things), so we end up with odd hardware. We bring it behind the SVC and it allows us to migrate stuff off of it seamlessly. SVC can also cover up a host of defects of the underlying storage. Dell Compellent, which... more»

What needs improvement?

NBME support and support for a higher Fibre Channel lengths could be improved, but those are already on the roadmap.
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Principal Specialist and Solution Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 30 2017

What is most valuable?

There are several good features, many of which have similarities to that of competitive offerings from other vendors (replication, snapshot). Compression is quite useful, but for me the most useful has been the virtualisation of back-end SAN... more»

How has it helped my organization?

My view of how the product has aided my customers varies. The replication functions have assisted in the relocation of whole data centres from one site to another, the snapshotting is of value in providing several versioned recovery points... more»

What needs improvement?

Adding features for data deduplication is one area of improvement.
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Real User
Storage Admin Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its reliability.

How has it helped my organization?

It has been integrated into our production systems, thereby not having as much online storage. We're using the archiving functionality. When I say reliability, I mean that we are operating 24/7. The product enables us to retrieve our client... more»

What needs improvement?

They are actually working on one bug we found, which was with flash restore. This was the user interface design for virtual environments. Supposedly, it was going to be corrected in 8.1, restoring it back to the original UID, but it wasn't done.
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Solutions Architect at Direct Systems Support
May 16 2018

What is most valuable?

* The virtualization layer * Easy tier * The ability to have a feature-rich software set which extends the capabilities of the back-end storage arrays.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a single pane of glass management interface, so once the storage is allocated to SVC, they only have one place to go to manage it for everything. Then, my Power customers using Power VC can allocate storage themselves from Power VC, because it has integrated with SVC, so AIX admins do not have to know anything about storage. It is very powerful.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Managing Partner at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 16 2016

What is most valuable?

Easy and cheap High Availability is most valuable for us. Also, the VSA (virtual appliance) version enables us to reuse already installed hardware. You do not need to worry about RAID and components anymore, because even a whole chassis loss... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to build server clusters without external storage and still provide high availability. We are able to run the VSA version inside the actual servers, thus converging server and storage in same units.

What needs improvement?

The new Quorum Witness function is promising for easier deployment but needs better reliability.
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Enterprise Operations at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the simplicity of use, the flexibility, and the options included. I mean, it's just a big time saver.

How has it helped my organization?

Benefits for us are pretty much the simplicity, ease of implementation, and the ease of maintenance. Flexibility and responsiveness to customer needs are key. They are the things that allow for ease of disaster recovery with global mirror,... more»

What needs improvement?

I already discussed possible improvements with some of the guys from Hearnsley. One of our frustrations is when you go to expand volumes in a global mirror environment, you have to stop everything in order to expand. So that's one of the... more»
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Enterprise Architect at QCM Technologies
May 21 2018

What do you think of IBM Spectrum Virtualize?

Primary Use Case It provides a control plane for the data plane. With Spectrum Virtualize, you can extract the physical storage, then hide it and give it flexibility. Most of my implementations have been on-premise. We could stand up a software instance someplace else and connect to it. However, most people that I work with get it in an appliance format. They use it to migrate off of existing storage. When lease expiration of something is occurring, they will use it to save value and migrate everything. Then, I will see them in a traditional Fibre Channel, a SAN connected to server architecture, or both in virtualized servers as well as standalone. I do not personally manage any instances, but I have several dozen customers that I have deployed this solution for, so it is up and...
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