How has it helped my organization?
We used to provision storage from different devices. This requires a lot of manual effort to synchronize all hosts with each storage unit in an environment. IBM SAN Volume Controller helps manage all storage units from a single interface; while IBM FlashSystem provides high performance for our Tier 1 applications.
What is most valuable?
IBM FlashSystem has an easy to use GUI, similar to the IBM Storewize family, which make it one of the best flash storage systems in the market.
We use the IBM SAN Volume Controller to provide a single management interface for virtualized storage. It is easy to manage many storage devices from a single controller.
What needs improvement?
The two products should be unified and have a service processor to restart devices remotely. For example, NetApp has devices which include a service processor in nodes, which could be used to restart the nodes remotely. IBM should implement something like this.
Both products are basically for block-level access. There should be a series that also has a file level and block-level access together, which would make it unified.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
The stability of the system is fine.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
We did not have any problems with scalability.
How are customer service and technical support?
We receive excellent technical support.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
I currently use both NetApp and IBM. NetApp storage is cost efficient, but IBM is way ahead of NetApp in terms of block-level access.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was easy.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Pricing can be considered as per market competition. As I am seeing less projects using IBM storage these days, the only reason seems to be the cost of support.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We had a contract with IBM, and now we are also using NetApp storage.
What other advice do I have?
Go ahead and implement it. IBM storage provides you everything that you’ll need for a block-level architecture, as they have many different products which provides you with a variety of options to meet your needs.