IBM Spectrum Virtualize Review

Being able to move things around from one array to the other is the biggest feature. We need resiliency and stability in the features.


What is most valuable?

Being able to move things around from one array to the other has been the biggest feature for us.

How has it helped my organization?

There's a little bit of performance benefit. The flexibility that we get from being able to have different vendors' storage arrays presented as one homogenous unit to our hosts has been the main benefit.

What needs improvement?

Currently, the newer features exceed our needs. What we really need is resiliency and stability in the features that are out there and do run.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the system for twelve years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's been pretty stable, but we've had some issues. I wouldn't say it's poor, but the resiliency has been less than what we expect from an enterprise class product.

It appears to us, over several decades, that quality control waxes and wanes. That's scary for us, because as a new system comes out and we install it, we really expect it to be an enterprise class product and not to have problems. We expect it all to be bullet-proof, and it hasn't been in our experience.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is limited, but it meets our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

Generally, technical support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It's been a long time now, about twelve years. I forgot about previous solutions.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

I'd tell them that it's a good product and they should implement it. They probably should not run the latest code and they should look very carefully at advanced features.

When selecting a vendor, honesty is one of the first things to consider, and then stability and resiliency of the products. Performance is nice, but the applications that I support need bullet-proof stuff behind it with no down time.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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