IBM Spectrum Virtualize Review

We can use different storage products in the back-end and one code base for mirroring.

What is most valuable?

  • The ability to use different storage products in the back-end
  • Having only one code base for mirroring and all other enterprise features

How has it helped my organization?

When you use different storage vendors, you may not get what you want. With this solution, you can put these solutions under Spectrum Visualize and use them, because they will look the same in IBM storage.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see data obligation which I think is already on the road map.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this product for eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability on our side is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is also good. It could be improved, but we will see if they will improve it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is sometimes good and sometimes it is low.

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

Eight years ago, we had a different product that was not very well designed. It is no longer on the market. It was LSI Storage, but we switched.

How was the initial setup?

We had a business partner doing the setup for us, but it is complex. This is a special product. It's not a standard storage product, so you have to know a lot about your environment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated FalconStor and DataCore. This was based on installing software somewhere on the server. This was software for storage from a very early version in 2008/2009. We don't trust them, so that's why we chose an appliance level from IBM.

When looking at vendors, we look at their ability to perform and give good support.

What other advice do I have?

Difficult question. You have to look at your environment and what you need to do there. I think Spectrum Visualize is a very good product to address a lot of problems.

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