IBM Spectrum Virtualize Review

Gives you the capability of putting heterogeneous storage systems in one management pane.


What is most valuable?

  • Capability of putting lots of heterogeneous storage systems all in one management pane
  • Being able to substitute them out and move between them
  • The ability to put it all in one management and fix them into something that's much more usable.

It's just been handy with a lot of customers that have, over the years, developed a mess of storage.

How has it helped my organization?

It's all about manageability. The product lets you manage:

  • Different sorts of systems
  • The same host multi-pathing driver
  • The same feature set: snapshots and replication, regardless of what system it is

Spectrum Virtualize gives you the same functionality and all the same management through the same GUI, regardless of whether you are using EMC storage, Hitachi storage, or IBM storage.

What needs improvement?

I’d like to see deduplication. IBM announced during Tech U that Storwize is adding it in the upcoming Q3 2017 code update-- same as what exists on the A9000. Duplicate blocks of data write references to pre-existing block of data, instead of re-writing the same data multiple times, thereby saving storage capacity.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For the vast majority of the time, it's absolutely awesome. I had a couple isolated problems with reliability, mostly related to replication, but I have been able to work through them.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is actually one of the great things about the product. It is designed to be able to give you scalability with the virtualization of multiple storage systems. It's very easy to scale.

How is customer service and technical support?

I've had to use tech support quite a lot of times, because I support a lot of customers. Consultants support a lot of customers. Once you get past Level-1 support, it's generally top notch.

What other advice do I have?

Good luck finding anything that does half of what it does. When looking for a vendor, I look for reliability. I've had lots of good experiences with it. It's been a very reliable product and the feature set is something you can't get anywhere else.

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