IBM Spectrum Virtualize Review

It works across different technologies such as flash and regular drives.

What is most valuable?

It is easy to deploy and use. It's very calm. The GUI goes right across the entire platform.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more information about the heat map. That would give us an easier view from an architect's standpoint in terms of:

  • A better idea of where we have to put data
  • What we have to build-in with virtualization
  • The ability to grow it
  • The ability to make it more scalable.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability has been good. Stability has been high, actually. We've had some minor issues, and IBM has been quick to fix those. I don't have any issues with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is good. And of course, it works across multiple, different technologies including flash and regular drives. Scalability is definitely good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support at IBM is actually not as great as it used to be. It seems like IBM has decreased the number of people who can support this environment. We find that locating someone who knows the product line, or more of that product line, is becoming limited.

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

I'm not the one who invested in this solution, but multiple clients have invested in it. There were business requirements from a technology standpoint, there was performance that they needed, and there were different degrees of availability that they needed.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was easy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We deal with multiple vendors. We go from Cisco, to IBM, to EMC when we talk about clients. But I don't know how to answer this question from the perspective you are asking about. It is from a different point of view.

What other advice do I have?

I'd recommend it, for sure. It offers supportability, reliability, and some scalability. The vendor is there as a partner.

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