IBM Spectrum Virtualize Review

It gives us the ability to move the data across multiple storage devices.

What is most valuable?

It's flexibility. It gives us the ability to move the data across multiple storage devices. That makes our lives as the implementers easy during data migration.

How has it helped my organization?

It makes data migration straightforward. And on the customer side, there is downtime, but it is very minimal.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some features from the Spectrum Control, such as long term reporting. Right now, the reporting on the Storwize and Spectrum Virtualize is only for a few days. You really need another plug-in, like in Control, to get the historical performance data.

The only thing I really don't like about Spectrum Virtualize is the application area. But it has nothing to do with the product. Most application issues come from the link provided by the telecoms.

If they could make the application much easier, that would be great. But it's okay.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is fine. I've been working with Spectrum Virtualize for two years. I saw them encounter problems and those problems are minimal. It's pretty much stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable, especially the VH8 and the SV1. You can locally attach storage to the SVC nodes. It's now more like Storwize. The scalability is head-on.

How is customer service and technical support?

I have been working with technical support. Before moving to a business partner, I worked with IBM. There were good times and there were bad times. But pretty much, they delivered.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have had this storage platform for 10 years. I saw the progress of IBM stepping away from conventional hardware storage and going to software. IBM did pretty good research and development on it.

When selecting hardware, I look for technical experience.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the initial setup. Most of the time, I dealt with the planning. I start with the planning rack and stack configuration, teaching the customers and then do documentation. The implementation was easy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not look at any alternatives.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend it. IBM is not the best in the disk storage industry, but they pull out some good tricks.

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