IBM Storwize Review

Thin Provisioning and Flash Copy are valuable but stability has been an issue

What is most valuable?

  • Thin Provisioning
  • Flash Copy
  • User friendly management interface

How has it helped my organization?

We run our business applications on it. Also OS was booted from SAN.

What needs improvement?

Product support is restricted to IBM only. It must be decentralized to IBM partners as well.

For how long have I used the solution?

Six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, we faced power supply failure, Multiple SAS drives failure, and at the end both controllers were dead.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We are able to add additional drives easily.

How are customer service and technical support?

One out of 10.

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

No, it was our first experience with any kind of SAN.

How was the initial setup?

Initial SAN configuration was smooth.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you are planning to purchase a new SAN then go for all flash. Do not invest in a hybrid SAN.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, HPE and Fujitsu.

What other advice do I have?

Please make sure that you will be getting proper after-sales support from IBM.

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

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