What is our primary use case?
How has it helped my organization?
- Migration efforts - Site recovery using SRM - Highly scalable while backend storage can be of many vendors - Ideal solution if you have a mixed intel/power infrastructure Ease of use
What is most valuable?
- Migration effort
- Site recovery plan.
What needs improvement?
- CLI though intuitive, no other API available - Lacks scheduling or a cron - Has no built in short term performance graphs - IBM TPC overexceeds the montoring needs, had to fall back on Stor2RRd - Support response times are bad -
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
Node conditions in specific workload conditions might trigger a node reset.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
- Multivendor support for backend storage - Clustering and adding in another IO--group - supports many shelves, large disks, several clusters
How are customer service and technical support?
- Bad response times
If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?
IBM SVC -> HP 3PAR -> Storwize v7000f
How was the initial setup?
- Easy and straighforward
What about the implementation team?
What was our ROI?
Biggest return is the easy migration/upgrade path as well as the scalability options - IBM added in compression and deduplication in its portfolio, as well as Garbage collection and space reclamation.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
- setup cost is cheap as you can do it yourself - IBM SVC licensing on non IBM back-end storage used to cost a lot in terms of licenses per shelf or even per TB. The equipment on itself is relatively cheap. Watch out for license costs !
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
- HPE 3PAR StoreServe - EMC Unity
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.