IBM XIV Review

Just pay once and forget about licenses; Performance and robustness of the systems are very good


What is most valuable?

No-license-required policy, unlike others where you need a license for everything. Just pay once and forget about licenses.

How has it helped my organization?

The XIVs here are only being used for non-production and dev systems, but still the performance and robustness of the systems are very good.

What needs improvement?

There are a few. One that comes to my mind is the pool resize restriction in the case of drive failure. Until the drive is replaced, the pool_resizing is locked. This has been an issue a lot of times, especially when the contract says IBM will not replace disks until three drives fail. (Single drive replacement can be requested as well in severe cases).

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to four years, in this project.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, so far there have been no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Average. There is IBM support on this product, but sometimes it’s hard to get support from them.

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

No, DS8K or SVC has always been the primary solution for this customer. For all my customers, XIV has always been a backend storage.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was done before I joined.

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

Excellent.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am not the direct customer. We can only recommend various solutions to the customer.

What other advice do I have?

The product is good but only if you have a small datacenter.

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