IBM XIV Review

Needs to add an SSD tier to improve the latency demand. It can be a good fit for nonproduction environments like test, dev, uat, and cat.


What is most valuable?

Data availability: As it spreads, a chuck of 1MB across the board means using all available spindles on the backend.

What needs improvement?

This product was not a good fit for our organization as we have a ton of latency sensitive applications and XIV was not able to keep up with IO + latency demand.

Adding an SSD tier to improve the latency demand as this product was sold as being a Tier 1.5 array, but it is far from that.

For how long have I used the solution?

Seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nope.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Nope.

How is customer service and technical support?

Good.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We switched to XIV as it was marketed as being almost a high-end array.

How was the initial setup?

XIV setup is very straightforward and easy to configure.

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

Licensing is straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, as we were moving away from our old CX3 Clariion arrays.

What other advice do I have?

Don't use it for heavy workloads and latency sensitive workloads. It can be a good fit for nonproduction environments like test, dev, uat, and cat.

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