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"The ease of use is the solution's most valuable aspect. It's very user-friendly.""The most valuable feature is the robustness, which is typical of IBM because their software generally just works."

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"There are many benefits to this solution. Storage virtualization and the ability to migrate massive amounts of data to other systems without impacting your client are the most valuable. It is non-disruptive for my users. We migrated 350 terabytes of data in one night to a new machine without a small system going down and a single user complaining about the performance. You have to fine-tune a lot of storage machines constantly for performance and for making sure that they are optimal, but IBM Spectrum Virtualize does this by itself. It does the adjustment on its own, and it does it right. That's what makes it different. I had a huge VSP from Hitachi, which is also a type of virtualization-based engine but with a decent size. It was a continuous performance-tuning exercise. I never had that issue with IBM Spectrum Virtualize."

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"The reporting mechanisms need improvement.""he interface is not user-friendly so the ease of use could be improved."

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"I hate I/O groups. If you start swapping I/O groups, they can be potentially risky. If they could get rid of the whole I/O group principle, the risk is not there anymore. I understand the fundamental thing about I/O groups, but they are risky."

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"For a database, on a yearly basis, we pay approximately $3,500 for licensing fees. The solution is sold as a subscription on a yearly basis so there are no other ancillary costs.""If you are cost-sensitive then this solution is not for you."

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"I am very happy with the pricing. There is no comparison when it comes to pricing. I have looked at all solutions from EMC, Veritas, Hitachi, Dell, etc. None of them compares to IBM when it comes to pricing. I get great pricing from them."

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Top Answer: IBM licenses are quite expensive. If you are cost-sensitive then this solution is not for you.
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IBM Spectrum Accelerate is a software-defined block storage solution designed for rapid deployment across heterogeneous infrastructure for hybrid cloud and delivering consistent service levels to a dynamic workload mix. It is based on proven grid-architecture, enterprise-scale IBM XIV technology. IBM Spectrum Accelerate can be deployed, including as hyper-converged infrastructure, on any x86 server, on pre-installed third-party appliances or on public cloud infrastructure, and is available as a service on IBM Cloud infrastructure.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a dependable solution that improves data value, security, and simplicity for new and existing storage infrastructure. Proven over 12 years in thousands of deployments, its innovative virtualization capabilities help organizations achieve better data economics by supporting new workloads that are critical to their success. IBM Spectrum Virtualize software helps make new and existing storage more effective and standardizes functions traditionally deployed separately in disk systems for greater flexibility and potentially lower costs.

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IBM Spectrum Accelerate is ranked 15th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews while IBM Spectrum Virtualize is ranked 8th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review. IBM Spectrum Accelerate is rated 8.0, while IBM Spectrum Virtualize is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Accelerate writes "A robust solution with good performance and support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Virtualize writes "A non-disruptive solution that does not require constant fine-tuning". IBM Spectrum Accelerate is most compared with IBM Spectrum Scale, whereas IBM Spectrum Virtualize is most compared with Dell EMC VPLEX, VMware vSAN, IBM Spectrum Scale, DataCore SANsymphony SDS and HPE StoreVirtual.

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