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"GPFS monitoring is the best feature.""The most valuable feature is the ability to share files across different platforms.""We are using it for monitoring all of our storage.""The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better."

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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 biggest problem is that it is not able to provide block storage.""The pricing and licensing model for this solution are complex and it is sometimes difficult to explain it to customers.""Integration with other vendors is not available.""It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step."

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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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"The licensing is based on the number of terabytes.""The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage."

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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: We are using it for monitoring all of our storage.
Top Answer: The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage.
Top Answer: Integration with other vendors is not available. This feature would be very helpful.
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IBM Spectrum Scale is a cluster file system that provides concurrent access to a single file system or set of file systems from multiple nodes. The nodes can be SAN attached, network attached, a mixture of SAN attached and network attached, or in a shared nothing cluster configuration. This enables access to this common set of data to support a scale-out solution or to provide a high availability platform. IBM Spectrum Scale has many features beyond common data access including data replication, policy based storage management, and multi-site operations. You can create a cluster of AIX nodes, Linux nodes, Windows server nodes, or a mix of all three. IBM Spectrum Scale can run on virtualized instances providing common data access in environments, leverage logical partitioning, or other hypervisors. Multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters can share data within a location or across wide area network (WAN) connections.

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 Scale is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while IBM Spectrum Virtualize is ranked 8th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review. IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.0, while IBM Spectrum Virtualize is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Scale writes "Storage system with good performance that has GPFS monitoring and NFS 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 Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage, VMware vSAN, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas IBM Spectrum Virtualize is most compared with Dell EMC VPLEX, VMware vSAN, DataCore SANsymphony SDS, Red Hat Ceph Storage and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

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