Compare IBM Spectrum Scale vs. NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP

IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP which is ranked 1st in Cloud Software Defined Storage with 10 reviews. IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.6, while NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Scale writes "As far as capacity is concerned, it can handle most heavy loads". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP writes "Snapshots, performance, and availability are all key features for our SaaS environment". IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Gluster Storage, Red Hat Ceph Storage and VMware vSAN, whereas NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Spectrum Scale and VMware vSAN. See our IBM Spectrum Scale vs. NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP report.
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It makes our file system sharing a lot easier, even across different continents. We have had file systems shared across different continents with no performance degradation.It has been pretty reliable throughout the years. As far as capacity is concerned, it can handle most heavy loads.We can have multiple systems within the same file system.Technical support has been very helpful. They provide us with pretty good solutions that we can implement moving forward.Allows us to share files across multiple environments.It is incredibly scalable and stable.Its great servicing high availability. That is what it is used for.

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The FlexClones make all the management easier for us.NetApp's XCP Migration Tool... was pretty awesome. It replicated the data faster than any other tool that I've seen. That was a big help.SnapMirror helps mirror metadata and data volumes between endpoints in a data fabric.Its functionality and technical support are adequate to help prevent failure due to errors.The ability for our users to restore data from the Snapshots is very valuable.ONTAP has been very stable for us, specifically in the cloud environment. It allows us to have high availability as well as standalone systems if that's what we want within our specific workloads. Also, on-premise has been a very stable environment. We have very few outages and when we do, we work with support to get systems back online in a timely manner.If anything happens, their technical support will come onsite and fix it.The most valuable feature is the ease of file storage.

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Maybe it needs integration with HA.They should probably simply the Red Hat implementation portion. This portion was not as straightforward as I would like it to be.We do have some issues where Spectrum Scale does not work as expected. We have seen our Spectrum Scale servers go down unexpectedly, but because we have a cluster, it does not take out the entire organization.Making it a little easier to add bad file sets would help. There is a transition to how you add storage and how you add a file set, so making that a little smoother would probably be my recommendation.This is probably the biggest challenge, getting everything upgraded, because it just takes time. We wish it was a faster solution to be able to do everything at once, but you have do each node individually. The more nodes, the longer it takes.The main issue that we have now is with the encryption. They want to use more metrics in encryption, which is not working very well.

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The only issue we had lately was that outside our VPC we could not reach the virtual IP, the floating IP. I heard that they have fixed that...The navigation on some of the configuration parameters is a bit cumbersome, making the learning curve on functions somewhat steep.I would like to see them improve the perspective of start and search in the panels. This would allow for better visualization of the contents that are captured in the tool.The key feature, that we'd like to see in that is the ability to sync between regions within the AWS and Azure regions. We could use the cloud sync service, but we'd really like that native functionality within the cloud volume service.I would like to have more management tools. They are difficult to work with, so I would like them to be a bit more user-friendly.The data tiering needs improvement. E.g., moving hard data to faster disks.When it comes to support provided by NetApp, they have room for improvement. Every time we go through their support, we end up answering the same routine questions.

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They allow a special price if you are working closely with them. Since we have a lot of NetApp systems, we got some kind of discount. That's something they do for other customers, not just for us. The price was fair. In addition to the licensing fees, you're paying Amazon for your usage...The AWS consumer-based pricing model makes it easy for developers to use their credit cards to spin up virtual servers immediately.Compared to other storage vendors, NetApp, is not always able to compete with their pricing. Yet, we acknowledge the ease of use ONTAP brings with the AWS integration.The deal with the seller was acceptable; the pricing is reasonable.We purchased the product directly from NetApp.Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good, but it was a test system, not a real purchase.

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Overview
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.

The leading enterprise-grade storage management solution, delivers secure, proven storage management services and supports up to a capacity of 368TB. Software service supports various use cases, such as: File shares and block-level storage serving NAS (NFS, SMB / CIFS) and SAN (iSCSI) Disaster Recovery, Backup, and Archive DevOps Databases (SQL, Oracle, NoSQL) Cloud Volumes ONTAP is offered in a standard single-node configuration or in a High Availability (HA) configuration.

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