Compare IBM Spectrum Scale vs. Red Hat Gluster Storage

IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while Red Hat Gluster Storage is ranked 12th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review. IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.6, while Red Hat Gluster Storage is rated 8.0. 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 Red Hat Gluster Storage writes "The price tag is good compared to the amount of data and high availability provided". IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage and VMware vSAN, whereas Red Hat Gluster Storage is most compared with VMware vSAN, IBM Spectrum Scale and LizardFS.
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Pros
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 price tag is good compared to the amount of data and high availability provided.

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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 system should be more intuitive and easier to manage.

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If you need cheap storage, but still need high availability, it's a good product to look at.

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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.

Red Hat Gluster Storage (formerly known as Red Hat Storage Server) is a software-defined storage (SDS) platform designed to handle the requirements of traditional file storage—high-capacity tasks like backup and archival as well as high-performance tasks of analytics and virtualization. But unlike traditional storage systems, Red Hat Gluster Storage isn’t rigid and expensive. It easily scales across bare metal, virtual, container, and cloud deployments.

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