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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Scale vs. VMware Software Defined Storage and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Pros
"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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"This is an easy-to-use product for adding flexibility to your storage solution.""The single management panel is the main feature that is wonderful for the customer.""The best part of the solution is that you can actually scale up to a large number of operating systems without additional hardware."

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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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"The performance is not as good as some competing products and reporting can be improved.""I'd like to see improved hardware compatibility""It doesn't have the ability to be deployed on any kind of hardware and network connectors."

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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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"The product is quite expensive and is among the most expensive for this type of solution.""A single socket costs you around US $6,000 for three years. At a minimum, you have a three load cluster for a medium or enterprise-scale company. It can get quite expensive because you're likely to need four to six sockets on the other side. It comes to around $30,000.""I believe there is a yearly licensing fee of around $2000 - $5000. I don't think there are additional costs above that but it depends on the type of infrastructure you're booting."

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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.
Top Answer: The best part of the solution is that you can actually scale up to a large number of operating systems without additional hardware.
Top Answer: I believe there is a yearly licensing fee of around $2000 - $5000. I don't think there are additional costs above that but it depends on the type of infrastructure you're booting. If it's very complex… more »
Top Answer: The cost of the product is where an improvement could be made. It's generally very expensive and requires a lot of architecture that needs to be designed according to specific situations. If it could… more »
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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.

VMware software-defined storage is a simple, yet intelligent, storage data center architecture that aligns with business and application demands—eliminating static, purpose-built and inefficient hardware with dynamic, agile and automated solutions.

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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Scale vs. VMware Software Defined Storage and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
448,896 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while VMware Software Defined Storage is ranked 13th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews. IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.0, while VMware Software Defined Storage is rated 7.6. 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 VMware Software Defined Storage writes "Comes in a single management panel and doesn't require the need to buy separate dedicated storage". IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage, VMware vSAN, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Hedvig, whereas VMware Software Defined Storage is most compared with Datera, LINBIT SDS and Nutanix Acropolis AOS. See our IBM Spectrum Scale vs. VMware Software Defined Storage report.

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