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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.""I like all the features, but the most impressive recently has been the introduction of IBM's Flash Core Modules. They are a form of a flash drive, but they have many more features.""The ability to add the virtual machine on the Spectrum environment to sort out the data movers(DMs) and their schedules is a valuable feature. You are able to have, for example, four data movers to balance them so you do not have too much work on one data mover."

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"It's very easy to upgrade storage."

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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.""t is limited in terms of a single system to eight nodes or four, what they call IO groups.""The only errors I find sometimes is the solution tells me I cannot operate it because a service has turned off, you can just go back to the VM, go to services, and turn back the services. However, this should improve."

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"The user interface could be simplified."

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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.""The entry point of pricing for this product is the most amazing price ever in the industry.""This solution came as an additional cost for the TSM package we chose."

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Top Answer: I like all the features, but the most impressive recently has been the introduction of IBM's Flash Core Modules. They are a form of a flash drive, but they have many more features.
Top Answer: The entry point of pricing for this product is the most amazing price ever in the industry. You'd have to compare it with others. I would say their price is excellent given their support, the… more »
Top Answer: It is limited in terms of a single system to eight nodes or four, what they call IO groups. However, this is still 32 petabytes worth of capacity, so it is substantial. In theory, you could have tens… more »
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Overview

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.

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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NTT Plala, McMaster University, University of Basque Country, Goodtech ASA, Cox Automotive, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), SaskTel, Glashart Media, Casio
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Healthcare Company24%
University12%
Retailer12%
Financial Services Firm12%
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Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider21%
Media Company4%
Government4%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider29%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise5%
Large Enterprise68%
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IBM Spectrum Virtualize is ranked 9th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews while Red Hat Gluster Storage is ranked 17th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review. IBM Spectrum Virtualize is rated 8.6, while Red Hat Gluster Storage is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Virtualize writes "Enables us to build an infrastructure and replace storage with no disruption to our hosts whatsoever". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat Gluster Storage writes "Easy to upgrade but the interface should be simplified". IBM Spectrum Virtualize is most compared with VMware vSAN, Dell EMC VPLEX, IBM Spectrum Scale and DataCore SANsymphony SDS, whereas Red Hat Gluster Storage is most compared with VMware vSAN, IBM Spectrum Scale, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and HPE StoreVirtual.

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