Compare IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library

IBM Spectrum Virtualize is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 6 reviews while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is ranked 12th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews. IBM Spectrum Virtualize is rated 9.2, while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Virtualize writes "Seamlessly moves hardware in and out as we refresh technology". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual Tape Library writes "High-performance, cost-effective, and integrated well with our existing backup solution". IBM Spectrum Virtualize is most compared with VMware vSAN, EMC ViPR and IBM Spectrum Accelerate, whereas StarWind Virtual Tape Library is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage and Nexenta. See our IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library report.
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It has the ability to seamlessly move hardware in and out as we refresh technology.It provides transparency, because of its advanced copy features.The SVC gives excellent performance with tiered storage behind it.It lowers cost. It does so by getting more efficient use out of the technology behind it.The scalability is very good. It can handle anywhere from very small to large enterprise class.When we add storage behind it, the product is good for the customers because their customers do not notice that anything is happening due to the virtualization.The abstraction flair and the abstraction layer. We had a mixture of different storage arrays, and the wonderful thing about SVC is is that it normalizes all it into a single driver. A single view that all hosts see simultaneously.We acquire companies (and things), so we end up with odd hardware. We bring it behind the SVC and it allows us to migrate stuff off of it seamlessly. SVC can also cover up a host of defects of the underlying storage.

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StarWind VTL allowed us to back up to virtual tape that was created within Veeam and upload the tape to the cloud.

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Tighter integration with cloud storage might be useful as a target for a variety of use cases.The Storwize port is not so stable.The disk reliability is not that good.There are big arrays now, and if a customer wants add more disks to it, you have to have another array. Adding disks to existing arrays is one of the most demanded things from our customers.NBME support and support for a higher Fibre Channel lengths could be improved, but those are already on the roadmap.Anything which improves performance and the ability of our systems would be a nice.In general, the migration is complicated. Though, it is case-by-case.Level 1 technical support needs improvement.

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The initial installation can be complex and should be simplified.

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It has a lot of advanced functions for a reasonable price.Do a proof of concept, if you are not comfortable jumping in, but do it.We would like the CPU cycle to save more on the licensing costs for us.We have struggled with Pure Storage, but people are understanding that much of Pure has been consumer grade SSDs. Therefore, when the customer is really understands what they are getting, they realize that IBM presents the same sort of value as existing vendors.

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If you currently have Veeam there is no other solution that is as easy and affordable as StarWind.

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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.

For SMB and Enterprises, who either look to get rid of backup tapes completely, or are willing to accelerate backup process and add an extra level of protection, our solution is StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL). It is an appliance that eliminates the need in physical tape and “pretends” to be a supported tape drive or autoloader, keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks.

Even with explosive data growth, StarWind VTL fits the backup into backup window by accelerating it, so the process does not overlap with production time. Optionally, it creates additional copy of backup data for better safety. It is also available in a software-only form, as part of StarWind VSAN functionality. 

StarWind VTL targets those, who need to replace existing tape backup infrastructure or accelerate it if regulatory requirements prohibit replacement. In case the goal is just virtualizing tape backup or creating a stretched backup infrastructure, StarWind Tape Redirector will come in handy. 

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