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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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"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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"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 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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"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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"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: 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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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.

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 Virtualize vs. VMware Software Defined Storage and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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IBM Spectrum Virtualize is ranked 9th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews while VMware Software Defined Storage is ranked 13th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews. IBM Spectrum Virtualize is rated 8.6, while VMware Software Defined Storage is rated 7.6. 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 VMware Software Defined Storage writes "Comes in a single management panel and doesn't require the need to buy separate dedicated storage". IBM Spectrum Virtualize is most compared with VMware vSAN, Dell EMC VPLEX, IBM Spectrum Scale, DataCore SANsymphony SDS and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, whereas VMware Software Defined Storage is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, LINBIT SDS, IBM Spectrum Scale and Datera. See our IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs. VMware Software Defined Storage report.

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