IBM Spectrum Accelerate Overview

IBM Spectrum Accelerate is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top Cloud Software Defined Storage tools. It is most often compared to IBM Spectrum Scale: IBM Spectrum Accelerate vs IBM Spectrum Scale

What is IBM Spectrum Accelerate?

IBM Spectrum Accelerate is a software-defined block storage solution designed for rapid deployment across heterogeneous infrastructure for hybrid cloud and delivering consistent service levels to a dynamic workload mix. It is based on proven grid-architecture, enterprise-scale IBM XIV technology. IBM Spectrum Accelerate can be deployed, including as hyper-converged infrastructure, on any x86 server, on pre-installed third-party appliances or on public cloud infrastructure, and is available as a service on IBM Cloud infrastructure.

IBM Spectrum Accelerate is also known as IBM XIV.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about IBM Spectrum Accelerate pricing:
  • "If you are cost-sensitive then this solution is not for you."
  • "For a database, on a yearly basis, we pay approximately $3,500 for licensing fees. The solution is sold as a subscription on a yearly basis so there are no other ancillary costs."

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IS Auditor at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
A robust solution with good performance and support

What is our primary use case?

Spectrum Accelerate is part of our storage solution in a virtualized environment. We are a VMware shop and everything is virtualized. We run vRealize and vSphere, and we have almost nothing that is physical. The majority of our applications are SaaS.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the robustness, which is typical of IBM because their software generally just works."
  • "he interface is not user-friendly so the ease of use could be improved."

What other advice do I have?

We are currently deployed on-premises, although we are starting a cloud migration strategy and hope to later have a cloud-based solution. Overall, this is definitely a good product but you need to have deep pockets. The lack of user-friendliness and lengthy setup time are the two main disadvantages. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Kashif-Adeel
Technology Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Easy to migrate from one version to another and offers a straightforward setup

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as a complete solution from the IBM Spectrum Suite and as a deployment solution.

Pros and Cons

  • "The ease of use is the solution's most valuable aspect. It's very user-friendly."
  • "The reporting mechanisms need improvement."

What other advice do I have?

We are working with both IBM Spectrum Accelerate and IBM Spectrum Storage Suite. We're resellers of the solution. We don't use it on a daily basis, but some of our customers might. We're on the vendor side. I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it nine out of ten.
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