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Technical Assoc at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 21 2018

What do you think of IBM Spectrum Scale?

Primary Use Case We use it a lot for sharing file systems between several Red Hat and AIX servers. It is mostly for different lines of business. It works pretty well. We have been using it for almost a decade now. It is actually one of the better products of IBM. We have seen applications come and go, but Spectrum Scale is one of those things where we have had more customers move into the product than other vendors' solutions. • Improvements to My Organization It makes our file system sharing a lot easier, even across different continents. We have had file systems shared across different continents with no performance degradation. In this sense, it has helped us.  • Valuable Features The ease of use and the stability of the product. It has been pretty reliable throughout...
Real User
Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

Its great servicing high availability. That is what it is used for.

How has it helped my organization?

We need the CPU power to do all of our work. You can't do it on just one node. You need multiple nodes. That is what makes it beneficial. It provides more power. We have thousands of users. They need bandwidth to be able to do everything. If... more»

What needs improvement?

The main issue that we have now is with the encryption. They want to use more metrics in encryption, which is not working very well. Thus, we need to decide whether we need to actually use an IBM solution. However, that decision is way above... more»
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Real User
Senior Unix Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

It has less overhead. We do a lot of training on our SAS environment. We had JFS2 file systems, and we made things so fast that JFS2 could not keep up with it. It took us down to a crawl. Spectrum Scale reduced the overhead and allowed SAS to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Keeps the SAS people happy. * Keeps SAS running. * Allows us to share files across multiple environments: Unix and Windows. * Managing the environments outside of the high availability cluster has been huge. This pulls one more factor out... more»

What needs improvement?

It does everything we need it to do. Though, making it a little easier to add bad file sets would help. There is a transition to how you add storage and how you add a file set, so making that a little smoother would probably be my... more»
Real User
Client Server Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 21 2018

What do you think of IBM Spectrum Scale?

Primary Use Case We use it for distributed file systems. • Improvements to My Organization We use it primarily in our SAP organization. It allows us to have a centralized location where we can put our files and distribute them among different applications. • Valuable Features We can have multiple systems within the same file system. The performance right now on the file system is better than NAS. • Use of Solution Three to five years. • Stability Issues Overall, the stability is pretty good. We do have some issues where Spectrum Scale does not work as expected. We have seen our Spectrum Scale servers go down unexpectedly, but because we have a cluster, it does not take out the entire organization. • Scalability Issues I do not think it is applicable. •...

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What is IBM Spectrum Scale?

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.
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