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Anonymous User
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Technical Assoc at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The ease of use and the stability of the product. It has been pretty reliable throughout the years. As far as capacity is concerned, it can handle… more»

How has it helped 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… more»

What needs improvement?

Maybe it needs integration with HA.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We still use NAS and NFS (mainly NFS), which we used prior to Spectrum Scale. We added Spectrum Scale because of its scalability. There are just… more»

What other advice do I have?

There is nothing else that even compares to Spectrum Scale. We have had customers who switched to AIX just because of it. It is doing more than it… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ 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… 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… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product is good. There are other products out there. You should look to see what you really need. Main criteria for selecting a vendor: The bandwidth. It has the data available to… more»
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Anonymous User
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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… 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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were previously using the JFS2. We switched because it was the recommended solution to our SAS problems, and it worked.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend Spectrum Scale.
Anonymous User
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?

What is our primary use case?

We use it for distributed file systems.

How has it helped 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.

What is most valuable?

We can have multiple systems within the same file system. The performance right now on the file system is better than NAS.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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. …

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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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