IBM Spectrum Scale Overview

IBM Spectrum Scale is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Cloud Software Defined Storage tools. It is most often compared to Red Hat Ceph Storage: IBM Spectrum Scale vs Red Hat Ceph Storage

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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What users are saying about IBM Spectrum Scale pricing:
  • "The licensing is based on the number of terabytes."
  • "The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage."

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CH
Senior Expert Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Storage system with good performance that has GPFS monitoring and NFS support

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for virtualization, data restore for VMware, NFS exports for a backup share, and in the future, we are thinking about using this to update based storage for S3 buckets. At the moment, we mainly use it for NFS topics.

Pros and Cons

  • "GPFS monitoring is the best feature."
  • "The biggest problem is that it is not able to provide block storage."

What other advice do I have?

We are using this solution in our Opcos and the challenge in my role as an architect is staying informed of what solutions are to be used in the future. What is the best solution to carry that will cover all of the requests that we have and for the multiple cloud solutions regarding STS soft topic? I am currently making comparisons for this and I need support for this as a strategy for the next five years. I am the lead architect for this solution in our company. My advice would be to use a consultant or a technical person to implement this solution. It's a better way. I would rate this…
PhilippeVAILLANT
Infrastructure Architect at Getronics UK Limited
MSP
Good performance and facilitates multi-platform file sharing, but the licensing is complicated

What is our primary use case?

I am a pre-sales engineer in an IT company and we provide a variety of solutions to our clients. IBM Spectrum Scale GPFS is one of the products that we resell and I have experience with. We provide IBM Spectrum scale as a high-availability storage solution. One of our customers is in the business of making and transforming videos and they use different platforms such as Linux, AIX, and Windows. Using this solution allows access to all of the files on all of these platforms from a single place.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the ability to share files across different platforms."
  • "The pricing and licensing model for this solution are complex and it is sometimes difficult to explain it to customers."

What other advice do I have?

This is a very powerful product. It can be optimized for performance, although our clients do not use it with this aspect in mind. Over the past five or ten years, IBM has developed this solution and it has improved a lot. With the latest release, I think that this is a very complete product. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
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KK
IT Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Offers high performance and fair pricing with excellent technical support

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for a parallel file system. I have one big file system for a thousand or so users.

Pros and Cons

  • "The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better."
  • "It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step."

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with IBM. We use both on-premises and hybrid deployment models. I'd rate the solution overall at eight out of ten. I don't know too many other products, however, I'd recommend either IBM or NetApp to others to use if they need a similar solution for their company.
Ahmed Sabry
Team Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Monitors all of our storage but lacks integration with other vendors

What is our primary use case?

Spectrum Scale is one of the most important products in our environment now. We are using it for monitoring all of our storage. We have about 60 users.

What needs improvement?

Integration with other vendors is not available. This feature would be very helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using IBM Spectrum Scale for four to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

it's stable. We had some issues before while deploying but it is good now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

IBM Spectrum Scale is scalable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I would rate IBM Spectrum Scale at a six out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was pretty complex.…