IBM Spectrum Scale Reviews

IBM Spectrum Scale is the #2 ranked solution of our top Cloud Software Defined Storage tools. It's rated 4.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Red Hat Ceph Storage - IBM Spectrum Scale vs Red Hat Ceph Storage

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Senior Expert Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Dec 29 2019

What is most valuable?

GPFS monitoring is the best feature. The performance is very good and so is the scalability. The NFS CL solution is impressive because if you have a power loss for any reason from the consumer host, the system switches seamlessly to the… more »

What needs improvement?

The biggest problem is that it is not able to provide block storage. It can consume block storage, you can put it on from the storage and present the span over the fiber channel or iSCSI. The problem is that they have not been able to… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing is based on the number of terabytes. We have an enterprise license agreement with IBM and it doesn't reflect the moment price list. I think that it's a good price but it is quite expensive.

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

Currently, we are also using Nutanix, Vison, ScaleIO, and Huawei as an STS solution. The problem is that we want to use one solution in the future and not five. I have to compare all of these and decide which one is the best for the future.

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… more »
Infrastructure Architect at Getronics UK Limited
Jan 26 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to share files across different platforms. It is platform agnostic and not attached to IBM, AIX, Windows, or Linux.

What needs improvement?

The pricing and licensing model for this solution are complex and it is sometimes difficult to explain it to customers. It is not always easy to sell this product because certain aspects seem complicated for the customer.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage.

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… more »
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Ahmed Sabry
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Team Leader at National Bank of Egypt
Mar 17 2020

What do you think of IBM Spectrum Scale?

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.…

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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